Game Week 21 Tips
Game Week 21 Picks
The FA Cup and League Cup fixtures seem to have been going on for an eternity but with the rapid fire fixtures that came over the Christmas period the break from Premier League action has given everyone time to catch their breath ahead of a packed set of Fantasy Premier League game week 21 fixtures. The 2-0 win for Spurs that saw Chelsea’s winning streak finally come to an end was only a week ago but it seems like an awful lot of talk and a little bit of football and a load more talk has happened since then. Are Spurs really title contenders? Will Chelsea go on another record equaling run of top flight victories or will the season take yet another unexpected turn? Who knows, but what we do know is that we are here for our usual dose of game week 21 tips.
Game Week 21 Top Picks
There are plenty of tempting fixtures this week with the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford taking center stage and with the Red Devils in such good form of late it is hard to go against them – but whether or not time is right to fill your team with Jose’s players is something we will assess shortly… away from that game, there are plenty more options for GW21.
Swansea Vs. Arsenal
The Swans pulled off perhaps the shock of game week 20 with their win at Crystal Palace and for all of Sam Allardyce’s team’s failings it was a good win for the South Wales outfit. Arsenal stuttered big time against Bournemouth but managed to claw a point back in that game having gone 3-0 down. Expect a backlash in this game from Arsene Wenger’s men and this might be the game to pin your hopes on.
Olivier Giroud has to be take extremely seriously after 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games and this looks like a game that he will relish. Alexis Sanchez is the other key man and having been rested in the cup last weekend he will should benefit from a bit of rest that he has clearly been in need of. Not much can be said for the home side who are surely on for a beating in this game.
Spurs Vs. West Brom
Spurs are looking like the real deal and Dele Alli is the main man for them right now having recaptured last seasons form over the last few weeks. Spurs will need to approach this game with a very similar mentality to how they approached the Chelsea game and this one will almost tell us more about their title credentials than last week’s impressive win over the Blues.
Spurs have struggled in this fixture over the last two seasons having managed no better than a draw but a win is required for Pocchetino’s men at the Lane this weekend and I expect them to get it.
This is not a game to be putting too much faith in the West Brom defence although Nyom owners will be glad to hear that he wasn’t called up for international duty and after his substitute heroics for Jonny Evans last weekend he could be a decent shout if he is fit to play.
In this game though there is only really Dele Alli to recommend as Harry Kane is too expensive in our opinion compared to the other options. It is the year of the midfielder and Alli is a top pick for your game week 21 midfield.
Leicester Vs. Chelsea
Chelsea need to bounce back in this game but they will given nothing by Leicester who are in a bit of a scrap themselves. Expect Leicester to aim for a clean sheet and this could be a tighter game than many will expect so you might want to avoid the obvious captain Costa shout. I expect Chelsea to keep a clean sheet in this game though so feel free to stick with a Chelsea defender – David Luiz is perhaps the most tempting at the price.
Hazard will quickly start to look expendable if he fluffs his lines in this game but he has every chance of returning to his goal scoring form and Costa is always a threat – dismiss them at your peril!
Burnley Vs. Southampton
Southampton have lost their last 3 in the league and a trip to Burnley will not be easy for the south coast club who are coming in to this off the back of a 3-0 whipping at the hands of their former manager Ronald Koeman. Burnley are solid at home and whilst we are not predicting another Andre Gray hat-trick, a clean sheet may well be in the offing and Tom Heaton and Michael Keane are starting to look very attractive options at the price of just £4.9m. Southampton players are ones to be avoided until they get out of this current slump – not something that looks like happening any time soon!
The Double North West Clash
Man Utd, Liverpool, Man City and Everton make up a sensational double header of North West games that promise to be feisty encounters. City’s disciplinary record has been abysmal this season and they will need to tread carefully in this game and this is a very tough game to predict. Everton’s season is effectively over already as they have been dumped out of the FA Cup now and although they have a league place to play for it is not going to be too motivating for their players who have been inconsistent. City have also reeked of inconsistency this season but I just have a sneaking suspicion that they could be about to go on a decent run and that it will start here.
They need to sure up the defence but in attack they can still be dangerous and Pep has surely learnt his lesson about leaving Aguero out – and now is probably the time to get him back if you don’t have him yet.
Liverpool head to Manchester to play in one of the Premier League’s fiercest rivalries but it could be the Manchester side that comes out on top in this game. Another good win against Hull on Tuesday night continues the confidence building run of form and this game will give us a really good indicator of where things are at for both sides.
The Liverpool, Adam Lallana still cannot be discounted, whilst Origi is a rotation risk – Coutinho could feature but it is unlikely that Klopp will rush him back for this one. Mane will be a big miss now he is off to the Africa Cup of Nations and that should be enough to give Origi his chance in a big fixture like this – but Mane being out could be a season definer for Klopp’s side and we don’t see a win for Liverpool here.
For United, Paul Pogba is looking dangerous and he is bringing some consistency to his game now – Michael Carrick is an absolute steal as a back up fifth midfielder who plays at just £4.3m – but not one to rush to bring in.
We will be back with our captain picks later this week and we should be back with a podcast all being well this week too. Make sure you keep checking back for the latest news.