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Caoimhin Kelleher - Liverpool FC - Premier League
With Alisson out for a couple weeks, Caoimhin Kelleher becomes a short-term play
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GW-13 saw Arsenal leapfrog Man City and Liverpool into the top spot for the first time, and the Gunners now need to defeat Wolves to remain at the top for another week.

GW-14 has some cracking matchups on offer: Newcastle v Man United and Man City v Tottenham headline the slate of fixtures.

With the Premier League set to go into the very busy festive period, it’s imperative you get your team selection right and make use of your chips at the right moment. Below is my list of GW-14 FPL player picks to help you with any transfers you are considering this week. And if you’re feeling cheeky, check out Ali’s list of GW-14 differentials.

With another round of European club fixtures just completed, be sure to keep an eye out for our team news and injury report ahead of the new game-week too.


Goalkeepers

Mark Flekken (£4.5m, Brentford v Luton)

Flekken makes our team for the week due to a relatively friendly fixture. The Bees take on 17th-placed Luton at the Gtech Community Stadium. The shot-stopper has managed three clean sheets this season.

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Caoimhin Kelleher (£3,9, Liverpool v Fulham)

Kelleher will replace Alisson in Liverpool’s goal after the Brazilian shot-stopper was ruled out for two weeks with an injury. Kelleher has been the Reds go-to goalkeeper in Europa League games but will have a chance to play from the start in the Premier League this weekend.


Defenders

Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.9m, Liverpool v Fulham)

Alexander Arnold delivered returns for the fourth time in five games when he scored the equalizer against Man City last week. His new role of inverting into midfield has given him more license to make the difference in the final third this season.

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Gabriel Magalhaes (£4.9m, Arsenal v Wolves)

Gabriel Magalhaes is part of an Arsenal defense that has conceded the fewest goals this season. The Gunners also have six shutouts in thirteen games. Next up is a Wolves team that has conceded more goals than it has scored.

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Matty Cash (£5.1m, Bournemouth v Aston Villa)

Cash was utilized in midfield against Spurs last week and might be set to continue there. This should bode well for his owners as he is set to play much closer to the opponents’ goal.


Midfielders

Bukayo Saka (£8.8m, Arsenal v Wolves)

Saka’s in-swinging cross was the catalyst for Arsenal’s solitary-goal victory over Brentford last week. The Gunners have yet to return to their attacking best this season, but Saka has repeatedly found a way to make the difference in tight encounters.

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Bryan Mbeumo (£7.0m, Brentford v Luton Town)

Mbeumo’s relatively friendly fixture should make for good reading this weekend. The attacker has failed to score in the Bees’ last two games but should be confident of making the difference when they take on Luton this weekend.

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Mo Salah (£13.0m, Liverpool v Fulham)

Salah assisted Trent Alexander Arnold in scoring in the Reds’ one-all draw against Man City. The Egyptian has mastered making important contributions even on days when he struggles to find his groove. Salah is the top-ranked midfielder in FPL.

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Douglas Luiz (£5.6m, Bournemouth v Aston Villa)

Priced at a lowly 5.6m, Luiz has proved to be a shrewd buy for managers who trusted him this season. The midfielder is the designated penalty-taker for the high-flying Villans and is also on set pieces. His average of 5.2 points per game is the tenth-best among FPL midfielders.

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Jeremy Doku (£6.7m, Man City v Tottenham)

Jeremy Doku has taken to the Premier League like a duck takes to water. The Belgian has brought directness to the left side of the Citizens’ attack and already has two goals plus five assists this season. Rested to the bench for the mid-week UCL fixture, he looks set to feature from the start against Spurs.


Forwards

Erling Haaland (£14.0m, Man City v Tottenham)

Erling Haaland became the fastest player to 50 goals in the history of the Premier League when he netted the opener in the Citizens’ one-one draw with Liverpool last week. The Norwegian currently tops the goal-scorers chart with 13 goals in 14 matches.

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Ollie Watkins (£8.5m, Bournemouth v Aston Villa)

Watkins scored for the second consecutive week in Villa’s 2-1 win away at Tottenham. The England international has looked like a different player since the arrival of Unai Emery, and is the second-best-performing striker in FPL.

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Alexander Isak (£7.4m, Newcastle v Man United)

Isak announced his return from injury with a well-taken goal to kickstart Newcastle’s mauling of Chelsea at St James Park last week. It was his seventh goal in just nine matches. The lanky striker also opened the scoring in Newcastle’s one-all draw with PSG in the Champions League. He is expected to lead the line again when the Magpies take on Man United this weekend.


How is your FPL squad shaping up? Are you contemplating pulling the trigger on a chip this week (or soon)? Do you have questions? Please log in and talk to us in the comments below!

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