The FPL Fairy is back with his top picks ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline.
Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers should be feeling refreshed and recharged after the two-week international break, as we plan now plan for Gameweek 13.
England have successfully reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League, while Ireland, on the other hand, managed a draw away to Denmark in our final Division B fixture and have subsequently been relegated.
Furthermore, Martin O’Neill’s five-year, 55-game reign as Republic of Ireland manager ended on Wednesday. At least we have the rugby bandwagon to join after sealing our place at the top table of world rugby by beating the All Blacks on Saturday evening.
The standout fixture of Gameweek 13 sees Spurs welcome Chelsea to Wembley for a London Derby game in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Elsewhere Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City all have favourable fixtures, while Bournemouth and Arsenal are set to play out a very interesting fixture at the Vitality Stadium.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.4m
It’s hard to argue with the inclusion of the Premier League’s top goalscorer in my selections ahead of an attractive fixture against West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been unpredictable this season losing at home to the likes of Bournemouth and Wolves, yet winning against Manchester United and drawing with Chelsea.
£11.4m priced Aguero leads almost all of the statistics I use to select forwards such as goal attempts – 54, shots inside the box – 41 and total big chances – 11. One factor turning me off selecting the premium forward for captaincy in my own team is that he has only produced one attacking return away from home in five attempts this season.
Mid-Priced: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.7m
Alexandre Lacazette has been yellow flagged with a 75% chance of playing by FPL ahead of an away fixture against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. I expect the striker to be fit and start as he looks to add to his five goals and four assists already scored this season.
£9.7m priced Lacazette has produced attacking returns in three of his last four away fixtures, which suggests FPL points should be on the cards this weekend if Arsenal can come away with a win against Eddie Howe’s in-form side.
Budget: Raúl Jiménez (Wolves) – £5.8m
Wolves’ striker Raúl Jiménez has proven to be Mr. Consistent this season by producing attacking returns in seven of his opening 12 fixtures for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side. Wolves welcome Huddersfield to Molineux on Sunday afternoon as they eye up a position in the top half of the Premier League.
Priced at a mere £5.8m the Mexican international has been a gift to FPL managers who are trying to free up funds to afford premium assets such as Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah. Jiménez has been averaging a chance in front of goal every 28 minutes this season.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £13.0m
When Mohamed Salah last faced this weekend’s opponents Watford in March, he scored four goals in one of the greatest FPL points hauls of all time. Owners of the £13.0m priced Egyptian will be hoping for more of the same on Saturday afternoon as Liverpool travel to Vicarage Road.
Salah has scored six goals and four assists in the opening twelve rounds of fixtures. Last season’s top goalscorer has fired off 48 attempts, 33 of which were inside the box and has been afforded 11 big chances. These highly encouraging statistics suggest to me that further attacking returns are surely on the horizon.
Mid-Priced: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £7.6m
Six goals in five Premier League fixtures makes Manchester United’s Anthony Martial extremely hot property in the FPL community ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline.
The French attacker returned a mere two FPL points in the opening six fixtures of the season.
However, in his next six fixtures, Martial has been making up for lost time by scoring 56 FPL points in Jose Mourinho’s side. Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in what should be a straightforward win.
Budget: Richarlison (Everton) – £6.9m
The last time Richarlison made an appearance in my selections in Gameweek 11, he returned a huge 15 FPL points for owners and I am hopeful for more of the same this weekend in a home fixture against Cardiff.
The Brazilian midfielder turned striker has scored six Premier League goals for Everton this season despite missing two and a half games due to suspension.
Richarlison replaced the injured Neymar for Brazil over the international break and scored the winner with a well-taken header in a one-nil win against Cameroon. Priced at £6.9m, Richarlison offers serious value for home fixtures against Cardiff, Newcastle and Watford in the next four gameweeks.
Premium: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £6.0
Manchester City’s defensive record has been sensational this season, conceding only five goals in twelve fixtures. 24-year-old French defender Americ Laporte has been ever present for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, playing all 1,080 minutes of action.
At the time of writing, in excess of 100,000 FPL managers have brought Laporte into their teams ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline. However, a long-term injury to the popular FPL option Benjamin Mendy would have accelerated this figure in my opinion. Pep Guardiola himself has recently stated how important Laporte is to his playing style as a left-footed centre back who can play the ball out from the back.
Mid-Priced: Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.0m
Michael Keane makes his debut in my selections as Everton welcome Cardiff to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. The English centre-back has been playing well in recent weeks and manager Marco Silva now has a selection dilemma on his hands due to summer signing Yerry Mina now being available for selection.
Some online forums suggest that Everton may switch to three at the back, while other suggest that Keane and Mina will be the preferred pairing.
Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gueye have settled into a solid midfield pairing, who now provide strong cover for the defence as seen in recent weeks. £5.0m priced Keane has had four attempts and created two chances over the past four gameweeks, which highlights his attacking appeal.
Budget: Matt Doherty (Wolves) – £4.9m
Irish defender Matt Doherty has been extremely unlucky in recent weeks not to produce attacking returns as Wolves faced some tough opposition. Now that those fixtures are out of the way, £4.9m priced Doherty has some attractive home fixtures over the short and medium term, starting with a home fixture against Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon.
It remains to be seen what effect the projected six-week injury to teammate Jonny Otto will have on Nuno Espírito Santo’s team selection, but Doherty has the attacking threat to add to his defensive appeal. From Gameweek 5-8 this season Doherty racked up 41 FPL points.
Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.8m
It’s alarming to point out the fact that Manchester United have only kept one clean sheet in twelve Premier League fixtures this season. It’s very different from the defensive solidity that Jose Mourinho has been known to instil in his teams by ‘parking the bus’, but a home fixture against Crystal Palace is hard not to get excited about for defensive returns.
This weekend’s opponents boast the record of being the second lowest scoring of all 20 Premier League teams this season. Only Huddersfield have scored less than Crystal Palace’s eight goals and therefore owners of David De Gea should be confident of a shutout.
Mid-Priced: Jordan Pickford (Everton) – £4.9m
English #1 Jordan Pickford is currently the most transferred in goalkeeper ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline as he is about to embark on an attractive short-term run of fixtures. The £4.9m priced FPL asset has racked up 35 points over his last four fixtures alone, securing two clean sheets in the process.
This weekend’s visitors Cardiff have only managed to score a mere two away goals in five attempts and also boast the lowest goal attempts away from home this season with 40 efforts.
Budget: Joe Hart (Burnley) – £4.5m
Burnley welcome Newcastle to Turf Moore for our only fixture of Monday Night Football in a fixture that could easily end up being a scoreless draw or at the very least a low goalscoring affair. Newcastle have scored three goals in five away fixtures this season, the second lowest in the Premier League behind Cardiff.
£4.5m priced Hart offers FPL managers a budget route into the Burnley defence who kept a clean sheet last time out in Gameweek 12 away to Leicester. The former England #1 returned his second double-digit haul in twelve starts for Sean Dyche’s team.
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