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Is anyone else having withdrawals? Just me….Okay then, well, forgive me if some of my spelling is off or iffffffffff there are loooooong strings of letters. I have the FPL DT’s after upping my intake to matches every 3 days during the holiday stretch of the calendar. Well happy days are here again for the addicts out there like me, we have Matchweek 21 upon us. With 8 matches on the schedule for today and a couple of exciting fixtures on the docket for tomorrow, we have plenty to sink our teeth into. As we do every week at this time, we take a look at each game, and focus on a player from each squad to keep an eye on. Now that all of our friends in Africa and Asia are off on International duty we have plenty of new faces to get acclimated with over the coming weeks. A few of these players have been pushed into positions of relevance for us FPL players. So it’s important we get familiar, but don’t worry you have the Matchweek 21, Previews to guide you.

 

 

Sunderland Liverpool

Sunderland 

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 7

Player to watch: When you look at a team like Sunderland you’re limited to only a handful of real viable FPL options, outisde keeper Pantilimon, Johnson is the most relevant. He’s been red hot of late and seems to be the most decorated of the Black cats attacking options, and the only one you should own. He’s a great first man off the bench for your team.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Adam Johnson 67 £6.0 6.6 1.1

Liverpool

Goals scored last 5 matches: 9

Goals against last 5 matches: 8

Player to watch: 28 points over his last 4 matches, the highest form rating on the Reds, and he’s going to be the focus of the attack with Raheem Sterling finishing his mid-season siesta.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Philippe Coutinho 56 £7.6 6 0.8

Prediction: Sunderland 1 – Liverpool 1

 

 

Burnley QPR

Burnley

Goals scored last 5 matches: 7

Goals against last 5 matches: 9

Player to watch: At this point I’m sure most of you are well aware of my affinity for Burnley players at the moment, and with the upcoming slate of fixtures there’s no player more appealing than Heaton. He’s the 6th highest scoring keeper sitting 8 points behind the leader he’s just a stones throw from the top spot. A matchup with “road” QPR is pretty damn appetizing.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Thomas Heaton 73 £4.6 4.4 1

QPR

Goals scored last 5 matches: 6

Goals against last 5 matches: 8

Player to watch: I have no idea if he’s even going to play, but if he does I’m interested to see how he fits in. Charlie aka Chazz aka C-Aust aka the love of my life aka the bricklayer needs some help, because he’s been dancing with himself like Billy Idol with a box of Kleenex.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Mauro Zárate 24 £6.1 0 0

Prediction: Burnley 2 – QPR 1

 

 

Chelsea v  Newcastle

Chelsea

Goals scored last 5 matches: 10

Goals against last 5 matches: 6

Player to watch: You could pretty much look at Chelsea’s usual starting lineup, close your eyes, and point and you’d find an FPL relevant player. But for this week I’m focusing on the Brazilian. It’s been 10 weeks since his last goal, and I’d be willing to bet he breaks the slump today. Quick someone send an ugly girl his way before gametime, we need a good ole’ fashion slumpbuster.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Oscar 77 £8.3 2.6 0.3

Newcastle

Goals scored last 5 matches: 8

Goals against last 5 matches: 13

Player to watch: Looks like he could be the man to play up top in Cissé’s absence. I still like Ayoze better, especially the price, but it’s worth taking note of Riviere’s starting position last week.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Emmanuel Riviere 19 £6.7 0.6 0.1

Prediction: Chelsea 3 – Newcastle 1

 

 

Everton Man City

Everton

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 10

Player to watch: Is anyone really watchable on this team right now? Seriously Everton makes me sad, but Ross Barkley has the ability to separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream. He’s like a young footballing candyman. At £6.7 he’s a player that jumps onto all of our radars with a good showing or two.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Ross Barkley 37 £6.7 3.2 0.5

Manchester City

Goals scored last 5 matches: 12

Goals against last 5 matches: 5

Player to watch: He’s not going to start I get that, but do you really know that for sure? The flag’s removed and he’s been back at full training for a few days. Don’t be shocked if he starts or plays a full second half. Even if he plays 30 minutes, are you trying to tell me that isn’t enough time for Kun?

