Fixtures coming thick & fast: 14 days, 4 game weeks. Are you prepared?
If there is ever a period to have a strong bench available, it starts this weekend.
Keep tabs on Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolves who have the best resting periods of the 20 clubs over Xmas, and with the form that all three have been in, you should probably have at least five players in your squad by now including Doherty, Robertson, Van Dijk, Sterling or Sane. Kevin De Bruyne marked his second comeback this season with a strike against Leicester earlier in the EFL Cup, while Shaqiri was the late hero against Mourinho-less rivals Manchester United last time out. Two players to keep an eye on.
Spurs & Everton
In terms of the shortest rests, Spurs and Everton will feel a little stitched up. Though assets like Kane and Richarlison will both likely stay in the first XI most matches if not all, over the next two weeks. Be more concerned about midfielders from each side (besides Richarlison as he is pretty much now Marco Silva’s main striker).
Chelsea’s recent form has come to Hazard’s aid, who has been flourishing in his centre-forward role. It’s unclear if he’ll continue in that position but the Belgian is now hot property and is arguably the best player in the Premier League right now. There is however no arguing his necessity on your fantasy team. Blues defenders are picking up clean sheets every couple of games while Alonso hasn’t been in tip-top form. There is an attraction to relieving the Spaniard for Luiz who has in fact scored more points than Alonso between now and game week four. Alonso has 65 points between GW 4-17. Luiz has scored 67 points in the same period. Food for thought.
West ham :
West Ham have expectedly been in fine form with the long list of good fixtures they’ve had recently, victorious in their last four meetings. Snodgrass and Anderson have shot out of the blocks with flying colours. The pair have notched an outstanding 65 points together in the last four matches. Their toughest opponent Watford is the only top half side they play in the next four fixtures too, so disregard the Hammers at your own peril.
In terms of Manchester United, the unofficial word is that that Red Devils legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær will take over the reign of United. If that’s the case, we could potentially see the players revive their ambition to play for the club. The Norwegian manager could spark the team back into gear with his history at the club and Sir Alex. Its best just to see a few games to judge if the side can actually return to their historic attacking selves again, but if all goes well, I would imagine Lukaku, Pogba and Sanchez could be re-analysed and become good FPL assets once again…