Gameweek 21 Preview - Players to Watch

8:31pm Jan 10 2017

Players from Spurs, Arsenal and Hull City make it in to our top 4 Fantasy Premier League wildcard picks for Gameweek 21

With many FPL bosses opting to use their second FPL wildcard in an attempt to salvage their fantasy season, we’ve decided to give you FOUR solid fantasy options for you to consider for the spine of your team.

With luxury, premium picks such as Costa, Aguero and Sanchez already highly-owned and priced accordingly, this weeks four fantasy football each cost less than £8.6m at the time of publishing this article.

This weeks selections, we believe, are fixture-proof players who need not be benched or transferred out within the next few weeks, giving you less to worry about and more time to think about captaincy picks and differentials to help bolster your overall and mine-league ranks.

As always, we invite you to read the article and then check out the YouTube video below for all the stats and glossy graphics which help support this weeks four picks – and be sure to subscribe to the FPLTips’ YouTube channel for weekly Fantasy Premier League tips, news and insight.

Dele Alli – Spurs (WBA)

  • £8.5m
  • 16.1%
  • 15
  • West Brom (H), Man City (A), Sunderland (A)

The Spurs midfielder has now scored 7 goals in his last 4 Premier League games, after his brace against Chelsea last Gameweek.

In the same period, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) can beat Alli’s 8 shots on target and the 12 shots from inside the area managed by the Spurs man is 2nd only to Alexis Sanchez (13).

Spurs have a relatively kind schedule, with away fixtures against Man City and Liverpool being the only tough games, on paper, between now and Gameweek 34.

In Gameweek 21, they host a West Brom side that are enjoying a successful season so far, sitting in 8th place in the league table. The Baggies have, however, been unusually poor defensively, having kept just 3 clean sheets this season. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 8 Premier League games.

Olivier Giroud – Arsenal (swa)

  • £8.6m
  • 4.8%
  • 15
  • Swansea (A), Burnley (H), Watford (H)

The French forward has forced his way back into the starting lineup, with a goal in each of his last 3 Premier League games, taking his total for the season up to 6 goals in 13 appearances.

Giroud’s recent goals have been important ones too; he scored the only goal against West Brom a couple of weeks ago, to secure the 3 points for his side. More recently, he inspired a late comeback against Bournemouth, providing 1 goal and 2 assists in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw.

In the last 3 Gameweeks, Giroud’s 6 shots on target can be beaten only by Ibrahimovic, Sturridge and Sanchez (7).

Up next for Arsenal is a trip to a struggling Swansea side. They sit in 19th place in the league table and their win against Crystal Palace last Gameweek is their only win from the last 5 Premier League games. The Welsh side have conceded 14 goals over that period and no team in the league have conceded more.

Robert Snodgrass – Hull City (BOU)

  • £5.8m
  • 9.6%
  • 10
  • Bournemouth (H), Chelsea (A), Man United (A)

With 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 Premier League games, the Scottish midfielder is showing impressive form.

In the last 6 Gameweeks, Snodgrass has produced 20 attempted assists, ranking him 4th in that area, behind only Payet (26), Eriksen (21) and Sigurdsson (21).

In the same period, the Hull midfielder has been involved in 4 of his team’s 6 goals, giving him a goal involvement of around 67%.

There are some tough fixtures on the horizon for Hull, including away trips to Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal in the next 5 Gameweeks.

However, Snodgrass has already returned points against Arsenal, Southampton and Everton this season and clearly benefits from being on almost all set pieces for his team, including corners, free kicks and penalties.

In Gameweek 21, Hull host a Bournemouth side that gave up a 3-0 lead against Arsenal last Gameweek. The Cherries have conceded 12 goals in their last 6 games; only Stoke (13), Sunderland (13), Swansea (14) and Hull (15) have conceded more goals in the same period.

Danny Rose – Spurs (WBA)

  • £6.0m
  • 8.4%
  • 5
  • West Brom (H), Man City (A), Sunderland (A)

The Spurs full-back has benefited from an advanced wingback role in the 3-4-2-1 system used by Pochettino in recent weeks that has allowed him to give even more of an attacking threat.

In the last 5 Premier League games, Danny Rose has returned 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 clean sheets.

Only Hull’s Harry Maguire (11) has taken more shots than Rose, amongst defenders, over the last 6 Gameweeks, with the Spurs man registering 8 shots.

Rose is ranked 2nd in terms of attempted assists, amongst defenders, with his 12 attempted assists being beaten only by teammate, Kyle Walker, who’s produced 14 attempted assisted over the last 6 Gameweeks.

Up next for Spurs is a home fixture against West Brom. Despite enjoying a good season so far, Tony Pulis’ side have struggled in the big games this season; losing to Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea in recent weeks and failing to score in any of those 3 matches.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 21 Preview – Players to Watch’ which was written and produced by @_FPLTips

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