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Preview: Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21
With so many matches taking place in a very short span, rotations are inevitable. One must choose a captain who should definitely start and do well.
Newcastle United v Manchester United is probably the match fantasy managers are looking into the most. Since firing Mourinho, the Red Devils have won all three matches, scoring goals for fun. Paul Pogba just can’t stop finding the net while Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are playing superbly. Even Romelu Lukaku is scoring again. With United in this kind of form, the Toon Army will be in for a really difficult time.
Chelsea will take on Southampton in a decent looking home fixture for the Blues. However, the Saints have improved of late and rested quite a few players against Manchester City yesterday. Chelsea played their strongest eleven and the main man, Eden Hazard, was out on the pitch for the whole game. Will Sarri rest Hazard? Otherwise, the Belgian is a top pick for the armband this round. David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are great options as well with Chelsea having back-to-back home games.
Other Top Contenders
Despite losing at home to Wolves, Spurs players should be considered as top options this round. They travel to Cardiff, which could be a tricky tie for the North Londoners. They travel well though and the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will be trying to get Spurs back to winning ways.
Manchester City v Liverpool is a massive fixture this season and with Klopp’s team seven points clear of the Cityzens, it looks like a must-win game for City. This might make this an open game. The 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier this season had different circumstances. Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane, David Silva and the hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino should be considered. Raheem Sterling played the whole game yesterday and he has been playing a lot recently so could be a candidate for rotation. He also seems to struggle every time he takes on his former team.
Arsenal’s form has dipped rapidly recently but they have a great home fixture against Fulham this time around. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are the go-to guys from the Gunners and one should definitely consider them. Aubameyang has played a lot and some say he could be benched but can Emery rest the Premier League’s top scorer? Arsenal need the three points to stay in the race for top four.
Differentials to Consider
Bournemouth are in terrible form but they do tend to pick up home wins to keep them out of trouble. They face Watford at the Vitality this round in a game that promises goals. If you have Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, you should consider keeping them for this round.
Wolves v Crystal Palace could be a really tight game but Matt Doherty could shine in it. A potential clean sheet and an attacking return cannot be ruled out. Palace seem to do well in these sorts of games, though.
- Paul Pogba (8.2)
- Eden Hazard (11.1)
- Anthony Martial (7.3)
- Harry Kane (12.6)
- Sergio Agüero (11.2)
- Marcos Alonso (6.8)
- Mohamed Salah (13.3)
- Alexandre Lacazette (9.4)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11.4)
- Son Heung-min (8.8)