FPLTips' Team Selection - Gameweek 21
Posted by FFPundits
3:45pm Dec 31 2018
Is Manchester United midfield-maestro, Paul Pogba, a Fantasy Premier League MUST-OWN?
There’s one man dominating the FPL transfer market ahead of Gameweek 21 and that is, of course, Paul Pogba. The Frenchman racked up 18 points at home to Bournemouth and he’s now provided 4 goals and 4 assists in 3 appearances under Solskjær.
The problem is that last week’s transfers have left the team fairly inflexible, with just £0.4m and 1 free transfer, so a move to bring in Pogba would require a 4-point hit and a downgrade somewhere else in the team.
So unfortunately, the plan for now is to save the free transfer, keep faith in Anthony Martial and then reassess the situation the following Gameweek.
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Let’s take a look at how our FPLTips team is looking ahead of Tuesday’s 11:30am Gameweek 21 deadline.
Rui Patricio comes back in between the sticks as Wolves host a Crystal Palace side that have failed to score in the last 2 Gameweeks, while only Newcastle (15) and Huddersfield (12) have found fewer goals this season (17).
The back four could remain unchanged, although there is the option to move Andrew Robertson to the bench ahead of the trip to Man City, in favour of a well-rested Danny Ings, up against Chelsea.
But given that Liverpool are 7 points clear at the top of the table, they may try to sit back and frustrate Man City at the Etihad and look to avoid defeat first and foremost.
8 goals conceded by Liverpool this season is half the amount managed by any other team and similarly, no side have allowed opponents fewer big chances than the Reds (21).
Bringing in Felipe Anderson last Gameweek isn’t looking like such a great decision after the Hammers failed to break down Burnley and their meeting with Brighton in Gameweek 21 may not be straight-forward either; in the last 4 away matches, only Wolves (13) and Chelsea (6) have conceded fewer efforts on target (14).
No midfielder has taken more than Richarlison’s 8 shots inside the box during the last 4 Gameweeks, a tally that matches Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
But Leicester have conceded just 3 times in their last 4 away games; only Liverpool (1) have shipped fewer goals in that time.
Anthony Martial looks likely to keep hold of his place on the left-wing for now, with Alexis Sanchez failing to make the bench against Bournemouth.
The Frenchman has returned points in all but one of his last 9 league starts, finding 8 goals and 2 assists across that run and it’s a trip to Newcastle up next; a side that have conceded 11 big chances across their last 4 home matches, with only Southampton (12) and Huddersfield (13) allowing opponents more in that time.
Mohamed Salah put an end to his questionable form against top 6 sides with a goal and assist against Arsenal and it’s a crucial away match against Man City for the Egyptian in Gameweek 21.
In the last 4 Gameweeks, no player has been involved in more than his 5 big chances or has higher than his 3.1 expected goals, while only Townsend has produced more attempted assists (11 to 10).
Eden Hazard is up against a Southampton side that have conceded 12 goals in the last 6 Gameweeks; only Everton (14) and Bournemouth (16) have a worse record in that time.
With 3 goals and 5 assists in the last 7 Gameweeks, the Belgian is a key contender for captaincy this Gameweek.
Completing the team and leading the line on his own will be Harry Kane, who comes into the meeting with Cardiff with consistency, having found an FPL return in each of his last 9 league starts.
Over the last 4 Gameweeks, only Son (7) and Pogba (8) have been directly involved in more goals than the Englishmen’s 6 (4 goals, 2 assists).
Cardiff suffered a 5-1 defeat to Man Utd in their last home fixture and have conceded a total of 22 goals in 6 matches against the top 6 side this season, at an average of 3.7 per game.
It’s tempting to leave the captain’s armband on Harry Kane for a third successive week but Spurs have had a tough schedule over Christmas in terms of rest time and perhaps the defeat to Wolves last weekend was partially down to that.
Eden Hazard is a strong alternative and with Chelsea looking a little bit more fresh in this busy period, for now, it’s the midfielder who’s likely to get the nod.
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