Game Week 20 Tips: Our First Thouhts
Game Week 20 Tips: Our First Thoughts
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Game Week 20 marks the beginning of the second half of the Fantasy Premier League season and with it comes renewed optimism and a second wildcard that will allow managers to reshape their teams if needed. The true value of the wildcard might not be fully exploited by using it at the beginning of this period, but this will very much depend on how your team looks and how happy you are with it – with this is mind, we take a look at our early thoughts ahead of game week 20 and look to see where the points will be coming from in the first Premier League games of 2016.
With most teams having 4 or more days to recover from a hectic festive fixture period it should be business as usual this week in terms of team selection so we don’t need to worry too much about squad rotation. The FA Cup third round starts the following week so we will have to wait until 12th January for game week 21 but we treated to two gameweeks in one week then – so just something to keep an eye on.
Game Week 20 Fixtures
GW20 brings with it some fixtures that will be causing FPL managers to be licking their lips at the prospect of goals from their big guns, whilst there are a few fixtures that are not so easy to predict.
I am going to be looking at the fixtures that I think offer the most potential and more importantly which FPL players will perform in GW20.
Arsenal Vs. Newcastle
Arsenal bounced back from their disappointing Boxing Day defeat to Southampton with a very good 2-0 home win against Bournemouth in a match that once again Mesut Ozil was orchestrating, adding a goal and an assist to his already impressive season tally. By contrast, Newcastle are having no luck at all right now and they sit in the bottom 3 following a 1-0 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion – something that I don’t see changing after what will be a very difficult trip to North London.
Of course, Ozil is the key player, and if you don’t have him yet then he is your number one target. Arsenal do have some tough fixtures in January and this is the last one until their games start to become a lot more difficult. I expect another win to nil for the Gunners and expect to see Nacho Monreal return to the starting line up for the Newcastle game – either he or Bellerin are great options for your team as Arsenal look to lay down their title intentions this month. One last word on Ozil for game week 20, he will be a very popular captain choice and rightly so.
Leicester Vs. Bournemouth
Leicester held Man City to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday evening in what was a fairly entertaining if unspectacular game. Either team could have won this one but it was good to see Leicester able to adapt their approach to ensure they didn’t lose to City. The home game against Bournemouth should see them return to the 4-4-2 attacking formation that has brought them such success this season and goals should also be back on the menu at the King Power Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez showed moments of magic again against Man City and although there was no end product he proved why he has been such a good performer this season with his touch, vision and all round great team play mixed with outstanding individual contributions. Jamie Vardy continued to show the energy up front that has already brought him 15 Premier League goals this season, but he is in desperate need of a rest – although he doesn’t look he will accept that!
Bournemouth are no pushovers and this will be a stern test for second placed Leicester but an early(ish) goal in this game should set it up nicely and provide plenty of opportunities for Mahrez and Vardy (if he plays). Mahrez continues to be a must have player and given that Leicester have now come through some very tough fixtures well, he looks like he will be in your team for the season now.
Man Utd Vs. Swansea
Man Utd were much improved against Swansea and it looks like LVG has finally realised what the Old Trafford crowd craves as his United team were on the front foot from the off against Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea side. That being said, they set up to make sure they didn’t lose the game and it is the defensive solidity that I will be looking to this week to bring some defensive points. Swansea will not represent such a test offensively as Cheslea and they have scored only 2 goals in their last 6 games. United defended very well in the main on Monday and I expect them to keep a clean sheet at home to the Swans.
David De Gea is the star of the United defence and he is a guaranteed starter in every game – with some good upcoming fixtures he could become your number one. Not convinced by DDG? It is difficult to place any confidence in starts for any of the United defenders except for Chris Smalling – but who’s going to spend £6.8m on a United defender!!!
Our other thoughts for GW20
Stoke travel to West Brom which is no easy place to go to, but off the back of a 4-3 away win at Goodison Park, the Baggies will be more than a little apprehensive at the prospect of this impressive Stoke side visiting the Hawthornes this weekend. Marko Arnautovic was our profiled player this week and he is very much on our radar for GW20 and beyond.
Man City head to Watford after their trip to Leicester and this won’t be much easier for Manuel Pellegrini’s side who don’t travel as well as they perform at home.
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