Gameweek 21

“To use or not to use?” is the BIG question this week! Should you give your team a major overhaul by using the Winter Wildcard (available until the end of GW-23) this week or should you wait and watch? There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to this dilemma and there are several pros and cons to using the wildcard early. It could shoot you past your cup opponents but with the return of some key players like Di Maria, Walcott and Aguero and the transfer window just beginning to heat up, holding on to that wildcard could prove fruitful in the overall league ahead. We’ll leave it up to you to decide but here are our top picks for this gameweek.

Goalkeepers:

Although Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) conceded 3 goals against Chelsea last week, he was rested in their FA cup match and should be raring to go against London rivals Crystal Palace who haven’t won a single match in the last 8 EPL matches. Spurs have a good lineup of fixtures (CRY, SUN, WBA) and this should be a good time to handover the gloves to Lloris.

Alternatives: Bradley Guzan (£4.7m) has picked up back-to-back clean sheets in the last 2 gameweeks and plays against Leicester this week.

Defenders:

There are some no-brainer must-have players this week and one of them is John Terry (£6.6m). Chelsea face Newcastle who will visit Stamford Bridge without Alan Pardew who left the club to join Crystal Palace as manager and Papiss Cisse who is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

With 2 assists and 3 bonus points last week, Gael Clichy (£5.7m) retains his position in our squad this week. Pablo Zabaleta is a great alternative but a tally of zero points over the last 3 gameweeks makes our decision to pick Clichy a lot easier! Aly Sissokho (£4.7m) and Ryan Bertrand (£5.7m) are both in-form defenders and we’re counting on them to continue their form into this gameweek.

Kieran Trippier (£4.8m) is our last pick in the defense. He has some good fixtures lined up (QPR, CRY, SUN, WBA) and his points tally and tendency to get into attacking positions makes him a good value-for-money pick if you plan on using your wildcard this week.

Midfielders:

David Silva (£9.3m) and Eden Hazard (£10.7m) are amongst the must-have’s this week. With the departure of Yaya Toure for the Africa Cup of Nations, Silva is a perfect in-form replacement. Hazard has scored 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 EPL matches and cannot be left out in a home game against Newcastle this week.

Stoke City visits the Emirates Stadium this week and Arsenal have won their last 12 home matches in a row against them! Alexis Sanchez (£10.8m) seems to be back in good form as he bagged a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s FA cup match against Hull City and you can expect him to end his 2-match points drought this week.

With 1 goal and 2 assists in his last game against Chelsea, Nacer Chadli (£10.8m) continued his form by scoring another against Burnley in the FA Cup on Monday and just like Lloris he has a good lineup of fixtures ahead. Philippe Coutinho (£7.6m) has also retained his spot this week owing to his good form (3 assists and 1 goal in his last 4 EPL games).

Alternatives:

With 4 goals and 1 assist in the last 6 matches, Santi Cazorla (£8.2m) is an in-form budget-friendly alternative for his Chilean teammate Alexis Sanchez and could be a differential as not many managers own him. George Boyd (£4.6m) is a great value-for-money 5th mid-fielder to have in your squad. He’s scored 2 goals in his last 2 EPL matches and has good fixtures lined up for him. Angel Di Maria‘s price has fallen to an all-time low of £9.4m and could prove to be a good swoop this week as he’s back from injury, has already scored a goal against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup match this week and will face QPR, LEI and BUR within the next 5 gameweeks.

Strikers:

Harry Kane (£5.5m) was a complete no-brainer selection. The 21-year old English striker is at the peak of his form and has scored a whopping 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games at the EPL. Diego Costa (£11.2m) has a knack of scoring in home games and you can count on him to score against a struggling Newcastle defense which has conceded 13 goals in their last 5 games in the premier league. Our last pick in the squad was a tough one and we’ve gone for Danny Ings (£5.6m) who scored a goal and an assist in his last two games and has very tempting fixtures (QPR, CRY, SUN, WBA) ahead of him.

Alternatives: Believe it or not, Charlie Austin (£6.4m) has scored more points so far this season than Diego Costa and is a great budget-friendly alternative as he faces Burnley this week. Sergio Aguero (£12.3m) could come off the bench to get some game time and we all know he only needs a few minutes to get on the points board! Our advice would be to hold off the urge to buy him for one more gameweek. Instead, shuffle your team this week to make money to splurge on Aguero next week. Keep the money in the bank or invest in Wayne Rooney (£10.8m) who could prove to be a good differential in the next few gameweeks.