FPLTips' Team Selection - Gameweek 22
Posted by FFPundits
9:07pm Jan 8 2019
The in-form Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford makes his way IN to the FPLTips lineup ahead of Gameweek 22 clash with Spurs
With Danny Ings suffering a hamstring injury that will potentially see him sidelined for 2 weeks, the Saints forward has made way for the in-form Marcus Rashford, who’s bagged 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Manchester United have home fixtures against Brighton and Burnley to come after their visit to Wembley in Gameweek 22, as well as away trips to Leicester and Fulham over the next 5 Gameweeks.
To fund that move, Trent Alexander-Arnold comes in as a downgrade from Andrew Robertson, using the second free transfer.
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Here’s how the team looks after making those changes ahead 0f Saturday’s 11:30am Gameweek 22 FPL deadline:
It’s a 50-50 call between the sticks, with David Button at home to Liverpool, while Rui Patricio travels to Man City.
Brighton have only conceded 5 big chances in their last 4 home games; only Crystal Palace (4), Fulham (3) and Chelsea (0) allowed opponents fewer in that time.
But Wolves have been specialists at getting results against the top 6 so far this season and come into this game after a win over Liverpool in the FA Cup.
It will be a return to a three-man defence, as Doherty drops to the bench for the trip to Man City and Kolasinac reluctantly misses out as well, with West Ham hosting the Gunners on Saturday.
Crystal Palace have conceded just 1 goal across their last 4 home matches, ahead of the meeting with Watford this weekend, so Aaron Wan-Bissaka is promoted to the starting XI.
Bournemouth have only scored twice in their last 4 away games, so the attack-minded Lucas Digne keeps his starting place.
Felipe Anderson had a good effort saved against Brighton last Gameweek and only Pogba and Salah (each 10) have taken more shots on target amongst midfielders in the last 6 Gameweeks.
No midfielder has taken more shots from inside the box than Richarlison in the last 4 Gameweeks, with his total of 10 efforts matching Hazard and beating Salah – with 9.
Bournemouth have shipped 14 goals in the same period; 3 more than any other side, while only Fulham (18) have conceded more big chances than the Cherries (16).
Paul Pogba is undoubtedly the Man Utd midfielder to own at the moment but for now, Anthony Martial remains in the team due to his cheaper price tag. The left-winger was rested against Reading in the FA Cup win and looks likely to keep his starting place against Spurs this weekend.
He’s recorded 1 goal and 1 assist in 3 appearances under Solskjær so far and has been directly involved in 10 goals across his last 10 league starts.
7 efforts on target by Mohamed Salah in the last 4 Gameweeks is on par with Hazard; Paul Pogba is the only midfielder to manage more in that time – with 10.
The Egypt international is a key contender for captaincy as Liverpool look to bounce back from their 2 consecutive defeats in all competitions but Brighton have only conceded 10 goals in 6 matches against the ‘top six’ this season.
No midfielder has taken more shots inside the box than Eden Hazard (10) in the last 4 Gameweeks, while only Westwood (11) and Sterling (12) have produced more attempted assists (10).
Newcastle have conceded 17 goals in 7 games against the ‘top six’ this season, at an average of 2.4 per game, suffering a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in their last away trip to a ‘top six’ side.
No forward has taken more total shots (25) or efforts on target than Marcus Rashford (15), during the last 6 Gameweeks, while only Barnes (7) and Aubameyang (8) have been involved in more than his 5 big chances.
The 21-year-old also ranks 1st amongst forwards for chance creation over this period, with his tally of 9 attempted assists.
Spurs have shipped 8 goals in their last 4 matches against the ‘top six’ this season, conceding an average of 2 goals per game.
No FPL forward has scored more points than Harry Kane in the last 4 Gameweeks (39), while only Rashford and Mitrovic (each 18) have attempted more than his 17 shots.
Spurs have been in fine goal-scoring form of late, finding the back of the net 15 times in the last 4 Gameweeks; more than any other team. Only Liverpool (28) and Man Utd (34) have produced more shots on target (22) during the same period.
Stick or twist with captain Eden Hazard is the question this Gameweek, after the Belgian failed to deliver against Southampton, despite the promising underlying statistics.
Mohamed Salah is in fine form, having delivered double-digit hauls in 3 of the last 4 Gameweeks, with 3 goals and 3 assists in that time.
In the last 3 Gameweeks, the pair are tied for goals scored (2) and big chances (3). Hazard has provided more attempted assists (9 to 5) but Salah has created more big chances (3 to 0), so it is a real 50-50 call.
For now, the armband stays on the Chelsea midfielder but this one could go down to the wire.
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