Are you ready? I said are you ready?? In the next 14 days, you’ll play 4 gameweeks that could change your season. Christmas may be on its way but you’ve got more important things to be focusing on.
Club squads are set to be put through their paces and so will yours. It’s time to analyse your entire squad, looking for rotation risks and clearing out any deadwood. Taking points hits may be worthwhile during this time to ensure that your squad is ready and you’ll always be able to field a full eleven.
Liverpool get things underway this weekend, looking to build on their impressive victory that proved to be the final straw for AVB. They take on Cardiff at home at Saturday lunchtime and Rodgers will expect no less than another convincing win. At 3pm, there are plenty of matches to choose from including City’s trip to Fulham and United entertaining West Ham at Old Trafford.
On Sunday, we have the Saints looking to capitalise on a manager-less Spurs whilst Swansea battle in-form Everton. On Monday night, the gameweek is rounded off with the Christmas cracker that is Arsenal vs Chelsea. Both managers must be annoyed with the scheduling, giving their teams only 3 days before they play again on Boxing day. Expect plenty of rotation from your Arsenal and Chelsea players over this Christmas break.
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 seventeenth gameweek of the season:
- Tim KRUL [CPL(A), 5.1m] – Crystal Palace have been grinding out results of late but they are still struggling to put the goal in the back of the net, with Chamakh their main threat. His run must come to an end at some point and Krul and his in-form Newcastle side might be the ones who finally stop him.
- Seamus COLEMAN [SWA(A), 6.2m] – Coleman added to his impressive tally at the top of the defenders list with a simple tap in last week. With Everton embarking on a favourable Christmas break, plenty have brought him in causing his price to shoot up. Keeping a clean sheet against Swansea isn’t a guarantee but as he’s shown before, Coleman has lots of attacking threat to boot.
- Glen JOHNSON [CAR(H), 5.8m] – Another attacking right back is next on our list; Glen Johnson has yet to really deliver significant returns going forward but this Christmas could be the time for him to shine. Confidence will be high in the camp following their win at White Hart Lane and Cardiff will have trouble containing this Liverpool team.
- Patrice EVRA [WHM(H), 6.3m] – United picked up another important victory last night and it was without their main strike pairing. They look to be out again this week so it’ll be down to players like Young and Evra to lead the fight once again when United take on West Ham. Evra is great going forward and has the potential to pick up a clean sheet in Gameweek 17, so he finishes off our backline for this week’s Select XI.
- David SILVA [FUL(A), 9.2m] – Silva has looked great since his return from injury and is pulling the strings in the centre of the park. He’ll miss the attacking instinct offered by Aguero but in Negredo, he has another striker hungry for goals. With an ownership percentage of only 4.3%, he could be an interesting differential and with him being out for so long, he should be eager for games over the Christmas break.
- Jordan HENDERSON [CAR(H), 5.9m] – Henderson thrived in the match against Spurs, picking up a goal and an assist and it was not surprising to see him awarded the man of the match. He was full of running and for once, delivered attacking returns. At only 5.9m (although he’s set to go up tonight or tomorrow), he’s a bargain and he’ll be looking to continue this new form when Liverpool take on Cardiff.
- Eden HAZARD [ARS(A), 10.0m] – This is a belter of a game and Mourinho will know the importance, which is why Hazard is practically guaranteed his role. Neither side will want to lose and if the game is anywhere near as open as it was against City last weekend, Hazard could have plenty of opportunities to punish an Arsenal side reeling from the loss of Koscielny.
- Theo WALCOTT [CHE(H), 9.1m] – However, in Walcott they have a player buzzing off the news that he’s having a baby and has appeared to lose none of that killer finishing instinct. With 2 fine goals at the Etihad, Walcott will be full of confidence and will go into this match hoping that his contribution this time round can add to a more positive result.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [CAR(H), 13.0m] – Are there any adjectives left to describe this fantasy wonder? Week on week, Suarez produces and punishes team after team. It’s no surprise that we’ve chosen him as captain as many of you will do too. If Cardiff plan to get anything out of this game, they’ll have to put 3 men on Suarez and even that might not be enough to contain the mercurial Uruguayan.
- Alvaro NEGREDO [FUL(A), 9.5m] – With Aguero out for the foreseeable future, Pellegrini will be hoping that Negredo can take up the mantle and continue his fine start to life in the Premier League. With plenty of supply from players like Nasri and Silva, Negredo is sure to add to his impressive 7 goals and 3 assists so far this season.
- Jay RODRIGUEZ [TOT(H), 6.0m] – With the Saints stuttering from a whole host of injuries, Rodriguez has been a shining light. With 3 goals in his last 4 games, he’s clearly an attacker in form and Pochettino will be looking for him to add more misery for Spurs fans. Spurs will come into this game demoralised by being knocked out of the Capital One cup not to mention a little tired. If Southampton start the game with a high tempo, they could easily secure a victory to get their season back on track.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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