We’ve reached that point in the season where gameweeks come thick and fast. With that, it’s important to have a strong squad for the busy schedule ahead. We’ll be using our popular FPL Fixture Tracker to help us sort through the best festive fixtures!
FPL GW 14 Tips – Attack
Only the league’s current top three sides have a higher expected goals value over the next five. Manchester United are projected to score 9.05 with Crystal Palace and Norwich looking promising in gameweeks 15 and 16 respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo (12.4m) is being booted out of many people’s FPL sides after finding himself on the bench against Chelsea and will likely drop in price once more before long. Despite underwhelming points returns, Ronaldo is a safe bet to score relatively well during this period, even if that consistency comes at a premium.
For those unwilling to hedge their bets on the premium forward, Jadon Sancho (8.9m) has emerged as an option. It’s been a far from ideal start to life at United, but since Solskjaer departed, Sancho has scored two in two in all comps and could prove a very interesting differential given his 2% ownership.
The likes of Bruno Fernandes (11.6m), Marcus Rashford (9.4m), Edison Cavani (8.4m), Paul Pogba (7.4m), and Mason Greenwood (7.3m) have all suffered from varying degrees of form and/or fitness issues but have the potential to come good. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial (7.6m), Jesse Lingard (6.8m), and Donny van de Beek (5.7m) could turn things around under new management but remain non-options for now.
The Foxes haven’t quite hit their stride this season but fired four past Watford last gameweek. With a strong set of fixtures ahead, now may be the time to invest.
The obvious pick for Leicester is Jamie Vardy (10.6m) and that obviousness is completely merited. Despite his side’s underwhelming start to the season, Vardy has fired in nine goals in 13 and is at his irreprecable best.
If your budget can’t quite stretch upwards of 10m, James Maddison (6.6m) has picked the perfect time to introduce himself into FPL discussion. After a very poor start (one attacking return in 12), Maddison provided two assists and a goal for a 16-point top-scoring haul last gameweek. It’s too early to call that ‘form’ but he has proven himself in the past.
The richest club in England may be playing in the Championship next season if things don’t turn around. Fortunately for them, they face Norwich, Burnley, and defensively fragil Leicester in the next three.
It’s slim pickings for the Magpies with a straight shoot-out between two forwards in terms of FPL options. Anyone looking for a semblance of form in the Newcastle ranks will surely opt for Alan Saint-Maximin (6.8m). The French forward has carried his side at times with three goals and four assists so far this season.
Alternatively, Callum Wilson (7.4m) has a strong track record and crucially, isn’t currently injured. Four goals from nine starts is a very decent return for a side sat rock bottom of the league.
FPL GW 14 Tips – Defence
The Blues remain in top spot and have a strong set of fixtures to boot.
Reece James (6.3m) has seen his price rocket in the last few weeks following a string of impressive hauls. Even at his premium price point, James is still a worthy investment, having produced four double-digit returns this season.
Ben Chilwell had been producing similarly impressive tallies but injury has sidelined him for the foreseeable. In his stead, Marcos Alonso (5.6m) returned to the side and is very kindly priced given his combination of attacking potential and assured gametime.
Given his low price, Trevoh Chalobah (4.8m) is worth a brief mention. Edouard Mendy (6.3m), Antonio Rüdiger (6.0m), and Thaigo Silva (5.5m) are more reliable options but that is reflected in their price.
Three clean sheets is nothing to write home about but the Hammers do have a reasonably enticing schedule featuring Brighton, Burnley, and Norwich in the next five.
Lukasz Fabianski (5.0m) is a solid option for anyone looking for a keeper with solid fixtures until the new year. Meanwhile, in defence Aaron Cresswell (5.5m) and Kurt Zouma (5.4m) haven’t quite done enough to justify his price tag, especially given the slew of performing mid-priced to premium assets in FPL right now.
Whilst he remains in the side, Ben Johnson (4.0m) is the undoubted star pick. Although Vladimir Coufal (4.7m) is waiting in the wings and could, himself, become a viable option.
Spurs missed gameweek 13 after their game against Burnley was postponed. Nevertheless, Tottenham are likely to continue their defensive improvement under new manager Antonio Conte.
Sergio Regullion (5.1m) is Tottenham’s most interesting defensive prospect after assisting six times last season. The now-wing-back scored against Leeds and looks set to make the most of his more attacking role.
Eric Dier (4.5m) is a more affordable route into the Spurs defence but doesn’t offer much else besides that. Three consecutive starts for Ben Davies (4.4m) suggests he’s an even better prospect at a fraction less.
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