Gameweek 19

Goalkeepers:

Hull City’s Allan McGregor (4.8) is our choice between the sticks for this quick successive gameweek. Hull City have conceded just one goal in their last two home games and will be facing a lack luster Leicester side, who have barely managed 4 goals on their travels this season.

Alternatives: Sunderland’s budget friendly Pantilimon (4.4), has been in splendid form for the Black Cats, and has picked up an impressive 15 points in just his last 3 games. He’ll be facing Aston Villa, who are looking a bit shaky on the attacking front.

Defenders:

Manchester City’s Zabaleta (6.5)  was rested for Friday’s trip to West Brom. The attacking right-back looks set to return for Manchester City’s home clash with Burnley. Zabaleta has produced a goal and assist in his last three appearances and City have conceded just twice in six matches. Expect a huge point haul from him.

QPR’s Steven Caulker (4.7) has had the most shots on target than any other defender in the Premier League this season. The derby clash against a weak defensive Crystal Palace looks promising for him and us. Stoke City’s centre half Erik Pieters (4.6) has a derby home clash as well against West Brom. Bonus points and a clean sheet from his last game will keep his confidence up for this gameweek. We’re also placing our faith in Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton (4.2) to shine in his game against the travelling Black Cats, about whom we should remind you that he had found the back of the net in his last home game.

Chelsea’s John Terry (6.4) has produced two goals, nine clean sheets and eight bonus points over the first 18 gameweeks. He has played every minute of the season under Jose Mourinho and has been key to an improvement which has seen the league leaders produce six shut-outs in their last seven games. His form is on the rise and should strictly not be ignored.

Alternatives: Our alternative picks for this week are Swansea’s Taylor (4.8) and Newcastle’s S.Taylor (3.9). Both have decent fixtures, and could get you a potential clean sheet.

Midfielders:

Manchester City’s Silva (9.2) has three goals and an assist to his name in two games. His blistering form is too good to ignore and his manger is of a similar opinion by subbing him just after 60 mins in the last game, to protect his fitness over the festive schedules. His team mate Toure (10.9) hasn’t let off the gas either, picking up his 3rd goal in 4 consecutive games now. We expect one of them, if not both, to pick up a nice double figure haul for us this week, as they face off against 19th placed Burnley at home.

Arsenal’s Sanchez (10.5) looks like he has been cut from the same ‘Silva’ cloth. With Giroud suspended for the upcoming fixtures, Sanchez might be shifted back to a more central role. His goal threat and spot kick duty makes him an automatic pick, even though he faces a difficult West Ham home side. But trust in Sanchez, if not Arsene.

Liverpool’s Sterling (8.3) has scored three times in four appearances since shifting to his new striker role. With a travelling Swansea side to face, along with easy upcoming fixtures after that, he seems a good bet. Lastly we have picked West Ham’s Downing (6.4) as our fifth midfielder, due to his fantastic form and Arsenal’s frail defence.

Alternatives: Tottenham’s Eriksen (8.2), has had four goals, two assists and 10 bonus points in his last seven games. Although he does face a tough Manchester United side who are on the rise, he’s an option to consider if you have budget restrictions. Another budget friendly option to consider is Sunderland’s Johnson (6.0), who has picked up 2 goals in his last 2 games. Also, Manchester United’s Juan Mata (8.5) seems to be benefiting from the injuries suffered by team mate Di Maria. His role in the hole behind Falcao and Van Persie makes him a differential pick which could see your fantasy team rise up in your respective leagues.

Forwards:

We’re placing our faith in Chelsea’s Diego Costa (11.2) to do the needful against the Saints and maintain Chelsea’s winning form at the halfway mark of the season. A goal and two bonus points from his last game will keep his confidence at a high, although we don’t think it has ever gone down.

QPR’s home game victories are mostly due to this man Charlie Austin (6.3) who makes a mockery of his price tag. An average of 7.7 points per home game makes him a must have in our squad for this week. Another mockery making centre forward is the young Harry Kane (5.3) who we think will take advantage of Manchester United’s weakness of dead ball’s into the 6 yard area.

Alternatives: Stoke’s Bojan Krkic (5.0) is our first choice in the alternatives section due to his easy fixture along with spot kick duties . Another option to consider is Manchester United’s Van Persie (12.6), who takes on Tottenham at White Hart Lane.