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Sergio Agüero 105 £12.3 0 0

Prediction: Man City 4 – Everton 1 

 

 

Leicester Aston Villa

Leicester

Goals scored last 5 matches: 4

Goals against last 5 matches: 7

Player to watch: This was an interesting acquisition by the Foxes. Schwarzer is a veteran of the Premiership and might be better than any of their other options. I wouldn’t be shocked if he does get the job. Keep an eye on this one, he could be a very attractive option in the second half.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Mark Schwarzer 0 £4.5 0 0

Aston Villa

Goals scored last 5 matches: 1

Goals against last 5 matches: 3

Player to watch: With Ron Vlaar out for the next month Clark finds himself in a great position for playing time the next few matchweeks. He’s not the most exciting option, and this is the end of Villa’s attractive run of fixtures, but he could still be a very nice 5th D option.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Ciaran Clark 43 £4.3 3.4 0.8

Prediction: Aston Villa 1 – Leicester 0

 

 

Swansea West Ham

Swansea

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 7

Player to watch: No Bony means hellllllllllo Gomis. Gomis sounds like a growth you’d get in between your toes, no? Or the main character in an indie film that takes it’s self too seriously. Either way Bony might be gone forever, so buying a Gomis never looked so good! Okay I got it a Gomis is the Swedish version of a Yugo.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Bafétimbi Gomis 26 £6.5 1.2 0.2

West Ham

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 6

Player to watch: As Smokey mentioned in his Start Em’, Sit Em’ yesterday Valencia may very well be the focal point of the Hammers attack. If that’s the case he’s a great candidate for a goal on a one week plug in. Give him a shot.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Enner Valencia 51 £6.4 1.2 0.2

Prediction: Swansea 1 – West Ham 1 

 

 

West Brom Hull

West Brom

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 9

Player to watch: Is he coming or going? Was his recent form a smoke screen or is he snapping out of his funk? These questions and more will be answered in this week’s “As The Baggies Turn”.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Sadio Berahino 77 £5.4 2.8 0.5

Hull City

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 5

Player to watch: Three posts in three days that has to be a record, and he’s got a new nickname to boot! Egyptian Lover, Egyptian Lover baby!

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Ahmed Elmohamady 64 £4.9 4.8 1

Prediction: West Bromwich 0 – Hull City 0

 

 

Crystal Palace Spurs

Crystal Palace

Goals scored last 5 matches: 2

Goals against last 5 matches: 7

Player to watch: Can Palace coming off back to back clean sheets slow down the Sex machine that is Harry Kane? Hellll naw but if they do Ward is the man to own. 62 points and price under £5 makes him a very ownable 4 or 5th D.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Scott Ward 62 £4.9 3.2 0.9

Spurs

Goals scored last 5 matches: 11

Goals against last 5 matches: 6

Player to watch: Harry Kane is Ryan Gosling, Abigail Ratchford’s chest, and Toni Braxton’s video for Un-break My Heart all rolled into one. Yes those were the three sexiest things I could think of.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Harry Kane 35 £5.7 9.6 1.7

Prediction: Spurs 3 – Crystal Palace 1

 

 

Arsenal Stoke

Arsenal

Goals scored last 5 matches: 10

Goals against last 5 matches: 7

Player to watch: This was my personal replacement for Bony and it looks to be a good bit of business for yours truly if he can pickup where he left off. Well, you know, the left off before he left. The goal-scoring not the awkward head-butting.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Olivier Giroud 32 £8.2 3.5 0.4

Stoke City

Goals scored last 5 matches: 5

Goals against last 5 matches: 4

Player to watch: The Potters will be without Diouf, and most likely Bojan. So who else do you call onto score but (English)Irish International Jonathan Walters? Well of course! (<That’s you) I’ve mentioned him in the past and I’ve always liked his “classification” as a midfielder when he’s obviously a forward. He’s typically cheap, can finish, and takes the occasional PK. Usually good for a hot streak of two or three matches once or twice a term.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Jonathan Walters 52 £5.2 2.2 0.4

Prediction: Arsenal 2 – Stoke City 0 

 

 

Man Utd Southampton

Manchester United

Goals scored last 5 matches: 8

Goals against last 5 matches: 3

Player to watch: Don’t need to go over this again but he’s had three good games in his last 4, and I’m of the belief that he could be about to breakout. Here’s my pitch, he started slow but there were several factors that were at play. 1. He was coming back from a major injury 2. He was getting acclimated to the English game 3. Early on United were finding themselves and then Falcao got hurt again. I believe that the player we saw two years ago is still there, and if I’m reading the signs he looks to be the player on the upswing that no one’s touching. Could be a difference maker and a separator if he gets hot these next five and bags 3 or 4. He’s a good passer and with other players that can finish around him (Rooney, Van Persie, Mata) he could pick up quite a few helpers. If you get in early you could buy before the point-chasers do. Point-chasers are the neanderthals on the FPL evolutionary chart.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Radamel Falcao 44 £10.5 4.6 0.4

Southampton

Goals scored last 5 matches: 9

Goals against last 5 matches: 3

Player to watch: He started the season with 3 assists in the first five fixtures, then missed Weeks 6 -15. Well he’s back and he now has 4 helpers in his last five. That’s right 10 matches 7 assists.

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
James Ward-Prowse 41 £4.8 4.8 1

Prediction: Man United 2 – Southampton 0