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Fantasy Premier League Insight – GW16 Derby Duels

The festive season is officially here, and with it, we have football on a regular basis. This is a stressful time of the year for FPL managers as players are constantly rotated. Let’s look at some of the better options to guide you through this festive period.

GW15 kicked off with Chelsea taking on Newcastle; Chelsea found themselves 0-1 down early on through a Dwight Gayle strike but showed quality to level and run out a comfortable 3-1 win. Eden Hazard bagged 2 goals while Morata also got on the scoresheet; the returning Victor Moses (£6.4) was impressive with 2 assists on the day. Everton continued their good form with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield; Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.2) getting a goal and assist. Liverpool were impressive away to Brighton mauling the Seagulls 1-5, with their Brazilians running the show. Philippe Coutinho (£8.9) and Roberto Firmino (£8.4) were devastating as Coutinho got 3 assists and a goal (18 points) and Firmino bagged a brace (13 points). Coutinho the highest scorer for GW15. Leicester beat Burnley 1-0 (Gray goal, Mahrez assist) while Stoke inflicted more misery on Swansea winning 2-1 on the day; Shaqiri and Diouf with the goals there. Spurs were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw against Watford while West Brom and Palace played out to a 0-0 draw. The match of the day would see Arsenal host Man Utd at the Emirates; United hit Arsenal with a sucker punch as they took a 0-2 lead within 11mins. The Gunners had 16 shots on target to 4 as Wenger’s men would’ve thought how on earth they’d get back into the game? David De Gea (£5.8) pulled off 14 saves getting 8 points in the process. Jesse Lingard (£5.8) got a brace with Valencia opening up the scoring; Lacazette pulled one back for Arsenal.

Sunday only saw 2 games; first up was Bournemouth versus Southampton which ended in a draw (1-1). Charlie Austin finding the net once again before Ryan Fraser cancelled out the Saints lead. Man City left it late to secure the win versus West ham; the Hammers took a surprise lead on the stroke of half-time through Ogbonna as the Citizens struggled to break West Ham down. The equalizer would eventually come through Nicolas Otamendi before David Silva popped up in the 83 mins to grab all 3 points. Here is the dream team for GW15

Let’s look at a few of the FORM selections ahead of GW16. Form is a player’s average score per match, calculated from all matches played by his club in the last 30 days.

Eden Hazard (£10.8) – form: 9.0

Hazard came into this season with a massive price tag and form in all sorts. With a price of £10.0+ you would have always needed to consider cautiously whether you would need Hazard. He has now started firing on all cylinders, with form currently on (9.0) and scored 15 points in GW15. His team ownership has now gone up to 12.2% while his price is now (£10.8). Chelsea have a decent run of games with West Ham (a), Huddersfield (a), Southampton (h) and Everton (a), so you’d have to back Hazard to bang in some big points; he is turning into a must-have!

Philippe Coutinho (£8.9) – form: 8.3

Coutinho hit a massive 18 points in GW15 but has quietly been going about doing the business. Rotation has been key for Liverpool but you’d expect Phil to start in the derby against Everton at the weekend. Coutinho’s ownership is currently at 7.1% and one of the most transferred in players; beware the curse of the most transferred in player. Liverpool have Everton (h), West Brom (h), Bournemouth (a) and Arsenal (a), so a fairly decent run of fixtures.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0) – form: 6.2

Everton appear to have turned a corner since new manager Sam Allardyce stepped in. Sigurdsson has been busy in recent weeks with either a goal or an assist in the last 4 GWs. Still a pricey option at (£8.0) but only owned by 2.3% of FPL managers; as a differential, he could help you make some serious inroads. Their fixtures are hit or miss with Liverpool (a), Newcastle (a), Swansea (h), Chelsea (h) coming up. Everton’s main goal threat is Gylfi and you’d have to back him especially versus Newcastle and Swansea.

Ashley Young (£5.0) – form: 6.6

Ashley Young has crept in under the radar, even though he’s basically played 90 mins for United since GW5. Managers would’ve sat up when he scored twice in GW14 but he also had 2 assists in the previous 2 GWs. United has City this GW but the run gets easier with Bournemouth (h), West Brom (a) and Leicester (a). With Young’s form currently on (6.6) and playing every game, he is bound to get some decent points in the coming weeks.

There are 2 MASSIVE derbies coming up this weekend as Liverpool host Everton as well as the much-anticipated top of the table clash between Manchester United and Manchester City!

Also there are midweek games taking place this week, keep an eye out for injury-related news!

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