Gameweek 14 produced some disastrous midweek rotation for Fantasy Premier League managers as a host of players were benched with Eden Hazard, Leroy Sane, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mohamed Salah to name but a few.
The Egyptian, however, demonstrated what he can do by scoring twice in just over twenty minutes of action.
Rest and rotation are surely going to have an impact again this weekend as we plan for gameweek 15.
The stand-out fixture has to be on Saturday evening as Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates as Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger go to battle once more.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton also have favourable fixtures on paper and are featured in my selections.
Outlined below are this weekend’s top picks to help you gain some points on your mini-league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: Ederson (Manchester City) – £5.5m
Guessing the Manchester City teamsheet on a weekly basis has become as unpredictable as Paul Pogba’s weekly hairstyle choice.
Premium goalkeeper Ederson at £5.5m however, is assured of his starting place. With David Moyes’ West Ham arriving at the Etihad Stadium in Sunday’s late kick-off, the Brazilian will be looking to add his six clean sheets this season.
Mid-Priced: Jordan Pickford (Everton) – £4.8m
Both of Everton’s clean sheets have come at home this season and I expect Sam Allardyce to try to make an immediate impact this weekend as Huddersfield come to town.
Jonjoe Kenny is another budget option worthy of consideration in defence. Huddersfield have failed to score in their last five away games and therefore Jordan Pickford will be hopeful of a second shut-out in succession.
Budget: Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – £4.5m
Unpredictable Southampton are the visitors to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon and £4.5m priced Asmir Begovic offers a solid chance of a clean sheet and at the very least some save points.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina number one has four clean sheets this season but ranks second of all goalkeepers for saves made with an impressive forty-six racked up to date.
Premium: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – £6.9m
Antonio Conte’s midweek rotation moves play a part in my selection of £6.9m priced Cesar Azpilicueta following his rest in midweek.
Chelsea’s secured their seventh clean sheet of the season at home to a stubborn Swansea at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish defender is the top assist creating defender with five this season and also has a goal to his name as out of sorts Newcastle arrive for Saturday’s early kick-off.
Mid-Priced: Harry Maguire (Leicester) – £5.2m
The summer signing from Hull has settled into the Leicester back four in very impressive fashion and has demonstrated strong attacking potential in recent weeks.
He has racked up three assists and one goal but has been very unlucky not to score more in the Premier League. The English centre-half has seventeen penalty area touches in the opposition’s box including four goal attempts.
Budget: Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom) – £4.5m
When the Egyptian giant of a defender arrived at the Hawthorns last summer he was expected to be a squad player and push for his chance to impress at centre-half.
He made an instant impact and now has 1,227 minutes of action – more than any other West Brom defender. The six-foot-four defender should retain his position as Alan Pardew takes the reins this weekend for the visit of Crystal Palace.
Premium: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.7m
The Belgian attacking midfielder was frustratingly rested midweek which should guarantee his start at home to Newcastle this weekend.
At £10.7m he is the second most expensive midfielder in the game and certainly takes up a large chunk of FPL managers budgets, but his form has been sensational in recent weeks racking up two goals and as many assists in three starts.
Mid-Priced: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £9.8m
Another attacking midfielder to suffer from rotation midweek was £9.8m priced Mohamed Salah who will now be fresh to be unleashed this weekend for Liverpool’s visit to Brighton.
The Egyptian only played twenty-one minutes from the bench against Stoke yet found the time to bang in two goals for Jurgen Klopp’s men and cement his place at the top of the Premier Leagues goalscoring charts with twelve goals scored in 1,046 minutes of action.
Budget: Eric Choupo-Moting (Stoke) £5.7m
Stoke’s summer signing from Schalke has been playing well in recent weeks scoring three times and assisting his teammates on a further three occasions.
At £5.7m the Cameroon international offers value for FPL managers looking to downgrade midfield assets to save money and invest elsewhere in the squad. Thirteen starts, sixty-three touches in the opposition’s penalty area and thirty-five goal attempts this season suggest FPL points are on the horizon.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.8m
Despite Spurs’ poor form in recent weeks, the English striker has kept his goal tally ticking over and now has ten for the season in thirteen appearances.
While playing some impressive attacking football under Marco Silva, Watford have conceded more goals at home than any other team this season with fifteen conceded to-date.
The £12.8m priced Kane has scored seven of his goals away from home and has had more shots than any other player.
Mid-Priced: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – £10.6m
Granted the £10.6m priced Spanish striker played a full game against Swansea on Wednesday night so he might be a risk to captain this weekend.
Should he start this gameweek with Eden Hazard in support, he has a great chance to add to his eight goals and four assists against Newcastle.
He was very unlucky not to rack up points midweek from a statistical perspective as he was top for shots and shots on target for the gameweek.
Budget: Wayne Rooney (Everton) – £7.2m
Everton’s opposition Saturday afternoon plays a big part in Wayne Rooney’s selection as Huddersfield have shockingly conceded twelve goals in their last three away games.
The English striker’s hat-trick in midweek will be a welcome boost to Sam Allardyce for his first game in charge and Rooney will be riding the crest of a wave following his first hat-trick in six years.
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