Gameweek 16 in the Premier League marks the start of a busy schedule before Christmas. Aston Villa’s away game at Liverpool is the box-office clash this weekend, as Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield for the first time as an opposition manager.

Five of the Premier League’s top six clubs - Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal play on Saturday while Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur visit Brighton on Sunday.

Man City take on Wolves while Manchester United will make a trip to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City. Chelsea and Arsenal play home games against Leeds and Southampton respectively.

With plenty of action in store, we list down some smart buys that can help you ace your fantasy premier league gameweek 16. 

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 16 tips to make your team

Best attacker: Emmanuel Dennis

Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis is proving to be a fantasy premier league favourite, considering he has amassed six goals and five assists in 14 league outings. Having found the net against league leaders Chelsea recently, it is no surprise that the Nigerian striker has been transferred in by 5,27,232 fantasy players.

Best defender: Reece James

Chelsea full-back Reece James‘ stock this season has soared up exponentially, given he has returned with four goals, four assists and six clean sheets in 11 league appearances. The Englishman is the fourth-best defender currently with 76 points, and at £6.2m, the 22-year-old is absolutely worth the price and is well-placed to exploit the Leeds defence on the right flank.

Budget player: Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey is perhaps a dark horse in our selection, considering only 0.1 per cent fantasy players own him in their teams. Under new manager Eddie Howe, Shelvey has started every game and has supplied nine key passes. Considering Leicester City have struggled defending aerial balls this season, the Newcastle midfielder could apply pressure in the engine room and the opposition box.

Fantasy Premier League stats for Gameweek 16 fixtures

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have won 29 of their 52 matches against Aston Villa in the Premier League. 15 of those 29 wins have come at home.

The Reds have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight matches against Aston Villa in all competitions.

Liverpool are undefeated in 24 of their last 25 Premier League matches.

Chelsea vs Leeds

Chelsea have won their last four home matches against Leeds in all competitions.

Since January 2003, Chelsea have remained unbeaten against Leeds in the Premier League, with three wins and two draws.

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