Christmas may be just around the corner but there’s no rest for the wicked with Gameweek 18 taking place on Boxing Day. This gives teams little time to recuperate so we could see a fair few changes especially with Gameweek 19 coming only a few days later. This is one hectic period and squads will be challenged to the fullest.
This is sure to be a Boxing Day to remember with all 20 teams in action giving us a football feast to follow Christmas. United get us started when they travel to Hull at 12.45pm, to build on their recent resurgence. Moyes will be targeting a victory but it remains to be seen if United can get the better of a decent Hull side managed by Bruce.
At 3pm, we are in for a treat with no less than 16 sides taking on one another. With so many matches taking place there will be little time to catch your breath; Chelsea take on Swansea at Stamford Bridge, whilst Villa host Palace and Arsenal travel to West Ham. However, the match we’re all looking forward to takes place at 5.30pm; the perfect end to a perfect day where Man City battle Liverpool as they try to put a halt to the Luis Suarez express train.
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 eighteenth gameweek of the season:
- Brad GUZAN [CPL(H), 5.1m] – Villa haven’t been the strongest defensively but they face a Crystal Palace side struggling for goals, scoring the lowest of all teams this season (11). After correctly predicting Krul’s ability to keep them out, we’re hoping that Guzan can do the same. It should be a tight contest but the home advantage should edge it into Villa’s favour.
- Seamus COLEMAN [SUN(H), 6.2m] – Coleman extended his lead at the top of the defenders list with a goal that justified his selection in the previous Select XI. We’re backing the buccaneering right back once more when Everton take on Sunderland in Gameweek 18. Martinez’s Everton will have too much quality for Sunderland to handle and we’re not expecting Poyet to be able to lift his side off the bottom of the table.
- John TERRY [SWA(H), 6.6m] – Mourinho changed his tactics to grind out a goalless draw at the Emirates and this could be a sign of things to come. He’s clearly not happy with his defence at the moment but will have been impressed by their grit and determination against Arsenal. Next up, they face Swansea in a match where Chelsea will be looking to secure 3 points to keep up the pressure on Arsenal.
- Per MERTESACKER [WHM(A), 6.1m] – Another instrumental defender in Monday night’s battle was Mertesacker, who picked up the maximum 3 bonus points for his perfomance. Barring the blip against Man City, Arsenal have been excellent defensively securing 6 clean sheets in their last 9 games. Wenger will look to his defence to continue their form as they push on to further their lead at the top of the table, tacking West Ham next.
- David SILVA [LIV(H), 9.3m] – Silva fully justified his selection from the weekend with 2 fine assists and we’re backing the talented Spanish wizard to take the battle to Liverpool. This is sure to be a great contest and Silva will look to provide the creative spark. His ownership percentage remains at only 5.5% and if he keeps on producing for City, Silva’s price is sure to rise alongside ownership.
- Yohan CABAYE [STO(H), 6.5m] – Set for a price rise tonight, Cabaye has been the shining light for Newcastle. Injuries have limited his gametime but Cabaye has still racked up 4 goals and 4 assists for a budget midfielder. This has helped him to two double-figure hauls in his last two matches and he could be set for more attacking returns when Newcastle take on Stoke.
- Eden HAZARD [SWA(H), 10.0m] – Hazard was once again the main attacking threat against Arsenal whilst Mourinho chose to leave out Oscar and Mata. With a different strategy likely to be deployed against Swansea, we could see a shift. Hazard’s gametime could be shortened but he’s sure to play some part with Mourinho looking to his star attacker to secure the 3 points.
- Theo WALCOTT [WHM(A), 9.1m] – Walcott was unfortunate not to pick up a potential assist after being fouled by Willian in the box, which would have changed the whole dynamic of the game. With Giroud stuttering at the moment, Wenger will hope that Walcott can lighten the load and score some goals to keep Arsenal on their title push.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [MCI(A), 13.2m] – No words can describe this fantasy marvel, Suarez picked up another 2 goals and an assist against Cardiff, and now has an incredible 18 goals and 11 assists for the season. His credentials will be truly tested next though when Liverpool travel to the Etihad. It’ll be interesting to see if any fantasy manager dares go against Suarez for the captaincy choice but his form is too hard for us to ignore.
- Romelu LUKAKU [SUN(H), 8.8m] – Lukaku has been excellent for Everton this season and Mourinho’s plan looks to be working with Everton taking points off plenty of sides. Lukaku hasn’t scored a goal for 4 games, meaning he’s about due, which is bad news for a Sunderland backline that will be missing the defensive solidity provided by Brown.
- Emmanuel ADEBAYOR [WBA(H), 7.7m] – Sherwood made a bold decision to bring Adebayor back in from the cold, especially following his controversial picture with Assou-Ekotto but the striker has done exactly what has been asked of him. With 3 goals in his last 2 games, Adebayor is showing glimpses of his quality and he seems hungrier than ever. With an ownership of just 2.0%, we’re backing this budget differential attacker to take the fight to the Baggies on Boxing Day.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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