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.
Friday marks the first of seven beautiful Premier League gameweeks ahead of us in December… and with temperatures dropping fast, we’re looking forward to staying in (or getting down the pub) to watch as many games as possible. So don’t forget to keep on top of our fantasy football tips while you’re off getting merry!
And we don’t have to wait long for our first action of the weekend either as Cardiff host Wolves in the Friday Night Football. After that, you can have a lie in. No early kick-off on Saturday before a number of 3pms act as a tidy warm up to Southampton against Man United in the evening. And to round it all off, a massive Super Sunday with a few derbies. Chelsea host Fulham, Arsenal face Spurs, and Everton travel to Liverpool.
Which players will you be wanting for those matches though? FST has analysed some of the best long-term and differential options available for Gameweek 14. Find them below.
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FST Gameweek 14 Line-up
GW13 Points: 39
Overall Points: 821
Overall Rank: 33,442
Total Players: 5,897,530
GW14 Fantasy Football Tips
Raheem Sterling (Man City, £11.3m)
You might have to do a bit of tinkering to get Raheem Sterling into your fantasy football team, but the Englishman could prove a valuable City differential in the coming weeks. Sterling’s goal, two assists and 2 bonus points in City’s 4-0 win away to West Ham last weekend moved him to the top of the FPL charts. His performance showed the massive threat he offers in front of goal. Sterling ranks second for both key passes (25) and shots on target (15) within the City squad as well, behind only David Silva (34) and Sergio Aguero (19) respectively.
Notably, Sterling has scored five of his seven goals at the Etihad too – in fact, since the start of last season, he’s scored 16 goals and assisted 23 in just 20 appearances there – so he’s one to watch this weekend ahead of a match at home to Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s men are no pushovers, but City simply look unstoppable at the minute, and Sterling has a good track record against the Cherries – the Englishman has scored five goals and two assists in his three home meetings against them… enough said!
Eden Hazard (Chelsea, £11.1m)
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard needs no introduction. His integration into Maurizio Sarri’s fluid “Sarri-ball” started well enough, but his performances have somewhat fizzled out, registering just one assist, from a free kick, in his last four appearances. However, the Belgian still has huge FPL potential. His underlying stats are the perfect indicator of how well he is excelling under Sarri’s new system. Hazard is behind only teammate Willian (37) and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (35) in the overall rankings for key passes and he’s registered just one shot on target fewer than Man City’s Raheem Sterling.
Like Sterling, Hazard has been excelling at home too. Five of his seven goals and two of his four assists have been scored there and Chelsea welcome Fulham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Fulham have allowed their opponents an average of just over 16 shots per game this season and Southampton took 19 attempts on goal in Ranieri’s first game in charge. Unless Ranieri solves that issue within a week, we should expect more of the same from them this weekend. Fulham have conceded two goals or more in all but one of their away matches so far. Hazard should have ample opportunity for attacking returns.
Andrew Robertson (Liverpool, £6.5m)
Raiding left-back Andrew Robertson has made the joint 5th most key passes (16) among defenders in the Premier League and only Mohamed Salah (24) and Roberto Firmino (18) have better numbers within the Liverpool team. The Reds’ concrete defensive form has seen him tally eight clean sheets from twelve matches – joint best in the Premier League – along with his three assists and 13 bonus points. His 78 point total is second only to Marcos Alonso among defenders.
Liverpool’s match at home to Everton is one of a run of six reasonably favourable matches 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, and the difficulty of that could be questioned. Everton have failed to score in 2 of their last 4 away days and Liverpool have conceded just one goal at Anfield all season. Robertson’s attacking and defensive potential makes him one to watch this weekend.
Callum Paterson (Cardiff, £5.2m)
Cardiff City haven’t actually been a massive source of FPL interest this season, but there’s a few reasons Callum Paterson should be on your list of possible budget targets. Among those is the fact that the FPL midfielder actually plays as a lone striker for The Bluebirds. Midfielders earn one point more per goal, so playing “out of position” has a benefit in the long-term. He’s already started reaping those rewards from his three goals since gameweek 9.
His underlying statistics highlight that his form hasn’t been a fluke either. His 13 shots inside the penalty area rank second only to the 14 of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) among FPL midfielders. And at home is where he’s been most influential. Paterson has produced 21 points over his three appearances at Cardiff City Stadium and the Scotsman will hope to continue that form against a Wolves side without a clean sheet in five. Neil Warnock’s men also face just three of the “Big Six” over their next 18 Premier League matches.
Kenedy (Newcastle, £4.9m)
Another budget midfield option is Newcastle winger Kenedy. He hasn’t made any significant fantasy football returns just yet, but his numbers hint that the best is yet to come. Kenedy has recorded 22 shots over the last six matches, which is not only more than any teammate but also ranks him high overall among FPL midfielders. When compared to his displays earlier this season – the Brazilian managed just four shots on goal in his first six outings – you can see how far he’s come.
Rafa Benitez’s men head into Saturday’s game against West Ham off the back of three consecutive league wins, only improving Kenedy’s potential. Only six Premier League teams have conceded more shots on goal than The Hammers, who have also failed to keep a clean sheet in seven, and as one of Newcastle’s main attacking outlets, and their penalty taker at the last count, he should be a wise investment. West Ham marks the first of a run of five favourable fixtures too.
More GW14 Fantasy Football Tips
Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield, £4.3m) vs Brighton (H)
Leroy Sane (Man City, £9.3m) vs Bournemouth (H)
Anthony Martial (Man Utd, £7.6m) vs Southampton (A)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £5.2m) vs Everton (H)
Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool, £7.0m) vs Everton (H)
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