Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips - Gameweek 18
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
6:33pm Dec 15 2017
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard’s to delivery healthy fantasy returns against a leaky Southampton defence?
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Hot Pick – Sánchez vs. Newcastle (H)
Yes yes, we know – Alexis Sanchez is a Midfielder on the FPL game. However, on Starting 11 and most other daily fantasy games, he’s classed as a striker by Opta – either way, he’s still a top pick across all fantasy formats this weekend.
At this stage of the season, there is one team I am looking for when I see the weekly fixtures schedule and that’s Newcastle United. Why? So I can capitalise on their awful defence (sorry Newcastle fans) and play for attacking returns.
This week, Rafa and Co. travel south to Arsenal, which immediately makes me think of Alexis Sanchez – he will be the first name on my Starting 11 team sheet.
He’s goalless in his last 3 Premier League outings, but prior to that, he scored 3 on the bounce against Spurs, Burnley and Huddersfield, so play Sanchez with confidence against a poor Newcastle defensive unit.
Differential – Mounie vs. Watford (A)
Huddersfield may have had their attack stifled by Chelsea midweek, however, that Watford defence continues to leak goals and losing to Crystal Palace in the last few minutes on Wednesday, could have knocked their confidence for six.
Having returned to David Wagner’s starting lineup, Steve Mounie propelled himself back into fantasy managers’ minds during Gameweek 16, with an impressive brace at home to Brighton and Hove.
Saturday’s fixture gives Mounie an ideal opportunity to add to his tally, in a game between 2 teams who have both conceded 29 goals already this season – this could be one for the neutrals to enjoy and is a solid differential to consider for Gameweek 18.
Hot Pick – Hazard vs. Southampton (H)
After 2 blanks in as many Gameweeks, some fantasy managers are beginning to get frustrated with the Chelsea play-maker and quickly forgot about the 2 goals he scored for them in Gameweek 15.
Despite not scoring in his last 2 Premier League outings, Hazard has played well in both games and continues to play a key part in Chelsea’s attacking play, even though his fantasy returns haven’t been great.
With the Blues’ opposition taking a 4-1 battering (at home) against Leicester City in Gameweek 18, play Hazard with confidence and expect his partnership with Alvaro Morata to produce fruitful returns.
Differential – Gudmundsson vs. Brighton (A)
Burnley players have featured heavily across my Saturday Previews lately in a defensive capacity, but this week, I’m looking at Gudmundsson to help provide some differential attacking returns.
Playing on the right side of Burnley’s 4 man midfield, Gudmundsson may have gone unnoticed by some – however, after recording 10 shots in his last 5 games, the signs are positive.
A trip to Brighton, who are on a 3 match losing streak, should also give him an opportunity to add to his 5 assists for the season and another 90-minute performance.
Hot Pick – Christensen vs. Southampton (H)
If you can take David Luiz’s place in the Chelsea back line, you know you must have the support of your manager and since then, Christensen has gone on to become a vital player in Chelsea’s back 3.
At 3-0 up on Tuesday, Christensen was subbed off to keep him fresh during a busy schedule whilst also securing his clean sheet points, a Huddersfield, who hadn’t been in the game all evening, then finished the match with a consolation goal whilst he was off the field.
Whilst Southampton have scored once in each of their last 3 games, I expect Chelsea’s defensive line, along with N’Golo Kante, to keep things tights and secure at the back.
Play Christensen with confidence in Gameweek 18, with a clean sheet and potential attacking return from set-piece plays possible.
Differential – Masuaku vs. Stoke City (A)
Finally, some stability within that West Ham back line under new Hammers boss, Davey Moyes.
Recording 2 clean sheets in their last 2 games is impressive enough, but when you consider those matches were against Chelsea and Arsenal, one must tip their hat in appreciation – in Moyes’ we trust!
A player introduced to that back-line is Arthur Masuaku, who appears to have nailed down that left wing-back position during his last 5 outings, playing 90 minutes in each game.
We all love an attacking defender in fantasy football and a trip to Stoke could see Maskuaku provide attacking returns on Saturday, as well as a clean sheet.
Hot Pick – Nick Pope vs Brighton (A)
Sean Dyche must have walked into the Burnley training ground with a swagger on Wednesday morning, after leading Burnley to 4th in the Premier League.
On Tuesday evening, Burnley played most of the game with 3 of their first choice back 4 out injured, but that didn’t stop them recording yet another clean sheet, thanks heavily to the heroics of Nick Pope who made 7 saves.
On Saturday, a trip to Brighton, who have only scored 1 goal in their last 3 games, shouldn’t cause too many concerns for the Burnley defence.
Differential – Adrian vs Stoke (A)
Cast your mind back to earlier in the season and West Ham were the team I was looking at to take advantage of their defensive frailties.
Fast forward to Gameweek 18 and I have the Hammers defence as this week’s Defensive Stack.
Hart OUT, Adrian IN. The English Press loved it and so did the West Ham fans when they saw their team go from a 4-0 defeat to Everton, to taking 4 points from their next 3 games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Confidence is growing and their opposition, Stoke, have lost their last 2 games. Show me those West Ham Stacks on Saturday!
Eden Hazard vs. Southampton (H)
I am keeping the faith with Hazard this week guys – the gut feeling is strong and Alvaro Morata appears to recovered from his bout of ‘tiredness’ – bless.
After a brilliant individual performance against Huddersfield, where he did everything but record an attacking return for fantasy managers, I believe he will find the back of the net again on Saturday against a leaky Southampton outfit.
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