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Week 21 Official FPL Player Picks

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Fireworks at the Etihad? Here are your FPL picks for the first game week of 2019 as we await the top two clash on Thursday.

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Happy New Year!
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What better way to start the year than with some football? Usually I try to wait as late as possible to make my transfer, but this week I highly suggest making your move(s) early if you’re planning to enjoy some festive beverages to ring in the New Year.

The first game-week of 2019 ends with a grand battle at the Etihad Stadium with several players in our fantasy squads involved. Many wildcard chips will be activated early in the new year as well; managers will be rebuilding teams to set themselves up for success in the months ahead. I’d suggest exercising patience until after this week to use the pause in league action to assess the landscape, and because January transfers might warrant attention.

Here are my Official FPL picks:

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Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4, Arsenal v. Fulham)

There might be a chance of Lacazette getting the start here; flip a coin and get the right man against the leaky Cottagers backline.

Harry Kane (£12.6, Tottenham at Cardiff)

Goals in his last three, he’s just warming up.

Raul Jimenez (£6.3, Wolves v. Crystal Palace)

A rotation risk? Starting to look a little sluggish but took his goal against Spurs so well.

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Midfielders

Anthony Martial (£7.3, Manchester United at Newcastle)

Expecting Paul Pogba to be the first name penciled into the midfield, I’ve decided to detour into the United options with the cheaper of the French players.

Mo Salah (£13.2, Liverpool at Manchester City)

Too hot to leave out at present.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3, Everton v. Leicester)

Should be restored to the starting eleven. There should be goals in this one.

Eden Hazard (£11.1, Chelsea v. Southampton)

Another big budget player, but the potential for a big score against the Saints is too tempting to leave him out.

Felipe Anderson (£7.4, West Ham v. Brighton)

I was prepared to include Leroy Sane here, but the form of the Liverpool defense has made me cautious. The Brazilian Anderson is the beneficiary and is rewarded for his fine form of late.

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Defenders

Matt Doherty (£5.2, Wolves v. Crystal Palace)

Owned by 23% of teams in the FPL game (I thought the number would be higher). Might be in the team of the season so far.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2, Tottenham at Cardiff)

Taking a huge gamble here that Mauricio Pochettino will bench World Cup star Kieran Trippier and reward the youngster for his performance against AFC Bournemouth.

David Luiz (£5.8, Chelsea v. Southampton)

Will be facing the troublesome Danny Ings. The Chelsea defense is formidable though.

Victor Lindelof (£4.8, Manchester United at Newcastle)

It’s happy times under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and clean sheets should be back soon too.

James Tarkowski (£4.7, Burnley at Huddersfield)

Completing a budget-friendly defensive unit, away to bottom of the table Huddersfield is Tarkowski. Note that Tom Heaton is back in goal.

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Keepers

Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8, West Ham v. Brighton)

A keeper who can earn points without clean sheets.

Bernd Leno (£4.8, Arsenal v. Fulham)

Clean sheets have not been in large supply for Unai Emery’s army. It’s time for that to change.

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Any fantasy New Year resolutions folks? Mine is not to make any captaincy changes within three hours of a deadline. Happy New Year to you all, let’s enjoy the football!

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