Game Week 19 Picks
FPL Game Week 19 Tips
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A super quick turn around between game week 18 and 19 and some people are asking why it wasn’t a double game week. With a full round of fixtures for the weekend and then the Monday-Wednesday games there was no need for a double game week and thank the lord as I had opted to go for Aguero as captain… luckily my vice captain (KDB) did pretty well.
Notable results from GW18 saw Leicester suffer their first away defeat of the season in a 1-0 win for Liverpool in front of Klopp’s Kop, blanks for Mahrez and Vardy contrasted with doubles for Diego Costa and Harry Kane and a big Man City performance will have plenty of FPL managers thinking twice about their potential transfers ahead of GW19. There is just one gameweek between you and a January Wildcard which means there is probably no point in holding out for the double free transfer and I’d urge you to look closely at your players who are at risk of squad rotation given the quick turnaround and use your one free transfer wisely. If you are already thinking about the wildcard then we have a coupld of great articles coming out Sunday morning that focuses on this.
Our Game Week 19 Tips: First Thoughts
There are a couple of standout fixtures that I want to focus on and I’m going to start with the obvious Arsenal Vs. Bournemouth game. Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day was a real shocker and they will be hoping to get back to form with a good home performance against Bournemouth on the 28th December. The rumour mongers were out in full force on Saturday morning saying that Ozil would be rested and a part of me thinks that Wenger had that in his mind for the Bournemouth game, but following that defeat he will need a win to keep the pressure on at the top and I expect him to field his strongest 11 at the Emirates Stadium.
The entire Arsenal display was poor and I expect them to shrug it off with a convincing display against a Bournemouth side that has not lost in 6 Premier League games. I would not be rushing to put Arsenal players in following the performance at St Mary’s but by the same token I won’t be rushing to drop them.
Leicester Vs. Man City
The first real falter for Leicester this season surprised a lot of people (including us) who expected a goal fest at Anfield on Boxing Day and the upcoming home game against Man City who blitzed Sunderland at the Etihad is a pretty enticing one. The complete resting of Sergio Aguero pretty much gives us the green light that he will start against Leicester and he becomes a real option for GW19 - be warned though, Pellegrini is unlikely to play him for more than 70 minutes as he looks to bring him back carefully from injury.
The irrepressible Kevin De Bruyne made his presence felt with a goal and two assists in the game against Sunderland but he is at risk of rotation despite this phenomenal performance. David Silva is a similar risk and I would expect one of these two to be rested – but toss a coin for that one. The cruel injury to Vincent Kompany makes me have absolutely no confidence in a clean sheet in this game or any other game to be honest so I wouldn’t be hurrying to bring in Man City defenders.
I fear for Jamie Vardy who was substituted in the Liverpool game and he has been playing through injuries for weeks now – something that might now be taking its toll on the 28 year old England striker – it may be time to dispense of his services for a while.
Everton Vs. Stoke City
Stoke and Everton both enjoyed victories on Boxing Day and this should be a good game at Goodison Park, but coming just 48 hours after their previous games these squads might find themselves a little stretched. Stoke have a few hours more recovery time than Everton that might play a small factor and a long trip back from Newcastle to Merseyside won’t have helped the home side. Arnautovic looks unplayable at the moment and is playing a very prominent role from his FPL midfield position – a snip at £6.2m and he should be safe from rotation in this game.
For Everton, Barkley and Deulofeu are the key men in midfield and both were given partial rest time at Newcastle. I would expect Deulofeu to start above Barkley purely based on the fact that Barkley started the Newcastle game, but it may be that Martinez wanted to ensure both would play in the Stoke game. Lukaku will be looking to score in this game and get back to form having drawn a blank in the North East but if he fails to score here it may be time to ditch the Beglian who is such a confidence player.
Manchester United Vs. Chelsea
There was a time not so long ago when this fixture would have meant that potentially 6 of your players were playing in one fixture – this is unlikely to be the case for even the most deluded of FPL managers. This fixture will very much depend on what happens to LVG over the next day or two. If he is still in tenure then I would expect Guus Hiddink’s attacking Chelsea side to really take the game to Man Utd and look to expose their defensive frailties.
It is such a shame that Diego Costa has suddenly started firing and now finds himself suspended for this game and that could be a crucial blow for Chelsea. Willian looks to have cemented his place in the Chelsea team and is looking like the main midfield threat. If LVG is still at United then there are worse shouts than Willian.
Watford Vs. Spurs
Both of these teams are in form and have strikers that are firing and this could be a case of two teams trying to outscore each other. The fact that Watford are at home will give them more attacking impetus and the lack of squad depth means that Ighalo and Deeney should both start, the same can be said of Harry Kane. Kane made himself a very attractive proposition for FPL managers with his 2 goals against Norwich but if you have Ighalo then stick with him until he stops scoring. If you have Kane and Ighalo then you have nothing to worry about here.
We will be back on Sunday Evening with our game week 19 captain picks and we may even have a special podcast prior to GW19 too. Watch this space.