Gameweek 20: Team Selection: Will Kane Break Shearer’s Record?
Posted by FFPundits
6:27pm Dec 24 2017
Tottenham’s Harry Kane takes the captains armband for FPL Gameweek 20
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
With the quick turnaround between games, it’s a good time to save a Free Transfer, so Nick Pope will remain between the sticks, despite his tricky away fixture against Manchester United.
We know that Burnley will set up to frustrate Jose Mourinho’s side and it is the kind of game that could be a bit of a banana skin for them. Either way, there’s likely to be plenty of save points in it for Pope.
Nicolas Otamendi faces a Newcastle side that were struggling prior to their win over West Ham but have since climbed to 15th place in the league table.
With just 1 win in 5 for Newcastle, Man City will be clear favourites and they’ll be looking to build on their tally of 9 clean sheets this season; only Man Utd have kept more (10).
Chelsea, meanwhile, host a Brighton side that have mustered up just 1 goal across their last 4 away games, while Antonio Conte’s side have conceded just once in their last 4 games at home, so Andreas Christensen has the potential for another clean sheet here.
Arthur Masuaku and West Ham will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat to Newcastle, when they travel to Bournemouth in Gameweek 20.
Eddie Howe’s side were beaten 4-0 by Man City last Gameweek and have scored just 2 goals in their last 4 matches; only Brighton have managed fewer.
We’ve thought it for weeks now but after playing 90 minutes in each of the last 7 Premier League games, is this a game where Pep Guardiola will look to rest Raheem Sterling?
He’s probably not someone to consider giving the captain armband to for that reason but if he is involved, he’ll be looking to build on his 12 goals and 7 assists, when Man City travel to Newcastle.
Richarlison has looked a little bit fatigued himself but he’s such an important player for a Watford side that need to end their run of 4 consecutive defeats, when they host Leicester in Gameweek 20.
The Foxes have conceded 8 times over the last 4 Gameweeks; only Stoke (10) and Bournemouth (11) have let in more goals over that period.
Liverpool host Swansea on Boxing Day, a side that have kept just 1 clean sheet in 6 games now, conceding 11 goals in the process.
Harry Kane levelled Mohamed Salah’s tally of 15 goals with his hat-trick against Burnley, so is this a chance for the Liverpool man to reclaim his place as the leading goal scorer?
After being withdrawn on the 73 minute mark against Bournemouth, Kevin De Bruyne looks likely to keep his starting place for the trip to Newcastle, where he’ll be looking to build on the 16 FPL involvements he’s managed so far this season.
Over the last 6 Gameweeks, De Bruyne’s tally of 10 shots on target is more than any other midfielder, while only Charlie Austin (11) and Harry Kane (13) have managed more amongst all players.
Alvaro Morata returns from suspension for the home fixture against Brighton and after playing just 17 minutes over the previous 3 Gameweeks, he’s likely to come straight back into the team during this busy festive period.
Holding onto him so far has proven to be costly, with Roberto Firmino having scored 2 goals and 2 assists during the last 3 Gameweeks, so those of us that held onto the Chelsea man need him to step up in these next two home fixtures.
Morata’s tally of 13 shots from inside the box during his last 4 appearances is fairly strong; it’s equal to the amount that Mohamed Salah has managed during the same period.
After his hat-trick against Burnley, Harry Kane needs just 1 more goal to break Alan Shearer’s record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year.
His tally of 12 shots on target in the last 4 Gameweeks is at least 3 more than any other player, while Southampton, his Gameweek 20 opponents, have been unable to find a win in any of their last 6 Premier League games, conceding 10 goals over that period.
Finally, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is up against West Brom, a side that have conceded 5 goals during the last 2 Gameweeks alone; only Bournemouth (8) have conceded more.
The Everton forward starts ahead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who faces Arsenal in Gameweek 20 but with plenty of rotation to be expected, the Crystal Palace midfielder may yet make his way off the bench.
There are a couple of standout captain options this week, in the form of Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.
The Liverpool midfielder has the form and the fixture, at home to Swansea, but with Klopp’s tendency to rotate his squad and the short rest time between games, can we be certain that Salah will start?
Alvaro Morata looks a safer bet in terms of game time, after missing last Gameweek through suspension, so he’ll be the vice-captain, for Chelsea’s home fixture against Brighton.
But after his hat-trick last Gameweek, Harry Kane surely has earned our trust as captain for Gameweek 20.
The stats are in his favour, the form is in his favour and a goal against Southampton would see him break Shearer’s record.
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