Hot or Not - Gameweek 19
Posted by FFP-Danny
5:16pm Dec 29 2016
Who’s HOT and who’s NOT for the final Fantasy Premier League Gameweek (19) of the year?
So folks, Gameweek 19 is now upon us and the fixtures continue to come thick and fast. The Boxing Day fixture programme failed to conjure up any surprise results, which made for a very high scoring FPL Gameweek, as the big-hitters continued to fire.
As we move towards the midway point of the Premier League season, I’ll be looking at what’s required to help your team kick-on and continue to prosper as we head into 2017.
So, here’s my ‘who’s hot and who’s not’ for Gameweek 19 and I wish all Fantasy Premier League players the best of luck, and a very happy new year!
Romelu Lukaku – Everton
- Hull City (A)
After his brilliantly taken goal to secure all three points at struggling Leicester in GW18, the Toffees will be hoping that this is a sign of things to come from their top marksman.
With just 3 goals in his last 8 games, it’s fair to say that the big Belgian hasn’t quite shown his best form of late. However, those 26% of you who kept the faith may well reap further rewards, as Everton travel to rock-bottom Hull in Gameweek 19.
Only Swansea have conceded more goals than Hull, so Lukaku is well worth a punt for this week.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Man United
- Middlesbrough (H)
The Armenian midfielder is beginning to show his true promise after a difficult start to life in England. After returning from injury in Gameweek 18, the former Dortmund man wowed fans and pundits alike with a stunning scorpion kick against Sunderland – one of the goals of the season so far.
Middlesbrough are the next visitors to Old Trafford in what looks to be another home-banker. What’s more, Mkhitaryan is selected by just 2.3% of players, making him an absolute must for Gameweek 19.
At £8.9m he is a tad pricey, but barring injury, there is no reason why he won’t continue to showcase his talent in what is a very potent Man United attack.
Now’s to time to break the bank and get him in your team.
Tom Heaton – Burnley
- Sunderland (H)
Burnley’s home form has been superb so far this season, and has been instrumental in keeping them away from the relegation zone.
The Clarets have been defensively tight, and in Tom Heaton they have one of the league’s best ‘keepers in their ranks. After successfully seeing off Middlesbrough in Gameweek 18, it’s Sunderland up next at Turf Moor, where I expect Burnley to chalk up their second successive home win.
Given Sunderland’s poor away form (1 win, 1 draw, 7 losses), and their inability to score goals on the road (only 5 all season), a home win and a clean sheet looks a real possibility.
At just £4.9m, Heaton is a real bargain, and has only been outscored by Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. Despite this, he is still only selected by less than 15% of FPL players out there. Now is a great time to add the Burnley stopper to your ranks and free up some extra cash in the process.
Kevin De Bruyne – Man City
- Liverpool (A)
With no goals since September, the FPL’s second most expensive midfielder is not justifying his hefty £10.7m price tag. If you’re one of the 9.1% of FPL players who have kept faith with the Belgian, now is most definitely the time to make a change.
There’s an abundance of cheaper and better options available. For Gameweek 19, take your pick from Liverpool’s trio of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, or Roberto Firmino – who take on De Bruyne’s Manchester City at Anfield.
But perhaps the best alternative is the red-hot Eden Hazard, who is showing his best form once again. The Blues have a home fixture against Stoke in Gameweek 19, where Hazard looks set to continue to bring dividends to 35.8% of FPL players.
Álvaro Negredo – Middlesbrough
- Man United (A)
Middlesbrough face a tough looking trip to Old Trafford in Gameweek 19, where a fifth-straight win for the home side looks a dead-cert.
Boro have really struggled for goals on the road this season, and United are bang in-form, so it’s unlikely that Negredo will find the net in this one.
With this in mind, it looks a shrewd move to replace Negredo for this Gameweek. His Spanish compatriot Fernando Llorente, whose Swansea side face Bournemouth at home, is within a similar price range and has scored 5 goals in the Swan’s last 3 home outings, so is well worth a gamble with your free transfer.
What’s more, Llorente is selected by just 5.9% of players, so this represents a great opportunity to steal some points where many others will miss out.
Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace
- Arsenal (A)
After giving 10% of us a return of -1 with a poorly taken penalty against Watford in Gameweek 18, the Belgian striker will line-up against Arsenal at the Emirates in Gameweek 19. The Gunners’ home form has been impressive this season, and despite the arrival of Sam Allardyce, Palace will struggle to gain anything from this one.
As mentioned above, a temporary switch with Swansea’s Fernando Llorente looks tempting here, and could yield a few extra points. Another option worth exploring is Andy Carroll, a Gameweek 18 tip who rewarded punters with 8 points after a long injury lay-off. His side travel to Leicester, whose fixtures usually provide goals aplenty!
Still only selected by 2.9% of players, Carroll could be the ideal man to fill Benteke’s boots.
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Hot or Not – Gameweek 19’ which was written by @DannyBryan27
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