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EPL GW-16 FPL Player Picks

Discover key players for this week!

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As the dust settles from GW-15, Man City’s unexpected stumble allowed rivals to capitalize, reshaping the league’s standings. With GW-16 now upon us, it’s our cue to get back to work as fantasy managers once more. It’s time to analyze and select players who promise the highest returns for the upcoming fixtures. Below is my list of names to consider.

Saturday 9 December

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Sunday 10 December

Advance warning: Man City and Brentford blank in GW-18!


Goalkeepers

Martin Dubravka (£4.0m, Spurs vs Newcastle)

Newcastle’s #2 has been promoted to #1 now, starting because Nick Pope will be out 4-5 months after dislocating his shoulder. Yes, Everton smashed the Magpies 3-0 midweek, and Spurs at home could make this a hit-or-miss choice. However, after Sunday Newcastle’s fixtures read FUL, LUT, and NFO, so Dubravka could very well continue to be an attractive asset till at least January.

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Ederson (££5.5m, Luton Town vs Man City)

Ederson has seen City concede 10 goals across their last five Premier League games, dropping them to fourth and currently trailing six points behind Arsenal. The upcoming match against Luton Town presents a crucial chance to rebuild momentum and secure a clean sheet, given Luton’s lack of attacking prowess.


Defenders

Valentino Livramento (£4.3m, Tottenham vs Newcastle)

Newcastle always responds positively after a terrible defeat, and Livramento has been exceptional for the Magpies. Sometimes it feels like he’s more the left winger than the left-back, which shows how much attacking return he can possibly provide. The youngster has stepped up admirably in the absence of Dan Burn and Matt Targett. Plus, his price-tag right now and the possible return gap is massive.

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Harry Maguire (£4.3m, Man United vs Bournemouth)

Maguire (£4.3m) is a decent option this week with Man United hosting Bournemouth. With 25 points collected since GW-11 and November’s Premier League Player of the Month award, Maguire’s pivotal performances, particularly against Chelsea, make him a worthy consideration given his price tag.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.0m, Crystal Place vs Liverpool)

TAA seems to have regained top form, boasting four goal contributions in his last three matches to amass 40 points since GW-12. With Liverpool contending for the title and Crystal Palace faltering, potentially risking Roy Hodgson’s job, this fixture could favor TAA once more.


Midfielders

Alejandro Garnacho (£4.7m, Man United vs Bournemouth)

Garnacho presents a strong value proposition. Having started the last five league matches, he has contributed a goal and an assist. Impressively, he leads the team in shots and shots within the box, while ranking second in chances created during that period. Managers eyeing a cost-effective midfield option should consider Garnacho for his goal-scoring and assisting potential.

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Anthony Gordon (£6.0m, Tottenham vs Newcastle)

Excluding his performance against Everton, Gordon has played such a vital role amid Newcastle’s injury challenges, serving as one of the Magpies’ most influential players.

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Jarrod Bowen (£7.6m, Fulham vs West Ham)

Jarrod Bowen’s return from injury hasn’t gone unnoticed. Despite missing Gameweek 13, he swiftly made his mark with a goal against Spurs this midweek. Having played the full 90 minutes in every game he’s featured in, Bowen stands as a key figure in West Ham’s attacking lineup. With an impressive tally of eight goals this season, he ranks among the top scorers, trailing only premium players Haaland, Salah, and Son.

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Leon Bailey (£5.5m, Villa vs Arsenal)

Bailey is shining for Villa, especially in the dominant display against City. The Villans’ home form under Emery has been exceptional, making them a formidable force. Bailey’s recent brilliance, with two goals in as many games, poses a significant threat to Arsenal. This fixture promises to be an exciting clash worth watching.

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Mo Salah (£13.1m, Crystal Palace vs Liverpool)

Boasting 10 goals plus six assists this season, Salah remains a constant pick despite his quiet outing against Sheffield United. Facing a struggling Palace side, he’s primed to regain his scoring form.


Forwards

Gabriel Jesus (£7.9m, Villa vs Arsenal)

Jesus at £7.9m is proving his worth for Arsenal. With two goals plus two assists in recent fixtures, he stands out as the Gunners’ prime goal threat. Showcasing his attacking prowess over the past three game-weeks, he leads the team in shots within the box, big chances, and shots on target.

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Darwin Nunez (£7.7m, Crystal Palace vs Liverpool)

The Uruguayan recently broke his goal drought by providing an assist in Liverpool’s win against Sheffield United. Expected to start against Crystal Palace, his eight shots in the box and five on target over the last four game-weeks mirror those of Salah.

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Erling Haaland (£14.0m, Luton Town vs Man City)

Haaland had an off day against Aston Villa, an unusual sight for the Norwegian goal machine. The upcoming fixture against Luton Town seems promising for City, offering ample opportunities for Haaland to aim for a hattrick given City’s expected attacking dominance.


Poll

Captain for GW-16?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Erling Haaland
    (63 votes)
  • 11%
    Mohamed Salah
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    Gabriel Jesus
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
    (5 votes)
  • 5%
    Son Heung-min
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Darwin Nunez
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (please mention in the comment section below)
    (2 votes)
89 votes total Vote Now

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What are your thoughts on the title-race now? Whom are you adding and removing? Whom will you captain? Any differentials catching your eye? Any wild-card thoughts? Please join and let us know in the comment section below!

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