Written by Niall Hawthorne
Hoo Boy is it getting busy!
Just your twenty premier league matches between Tuesday and next Monday for us to wrangle with. Therefore, I’m taking the prudent/lazy/efficient approach and I’m giving you my tips for both GW’s in one fell swoop, so you have plenty of time to absorb these incredible pearls of wisdom and act/ignore accordingly.
Onto GW14 & GW15!
GW14 Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
Eleven games played in the league this season.
Seven clean sheets.
Fifteen returns in eleven games, and while a ‘derby’ can always be fraught with the possibility of madness breaking out, Everton are not very good going forward this season. They have a grand total of three goals in their last six league games, four of those were complete blanks and they haven’t scored since GW10.
So, I’m reckoning on a clean sheet and with an attacking return in 73% of games played (yes, you read that right), how could you NOT choose him this week?
GW15 Defender: Tino Livramento, Southampton
FPL players are a fickle bunch, they really are.
All I saw last weekend was a torrent of moaning and whining as a cheap, regularly playing defensive enabler, who everyone left on their bench as he was away to Liverpool, was subbed in to replace Spurs/Burnley/A N Other assets, with zero points to his name.
The man should have been hung, drawn and quartered based on the opinions of those on my timeline. To those of you, I say this:
This is still a great asset to have and next weekend he faces Brighton at home in the ‘El Coastico’, apparently. Brighton are no great shakes going forward, and this will be a fixture that Hassenhutl will identify as a must-win.
GW14 Midfielder: Heung-Min Son, Spurs
Freshly frozen like the best supermarket veg, after a pointless spin to Turf Moor, Spurs face Brentford after having a lovely rest.
While Brentford kept a clean sheet against Everton, that’s not really something to write home about as previously mentioned, and they did concede ten goals in their previous four games since losing Raya.
Son has been on a slight barren run, admittedly. However, Spurs are going to click under Conte at some point, and with Brentford, Norwich and Brighton in their next three, this is the time to trust Son.
GW15 Midfielder: Maxwel Cornet, Burnley
Another player heading into a busy week after a bit of a rest, and with a game against Newcastle United at the weekend, he’s too good to ignore.
Tipped by this very column many weeks ago (with an instant return), he now has become a serious option at just £6.1m and under 3% ownership. Four goals in his last four starts, only blanking against Chelsea, is very decent form.
Newcastle, as discussed regularly on these pages, are terrible defensively. What’s a guy/girl to do?
GW14 Forward: Callum Wilson, Newcastle United
This is it. It must be it.
Wilson came into my team in GW12, played a full part in a six-goal thriller, and didn’t get as much as an assist, bizarrely. He then blanked in GW13, expectedly, away to Arsenal.
But now. Now it’s time. Norwich at home. Midweek. Under lights. Full St. James’ Park roaring them on. Relegation six-pointer.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
As Tom Hanks would say himself: WILSON!
GW15 Forward: Harry Kane, Spurs
And if Callum Wilson doesn’t do it, Harry Kane will.
As per my points above about Son, apply them to Kane for this weekend, at home to Norwich.
There’s nothing more to say.
GW14 & 15 Captain: Mo Salah, Liverpool
Yet another return for The Egyptian King in GW13, and I’m not even going to quote the stats anymore, they’re still ridiculous.
Funnily enough though, Salah has plundered far more points away from home this season that at Anfield, with 74 of his 131 points thus far coming on the road. He now faces two trips, to Goodison Park and Molineux.
To say that Liverpool will be ‘up for’ the Everton game is an understatement. This is the ground that shattered their team, hopes and dreams last season. They’re going to be gunning for Everton.
Wolves away is trickier, but, well, it’s Salah.
GW14 Outsider: James Maddison, Leicester City
Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up a third of the way through the season? A cracking 16-point haul for Maddison at the weekend has thrust him into my thoughts for the first time this season.
£6.6m and 4.3% ownership, with games coming against Southampton (9-0 remember…), Villa and Newcastle coming up. Interesting…
GW15 Outsider: Jadon Sancho, Manchester United
Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up a third of the way through the season? (Can you see a theme developing here?)
A goal in the Champions League, and a goal at Stamford Bridge, and suddenly Sancho is firmly on the radar. Then a quick glimpse at the FPL fixtures for United and it’s….wait, what?….that can’t be right, can it?
United don’t face a ‘Top 4’ opponent until MARCH 5TH. Seriously, there’s more green on their fixture list than in ‘The Grinch’.
If Sancho discovers his Bundesliga form….