Fantasy Premier League gameweek 19 tips

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Gameweek 18 featured just eight teams in action and caused havoc for FPL managers. At the time of writing, no gameweek 19 fixtures have been postponed, but there is talk of gameweek 20 potentially being called off.

For the time being, we can only go with what we know, and we’ll be preparing as normal using our popular FPL Fixture Tracker to help us.

FPL GW 19 Tips – Attack

Liverpool

We start things off with the Reds, who have so far survived any postponements and come up against an injury-hit Leeds. Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to score 12.42 over the next five.

Mo Salah (13.1m) finally blanked for the first time since gameweek 2, but will be a popular captain option this week and should be a fixture in everyone’s side. Alongside him on the essentials list, Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.3m) has produced 10 attacking returns from right-back, yet features in less than half of FPL teams.

With those two virtually indispensable, there’s one more spot for a Liverpool asset in our squads. Diogo Jota (8.1m) has put forward the most convincing argument, ranking fourth in the overall FPL points charts with six goals in his last six starts.

Manchester United

After missing two fixtures, Manchester United should return to action with a trip to Newcastle before hosting Burnley in the following gameweek.

Having opened his account for the season with a brace in the reverse fixture, Cristiano Ronaldo (12.5m) is a genuine captaincy option this coming week. Accommodating the Portuguese captain may not be easy, but he is surely United’s most reliable attacking option.

Elsewhere, compatriot Bruno Fernandes (11.6m) has struggled to justify his price tag since Ronaldo’s arrival, whilst early-season star Mason Greenwood (7.2m) has seen reduced game time. Red Devils attacking options are light on the ground, but Jadon Sancho (8.9m) looks to be the best alternative, having started five on the bounce.

Arsenal

The Gunners put Leeds to the sword last time out in a 4-1 win and are set to face Norwich up next. Arsenal struggled in front of goal at the start of the season but are brimming with FPL options at present.

Emile Smith Rowe (6.1m) leads the way in terms of points and has scored in six of his last eight. Meanwhile, Martin Ødegaard (5.5m) trails ESR by 20 points but has delivered attacking points in four of his last five. Alternatively, Gabrielle Martinelli (5.3m) has bagged four goals and a further two assists from his last six appearances with an ownership of less than 4%. Lastly, Bukayo Saka (6.3m) is also in good form, having returned in each of his last three but perhaps offers the least value of the midfield quartet.

Off-field issues with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (9.6m) mean that Alexandre Lacazette (8.4m) should have a clear run in the team to add to his three consecutive attacking returns.

FPL GW 19 Tips – Defence

Manchester City

Gameweek 18 saw two of City’s defensive assets produce attacking points to supplement their table-topping 11th clean sheet of the season.

With 109 points to his name after an 18-point haul last gameweek, João Cancelo (6.8m) is one of only three FPL players to pass the 100-point mark. Rotation is always a risk with City assets, but having sat out in gameweek 17 through suspension, a random benching is a small risk well worth taking.

Rúben Dias (6.1m) and Ederson (6.0m) come in at similar price points and offer the greatest security of starts – the former offers some attacking potential, whilst the latter simply won’t miss a game when available. Aymeric Laporte (5.5m) is a serviceable option for those short on change, but is most prone to rotation of those mentioned.

Wolves

Bruno Lage has done an excellent job of tightening up the Wolves defence, as exhibited by just two goals conceded (against Manchester City and Liverpool) in the last seven.

Conor Coady (4.5m) and Max Kilman (4.5m) are the kind of reliable and affordable options needed during such a tumultuous time of the season. Marçal (4.2m) has a greater attacking threat and has featured recently, but faces competition from the currently injured Rayan Ait Nouri (4.3m).

Everton

We finish things off with the Toffees this week. Everton are unusually high up in the clean sheet forecast given their recent form, thanks to fixtures against the current bottom three and an out-of-form Brighton over their next four games.

Pre-season favourite Lucas Digne (5.0m) is currently out of the side, whilst Michael Keane (4.9m), Seamus Coleman (4.9m), Ben Godfrey (4.8m), and Jordan Pickford (4.9m) are rather costly based on their defensive points so far.

Teenager Jarrad Branthwaite (4.0m) scored on his first PL start of the season, but his place is far from secure. Mason Holgate (4.2m) may just be the best pick of an unappealing bunch with back-to-back starts to his name.

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