Happy 2015 FPL addicts and welcome to the first Preview of the new year. We’re in the midst of what has to be the most exciting time of the Premier League calendar. 30 fixtures in 7 days, the transfer window upcoming, and 10 matches in one day. If there is anything better than this it’s 5’9, smells of jasmine, and has the measurements of 36-24-36. Yes, I am indeed a full fledged pervert. It’s both a gift and a curse, brethren. But as a wise man once told me life is both a gift and a curse. Which may or may not be true, because today I’m giving you an absolute data dump of useful fantasy information to digest up until game time. We’ll look at team performance over the last 5 matches, players to watch on each club for every fixture, and finally my always spot on predictions. So read on, ask away in the comments, and most importantly good luck.

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It’s Boxing Day and that means Errrrbody is playing today. That’s right 10…count ’em 10 games, aaaaaaaaaand you get this reduced price set of knives from Tajikistan! The Tajiks are known for their knives, the same way the Premier League is known for Derbies and fixtures galore on boxing day. It’s all cyclical, one giant circle of awesomeness, with some very sharp edges. The difficult part of the holiday schedule for FPL managers is figuring out just who the hell is playing and who isn’t. Deep benches are important like water and sunlight. So don’t be a dehydrated vampire or something like that, use your transfers the next few weeks to pickup cheap starters for your bench. This way you have sure fire points coming even when your studs sit. Don’t forget we have the free January Wild Card coming up so you don’t need to buy long term over the next few weeks. Below I’ve given you my most up to date lineups as of 12 am EST this morning. Just lineups, last 5, and picks. That’s it. Boxing Day Matchweek Previews ahead.

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The fixtures here in Week 17 are a whole lot of yuck. There’s a couple of seemingly exciting match ups on the roster of games, but mismatches and showdowns between lower tier clubs make up the majority. The good news is these sort of weeks typically feed into big production for FPL players like ourselves. The big question of the week here at Razzball FC, but also throughout the FPL community, is What does the Man City lineup and formation look like for tomorrow? Who will be the false nine? Who will step up in the absence of a true forward? Will they just play Pozo up top? Well we get the answer to these queries in today’s opening match. Other clubs in action this afternoon include United, Swansea, Spurs, West Ham, and Burnley. But the real jewel of the day could be the Southampton – Everton showdown. Which introduces our Game of the Day.

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In what has become a weekly tradition we’re tweaking the Matchweek previews once again. This week I’m doing all 10 games in one. It’s a marathon of information, lineups, and blinking lights….I was just informed by Jay, our editor, that there will be no blinking lights….Sorry I tried to keep it festive. Regardless of decorations, denominations, and perspiration. We have another great week ahead with the biggest rivalry in English Football taking center stage on Sunday afternoon. As well as some other prime match ups in Saturday and Sunday’s late games. The Arsenal vs Newcastle match up looks to be an affair that could either way, especially when you factor in the Magpies current run or form and the Gunners being notoriously difficult to overcome at home. As for the Sunday game, Spurs bruised and battered, fresh off being shutout in consecutive games, travels to the Liberty to face the Swans and the attacking trio of Wilfried Bony, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Jefferson Montero. As for the rest of the fixtures, a few lopsided match ups, and a handful of showdowns between bottom third teams. Enjoy!

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In the remaining Premier League contests of Matchweek 15 we see a matchup of two teams just on the cusp of the top four in Sunday’s early game, between West Ham and Swansea. Followed by the game of the week in Aston Villa vs Leicester. If Villans v Foxes doesn’t get you going you’re either dead, a eunuch, or maybe Canadian. It’s one of those I can’t decide….but in all truthiness, that game sucks. To close out the week we have a prime matchup Monday evening between the third and fourth place teams in the table. With a win at St. Mary’s, United could potentially leap frog the Saints in the standings and make their assault on the top two. After a brief fitness scare earlier in the week it looks as though Wayne Rooney will indeed be in the lineup and ready to go for United. He’s always found the Saints a friendly matchup having netted five times in five premier league starts against them. –  Players I’m watching in this one: Too many to name, really, both squads are full of FPL lineup regulars. There are two players I’m most keenly interested in though Robin Van Persie, mostly because I may need to dump Sergio Agüero depending upon the severity of his injury, and the dutch striker could be the perfect fill-in. The other player with my interest is Graziano Pellè, I need to see if he’s more than a couple of fancy goals and a nice haircut. It takes more than that to make your way into my heart bud. If he can prove he’s the real deal Holyfield, unlike his chump teammate Dusan Tadic, he may be in the mix for a few teams doing forward reconstruction, in the wake of the Charlie Austin red card debacle and the Agüero injury saga. It was a dramatic Saturday for me, I’m glad it’s over…The Saints gave up a late one midweek vs Arsenal, but seemed to rebound overall from their  rough showing at the Etihad. It should be interesting to see how they look against a red hot United team, albeit one sans Angel Di María. I, like many FPL owners am heavily invested in Southampton defenders, Nathaniel Clyne in particular, and I’m very interested in seeing how he looks heading into the January Free transfer period. The theme over the next month plus for Southampton is to prove they belong in the discussion of the top four. A win at home over one of England’s giants would be a great way to kick off the campaign.

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Welcome back to our little Saturday morning EPL shindig, otherwise known as the Matchday Previews. We have an unbelievable slate of games today, with six out of the top ten in action. The two most exciting fixtures look to be in the early and the late games, sandwiching five mediocre, mid-day contests. The two aforementioned contests I’m most interested in as an FPL manager are, Newcastle .vs Chelsea, and Manchester City .vs Everton. They both feature teams with at least a few ownable players in each squad, and several of the superstars of the game. They both have the potential to be actual entertaining matches.

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