Get ready for a bustling football holiday with five matches lined up for Boxing Day in GW-19. Except for Christmas Day itself, the festive-season action is nonstop. But just like the players, FPL managers get little time to rest. It’s time to make transfer decisions again already.
Below are some suggestions if you need to do a bit of late holiday shopping.
Neto (£4.6m, Bournemouth vs Fulham)
Bournemouth’s recent defensive form has been impressive, conceding just five goals and securing three clean sheets over the last six games. They were unbeaten during that run as well, with five wins and a draw, and keeping clean sheets against Newcastle and Man United. Hosting Fulham is a good chance for another.
The Cherries’ expected goals conceded (xGC) of 5.13 ranks second best in the league during this period, second only to Arsenal (who boast an even lower xGC of 4.63).
Emiliano Martinez (£5.2m, Man United vs Villa)
For the first time since November 1992, United has failed to score in four consecutive games across all competitions. That is welcome news for someone like Martinez. And given Villa’s form under Emery, yet another tough day could be in store for the Red Devils on Boxing Day. The clean sheet opportunity for Martinez looks good here.
Pedro Porro (£5.5m, Brighton vs Tottenham)
Porro emerges as a solid choice against Brighton simply due to his consistent attacking potential. His statistics in the last four game-weeks place him among the top two defenders in FPL, boasting 12 shots, eight within the box, plus twelve key passes. His consistent forays into the opposition box put his candidacy front and center for his upcoming fixtures.
Kieran Trippier (£6.9m, Newcastle vs Nott’m Forest)
Trippier enjoys another favorable fixture in GW-19 when the Magpies host Forest at St James’ Park. Forest has scored only 17 goals (18th) with an xG of 18.93 (17th). With his involvement in set-pieces and potential for both defensive and attacking returns, Trippier remains a top defender choice for this fixture. Despite his uncharacteristic performances lately, he’s still a great fantasy asset.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.3m, Burnley vs Liverpool )
Trent’s FPL price-tag might seem steep, but his recent performances validate his value. Comparing his weeks 1-9 to stats in weeks 10-18 illustrate his impressive recent form. Over the last seven games, he has recorded two goals plus three assists. Even in GW-16 against Palace, he managed to grab two bonus points despite failing to register a goal, assist, or clean sheet.
Anthony Gordon (£6.2m, Newcastle vs Nott’m Forest)
Anthony Gordon’s home performances have been exemplary, boasting attacking returns in all eight appearances at St James’ Park. With a tally of 68 points, he’s the second-highest scorer in home matches this season, bagging five goals and five assists. Despite carrying knocks and niggles through so many fixtures and minutes, he continues to perform well on very little rest.
Bukayo Saka (£9.0m, Arsenal vs West Ham)
Saka’s five goals plus eight assists closely align with his expected goal and assist numbers, which bodes well for his success against the Hammers’ defense that hasn’t been particularly impressive (16th in both goals conceded and expected goals against). Saka has been the main guy for the Gunners, involved in 38% of their goals and a consistent presence in the starting lineup.
Son Heung-min (£9.8m, Brighton vs Spurs)
Son Heung-min’s consistency is unmatched this season. With a track record of consistent goal-scoring, he’s a top choice for captaincy against Brighton, the only team yet to secure a clean sheet. Son has notched six double-figure hauls, matching Salah’s performance this season.
Mo Salah (£13.2m, Burnley vs Liverpool)
Salah remains a crucial asset in Liverpool’s attacking lineup. Visiting lowly Burnley, he might even be the top choice for captaincy in FPL GW-19. However, it’s essential to consider the fixture congestion.
Burnley’s defensive record this season hasn’t been stellar, managing only one clean sheet. Salah remains a standout fantasy performer, leading in big chances created with 13. His penalty-taking duties add to his potential for valuable points.
With Haaland still an injury concern at the time of writing, Alvarez rises to the list after showcasing his potential with two goals plus an assist in City’s FIFA Club World Cup victory. With a chance to fill in for Haaland against Everton, he offers excellent value at just £6.8m.
Dominic Solanke (£6.9m, Bournemouth vs Fulham)
Solanke remains a consistent fantasy pick for Bournemouth, especially at home. His goal-scoring prowess, (six in his last five games, including the hattrick in his previous fixture), makes him a reliable asset. Additionally, Fulham’s away struggles in keeping clean sheets further enhance Solanke’s potential for Boxing Day.
Ollie Watkins (£8.8m, Man United vs Villa)
Despite the arm-band, Watkins failed to deliver on expectations against Sheffield in GW-18. However, United’s back line has been shipping goals for fun – conceding 18 in 10 home matches in all competitions this season, their most after 10 games since 1966-67 (20). Among EPL teams, only Sheffield United has conceded more (19). So Watkins is in pole position to score a couple of goals.
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