I hope everybody had a peaceful and joyous Christmas, except Sam Allardyce.
Written by Niall Hawthorne.
Defender: Charlie Taylor, Burnley
Burnley only tend to concede large amounts of goals when they feel they are the inferior team. They shipped three against Chelsea, five against Manchester City and three against, err, Newcastle United.
Apart from that they’re a solid defensive FPL option having conceded just three goals in seven league games (excluding the City game).
In short what I’m saying is Burnley are like Nelson Muntz. They can pick on the smaller kids, but can get their ass whomped by Jimbo Jones.
This week they face Sheffield United, aka Martin Prince. HaHa!
Cheer up Charlie, this is your golden ticket to a clean sheet!
Midfielder: Sadio Mane, Liverpool
On the third day of Christmas, Sadio gave to you nine FPL points thanks to his goal and bonus points against West Bromwich Albion.
This followed his nine FPL points before Christmas which ended his ‘drought’. We are truly living in biblical times, eh?
Form is temporary and class is permanent. Sadio Mane will always be class, and he likes playing at St James’s Park where he will be on the sixth day of Christmas. Instead of six geese-a-laying, I predict he’ll deliver at least 6 points-a-playing.
Forward: Patrick Bamford, Leeds United
I know that most people would be expecting to see the name of Harry Kane here as they face Fulham at home, but Fulham are undefeated in four with only two conceded. Spurs may face a harder game than most anticipate.
So, I’m plumping for Patrick Bamford against the Baggies, who have just come away from Anfield with a point. However, that’s the third game where West Brom have taken points against one of the ‘Big 6’ and after each of the previous two games, they got spanked. After a point against Chelsea, Southampton mullered ‘em. After a point against Man City, Villa mullered ‘em.
Plus, I really really want to see Big Sam’s face as Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics rip his side to shreds while he sits on a bucket and ‘posh boy’ Bamford runs amok.
Captain: Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers takes his side to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, who have hilariously forgotten how to defend, and have now lost their best defender to injury in Gary Cahill.
That’s ten goals shipped in the last two matches and Leicester City possess one of the best away records in the division with six wins from seven trips on the road.
Vardy himself has a frankly ridiculous nine goals and three assists in those seven away matches. It’s almost like Premier League teams don’t realise that Vardy is most dangerous when the other side have the ball and lose it suddenly…
A Vardy Xmas/New Year Party is very much on the cards.
Outsider: Karlan Grant, West Bromwich Albion
Having said all the above, we live in Brexit times, and some good old fashioned British Bulldog Spirit from Sam Allardyce may well put a hole in Bielsa’s bucket.
Grant was a willing front runner at Anfield and perhaps should have scored in the second half, so the not-quite-watertight Leeds defence may get breached.
He’s owned by 0.0% of FPL players right now. You know what my record is like tipping players owned by nobody.
Written by Niall Hawthorne.
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