Fantasy Football Week 14 – All You Need to Know

Gameweek 14 is fast approaching, bringing one particularly huge fixture along with it – league leaders Chelsea face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Saturday’s opening fixture. Last weekend’s Premier League action earned plenty of points for players recommended in our previous article, so read more below to see our recent winners and find out who to take and who to bench for this weekend!

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Last Week’s Winners!

Last week saw two players end with equal points for the second time this season. Both Andre Tully’s “Cunning Stunts” and Dan Tappenden’s “Top Guns” took away £20 in bet365 free bets and most importantly an FST Mug!

November’s Winner!

November’s overall winner was Daniel McGwinn’s “The Magoo Men”, who also scored himself an FST Mug alongside £50 in bet365 free bets!

Who to Buy

  1. Charlie Austin (Southampton) – Price: £6.8m

    Charlie Austin hasn’t been particularly “notable” with just two goals from his last five outings, including one last time out against Everton, which earnt him all three bonus points. However, the three matches in which he didn’t score have been tricky fixtures against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. Southampton have a hugely favourable set of fixtures coming up, with a massive eleven of the next fourteen matches being rated 2 on the “fixture difficulty ranking”, and Austin has thrived against the weaker sides this season, scoring goals against Swansea, West Ham, Burnley and Hull. For £6.8m he’s one of the best value strikers available and with Southampton facing Crystal Palace this weekend, who have conceded two or more in all of their last five matches, he should soon make an impact.Southampton Europa League

  2. Cedric Soares (Southampton) – Price: £4.9m

    Following on from above, Southampton’s favourable set of upcoming fixtures combined with back-to-back clean sheets against Liverpool and Everton means any of their defenders have decent potential for the upcoming weeks. Our choice for a Saints’ defender would, however, have to be Cedric Soares. Firstly, he’s the cheapeast starter at £4.9 and has helped them keep clean sheets in four of his last five starts (Southampton failed to keep a clean sheet in any of the matches where he was injured). Secondly, his contributions both defensively – three recoveries and two successful tackles – and offensively – three crosses, all of which created goalscoring opportunities – helped earn him 2 bonus points last time out and a total of 7 bonus points over his last five matches.

  3. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Price: £10.9m

    Harry Kane will be disappointed not to have hit the back of the net against London derby rivals Chelsea last time out. However, Kane did score three over Spurs’ two matches prior, one against Arsenal and two against West Ham, which has seen him take away a decent 23 points since returning from injury. Tottenham face Swansea this weekend, who have had a poor start to the season and conceded four against Crystal Palace last weekend, and also have a favourable set of fixtures (Burnley and Hull) over the coming weeks. Though he’s the third most expensive forward available at £10.9m, only 8.3% of fantasy managers have him selected so he should earn you points where other don’t.Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur btting tips predictions

  4. Pedro (Chelsea) – Price: £7.3m

    While Manchester City have the home advantage against Chelsea this Saturday, Chelsea are the most in-form side in the Premier League and City have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last three matches against Burnley, Crystal Palace or Middlesborough. Of course, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard remain valuable additions to any side for the upper end of the budget tier. However, flying somewhat under the radar, Pedro has strung together a series of decent performances after working his way into Antonio Conte’s starting 11 in Willian’s absence. He scored a spectacular goal against Tottenham last time out, his 3rd goal in five matches, and also has three assists and 5 bonus points to his name over the same period. Again, few people have him selected (only 4.8%) and he’s potentially the best mid-range budget midfielder available.

  5. Divok Origi (Liverpool) – Price: £6.5m

    Divock Origi scored off the bench against Sunderland last weekend after replacing the injured Philippe Coutinho. During this week’s League Cup action, he netted for a second successive appearance and no doubt strengthened his chances of a starting role for Liverpool’s trip to Bournemouth this weekend. He’s one of the cheaper Liverpool midfielders or forwards available and with four of Liverpool’s five upcoming fixtures rated 2 or lower on the “fixture difficulty ranking”, his form should prove him a decent investment.

Who to Bench

  1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

    Liverpool have announced that Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m) – the third best midfielder in Fantasy Premier League – is likely to be out for a few weeks after the ankle injury he picked up against Sunderland. Given he’ll likely not be back in action until after the Christmas period, we’d recommend transferring him out and investing in another player, such as, Chelsea’s Pedro (£7.3), in the meantime.Free £10 Inplay Bet For Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

  2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

    Romelu Lukaku has hit a dry spell of three matches without a goal or an assist after he found decent form following his hat-trick in Everton’s 3-0 win over Sunderland in gameweek 4. Everton, on the whole, have burnt out after their excellent start to the new season and a match at home to Manchester United isn’t the ideal fixture. Especially when considering that Everton have scored just one goal over their last three matches.

  3. John Stones (Manchester City)

    Following his role in last week’s 1-1 draw away to Borussia M’gladbach in the Champions League, John Stones was rested from the Manchester City lineup for the second week running. Given that Manchester City have the squad depth to adjust to all the current competitions (Premier League, League Cup, Champions League), we’re led to believe that this may be a regular occurance as Guardiola hints at further rotation as the pace over the festive schedule increases.

  4. David de Gea (Manchester United)

    David de Gea is by far the most selected goalkeeper (36.8% TSB)  in Fantasy Premier League. He’s not performing the worst from the “upper tier” goalkeepers (those that cost £5.5m) in terms of points accumulated, however, Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in four of their last five matches and de Gea has earnt no extra points. Whereas, goalkeepers such as West Brom’s Ben Foster (£4.7m) or Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford have almost the same number of points as they grind up extra points from plenty of saves.Free-£10-Inplay-Bet-On-Manchester-United-v-Arsenal-1

  5. Raheem Sterling (Man City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

    All of the above are some of the latest doubtfuls ahead of Gameweek 14, though there are plenty of other current injuries to be aware of. Leaving doubtful players in your lineup in the hope that they are fit in time is a gamble, but it can sometimes have its reward. If you choose to take the risk and leave a doubtful player in your lineup then make sure to order your benched players. That way, if your doubtful player doesn’t feature, the players you want will automatically be subbed in after all this weekend’s matches are finished.

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