Fantasy Premier League: Foden a problem, Salah is smart however maintain off on Newcastle

Gameweek 15 was the penultimate one earlier than we break off for the World Cup and it was one other action-packed gameweek. We noticed 37 objectives scored and loads of drama.

Arsenal got here up trumps in a London derby and Manchester Metropolis scraped a win in opposition to Fulham by way of a Ninety fifth-minute penalty regardless of being right down to 10 males.

As ever, there was loads to speak about, however I’ll cowl the principle speaking factors and the way they affect us going into Gameweek 16.


Foden and Haaland on the bench

The primary speaking level was Phil Foden (£8.4million) being benched for the third league recreation in a row.

Many managers introduced him in for Manchester Metropolis’s improbable run of fixtures, and it was transfer. No one might have predicted Pep Guardiola would identify him among the many substitutes for 3 league video games on the trot, particularly when he was taking part in so effectively and contemplating the actual fact he began him in all 10 earlier league matches.

These of us who nonetheless personal him have a choice to make now, although, as Metropolis have one other nice match-up at house to Brentford in Gameweek 16. I simply assume it is means too dangerous to carry onto Foden regardless of the sort fixture. With just one gameweek left earlier than the World Cup, we have now to be aggressive and I do not assume risking one other one-point Foden cameo from the bench is price it.

On high of that, there are many alternate options for him with good fixtures this week.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.5million) scored a aim and made an help for 12 FPL factors and he performs Nottingham Forest this week. Steve Cooper’s males have conceded 30 objectives (second most) with an anticipated objectives conceded (xGC) of 23.35 (seventeenth).

Zaha was additionally performed as a ahead final gameweek, is regularly probably the most superior participant on the pitch for Palace and is certain to start out. He’s additionally on penalties, so is a nice choice for Gameweek 16.

Leandro Trossard (£7.0million), Marcus Rashford (£6.7million) and Bukayo Saka (£8.0million) are additionally nice potential replacements for Foden. They’re all sure to start out for his or her golf equipment and have good fixtures.

Trossard’s Brighton have a house recreation in opposition to Aston Villa, who instantly look a greater facet underneath new head coach Unai Emery. Nonetheless, Roberto De Zerbi’s facet have additionally been in nice type and have now scored eight objectives of their final three video games. Trossard has seven objectives and three assists this season and is the most suitable choice among the many Brighton squad.

Rashford additionally has a fantastic fixture from an attacking perspective — Fulham have conceded the fourth-most objectives (24) and have the worst xGC within the league (25.99) and though Manchester United weren’t too spectacular in opposition to Villa yesterday, they’ve a fantastic fixture to bounce again right here.

Saka offered a return once more final gameweek with an help and now has 4 objectives and 7 assists. Arsenal have been improbable and have fixture in opposition to Wolves. The England midfielder has each aim and help risk and is their major penalty taker.

Erling Haaland (£12.1million) was additionally benched by Guardiola however that did not cease him from scoring in his 26-minute cameo. He might have simply had a second, too, along with his aim getting dominated out by VAR for a marginal offside.

He will certainly begin in opposition to Brentford now he’s match once more and if you happen to had been one of many managers who removed him previously few weeks, I might make him the precedence switch. He would be the recreation’s greatest captaincy alternative this week and with Norway not concerned within the World Cup there are unlikely to be any early substitutions or distractions for him.


Liverpool and Salah again in rivalry

Liverpool pulled off a formidable away win over Tottenham on Sunday. Mohamed Salah (£12.7million) and Darwin Nunez (£8.9million) had been each within the factors and are improbable choices for Gameweek 16 as Southampton head to Anfield having simply parted methods with Ralph Hasenhuttl.

I might look to get at the very least one in all them in for this week as they’re among the many greatest choices.

Harry Kane (£11.6million) was additionally on the scoresheet as soon as once more for Spurs in that match, notching his eleventh aim of the season. He additionally has a plum fixture, in opposition to Leeds United at house.

All of the above are choices I might advocate, however they might be awkward to usher in attributable to their worth factors. If you may get them without cost I might extremely suggest it and people with two free transfers shall be in a primary place to take action.

A extra reasonably priced choice which is a superb punt for Gameweek 16 is Ivan Perisic (£5.5million).

He’s ranked as a defender in FPL however in Son Heung-min’s absence performed in a entrance two with Kane yesterday. He was unlucky to not rating, hitting the woodwork twice. His common place map additionally confirmed him to be probably the most superior participant on the pitch, even forward of Kane.

With a full week’s relaxation, he ought to begin in opposition to Leeds too, and it is vitally potential he shall be utilized in that superior place once more.

Spurs do have a Carabao Cup tie away to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, however I doubt he’ll play in that and will get the nod for the league recreation as an alternative.


Newcastle continues spectacular run

Newcastle had been on high type once more, thumping Southampton 4-1 to shut the door on the Hasenhuttl period. Nonetheless, pretty much as good as they’ve been, I might nonetheless keep away from shopping for their property this week as they’ve a recreation in opposition to Chelsea.

For those who already personal Kieran Trippier (£5.9million), Miguel Almiron (£5.7million) gold Callum Wilson (£7.5million), I might hold them however would keep away from shopping for any of their team-mates. Wilson is one to control as he was taken off at half-time yesterday attributable to sickness, however he ought to be good to go after one other week’s relaxation.

Newcastle choices aren’t a dangerous decide however I believe there are too many choices this week with good fixtures we are able to go for as an alternative who provide the next upside.

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