Happy holiday season Fantasy Premier League managers. Gameweek 18 is our boxing day round where every club will play a match on Friday the 26th, followed by Gameweek 19 matches on the 28th-29th of December. Just when you though that was a crazy amount of matches, on new years day January 1st there will be Gameweek 20 with all clubs playing again. So it’s going to be fast and frantic, with many managers rotating players. We managed to pick 4 goals and a clean sheet last Gameweek, so lets see what we have for Gameweek 18. Changes for Gameweek 18 need to be finalized by 11:30am (GTM) on the 26th of December (boxing day). Lets analyse the top picks for Gameweek 18 for the Fantasy Premier League managers:
1) Harry Kane £5.1m (Tottenham)
Two goals in the past two gameweeks has young English striker Harry Kane on our radar this week. He has been putting in some great all-action performances of late. He’s young, fit, gives 110% for the team each week and is not afraid to shoot. While he only has 4 goals in the Premier League this season, he has 13 goals in all competitions including a hat-trick in the europa league. But what looks most enticing is that Gameweek 18 sees in-form Harry Kane visit bottom of the table Leicester City. This nicely coincides with QPR having a harder matches in Gameweek 18, playing away to Arsenal. So what looks like a good option here is to rotate your cheaper strikers. Harry Kane for Gameweek 18 and then Charlie Austin back in for Gameweek 19 for their home match against Crystal Palace. Spurs do have two harder matches for Gameweeks 19 and 20, facing Man Utd (Home) and Chelsea (Home) although both at home, are still harder games. So Kane may be a short term cheap option up front.
2) Joe Hart £6.1m (Manchester City)
With 4 clean sheet in their past 5 Premier League matches, Manchester City’s defense has stepped up over the past few weeks. The loss of Sergio Aguero up front means it’s all the more important for them to keep clean sheets at the back in order to keep picking up the wins to keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the table. They still have a very good looking run of fixtures over the holiday period, heading to West Brom (Aaway) for Gameweek 18 followed by Burnley (Home) and then Sunderland (Home) on new years day. Three clean sheets from those wouldn’t be outrageous. One of the main pulls towards opting for Joe Hart is Manuel Pellegrini’s love of rotating his defense. While Zabaleta and Sangna rotate at right back, and Clichy and Kolarov rotate at left back, Hart seems to have stamped his authority on the goalkeeper place after the arrival of Argentine Willy Caballero in the summer. So for a safer option for picking up clean sheets for Manchester City, perhaps Joe Hart is for you.
And our last tip:
3) David Silva £8.9m (Manchester City)
This was a close one between Silva and Giroud for our final pick for Gameweek 18. Both players managed to find the back of the net in Gameweek 17, and have favorable fixtures for Gameweek 18. David Silva is just returning from injury for Manchester City, but with Sergio Aguero out injured, they are in desperate need of his attacking creativity up front. With two goals at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, Silva has filled the attacking void. Manchester City also have a very favourable fun of fixtures as we mentioned above, heading to West Brom (Aaway) for Gameweek 18 followed by Burnley (Home) and then Sunderland (Home) on new years day. That run of fixtures just calls out “Points!” for Manchester City players to us. We’ve given Silva the edge narrowly over Olivier Giroud, who was one of our picks for Gameweek 17. Giroud now has 3 goals in his past 2 matches and Arsenal entertain QPR at home for gameweek 18. QPR have the worst defense record away from home in the Premier League this season, having let in 20 goals in their 8 home matches. This bodes well for Aresenal & Giroud to bang in a few goals this boxing day.
Top 10 Transfers In for Gameweek 18
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