Game Week 21 First Thoughts
Game Week 21 Tips: First Thoughts
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As the dust settles on a disappointing start for many Fantasy Premier League managers after the first round of 2016 fixtures, we take a (some would say ridiculously) early look ahead to our FPL game week 21 tips. The tone for GW20 was set early on when there was only 1 goal in the first half of 8 Premier League fixtures and for many managers, things to did not get much better. A lack of goals for Watford, Arsneal and Leicester City is probably to blame for most managers woes but do they have only themselves to blame? By contrast, those managers who were left grinning like the proverbial Cheshire Cat perhaps had more balanced squads… or were they just lucky?
As we look onwards to GW21 it is very important to note that we do so we a huge amount of trepidation as 4 Premier League clubs are involved in League Cup semi finals before all Premier League clubs are playing in the FA Cup third round next weekend – all of which takes place before the midweek fixtures of gameweek 21 that take place on 12th and 13th January (that is Tuesday and Wednesday evening).
What we learned from GW20
Despite disappointment for many managers, there were quite a few pointers for the next few weeks of the season and here is a summary of what we think:
- Leicester are now 3 games without a goal – has the tide turned?
- Diego Costa (and Chelsea) look decent again under Hiddink
- Crystal Palace really need to buy a striker (Charlie Austin?)
- Everton are not quite so bad defensively as we first thought
- Eden Hazard has no place in FPL at his current value
- Sergio Aguero will finish the season on 20+ goals (if he stays fit)
- Arsenal and Man City are now winning games when playing badly which will see them in a two horse race for the title come May.
Plenty to think about there and the biggest thing to consider from an FPL perspective is the scoring form of Leicester City and the return to form of Chelsea, let’s not forget, this is a game that they probably would have lost 3 weeks ago! In terms of Leicester, I don’t see them scoring against Spurs but then I see them ripping Aston Villa apart so it could be worth sticking with them for 2 more weeks.
An Approach to GW21
As stated already, this is not the time to be making transfers with at least 1 tough FA Cup fixture between your players’ next games, but that being said, if you know that you are going to be using your wildcard in this game week it could pay to go early (if your new player is due a price rise) as you have the safety net of being able to swap out without a points penalty. Again – we are not advocating the use of the wildcard by any means and it is certainly not the time to panic and make wholesale changes.
Game Week 21 Picks
Man City go to Everton in the League Cup this week and it will be a good pointer towards the fixture that plays at the Etihad the following week in the Premier League so this is worth keeping an eye on. Sergio Aguero looked absent for most of the game against Watford but then reminded us of his brilliance with a stunning header and he is one to be considering for the rest of this season as he works his way back to full fitness.
The other City player that has put himself firmly back on the radar is Yaya Toure with 3 goals in his last 4 games. Everton put in a real shift against Spurs but did concede a lot of chances. If City can be more clinical than Spurs were then they could roll Everton over at the Etihad.
West Ham looked much improved against a poor Liverpool side and the returning Payet will hopefully see a return to the kind of results that has seen them break in to the top 6 in the Premier League. He will be in the thoughts of many ahead of GW21 and whilst an away trip to Bournemouth won’t be easy it is an excellent opportunity for him to stamp his mark on his return to the squad – lets hope he plays just a few minutes in the FA Cup against Wolves.
Chelsea take on West Brom and both teams showed improvement in their last 2 games. Eden Hazard went off injured for the second time in a matter of weeks against Crystal Palace and anyone still with Hazard in their teams really does need to get rid. Diego Costa, Kurt Zouma, Azpilicueta, Willian and Oscar all become serious propositions for Chelsea, whilst defenders are the only real place you would look from West Brom.
Top Tip of the Week:
If you are not using your wildcard then don’t even consider making a transfer until Monday 11th January. If it is for a player from Man City, Everton, Liverpool or Stoke (or you have lots of these players in your squad already) then tread extra carefully as they have tough League Cup fixtures on top of third round FA Cup games.
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Of particular interest in the members section this week is this article that looks at the strikers you need for the second half of the season to win your mini-league. The article looks at Vardy, Kane, Giroud, Aguero, Costa, Ighalo, Deeney, Lukaku and Benteke and comes up with a strategy to make sure you have the best 3 in your team. If you are planning on using your wildcard anytime soon some would say it is a must read. Members can read the article here.