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FPL Fairy Outlines The Key Picks Ahead Of Gameweek 14

The FPL Fairy Outlines The Key Picks For Gameweek 14

The FPL Fairy is back with his top picks ahead of the Gameweek 14 deadline.

Gameweek 14 was nothing short of a disaster for me. I scored a measly 38 FPL points when the average score was 50 and I achieved a gameweek rank score of almost 5 million from the 5.9 million FPL managers around the world.

Having Sergio Aguero captain for Manchester City’s demolition of West Ham looked great on paper, but it was their midfielders who stole the show. Onwards and upwards is the plan now for Gameweek 14 by keeping a cool head and not making a splurge of transfers.

Arsenal welcome Spurs to the Emirates for the standout fixture of Gameweek 14 on Sunday afternoon in what should be a very interesting clash. Liverpool also host the Merseyside Derby in what looks like a great day of Premier League action. Elsewhere Chelsea and Manchester City have favourable home fixtures, while goal shy Manchester United take on a leaky Southampton side.

Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.

Forwards

Premium: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.5m

Pep Guardiola’s rotation roulette plays on my mind this weekend as I consider ways to work Manchester City attackers into my FPL squad. Raheem Sterling was top of my wanted list but after playing 90 minutes again in midweek, I fear Mahrez may get a run on the right wing for the appealing home clash with Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

A groin injury to Gabriel Jesus somewhat forces Pep’s arm to start Sergio Aguero, the Premier League’s joint top scorer for this fixture. £11.5m priced Aguero has scored eight goals and six assists this season, with seven of those goals and four assists coming at the Etihad Stadium. Visitors Bournemouth have conceded 90 goal attempts away from home this season, 54 of which came from inside the box.

Mid-Priced: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – £7.1m

At the time of writing, it seems that Marko Arnautovic will overcome his persistent injuries and be fit to face Newcastle on Saturday afternoon for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Jamie Vardy was waiting for the nod in my picks but I really fancy the Austrian to return against Rafael Benítez’s in-form team.

Arnautovic is priced at a budget-friendly £7.1m in FPL and has scored five goals and two assists in 899 minutes of action this season. If he can stay fit, West Ham have eleven attractive fixtures in the short and medium term that I would fancy at least a goal to be scored by the Hammers.

Budget: Salomon Rondon (Newcastle) – £5.7m

Newcastle are unbeaten in four, with three wins on the bounce for Rafa Benitez side. Interestingly, this upturn in form has coincided with Salomon Rondon’s first consistent run in the team since being introduced as a substitute against Southampton in Gameweek 10.

Newcastle have fired off 51 goal attempts over those fixtures with 28 of these coming from inside the box. Rondon himself has been responsible for 12 of these attempts with 10 of these inside the opposition’s box. The £5.7m priced Venezuelan will fancy his chances in a home fixture against West Ham who have conceded eight times in four fixtures.

Midfielders

Premium: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £11.1

The ‘Claudio Ranieri effect’ has changed my thoughts somewhat on Chelsea’s home fixture against Fulham on Sunday afternoon, as they overcame Southampton last weekend. Granted Southampton themselves have been in shocking form, I won’t read too far into this result.

Premium midfield FPL option Eden Hazard has the perfect opportunity to make up for his recent poor returns in Gameweek 14 and punish the 200k+ FPL managers who have decided to part ways with the Belgian captain. Hazard has scored seven goals and four assists already this season in 872 minutes of Premier League action.

Mid-Priced: Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – £9.3

Over the last four fixtures, Bournemouth have conceded the second most shots in the Premier League, with only Burnley conceding more than Eddie Howe’s side. This prompts me to add a second Manchester City attacker to my picks in the form of £9.3m priced Leroy Sane.

Raheem Sterling started and played a full 90 minutes against Lyon on Tuesday night, but Sane was withdrawn in the 71st minute which suggests he may be a safer pick for Saturday’s attractive home fixture. In Gameweek 13 Sane registered 50 touches in West Ham’s final third and Sane had 12 penalty box touches which outlines his attacking appeal.

