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Fantrax EPL GW-19 Player Picks

Boxing Day EPL is upon us!

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Richarlison and Spurs visit Brighton on Thursday
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Boxing Day special! Man City returns to EPL action after being crowned Club World Cup champions. With multiple game weeks during this festive season, make sure to update your fantasy squad while enjoying the celebrations!


Boxing Day kicks off at Newcastle when Forest visits, so we Fantrax managers should see those two lineups confirmed in the countdown hour to our TUESDAY deadline.

EPL GW-19 Fantrax Fixtures

Date MATCH TIME (GMT)
Date MATCH TIME (GMT)
Dec 26 (Tue) Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest 12:30
Dec 26 (Tue) Bournemouth vs Fulham 15:00
Dec 26 (Tue) Sheffield United vs Luton Town 15:00
Dec 26 (Tue) Burnley vs Liverpool 17:30
Dec 26 (Tue) Manchester United vs Aston Villa 20:00
Dec 27 (Wed) Brentford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:30
Dec 27 (Wed) Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 19:30
Dec 27 (Wed) Everton vs Manchester City 20:15
Dec 28 (Thu) Brighton vs Tottenham Hotspur 19:30
Dec 28 (Thu) Arsenal vs West Ham United 20:15

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Note: This was written before the barn-door closed, so prices will have shifted since.


Goalkeepers

Martin Dubravka ( $1.55, Newcastle vs Nott’m Forest )

Dubravka should start for Newcastle until Nick Pope returns around April. With the return of other first-choice defenders (Burn & Botman), Newcastle should strengthen in coming matches.

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Guglielmo Vicario ( $11.81, Brighton vs Tottenham )

Vicario has earned double-digit Fantrax points in each of the last three matches, all of which Tottenham won. His impressive performances since joining the team in the summer have made him a valuable asset.


Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold ( $16.42, Burnley vs Liverpool )

TAA was unfortunate not to score last game-week, hitting the post in a one-on-one situation. Facing Burnley provides a good opportunity for him to showcase his talent at both ends of the pitch.

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Gabriel Osho ( $5.36, Sheffield Utd vs Luton Town )

Osho has accumulated double-digit Fantrax points in the last three games. Given his relatively affordable salary and favorable fixture, it’s not easy to overlook him in your considerations this week.

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Sven Botman ( $4.94, Newcastle vs Nott’m Forest )

Botman was called upon to play when club captain Lascelles sustained an injury in the previous match. His completion of the match suggests that he is now fully recovered and ready to start in the upcoming game week. Considering his Fantrax record before his injury, it would be wise to include him before his salary increases.


Midfielders

Philip Billing ( $9.74, Bournemouth vs Fulham )

Billing frequently proves to be an asset in Fantrax when he is in good health (and his match isn’t abandoned!), showcasing his ability to contribute at both ends of the pitch. While he may not always start, his impact is notable even when substituted in midway through matches. With the Cherries currently in top form, Billing aims to play a role in extending their positive run.

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Michael Olise ( $6.30, Chelsea vs Crystal Palace )

Olise’s salary remains surprisingly affordable considering his impressive record in Fantrax. It is advisable to also add his teammate Eberechi Eze ( $9.27 ) to your watch-list, as he made a return from injury during the last game week.

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Pablo Sarabia ( $6.82, Brentford vs Wolves )

Sarabia has slowly transitioned into a starting player following the injuries to his teammates, and his performances have been impressive. His noteworthy contributions on the field are reflected in his Fantrax points, amassing a total of over 50 points in the last four matches. His competitive salary range is another reason he is on this list.


Forwards

Mo Salah ( $21.41, Burnley vs Liverpool )

Salah, included in the list primarily due to the favorable fixture, currently has the most accumulated fantasy points in Fantrax this season (240), surpassing the absent Haaland by scoring last game.

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Dominic Solanke ( $12.19, Bournemouth vs Fulham)

Solanke is in red-hot form, posting a hattrick last game. He will be eager to extend his scoring record as Bournemouth hosts Fulham this week.

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Richarlison ( $9.50, Brighton vs Tottenham )

Richarlison has now scored four goals in the last three games, even though he was substituted in all of them — most recently due to aggravating a sore back. According to Ange, “Richy is OK.” The fact that Brighton has not kept a single clean sheet this season is another reason why I am selecting Richarlison this week.

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Christopher Nkunku ( $1.00, Chelsea vs Crystal Palace )

With Palmer suspended, Chelsea needs to rely on Nkunku’s creativity in offensive play. The fact that he scored a consolation goal last game week proves that he is now fully recovered from the long-term injury.


Stats and info for this article were sourced from premierleague.com and fantrax.com.

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What holes do you have in your Fantrax sides? What barn-door buys are you now reconsidering? Who’s on your watch-list who isn’t mentioned above? Please log in and talk to us in the comments below!

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