We are into the final month of the calendar year for Gameweek 14 of the Fantasy Premier League. December is always jam packed full of fixtures, so ensuring your bench players are regularly getting minutes is paramount to overcome unexpected squad rotations put in place by Premier League managers. Chelsea sit atop the premier league table going into this gameweek after a solid win against Spurs. But this weekend will see them face an even tough task with a an away match to third placed Manchester City which is the highlight of the round. The deadline for gameweek 14 is 11:30am GMT December 3rd, so ensure you have all your transfers, wildcards and captain nominations locked in before hand. Lets have a look at our player tips for the gameweek:
Top Player Tips
1) Alexis Sánchez £11.4 (Arsenal)
First up is Arsenal’s Chilean maestro Alexis Sanchez, who has once again been in scintillating form this season. Sanchez has been playing in a more central role to date this season, keeping established strikers such as Olivier Giroud out of the team. His return of 8 goals to date this season, including 2 goals against Bournemouth in gameweek 13, from 12 matches started is a great return. Only Eden Hazard has more points that Alexis in the FPL this season. But his includes in our picks of the gameweek isn’t just down to form, Arsenal’s gameweek 14 opponents are 16th placed West Ham United. West Ham have struggled at the back this season, conceding 24 goals in 13 matches.
They have also conceded 3 or more goals in 5 of their opening 13 league matches this season – and will be without Aaron Cresswell & Michail Antonio who have been ruled out by injury. This looks like a fantastic opportunity for Arsenal attackers and is also our captain pick for the week.
2) Charlie Austin £6.9 (Southampton)
Our second pick is Southampton’s English striker Charlie Austin. After taking the Premier League by storm 2 seasons ago with an 18 goals haul, injuries and transfers have kept Austin out of the EPL limelight of recent times. But 6 league goals from 9 starts this season has seen Austin regain that goal scoring threat. Southampton are also playing some good football, with plenty of chances created they are just 3 points off high spending Manchester United! Southampton have a favorable run of futures right up to Christmas now. Facing Crystal Palace (Away), Middlesbrough (Home), Stoke City (Away) and AFC Bournemouth (Away). All four matches are against teams lower in the table that Southampton, who will be expecting to win at least 3 of them. Gameweek 14 opponents Crystal Palace are winless in their last 7 league matches and are susceptible to set pieces, so Austin standing at 6’2″ makes for a great target man.
3) Dejan Lovren £5.1 (Liverpool)
Our third and final pick for gameweek 14 is Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren. With Philippe Coutinho featuring on over 30% of FPL teams, news that he will be out injured until mid January 2017 means immediate action is required. So where to move that money? Liverpool’s goal threat still remains through the likes of Firmino & Mane etc, but it’s another area of the pitch that Jurgen Klopp is starting to see results – defense. Back to back clean sheets in the league in gameweeks 12 & 13 will no doubt boost their confidence at the back as they go in search of extending that run. At £5.1 Lovren offers the best value for money in our eyes, coming in at 0.6 cheaper than Clyne and 0.4 cheaper than Matip. (who is doubtful). Liverpool’s gameweek 14 opponents are 12th placed AFC Bournemouth (Away), who won’t be a push over. But following matches at West Ham United (Home), Middlesbrough (Away), Everton (Away) and Stoke City (Home) make a since sequence of matches with clean sheet potentials.