Well Boxing Day might be over but there’s no time to hang around with the next gameweek taking place tomorrow! We’re only halfway through the football feast and there’s plenty more action to come.
Arsenal, City and Chelsea all secured victories to continue their charge to the title and they’ll be looking for further points this weekend. To get us started tomorrow lunchtime, we have the Battle of The West with the Hammers taking on the Baggies. Both teams will be desperate for points to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle for the second half of the season.
At 3pm, both Manchester clubs are in action with City hosting Crystal Palace and United travelling to Norwich. They’ll both be buoyed by midweek victories and will be looking to increase the pressure on those at the top. At 5.30pm, manager-less Cardiff take on a Sunderland side, which will be bouncing from their impressive victory that ended Everton’s unbeaten 2013 run at home.
We’re in for a cracking Sunday, with Everton hosting the Saints in what should be an excellent game to watch at 1.30pm. At the same time, Newcastle entertain the table leaders Arsenal at St James’ Park. Finishing things off at 4pm, we have Spurs vs Stoke and Chelsea battling Liverpool.
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 nineteenth gameweek of the season:
- Vito MANNONE [CAR(A), 4.3m] – Mannone was instrumental in Sunderland’s victory at Goodison, pulling off save after save to keep his team’s lead in tact. Confidence will be flowing through his veins and we’re backing another strong performance to spur Sunderland on against Cardiff. The atmosphere should play into Sunderland’s hands as fans are likely to lash out at Tan’s decision to sack Mackay.
- Ashley WILLIAMS [AVL(A), 4.8m] – Next up Williams comes face to face with a Villa side seriously struggling for form and who will be demoralised by their recent defeat at home to Palace. This is a great opportunity for Swansea to compound their misery and we’re backing Williams to help his side secure an important clean sheet.
- John TERRY [LIV(H), 6.6m] – Terry rewarded our decision to add him to Gameweek 18’s Select XI by picking up a clean sheet in their 1-0 victory over Swansea. The next challenge he faces is the Uruguayan hitman Suarez but Mourinho will have been planning for his arrival for weeks. We can expect another very tight match like Chelsea’s visit to Arsenal, which could end in another 0-0 if both sides look to stop the other from attacking.
- Vincent KOMPANY [CPL(H), 6.1m] – Kompany grabbed an important equaliser in City’s match against Liverpool to spark the turnaround. This made it two goals in his last two games to highlight Kompany’s attacking threat. Squad rotation could affect the City squad but Kompany is sure to keep his spot when they take on Palace in what should be a comfortable home victory.
- David SILVA (C) [CPL(H), 9.3m] – Silva continues to shine, taking on the mantle whilst Aguero is out injured. His corner found Kompany in the match against Liverpool and we’re backing him once more to secure another 3 points against Palace. With such great form, we’ve chosen to give the talented Spaniard the captain’s armband in this favourable fixture.
- Adam LALLANA [EVE(A), 7.0m] – Lallana has been inspirational for Southampton, as their attack is helping to deflect some attention away from their defensive injuries. With Howard and Barry out, Everton’s goal is a little more exposed, allowing Lallana another great opportunity to add to his recent revival in form.
- Christian ERIKSEN [STO(H), 7.1m] – Eriksen started so brightly but changes to the side and injuries have hampered his progress. He’s now back in the squad and the spectacular free kick against West Brom will have given him a great confidence boost. Sherwood faces Stoke next and will be looking for a victory to reward Spurs’ faith in hiring him as their manager.
- Theo WALCOTT [NEW(A), 9.3m] – Walcott fully justified his previous selection with an excellent brace to inspire Arsenal to victory away at West Ham. This was his second double in his last 3 games since returning from injury and with a current ownership of only 7.5%, we can expect his price to shoot up. A number of Ramsey owners must be scouring their squads for ways to free up money for the upgrade.
- Alvaro NEGREDO [CPL(H), 9.7m] – Negredo was a little fortunate with his finish against Liverpool but it simply added to his incredible return of goals this season. Despite only completing the full 90 minutes on 6 occasions this season, he’s picked up 8 goals and 4 assists. We’re backing Negredo to continue to mask Aguero’s injury with further goals when Palace travel to the Etihad.
- Romelu LUKAKU [SOT(H), 8.8m] – Howard’s sending off changed the outcome of the game against Sunderland but it just goes to show that Everton still had an incredible 25 shots with 10 men. With Everton creating so many opportunities, Lukaku is sure to have the chance to add to his impressive loan stint at the Merseyside club. The Saints are still missing a number at the back and their replacements could be found out under heavy pressure.
- Wayne ROONEY [NOR(A), 11.6m] – Rooney is having a spectacular season despite United’s troubles to keep up with those at the top. A quick glance at his points history and you will see it dotted with plenty of goals and assists. A further one of each was picked up in the away win at Hull and right now Moyes must be incredibly glad that they didn’t let him go in the summer. If United are to get a result at Norwich, it will be down to their star player.
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