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EPL GW-15 FPL Player Picks

Let’s scout some potent players for attacking returns before the deadline!

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As the Premier League gears up for the festive period, the fixture list intensifies with midweek fixtures adding to the excitement. With Christmas and New Year’s on the horizon, the league becomes a marathon battleground for teams eyeing the top spot, European qualifications, and the relegation cage-match battle royale. Let’s get down to business and check out some of the potential FPL assets who may very well deliver attacking returns and/or clean sheets.


Goalkeepers

Martin Dubravka (£3.9m, Everton vs Newcastle)

With Nick Pope facing surgery and four to five months out, Dubravka locked to start until at least the January transfer window. At a mere £3.9m, he is a steal for fantasy managers. Newcastle boasts a solid defense, ranking among the top teams for fewest expected goals conceded. With favorable fixtures upcoming, especially from GW-17 onward, Dubravka would be an attractive option even at a medium price. While there’s speculation about David De Gea joining in January, Dubravka seems secure in his spot, at least until then.

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David Raya (£4.9m, Luton vs Arsenal)

Arsenal could very well secure a clean sheet away at Kenilworth Road, making David Raya a solid choice. With an average of 4.1 points per match this season, Raya ranks high among regular starting goalkeepers, trailing only Alisson (£5.6m and injured). Arsenal’s defensive record speaks volumes, leading in clean sheets, fewest goals conceded, and fewest expected goals conceded (xGC) this season.


Defenders

Kenny Tete, (£4.4m, Fulham vs Nott’m Forest)

Kenny Tete is a bargain find after returning from an eight-week injury. Despite Fulham’s defensive struggles, his attacking skills shone in a recent match against Liverpool where he netted a crucial goal. Expected to start against Forest, Tete offers an enticing offensive option for fantasy managers seeking an edge, even if clean sheets aren’t a given for his team.

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Reece James (£5.4m, Man United vs Chelsea)

The English right-back stands out for Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures. Despite occasional injury risks and irregular appearances, he holds a high ceiling, especially from GW-16 onward, making him a worthwhile gamble. Plus, United is all over the place right now, attacking threat extremely poor.

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Gabriel Magalhaes (£4.9m, Luton Town vs Arsenal)

Gabriel represents Arsenal’s solid defense, leading in fewest expected goals conceded. Although his playing time isn’t as guaranteed as Saliba’s, he’s expected to feature in most upcoming matches, potentially becoming a long-term asset.

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Pedro Porro (£5.3m, Spurs vs West Ham)

Porro emerges as a standout choice for Tottenham. He has a secure starting spot, boasts attacking prowess supported by robust underlying stats, and closely trails Kieran Trippier and Matty Cash for expected goal involvement (xGI) this season. Porro’s role in set-pieces, particularly in the absence of James Maddison, not only boosts his attacking potential but also enhances his chance of bonus points.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.9m, Sheffield United vs Liverpool)

TAA has regained his scoring form, notching two goals plus an assist in his last two games. He has been an instrumental creator, 21 chances created for an xA of 2.12, and an xG of 0.75.

Liverpool faces Sheffield United, the team with the fewest goals (11) and the worst xG (11.1) in the league. Additionally, Liverpool’s defensive stats are impressive, having conceded 14 goals (third) and showing resilience despite a frenetic game against Fulham. This fixture presents a favorable scenario for both defensive and offensive returns.


Midfielders

Hwang Hee-Chan (£5.6m, Wolves vs Burnley)

Hwang is a budget-friendly midfielder known for his attacking involvement. With Wolves facing Burnley, goal-scoring opportunities are expected. However, Burnley’s recent good form after their win over Sheffield United could pose a challenge. Priced at just £5.6m, he offers potential returns without a substantial risk, a good option for FPL managers aiming to gain ground in their leagues.

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Martin Odegaard (£8.3, Luton vs Arsenal)

Arsenal’s midfield maestro, Martin Odegaard, is back from injury and back in action. He recently found the net against Wolves and seems in good scoring form, also bagging a Europa League goal last week. With a promising trip to Luton on Tuesday, he’s poised to contribute with goals or assists, especially with Arsenal’s confident attacking line.

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Bukayo Saka (£8.8m, Luton vs Arsenal)

Saka recently ended his goal drought to take his tally to five goals plus seven assists, showcasing an xG of 4.47 and an xA of 4.48 (second overall). Arsenal visits Luton, a side that has conceded 26 goals (seventeenth) and exhibits a challenging xGC of 30.4 (second-worst).

Arsenal’s attacking potential seems promising, especially considering recent improvement in forward play against Wolves. The Gunners are ranked second favorites (55%) to score over 2.5 goals in GW-15.

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Son Heung-min (£9.6m, Spurs vs West Ham)

Son, crucial to Spurs’ attacking force with a 44% goal-involvement, remains their prime goal threat. His adaptability as the #9 during this packed December schedule could make him a pivotal asset to own in FPL, and that was clearly evident when he faced his favorite side to score against, Man City.

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Mohamed Salah (£13.1m, Liverpool vs Sheffield United)

Salah is having an impressive season with ten goals plus six assists, missing returns in just two games. Liverpool’s a strong favorite to score over 2.5 goals hosting Sheffield United in GW-15. The Blades have the league’s worst defensive stats, conceding the most goals (39). Salah, a consistent starter, especially potent at Anfield, and on penalties, is a top captaincy pick this week.


Forwards

Dominic Solanke (£6.5m, Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth)

Solanke offers a budget-friendly choice up front, securing 21 points across the last three game-weeks, a notable scoring streak. With three goals in as many games and Bournemouth’s recent average of two goals per match, his 6.2% FPL selection (at the time of writing) makes him a tempting acquisition. Facing Crystal Palace, who’ve shown vulnerability at the back in recent fixtures, Solanke emerges as a promising option.

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Darwin Nunez (£7.7m, Liverpool vs Sheffield United)

The chaotic Nunez had a dry spell in November, but with Jurgen Klopp placing him up front, Wednesday’s match against Sheffield United presents a prime chance to reignite his scoring. Supported by Mo Salah’s service, he’s likely to find the net in this favorable fixture, despite recent form fluctuations, making him a potential punt for FPL managers who can tolerate a calculated risk.

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Erling Haaland (£14.0m, Aston Villa vs Man City)

Haaland has been on fire, tallying 14 goals plus five assists this season to become the game’s second-highest earner. With just one blank in his last six outings, he’s a consistent producer. Yes, he may have missed a couple of sitters, but his assist counts.

Although Man City faces a challenge at Aston Villa, the Villans have conceded 20 goals (13th) with an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 27.03 (10th), so Villa’s tendency to concede chances speaks of opportunities. City leads the league in scoring, netting 33 goals and boasting the second-highest expected goals (xG) at 29.03, making them strong contenders to break through.


Poll

Who is your captain for GW-15?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Erling Haaland
    (15 votes)
  • 63%
    Mo Salah
    (33 votes)
  • 3%
    Bukayo Saka
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Son Heung-min
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Darwin Nunez
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (please mention in the comment section below)
    (0 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

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What are your plans? Whom are you adding and removing? Whom will you captain? Will it be Haaland or Salah? Any differentials catching your eye? Any wild-card thoughts? Please join and let us know in the comment section below!

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