Budget: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £7.6m

After scoring six goals in five Premier League fixtures, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial was looking like a must-own player for us FPL managers ahead of an attractive home fixture against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 14. The £7.6m priced midfielder had scored 56 FPL points in six games before the Old Trafford stalemate.

This weekend the Red Devils travel to take on Southampton at St. Mary’s which should place increased pressure on manager Jose Mourinho to release the shackles and put Mark Hughes’ side to the sword. With Romelu Lukaku out of sorts and Marcus Rashford low on confidence, I expect fans to turn to 22-year-old Martial for inspiration.

Defenders

Premium: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £7.1m

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has an appealing home fixture for Gameweek 14 where he faces Fulham at Stamford Bridge. The Cottagers managed to concede two goals at home to Southampton last weekend, which suggests it may take a little time for new manager Claudio Ranieri to shore up the Premier League’s joint leakiest defence over the last four rounds of fixtures.

Priced at £7.1m, Marcos Alonso is the most expensive defender in the game but his underlying statistics are consistently impressive. Alonso leads the way for goal attempts of all defenders in the game with 22 and has had 35 penalty area touches in the oppositions box.

Mid-Priced: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £5.2m

Liverpool’s young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a drop in price in recent weeks due to his benching in Gameweeks 8 and 9. However, 25 FPL points scored in the last two gameweeks alone demonstrate his devastating FPL form ahead of a home fixture with Everton.

Two clean sheets, one goal, one assist and four bonus points against Fulham and Watford suggest the right back spot is now his to lose. The 20-year-old defender is priced at £5.2m ahead of the Gameweek 14 deadline on Friday evening.

Budget: Cristopher Schindler (Huddersfield) – £4.3m

Huddersfield made a bad Gameweek 13 even worse for me last Sunday afternoon as they wiped out clean sheets for my double Wolves defence in a very impressive away win at Molineux.

Cristopher Schindler is priced at a mere £4.3m in FPL having suffered two priced drops already this season. The German defender has racked up a very impressive 21 points over his last three fixtures from two clean sheets, an assist and four bonus points. Brighton visit the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a fixture that could very imply result in another clean sheet for David Wagner’s troops.

Goalkeepers

Premium: Ederson Santana de Moraes (Manchester City) – £5.8m

Manchester City have the joint best defensive record in the Premier League this season, having only conceded five goals in the opening 13 rounds of fixtures. Both City and Liverpool have produced eight clean sheets over those fixtures in two seriously impressive rear-guards.
£5.8m priced Ederson leads the FPL points charts for goalkeepers with 68 and will fancy his chances of a ninth clean sheet against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Mid-Priced: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) – £5.0m

Leicester welcome Watford to the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon in what looks like a rather interesting fixture between two equally matched sides. Watford sit in ninth position in the Premier League standings while Leicester currently sit in tenth.

When I compared defensive statistics of both teams this season they were very closely tied again in their underlying total shots conceded and shots conceded inside the box. Leicester’s home form sways it for me as they have kept two clean sheets in three fixtures against both Cardiff and Burnley.

Budget: Wayne Hennessy (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m

The Crystal Palace defence was very popular early in the season with value picks such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wayne Hennessy finding their way into shrewd FPL manager’s squads for their attractive fixtures. Their fixture list from Gameweeks 7 – 13 was tough, but a clean sheet away to Manchester United last weekend suggests they are hitting form at the right time.

Palace have an attractive home fixture against Burnley on Saturday afternoon and also have some nice fixtures on the horizon for the busy Christmas period.

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About Stephen Horan

Steve is a Management Consultant and Fantasy Football veteran with an average finish inside the top 1% of the world over ten consecutive seasons. He runs a Fantasy Football Instagram tips and advice account, which can be found at www.instagram.com/fantasyfootballfairy/.