FPLTips Team Selection for Gameweek 12
Posted by FFPundits
12:44pm Dec 10 2020
Liverpool’s Mo Salah likely to be FPLtips’ captain for Gameweek 12 tie with Premier League strugglers, Fulham FC.
73 points in Gameweek 11 gave a small green arrow in the end but it has to go down as a missed opportunity to climb even higher.
Gameweek 11 Review
Goalkeeper and Defenders
Walker-Peters won a penalty to earn the only significant points at the back after Southampton and Leicester each conceded just a single goal.
The Foxes restricted Sheffield Utd to just that 1 shot on target, which came from a corner, while Brighton scored from the penalty spot against the Saints.
The plan had been to somehow bring in Kevin De Bruyne for the captaincy option but as the week went on, it became harder and harder to justify selling Heung-Min Son to accommodate him.
So, a last-minute change of plan saw Riyad Mahrez come in as a one-week punt and it was Grealish who was sacrificed rather than any of the three big hitters – Son, Fernandes or Salah.
The Algerian had been rested in midweek and Guardiola had all but confirmed his starting place for the meeting with Fulham – so there was much less risk than there’d normally be with Mahrez.
But we all know how it ended – just a clean sheet and a bonus point – on another day, he could have had 3 or 4 assists.
No player during the Gameweek created as many as his 3 big chances or racked up a higher expected assists figure (1.21).
Meanwhile, De Bruyne and Sterling stole the show with double-figure returns in the 2-0 win. The only consolation is that the three big hitters in midfield all delivered.
In fact, every attacker in the team other than Mahrez came away with a return.
Calvert-Lewin converted one of his 3 big chances against Burnley and Bamford finally translated his high quantity of chances into some points.
Vardy left it late against Sheffield Utd after striking the woodwork in the first-half but his last-minute goal earned his side the win.
So, let’s move on to the transfer plans ahead of Gameweek 12:
Gameweek 12 Preview
Goalkeeper and Defenders
McCarthy and Walker-Peters face a struggling Sheffield Utd side that are yet to pick up a win this season.
The Blades have scored just 2 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks, with only Arsenal (1) faring worse.
Justin has been a bit of a disappointment of late, with only 1 clean sheet in the last 4 Gameweeks but he’s been very active in the final third.
Cresswell (56), Chilwell (65) and Cancelo (69) are the only defenders to have completed more than his 54 final third passes in that time.
Amongst Leicester teammates, his 9 touches in the opposition’s box can only be bettered by Maddison – with 14 and Vardy – with 19.
There’s a bit of a dilemma between Ayling and Targett for the remaining spot; both have a reasonably good fixture, against West Ham and Wolves respectively.
Leeds are always a tricky team to call; they’ve conceded the joint-highest number of big chances in the last 4 Gameweeks but only Spurs (4) have kept more than their 2 clean sheets.
So, that could be a decision that goes down to the wire.
Salah has bagged returns in each of his last 4 league appearances, averaging 9.3 points per game.
The same can be said for Bruno Fernandes, who’s earned 11.0 points per game in his last 4 outings.
We saw just how influential he was when he came on as a half-time substitute against West Ham and produced 8 attempted assists in 45 minutes.
Heung-Min Son has taken just 6 shots in the last 4 Gameweeks; there are 26 FPL midfielders who can better that tally.
But for him and for Spurs it’s been all about their counter-attacking system, breaking quickly and being clinical when those chances come and you’d have to say it’s working.
They’re up against a Crystal Palace side that have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 league matches.
It will be an unchanged front three as Calvert-Lewin begins a run of trickier fixtures, starting with Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park.
They’ve conceded just 2 big chances in the last 4 Gameweeks and no side have allowed fewer, so it won’t be easy for the in-form forward.
Bamford and Vardy have more favourable home ties, against West Ham and Brighton respectively.
As we saw last Gameweek, the big hitters are there for a reason when it comes to captaincy and so it’s likely to fall down to either Heung-Min Son or Mohamed Salah this weekend.
Fulham have shipped 7 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks, with only Sheffield Utd (8) shipping more.
So, it will almost certainly be Salah who takes the armband.
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