Game Week 19 Picks
Game Week 19 Tips
Plenty to ponder ahead of game week 19 and with that wildcard in touching distance it seems that for some it may be better to tinker less this week than more. That being said, for others they will be eyeing up several changes and they may have to curb their transfer policy for one more week to avoid big points penalties. With Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero being the two heavy hitters who return from suspension for GW19, you may want to check out our GW19 strikers article before going any further with this one.
Okay, assuming you are either back or still with me… let’s take a look at the top picks for gameweek 19 in Fantasy Premier League – we will start by looking at the most tempting fixtures.
Liverpool Vs. Man City
This is without a doubt the standout fixture of the weekend in terms of it’s bearing on the Premier League but is it a fantasy football dream or a potential banana skin? The way both of these teams have approached the first half of the season would indicate that it could reap rewards for the attacking players as both teams are weak defensively and both like to try and outscore their opponents.
Adam Lallana is a key player for the reds and he is the one player that really needs to be in your team not just for this fixture, but for the following month or so – with Sadio Mane set to be missing for most of the month of January at least.
Sergio Aguero returns for this fixture and there will be plenty of differential available for him this weekend as most managers will be waiting for the wildcard to bring him back in. He is the only City player worthy of real mention for this fixture and you can take him or leave him for me. Certainly not worth a minus points hit as it might take him this game to get fully back up to speed.
Chelsea Vs. Stoke City
Stoke had a tough game at Anfield last week and things will be no easier as they head to the capital to take on a Chelsea team in search of a 13th straight win. Diego Costa returns for the type of game he relishes and will be looking to continue his red hot form – he is the player that needs to come straight back in to your team this week. Eden Hazard also looks a formidable force this season and the fact that he is playing with such confidence and is on penalty kick duty means he almost picks himself. If you can stretch to a £6.1m+ defender then you should also look to complete your Chelsea trio with a defender – Azpi or Alonso are the top picks but value can be found with David Luiz and one of his free kicks is bound to go in one of these weeks.
On the Stoke side, other than Joe Allen there is not much to recommend and this is not the week to be backing the Welshman.
Arsenal Vs. Crystal Palace
This fixture would have been tantalising for Alexis Sanchez fans a week ago but the arrival of Sam Allardyce means that the open game that we could have hoped for will now not materialise. Having said that, this will be a mighty test for Palace who couldn’t see out a win at Watford last week and the Chilean will be the key player to focus on. There is a slight risk of Sanchez being dropped with Wenger possibly choosing to rest him for the trip to Bournemouth 2 days later – but this will be a risk with plenty of FPL players this weekend.
This could be another tight affair with Palace shutting up shop in true Big Sam style with Benteke being used as the target man to clear their lines to. Perhaps a game to avoid going too big on – particularly considering how Arsneal struggled to break down West Brom last weekend.
Watford Vs. Spurs
Spurs make the short trip to Watford and will be favourites to win this game. This article is bring written just before the game at Southampton (and may require an update after it) but the general form points to a Spurs win in this one. The trouble with Spurs players is that there is little value to be found in them this season and anyone harboring Harry Kane in their teams may need to ditch him for Diego Costa this week – it would be a wise move.
In terms of Spurs midfield players, there are better options in other teams for a little less cash – so it may be time to ring the changes ahead of this trip to Watford – that will probably result in a narrow win for the visitors. (EDIT - Despite a good performance from Eriksen and Alli on Wednesday night they have hardly been consistent performers this season so think twice before piling a load of Spurs players in off the back of one decent performance - and the less said about Harry Kane's penalty miss the better).
Burnley Vs. Sunderland
Both teams have been trying to tighten up at the back in recent weeks (with varying degrees of success and being largely dependent on the opposition) and if you were betting on this game then you’d probably be going under 2.5 goals every time. Burnley’s home form has been pretty decent this season and indeed they have relied upon it for all their points up to this point. With a slight concern over Jordan Pickford’s fitness, anyone who has the Sunderland keeper (and over half of the top 1000 active managers do) might be better served switching over to Tom Heaton who has made more saves in the league than any other keeper. This game will represent a good chance for 6 points from the big man and if your budget will stretch he could be a good investment going forward. If you do have Pickford then keep an eye on @BenDinnery on Twitter for the latest injury news as it may be worth taking a points hit if we get confirmation that he won’t be available and you don’t have a backup keeper that plays.
Man Utd Vs. Middlesbrough
United seem to have found their rhythm as the sing to Jose’s beat at last and this should be a game that they will win comfortably. The Boro have actually been pretty solid at the back for much of the season but a 1-0 defeat against Burnley last time out will do little to boos the confidence levels as they go in to this game. Paul Pogba is starting to look like he could be an FPL asset at last and at £8.3m he could be worth a punt in this game – but few will!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is almost a must have at the moment he is in such good form and he is unlikely to be rested for either this fixture or the following one against West Ham. In short – make sure you have Zlatan.
Defensively there are some decent bargains on show at United with Phil Jones being the one that is looking top value at £4.9m after a run of 8 starts in which he has completed every single game – 2 clean sheets in the last 4 points to better times for the United back line.