So the Champions League group stages are over and all 4 English sides have progressed. The draw is set for Monday and there are some crackers in store with teams unable to face another side from their country. The positive to come out of this is that there won’t be any more Premier League sides involved in Thursday night football!
Anyway, let’s get back to domestic action with Gameweek 16 taking place this weekend. Arsenal have little time to lick their wounds from the defeat to Napoli as they take on a buoyant Man City side who shocked everyone by beating Bayern at the Allianz Arena. This massive match takes place during Saturday lunchtime and all sorts of conclusions will be drawn if we get a victor.
In the 3pm kick offs, we have Chelsea hosting Pulis’ Crystal Palace where Mourinho will be looking for a morale-boosting win to signal their intent. Everton will also look to continue their march to a Champions League spot, taking on a Fulham side who should be more upbeat following last weekend’s win against Villa.
On Sunday, we have 3 fixtures to feast over with Norwich hosting Swansea and United travelling to struggling Villa for two 1.30pm fixtures. To round it all off though, we have a belter with Spurs taking on Liverpool. This should be an interesting contest with Spurs recovering from Europa League action tonight and Liverpool missing the inspiration of Gerrard and Sturridge, who are both long term absentees.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the sixteenth gameweek of the season:
- John RUDDY [SWA(H), 4.9m] – Ruddy was excellent last weekend making an incredible 10 saves to keep out the Baggies and secure an important victory for Norwich. Next up are Swansea and Chris Hughton will be keen for Norwich to push on against a team recovering from defeat against St Gallen tonight.
- Seamus COLEMAN [FUL(H), 5.9m] – Close to another price rise tonight ahead of a favourable run of fixtures, Coleman is the current highest points scoring defender in the FPL. Training at Fulham will have been great this week after their win against Villa but Everton are in great form and should have too much for them to cope with.
- John TERRY [CPL(H), 6.6m] – Chelsea have struggled defensively of late but they managed to keep out Steaua in midweek and next up they have Crystal Palace who have been far from prolific up front. Mourinho will be keen to keep the pressure on Arsenal and this should be a comfortable victory for his Chelsea side.
- Steven CAULKER [WBA(H), 5.1m] – This week is a little tricky for predicting clean sheets so we’ve gone for a rare shutout from Cardiff. Each time Cardiff have prevented the other team from scoring this season, Caulker has been at the heart of it, collecting 12 bonus points already. If they can keep out West Brom like Norwich did last weekend, we can expect a decent haul for Caulker.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [FUL(H), 7.2m] – Everton are about to embark on a busy yet favourable run of fixtures that could define their season and Martinez will be looking to his Belgian star Mirallas to carry the fight. He has plenty of talent but has yet to find the consistency so far this season. Surely it’s just a matter of time and we’re backing Mirallas to put a halt to Fulham’s resurgence in Gameweek 16.
- Leroy FER [SWA(H), 5.9m] – Fer has been in great form recently, slotting away 3 goals in his last 5 games for Norwich, which culminated in a massive 14 point haul last weekend. This Sunday he takes on Swansea, looking to inspire Norwich to another victory to give their home fans something to shout about.
- Eden HAZARD [CPL(H), 9.8m] – Hazard still appears to be Mourinho’s favourite and he is thriving under his guidance. Chelsea are keeping up with the title challengers without setting the league on fire but they should have too much for Palace to handle. Anything less than a strong victory and the pressure could start mounting from the Chelsea fans.
- Aaron RAMSEY [MCI(A), 7.6m] – Wenger gave Ramsey a rest in the midweek match against Napoli presumably with this important battle with City in mind. Neither side will want to lose this match and a bit of magic from either team could prove to be the difference. With Ramsey in the form of his life, Arsenal fans will be hoping that he can deliver a bitter blow to City’s title ambitions.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [TOT(H), 12.8m] – Suarez has been unstoppable all season but his supporting cast is slowly dropping off, leaving more of the responsibility to the Uruguayan. Gerrard’s absence will be a considerable disadvantage to Liverpool’s ability to dominate the midfield but as we’ve seen before, Suarez can produce something out of absolutely nothing. With this in mind, we’re backing Suarez once again to produce the goods.
- Sergio AGUERO [ARS(H), 12.5m] – Aguero missed out on the morale boosting away victory at Bayern with Pellegrini choosing to rest his star striker. So he should be raring to go when City entertain Arsenal in the top of the table clash. It should be a tight contest but as we mentioned before, both managers will be looking to their star men to create something special and Aguero could be the man to do it.
- Wayne ROONEY [AVL(A), 11.1m] – United desperately need a league victory to relieve some pressure and Moyes will be looking to his only consistent performer to supply the firepower once again when they travel to Villa Park on Sunday. With 5 goals in his last 6 games, Villa’s defence will need to be on top form to prevent Rooney from adding to his impressive goal tally.
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