Game Week 15 Tips
Game Week 15 Tips – Our early thoughts
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The big talking points to come out of game week 14 are the injuries to Man City and Arsenal players Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez and FPL managers will be desperately scrambling to see if these injuries are likely to impact on their teams ahead of Game Week 15. The initial indications are that Sanchez will now miss the majority of December, whilst Aguero’s heel injury might not be quite so severe. We have been saying for weeks now that Sanchez looks fatigued and was in need of a rest, as did I point out last week that Aguero often gets injured at this time of year – so it is not surprising that this is the verdict ahead of GW15.
Sanchez’s price has already dropped to £11.3m and will probably end the week somewhere close to £11.1m so if you are considering a change then it could pay to make that change earlier rather than later. One thing to keep in mind this week is that 5 Premier League clubs will be competing in the Capital One Cup – with Man City, Everton, Stoke, Southampton and Liverpool all in midweek action – so tread carefully with who you look to replace him with.
It was another good week for Everton on the scoring front and in particular for Ross Barkley who continues to show his qualities this season. Another goal for Lukaku is helping to cement his place as a top FPL striker too. Anyone who still has Diego Costa in their sides might want to think again as he was left out completely this weekend, although I would imaging this is a psychological attempt by Mourinho to reignite his fire and hunger for goals – remember, Chelsea are about to go on a delightful fixture run.
Crystal Palace made us sit up and take note and Bolasie popped up again with a couple of goals, perhaps more interestingly is the poor Newcastle form and with Liverpool going their next it might be something to consider. Anyway, that’s enough looking back – lets take a look at our game week 15 tips.
Game Week 15 – Our first thoughts
A couple of standout FPL fixtures in the first week of December with Arsenal taking on Sunderland, Chelsea taking on Bournemouth, Southampton playing Aston Villa and Liverpool travelling to Newcastle.
With so much talk of Sanchez, Koscielny and Cazorla’s injuries it seems like The Emirates is a good place to start our preview of GW15. Over 32% of FPL managers own Sanchez and will potentially be looking to off-load the Chilean forward this week and although Sunderland have tightened things up at the back in recent weeks, it looks a tough task to travel to Arsenal even with Sanchez injured. Last week, I wrote a members only article stating that Mesut Ozil was one of the top 3 must have players in your FPL team – the injury to Sanzhez has made him even more crucial to your teams.
With 90 points for just 13 games, Ozil is on fire this season and although Arsenal have faltered in their last 2 tricky away games to West Brom and Norwich City, they have looked scintillating at home. Sunderland will be a tough cookie to crack under Sam Allerdyce but Arsenal (and Ozil in particular) have the guile and ferocity to really attack and break down this poor Sunderland side.
Stoke Vs. Man City
The early kick off for GW15 sees Man City travel to Stoke City and there will be plenty of people monitoring the fitness of Aguero. For me, I stick by what I said weeks ago – give him a few games to get back to fitness before bringing him in with the aim for me being game week 18 against Sunderland.
The good news from an FPL perspective is that his injury has halted his price rises as managers are more hesitant to bring him in. The real star buy has to continue to be Kevin De Bruyne who bagged another goal and 2 assists (plus 3 BPS) against Southampton. If you don’t have him and want to bring him in then wait until after the Capital One Cup game on Tuesday.
Other initial thoughts
My other initial thoughts this week will be around Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley for the reasons already mentioned – perhaps Sanchez for Barkley to free up some funds for Aguero later down the line?
Troy Deeney and Ighalo impressed once again and will be good cheap striker options for GW15. For now though, consider your injuries worries and act accordingly. We will be back tomorrow with the podcast and there will of course be a plethora of articles and tips throughout the week.
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