LOAD UP ON MAN CITY MIDFIELDERS? | Gameweek 19 & 20: Players to Watch

8:59pm Dec 19 2017

Fantasy picks from Man United, Liverpool & Man City top our Players to Watch list for Gameweek’s 19 & 20

As we head in to the busy Premier League fixture schedule, rotation and injuries are likely to strike when we least expect it – but that shouldn’t stop you loading up on these beauties ahead of Gameweek 19 and 20.

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Kevin de Bruyne vs. BOU and new

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After providing goals in each of his last two league appearances, the Belgian international has now been directly involved in 14 Premier League goals this season (6 goals, 8 assists).

Over the last 4 Gameweeks, no other midfielder has taken more than De Bruyne’s 7 shots on target, while only Charlie Austin and Harry Kane have managed more amongst all players.

The Man City midfielder has also provided 12 attempted assists during that period; only Alexis Sanchez (14) and Mesut Özil (15) have produced more.

In Gameweek 19, Man City host a Bournemouth side that have conceded 8 times over the previous 4 Gameweeks; only Swansea, Brighton (9) and Stoke (10) have conceded more.

Then, in Gameweek 20, it’s a trip to Newcastle for Pep Guardiola’s side. They’ve slipped down into the relegation zone, after suffering 4 consecutive defeats, conceding 8 goals over that period – level with Bournemouth.

Roberto Firmino vs. ars & SWA

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After Liverpool’s 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth in Gameweek 19, the Brazilian forward has now been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season; scoring 6 times and providing 4 assists.

Over the last 4 Gameweeks, Firmino has been involved in 4 big chances for Liverpool; which is more than any of his teammates, and only Silva, Sterling, Benteke (5) and Lacazette (6) have had more big chances over that period.

He’s also created 2 big chances over the last 4 Gameweeks; a tally which is just 1 fewer than De Bruyne, Salah and Coutinho have produced (3).

Liverpool face Arsenal in Gameweek 19, a team that they’ve enjoyed plenty of success against in recent history; scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, over their last 4 league meetings with the Gunners.

Then, it’s a home fixture against Swansea for the Reds in Gameweek 20. The Welsh side have conceded 9 times over the last 4 Gameweeks; only Stoke have conceded more goals over that period.

Paul Pogba vs. lei & BUR

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After missing the last 3 Premier League matches through suspension, the Manchester United midfielder will return for Gameweek 19’s trip to Leicester.

Despite making just 8 appearances this season, Pogba has already contributed to 10 Premier League goals; scoring 3 times and providing 7 assists.

Manchester United have scored an average of 3 goals per game with Pogba in the team this season, compared to just 1.5 goals per game without him, highlighting the French midfielder’s importance, when it comes to creating and taking chances.

In Gameweek 19, Jose Mourinho’s side travel to Leicester; on the back of their 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Following that, it’s a home fixture against Burnley for United in Gameweek 20. Sean Dyche’s side have been very strong defensively this season, but only 3 of their 8 clean sheets have come during away matches.

Arthur Masuaku vs. NEW & bou

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West Ham seem to have turned a corner under David Moyes, having kept 3 consecutive clean sheets, in games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke.

Only Burnley (1) have conceded fewer goals than West Ham, over the last 4 Gameweeks, while only Chelsea (3) have conceded fewer ‘big chances’ (4).

Masuaku has lined up in a left wing-back role for the last 4 Gameweeks, and although he’s yet to return attacking points, the defender has taken 3 shots at goal and provided 2 attempted assists, over that period.

Investing in West Ham assets looks like a wise move, if you have the squad depth to fit them on your bench in Gameweek 21, when they’re without a Premier League fixture. They’ll have a Double Gameweek in Gameweek 22, taking on West Brom at home, and Spurs away.

Before that though, it’s a home fixture against Newcastle for them in Gameweek 19. Rafa Benitez’s side have lost each of their last 4 games, scoring just 3 goals over that period; only Burnley, West Brom and Brighton have managed fewer goals.

Following that, it’s an away trip to Bournemouth for the Hammers in Gameweek 20. Eddie Howe’s side have also scored just 3 times over the last 4 Gameweeks, putting them on par with Newcastle.

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