No time to breathe, people, more Premier League action is coming your way with the hectic Christmas schedule only getting started.
The first midweek gameweek of the season certainly didn’t disappoint, with Spurs on the receiving end of a Marcus Rashford masterclass, Everton likewise with Sadio Mane, while the mightily impressive Brighton turned over Freddie Ljungberg’s Arsenal in the Swede’s maiden home game as interim boss.
But we all know the most important thing is how all of the above affected our fantasy football teams, right?
Conceding two goals at home… to Newcastle, Steve Bruce’s Newcastle. Seriously?
Nevertheless, let’s get our teeth stuck into the weekend’s fixtures and see who’s ‘Hot’ or ‘Not’ for the upcoming gameweek…
Vicente Guaita: The Spaniard has proven himself to be more than a competent gloveman since arriving from Getafe in 2018. He’s already kept five clean sheets this season – including two in his last two – and there’s a great chance he’ll add to his tally over the next couple of weeks with Watford and Newcastle both in the offing for the Eagles.
Ederson: Yeah, things are pretty tough for Manchester City
Reece James: This one is purely on potential attacking output. James has excelled from right-back since he came into the Chelsea side and looks to be a real threat in the final third with a crossing ability that can be likened to Trent Alexander-Arnold – setting up Tammy Abraham’s header against Villa in the week. Forget the clean sheets, James will soon become an assist king and at £5.0m, he’s certainly worth picking up.
Lucas Digne: His nine goal contributions last season – which helped him to a healthy 158 FPL points – would’ve convinced many to back the Frenchman this time around. But so far, Digne has mustered just 42 points and has brought home two one-pointers and drawn a blank in his last three outings, with Everton
Sadio Mane: Expensive? Very. On-fire? Certainly. Worth it? Absolutely. Mane has been unplayable this season and put in one of his finest performances in a Liverpool shirt in midweek – scoring once and setting up two in the Reds’ 5-2 win in the Merseyside Derby. With 15 goal contributions thus far, the Senegalese star is one of the highest point scorers in the FPL with 109 points. Build your team around Sadio, simple.
Daniel James: A relatively popular choice in the FPL world, James hasn’t really built on what was a fantastic start to life in Manchester. One assist in his last five isn’t great and he looks like he’s lacking a little bit of confidence in the final third. Nevertheless, with United
Danny Ings: The former Liverpool man has been Ralph Hasenhuttl’s saviour in recent weeks, scoring in each of Southampton’s last four games as the Saints have climbed out of the relegation zone. A tough fixture away at Newcastle is in the offing for Ings, but after that, the Saints’ schedule loosens as the play West Ham and Villa (both hold bottom-five defensive records). For £6.2m, he’s certainly great value as well.
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