Week 13 has some very interesting fixtures for fantasy purposes, and as we begin to hit the busy period of December, it is important to set up your team properly to best take advantage of key matchups. We have some of the matches you will want to keep your eye on as you build your fantasy lineups for Week 13 in the Premier League.
Burnley v. Manchester City
Earlier in the month, Burnley held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw. Since then, they won 3-2 at Crystal Palace, before getting trounced 4-0 by West Bromwich Albion on Monday afternoon. Now, they face a Manchester City side with loads of firepower at their disposal. Despite their arsenal, City have just two wins in their last five, and those two wins are the only matches in that stretch that saw them bag multiple goals. Yaya Toure had a brace over the weekend, while Sergio Aguero was held off the scoresheet.
It will be interesting to see how they respond after giving up six goals their last two matches, but I do not expect Burnley to be able to do to City what they pulled off against United a few weeks ago. I believe that Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne will have plenty of chances, and Toure might be worth keeping an eye on for a cheap replacement in your lineup.
Swansea City v. Crystal Palace
Relegation six-pointers always have the potential for fireworks, and this match is no different. Between them, the two sides have lost nine and drawn three, while Palace’s last four matches have seen a total of eighteen goals scored. The Swans can’t seem to stop bleeding goals but have struggled mightily to score them, and this week went to the extreme measure of placing Gylfi Sigurdsson at striker. It was an interesting move that paid off, as they secured a 1-1 draw with Everton. While he scored his goal from the penalty spot, he ended the match with three of his four shots being on target, which meant he was in the middle of the action.
For the most part, though, I would target Crystal Palace’s attack in this match. While the results have not been there, the goals have been. Christian Benteke has scored four goals this season, with the majority of them coming against sides from the bottom portion of the table (Sunderland, Middlesbrough, and Burnley). Meanwhile, Wilifried Zaha has recorded an assist in each of his last four matches, and should likely be rostered in all formats at this point until that streak ends.
Liverpool v. Sunderland
It took a while, but someone finally slowed down the Jurgen Klopp scoring machine. A stingy Southampton defense stifled their attack in a 0-0 draw over the weekend, and their attackers will be hungry to get back on the scoresheet. Sunderland, while still being in the drop zone, have actually scored two matches in a row but should be no match on the road against the Reds. Despite not getting on the scoresheet against Southampton, they had numerous wasted opportunities by Roberto Firmino and Phillippe Coutinho, as both found themselves in terrific positions, with Coutinho also registering a pair of key passes on the day. They, along with Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson, should all be looked at for fantasy purposes.
If you are going to take a chance on a Sunderland player, look no further than Jermaine Defoe and Victor Anichebe. Defoe’s goal last week gave him 150 goals in his Premier League career, and put him at seven on the campaign. Meanwhile, Anichebe has been a terror during Sunderland’s two wins in a row, recording three goals and a pair of Man Of The Match honors. While I would not bet on him repeating either of those feats against the Reds, he will be a threat to their back line.
Chelsea v. Tottenham
Anytime these two sides get together, it’s a great match to watch. However, with the different directions that these two clubs appear to be heading in the table, this match could have major ramifications on the seasons for both teams. Chelsea have looked unstoppable over the past month and a half, winning all six of their matches in October and November by a combined 18-0 tally. When you consider those six wins include results over Manchester United, Everton, Southampton, and Leicester, it becomes obvious that the Blues are for real.
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have been terrors for the league during this stretch, with a combined ten goals and three assists in those six matches. If you’re one of those people who has neither of them in your lineup (you know....like me....), then odds are you’ve lost some ground over the past few weeks. It might be time to get one, if not both, of them into your lineup.
This weekend, they face a Tottenham squad that has been eliminated from Champions League, and have just one win in their last nine matches across all competitions, including five in the Premier League. They will be without Danny Rose, who is suspended for his five yellow cards, and that will be a big loss for them. After going on a tear earlier in the season, Heung-Min Son has registered neither a goal nor an assist in eight matches across all competitions, and should likely be dropped for the time being. On the flip side, Harry Kane has five goals in his last four Premier League matches, and is likely the only Spurs player to roster this weekend.
So, those are the four fixtures that I would recommend building your starting XI around for Week 13 of Fantasy Premier League action. Is there another match that you believe will be worthy of targeting for fantasy purposes, or do you have your own thoughts about the four that we have suggested? If so, please join us in the comments section below and share your thoughts!