Fantasy Focus: Top picks for Premier League Matchweek 13
Jamie Vardy? Bruno Fernandes? Danny Ings? We get the dilemma. English footballing action resumes on Tuesday, December 15, with less than 48 hours the difference between GW12 and GW13.
With fantasy managers struggling for breathing space, we bring you five names who could be well-trusted to ace in gameweek 13.
Player: Bruno Fernandes
Match: Sheffield United vs Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes in away Premier League fixtures this season: 5 matches. 5 goals. 5 assists. How’s that to put your money on someone?
A playmaker and an influencer with whom the Red Devils ride along, the Portuguese midfielder averages a goal and an assist in every away game this season. The 26-year old travels to Bramall Lane where he faces one of the worst defences this season in Sheffield United. The Blades are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in the top division and have lost 11 of their 12 matches, managing just a single point. Note that the Red Devils scored six goals against them in the 2019/20 Premier League season.
With United hitting the right note in the league, it is a no-brainer that Bruno Fernandes should wear your captain's armband.
Player: Joao Cancelo
Match: Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion
A sixth straight clean sheet for City is a new club record for the blue side of Manchester. Joao Cancelo has become a consistent brick of this City wall. The Portuguese has completed 90 minutes in six of the last seven league games and has created more chances than any other defender in that period. The attacking-minded full-back constantly on overlapping runs, Cancelo has the ability to deliver dangerous crosses in the box. Clubbed with attacking returns is a very high possibility of a clean sheet. Manchester City face West Brom, a team which is yet to keep an away clean sheet this season and that run looks to extend.
Player: Jack Grealish
Match: Aston Villa vs Burnley
With five goals and six assists in his 10 games, Jack Grealish is having another stellar season in the middle of the park. Since the 7-2 win over Liverpool, the Aston Villa captain has been involved in 50% of the club goals and now faces a Burnley side that let five goals past them against Manchester City and four against Leicester while travelling. Aston Villa boss Dean Smith confirmed after Saturday's win that Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish are the club's two main penalty-takers and this news will disappoint owners of Ollie Watkins who had taken the previous spot-kicks this season. Having penalties in his locker, the ownership of England’s star will continue to rise.
Player: Timo Werner
Match: Wolves vs Chelsea
Timo Werner has four goals and four assists to his name, but that isn’t enough for a big name like the German. He was expected to bang in goals week in and out but that hasn’t yet gone to plan. However, the Chelsea forward is not short of chances. His 6+ plus chances in the last five gameweeks are the most by any other fantasy player.
The Blues face Wolves who haven’t kept a clean sheet since GW 7. Werner is in the same bracket of the world-class strikers and it won’t be long before he starts firing. The youngster is due a big game and that might just come against a struggling Wolverhampton. With Pulisic fit again, he could just get the service he requires upfront. Frank Lampard’s men are coming into this match with a loss and will want to make a statement of their own and Werner could well and truly be another differential forward who could turn the tie towards you.
Player: Che Adams
Match: Arsenal vs Southampton
Che Adams netted his fourth goal of the season during the weekend, equaling his 2019/20 tally. In the absence of Danny Ings, Che led the Saints’ line effectively and is a crucial part of the setup. Only in 14/15 did Southampton United had more points after the opening 12 games than they do now. Being on the lower side of the money than most fantasy players, Adams is the most valued forward for his price. A real bargain buy, the amount saved on the English forward can be used elsewhere to balance your team.
Southampton, who currently sit fourth in the Premier League, visit North London side Arsenal who are at 15th position. Apart from his last away fixture, the number 10 has either scored or assisted in his last four matches including a goal and an assist against Chelsea.
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