Fantasy Premier League: Foden a problem, Salah is sensible however maintain off on Newcastle

Gameweek 15 was the penultimate one earlier than we break off for the World Cup and it was one other action-packed gameweek. We noticed 37 objectives scored and loads of drama.

Arsenal got here up trumps in a London derby and Manchester Metropolis scraped a win in opposition to Fulham by way of a Ninety fifth-minute penalty regardless of being right down to 10 males.

As ever, there was a lot to speak about, however I’ll cowl the principle speaking factors and the way they influence us going into Gameweek 16.


Foden and Haaland on the bench

The primary speaking level was Phil Foden (£8.4million) being benched for the third league sport in a row.

Many managers introduced him in for Manchester Metropolis’s improbable run of fixtures, and it was an excellent transfer. No one might have predicted Pep Guardiola would identify him among the many substitutes for 3 league video games on the trot, particularly when he was taking part in so effectively and contemplating the very fact he began him in all 10 earlier league matches.

These of us who nonetheless personal him have a call to make now, although, as Metropolis have one other nice match-up at residence to Brentford in Gameweek 16. I simply assume it is method too dangerous to carry onto Foden regardless of the type fixture. With just one gameweek left earlier than the World Cup, we’ve to be aggressive and I do not assume risking one other one-point Foden cameo from the bench is price it.

On high of that, there are many alternate options for him with good fixtures this week.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.5million) scored a aim and made an help for 12 FPL factors and he performs Nottingham Forest this week. Steve Cooper’s males have granted 30 objectives (second most) with an anticipated objectives granted (xGC) of 23.35 (seventeenth).

Zaha was additionally performed as a ahead final gameweek, is continuously essentially the most superior participant on the pitch for Palace and is bound to begin. He’s additionally on penalties, so he’s a nice possibility for Gameweek 16.

Leandro Trossard (£7.0million), Marcus Rashford (£6.7million) and Bukayo Saka (£8.0million) are additionally nice potential replacements for Foden. They’re all sure to begin for his or her golf equipment and have good fixtures.

Trossard’s Brighton have a house sport in opposition to Aston Villa, who instantly look a greater aspect underneath new head coach Unai Emery. Nevertheless, Roberto De Zerbi’s aspect have additionally been in nice type and have now scored eight objectives of their final three video games. Trossard has seven objectives and three assists this season and is the best choice among the many Brighton squad.

Rashford additionally has an incredible fixture from an attacking perspective — Fulham have conceded the fourth-most objectives (24) and have the worst xGC within the league (25.99) and though Manchester United weren’t too spectacular in opposition to Villa yesterday, they’ve an incredible fixture to bounce again right here.

Saka supplied a return once more final gameweek with an help and now has 4 objectives and 7 assists. Arsenal have been improbable and have an excellent fixture in opposition to Wolves. The England midfielder has each aim and help risk and is their major penalty taker.

Erling Haaland (£12.1million) was additionally benched by Guardiola however that did not cease him from scoring in his 26-minute cameo. He might have simply had a second, too, together with his aim of him getting dominated out by VAR for a marginal offside.

He will certainly begin in opposition to Brentford now he’s match once more and in case you had been one of many managers who removed him previously few weeks, I’d make him the precedence switch. He would be the sport’s greatest captaincy alternative this week and with Norway not concerned within the World Cup there are unlikely to be any early substitutions or distractions for him.


Liverpool and Salah again in rivalry

Liverpool pulled off a powerful away win over Tottenham on Sunday. Mohammed Salah (£12.7million) and Darwin Nunez (£8.9million) had been each within the factors and are improbable choices for Gameweek 16 as Southampton head to Anfield having simply parted methods with Ralph Hasenhuttl.

I’d look to get at the very least certainly one of them in for this week as they’re among the many greatest choices.

Harry Kane (£11.6million) was additionally on the scoresheet as soon as once more for Spurs in that match, notching his eleventh aim of the season. He additionally has a plum fixture, in opposition to Leeds United at residence.

All of the above are choices I’d advocate, however they might be awkward to usher in on account of their worth factors. If you will get them at no cost I’d extremely suggest it and people with two free transfers will likely be in a primary place to take action.

A extra inexpensive possibility who is a superb punt for Gameweek 16 is Ivan Perisic (£5.5million).

He’s classed as a defender in FPL however in Son Heung-min’s absence performed in a entrance two with Kane yesterday. He was unlucky to not rating, hitting the woodwork twice. His common place map of him additionally confirmed him to be essentially the most superior participant on the pitch, even forward of Kane.

With a full week’s relaxation, he ought to begin in opposition to Leeds too, and it is vitally potential he will likely be utilized in that superior place once more.

Spurs do have a Carabao Cup tie away to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, however I doubt he’ll play in that and will get the nod for the league sport as an alternative.


Newcastle proceed spectacular run

Newcastle had been on high type once more, thumping Southampton 4-1 to shut the door on the Hasenhuttl period. Nevertheless, nearly as good as they’ve been, I’d nonetheless keep away from shopping for their belongings this week as they’ve a sport in opposition to Chelsea.

Should you already personal Kieran Trippier (£5.9million), Miguel Almiron (£5.7million) or Callum Wilson (£7.5million), I’d preserve them however would keep away from shopping for any of their team-mates. Wilson is one to keep watch over as he was taken off at half-time yesterday on account of sickness, however he must be good to go after one other week’s relaxation.

Newcastle choices aren’t a unhealthy decide however I believe there are too many choices this week with good fixtures we are able to go for as an alternative who provide a better upside.

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