Fantasy Premier League gameweek 20 tips

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Another gameweek, another set of postponed fixtures. Double gameweeks are, the African Cup of Nations, and the January transfer window are all round the corner to add further turbulence to the FPL landscape.

This is also the final chance for managers to use their first wildcards if they haven’t already, so with the help of our FPL Fixture Tracker, here are some players worth considering for the foreseeable:

FPL GW 20 Tips – Attack

Liverpool

The Reds next face a Leicester side who shipped six against Manchester City and have struggled defensively this season. No side has scored more goals than Liverpool, who are predicted to add another 13.51 in the next five.

Mo Salah (13.0m) has been a perma-captain option this season and remains the top pick with Leicester up next. However, the FPL top scorer faces a trip to Stamford Bridge in the following gameweek before leaving for AFCON. The same is true for Sadio Mané (11.8m), who will also need to be sold in the near future.

Those imminent departures will leave Diogo Jota (8.1m) as Liverpool’s main man. Anyone looking to make the most of the Reds’ fixtures should look no further. However, for a left-field double up, Divock Origi (4.8m) could provide amazing value should he recover from injury in time.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s side have been scoring for fun recently and have a promising set of fixtures on the horizon.

Picking a safe attacking starter is a minefield, but with eight attacking returns, defender João Cancelo (6.9m) is arguably the most reliable route to City’s goals. Bernardo Silva (7.6m) has gone off the boil with no returns in three but still represents great value and is one of the first names on the team sheet for now. With patchier minutes but better recent points returns, Ilkay Gündogan (7.3m) may be worth a look.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (10.6m) has rediscovered his goalscoring boots but his price remains prohibitive whilst he isn’t assured of starts. Likewise, Kevin De Bruyne’s (11.9m) price tag is a sticking point despite solid returns.

Elsewhere, Riyad Mahrez (8.6m) is in fine form but will soon join up with Algeria for the AFCON, whilst Ferran Torres (6.7m) will be off the Barcelona as soon as he recovers from injury. Lastly, many expect Phil Foden (81.m) to come good, but both he and Jack Grealish (7.6m) will have to regain their places in the side after off-field issues.

West Ham

The Hammers are presented with a kind run of fixtures including Watford x2 and Leeds in the next five.

Level on 80 FPL points, Jarrod Bowen (6.5m) and Michael Antonio (7.7m) are the main men. The former has been in superior recent form and has the edge price-wise, making him an ideal pick for wildcarders.

Five points further back is Saïd Benrahma (5.9m) who returned to scoring ways last gameweek and has shown what he’s capable of against defensively poor opposition. However, the Algerian will be off to AFCON as early as gameweek 21.

FPL GW 20 Tips – Defence

Chelsea

The Blues formidable defensive record is looking less formidable by the week but a strong set of fixtures and some better luck could change that.

Chelsea’s defensive issues haven’t all been down to bad luck but Reece James’ (6.4m) own goal last gameweek was desperately unfortunate. Despite this, James remains one of the top scoring FPL players and is the Chelsea defender of choice.

With Ben Chilwell (5.6m) nearing a return, now isn’t the time to invest in Marcos Alonso (5.7m). An injury to Thiago Silva (5.6m) and Edouard Mendy’s Senegal duties reduce the appeal of Chelsea’s next best defensive pick Antonio Rüdiger (6.2m). Anyone in need of a stop-gap keeper can pick up Kepa Arrizabalaga (4.7m) for about a month of action once Mendy departs.

Arsenal

The Gunners are without a fixture in this coming gameweek, and play Manchester City in the following gameweek. However, given their recent form, strong upcoming fixtures and low price points, Arsenal may be worth targeting now for wildcarders.

Kieran Tierney’s (4.9m) gameweek 19 goal perfectly highlights why he’s the most exciting Arsenal defensive pick right now. The more costly Aaron Ramsdale (5.2m) is a fine choice between the sticks, providing you have cover for this week.

The safe value pick remains Ben White (4.5m), a perfectly serviceable rotation option with nine clean sheets to his name.

Crystal Palace

The Eagles face Norwich up next following the Canaries recent 5-0 defeat to Arsenal. Patrick Vieira’s side are then set to return to Norwich in gameweek 24 as things stand.

Two consecutive Premier League starts suggests that Jack Butland (4.4m) is first choice in goal right now. However, Palace have no shortage of similarly priced defenders with Marc Guéhi (4.6m), Tyrick Mitchell (4.5m), Cheikhou Kouyaté (4.5m), Joachim Andersen (4.5m), Joel Ward (4.5m) all getting regular starts.

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