A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.
As the memories of the last international break of 2018 begin to fade, we eagerly await a Winter period jam-packed with Premier League action! And what better way to enjoy the return of club football than with some fantasy football… and as usual we’ve put together a number of fantasy football tips for the weekend.
We’ll have to wait until 3pm on Saturday for our first dose of the Premier League though. After that, Saturday evening sees a huge London derby between Tottenham and Spurs before another Super Sunday draws the weekend to a close… but things aren’t finished until Burnley host Newcastle for the Monday Night Football!
With a number of injuries to players representing their countries over the past weeks, transfers are more valuable now than ever – consider using your wildcard if you still have that. And with that in mind, make your changes in the confidence that FST has analysed some of the best long-term and differential options available for Gameweek 13.
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FST Gameweek 13 Line-up
GW12 Points: 61
Overall Points: 782
Overall Rank: 21,830
Total Players: 5,880,091
GW13 Fantasy Football Tips
David Silva (Manchester City, £8.6m)
You could make an argument for having almost any Man City player in your FPL team, but David Silva is the “newest” player from Pep’s camp to make their way onto our radar. Silva’s spurt of form has seen him score two and assist two over his last four outings for the Cityzens, and his 28 points over that period are level with a more expensive alternative like Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) and only one fewer than Raheem Sterling (£11.2m) among his teammates.
His eight shots inside the penalty area (five on target) over those games also rank among the top four for midfielders, while his total of 12 chances created is second only to the 13 of Willian (£7.4m). And most importantly as a City player, he has been almost immune to rotation throughout the season, named in the starting eleven in all but two matches so far. City’s key player should be able to take advantage of a Hammers defence that has recorded just one clean sheet all season.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United, £7.6m)
Since securing a role on Jose Mourinho’s teamsheet at the end of September, Martial has been in unreal form. His six goals, an assist, and 12 bonus points make him one of the most in-form FPL properties and he would have earned you a whopping 54 points were you an early adopter. And though it’s hard to see Manchester United as a desirable team to invest in at the moment, you simply can’t ignore his 6.4 points per match average, a number that ranks third among FPL midfielders.
Martial’s underlying statistics highlight how important an asset he has been – no midfielder has bettered his total of nine shots on target over his last six outings – and you have to expect more from him when looking ahead in United’s schedule. Jose Mourinho’s men have three home fixtures over their next four, beginning with a Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) 2 match against Crystal Palace this weekend. The Frenchman should have ample opportunity to build on his recent run.
Richarlison (Everton, £6.9m)
Richarlison’s up and down 2017/18 campaign at Watford looks to be correlated to one major variable – the presence and eventual absence of manager Marco Silva. So when the Brazilian was reunited with the Portuguese coach at Goodison Park over the summer, it came as no surprise that the winger got his 18/19 season off to a flyer. Richarlison has scored six goals and assisted one over nine appearances for Everton so far and is now even being adjusted into a lone striker.
Although he failed to score – or even register a shot on goal – in The Toffees’ last match before the international break against Chelsea, his promising displays in the weeks prior make him a desirable target ahead of a match at home to Cardiff. Only two teams have conceded more shots on target against them than The Bluebirds (67) – Fulham (74) and Burnley (82) – and only three teams have scored more goals at home than Everton. Richarlison should be instrumental in what should be a strong home showing.
Andrew Robertson (Liverpool, £6.5m)
Raiding left-back Andrew Robertson has made the joint 5th most key passes (15) from open play among defenders and only Mohamed Salah (24), Roberto Firmino (17) and James Milner (16) have better numbers within the Liverpool team. The Reds’ concrete defensive form has seen him tally seven clean sheets from eleven matches – joint best in the Premier League – along with his three assists and 12 bonus points. His 71 point total is second only to Marcos Alonso among defenders.
Liverpool’s match away to Watford is one of a run of seven favourable matches ahead that only furthers the Scotsman’s potential – in fact, home to Man United is the only fixture ranked higher than 3 on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR) over that streak. Watford have failed to score in 8 of the last 10 meetings against Liverpool and their 17 goals scored is joint lowest in the top half. Even if Liverpool don’t manage to keep a clean sheet, Robertson’s attacking proficiency makes him one to watch this weekend.
Raul Jimenez (Wolves, £5.8m)
Wolves’ Raul Jimenez is the standout budget forward option after tallying a huge 18 points over his last two matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. As we found out in the home match against Spurs, he also looks to be the first choice penalty taker, though Ruben Neves stepped up for their second later that game. Such a combination makes him a major transfer target as Wolves face Huddersfield, Cardiff and Newcastle in three of their next four.
Notably, the Mexican’s numbers have been particularly impressive at the Molineux, where all three of his goals have been scored. His 20 shots on goal (17 from inside the penalty area and 10 of which on target) are also not only more than any teammate, but a number that places him in the top three among other forwards. All of this bodes well ahead of a home meeting against The Terriers, who are without a clean sheet away from home this season.
More GW13 Fantasy Football Tips
Lucas Digne (£4.8m) vs Cardiff (H)
Andre Schurrle (£5.9m) vs Southampton (H)
Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) vs West Ham (A)
Callum Wilson (£6.8m) vs Arsenal (H)
Matt Doherty (£4.9m) vs Huddersfield (H)
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