Gameweek 18 Preview - Players to Watch

9:20pm Dec 20 2016

Key picks from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United make it in to our Top 4 Players to Watch for Gameweek 18

With Fantasy Premier League bosses ditching the likes of Kane, Costa and Jamie Vardy from their FPL teams ahead of the Gameweek 18 fixture schedule, now’s the time for some of you to decide on which premium players you’re going to hire the services of.

Popular picks such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alvaro Negredo and Liverpool’s star-midfielder, Adam Lallana top the most popular transferred IN charts for Gameweek 18, now’s the time to weigh up your options, review your budget and make the big decisions which will make or break your Christmas mood.

As always, we invite you to read the below article and then check out the YouTube video for all the stats and glossy graphics which help support this weeks four picks – Please be sure to subscribe to the FPLTips’ YouTube channel for more Fantasy Premier tips, news and views, each and every Gameweek, straight to your mobile or laptop.

Adam Lallana – Liverpool (STO)

  • £7.4m
  • 16.9%
  • 3
  • Stoke City (H)

The English midfielder is having his best season since joining Liverpool, having already produced 6 goals and 6 assists in just 15 appearances so far; beating his return of 4 goals and 6 assists during the whole of last season.

Since returning from injury, Lallana has managed 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 Premier League appearances. During that period, he’s taken a total of 5 shots, with 3 coming from inside the area. He’s also produced 4 attempted assists.

In Gameweek 18, Liverpool host a Stoke side that gave up a 2-0 lead against Leicester last weekend and have now failed to win any of their last 3 games. They’ve conceded 5 goals during that period; only Bournemouth (6), Crystal Palace (6), Swansea (6) and Hull (7) have conceded more.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Man United (SUN)

  • £11.4m
  • 34.5%
  • 12
  • Sunderland (H)

The Manchester United forward has returned to form recently, following a run of 6 Premier League games without a goal.

In his last 6 games, he’s scored 7 goals and provided 1 assist, as Jose Mourinho’s side continue with their unbeaten run.

In the last 5 Gameweeks, Ibrahimovic has taken 11 shots from inside the area; only Salomon Rondon (12) and Theo Walcott (14) have taken more. The Swede has also produced 9 attempted assists during that period, and only Harry Kane (11) has managed more amongst strikers.

Up next for Man Utd is a home fixture against Sunderland, a side that have won just 2 of their last 5 games, losing 3, and sit 18th in the league table. They’ve conceded 7 goals in the last 5 Gameweeks, but 5 of those have come during 2 away games.

Theo Walcott – Arsenal (WBA)

  • £7.8m
  • 15.4%
  • 7
  • West Brom (H)

The Arsenal midfielder has returned an impressive 8 goals and 3 assists so far this season; already surpassing his returns in each of the last 3 seasons.

In the last 6 Gameweeks, Walcott has taken 14 shots from inside the area; level with Salomon Rondon and Sadio Mané, and no player has taken more.

Arsenal have a very kind schedule over the next few weeks, with home fixtures against Crystal Palace, Burnley and Watford to come over the next 6 games, as well as away trips to Bournemouth and Swansea.

In Gameweek 18, they host a West Brom side that were beaten 2-0 last weekend by Man Utd. The Baggies are having a good season, and they’re scoring more goals than you’d expect from a Tony Pulis side.

However, they’re also keeping fewer clean sheets. They’ve kept just 3 clean sheets this season, after having kept a total of 26 clean sheets over the previous 2 Premier League seasons.

Héctor Bellerín – Arsenal (WBA)

  • £6.4m
  • 16.2%
  • 1
  • West Brom (H)

The attacking right-back has returned from injury to feature in each of the last 3 Premier League games, where he’s picked up 1 assist.

During the last 3 Gameweeks, Bellerin has taken 4 shots and produced 4 attempted assists, making him by far the most attacking defender at Arsenal from open play.

Despite his heavy £6.4m price tag, a kind run of fixtures during the next 8 games for Arsenal, along with his attacking potential, should see the right-back return some impressive points.

Up next for them is a home fixture against West Brom. Tony Pulis’ side are in good form, and have scored a reasonable 6 goals during their last 4 games. However, all 6 of those games came during home fixtures against fairly poor Watford and Swansea sides. West Brom failed to score in the other 2 fixtures in that period, against Chelsea and Manchester United.

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Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 18 Preview – Players to Watch’ which was written and produced by @_FPLTips

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