On behalf of Fantasy Football Addict, if a particular crazy Frenchman ruined your Boxing Day festivities much like he did for ours, we’d like to apologise. We simply didn’t foresee Giroud losing his temper and moving his head towards QPR’s Onuoha following a shoulder barge.
With legs like wilting flowers, Onuoha went down like a sack of spuds, giving the ref no option but to send off Giroud and leaving many of us with a big fat -4 in a game where Arsenal dominated QPR.
However, the great thing about the Christmas period is that the games come thick and fast so there’s no time to dwell on what’s happened, let the past stay in the past. It’s time to start planning for Gameweek 19 (which kicks off tomorrow) where we hope we can redeem ourselves and set you on your way for a tidy score.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 19th gameweek of the season:
- Joe HART [BUR(H), 6.1m] – In tricky conditions, Hart was unfortunate to not keep a 4th clean sheet in a row against West Brom. Making 5 saves, he was adequately keeping the Baggies at bay until a lapse in concentration cost him the points. But with City in the form they’re in at the moment, it’d be hard to see Burnley getting anything out of this game when they visit the Etihad.
- Martin SKRTEL [SWA(H), 5.8m] – Liverpool are beginning to find some form and are about to embark on a strong run of fixtures beginning with home games against Swansea and Leicester. In the last game at Anfield, they took the fight to Arsenal and if they do the same again, these could be comfortable home wins. Skrtel has picked up the maximum 3 bonus points in the last two Liverpool clean sheets, giving himself a great chance of a strong score if they can secure another shut-out.
- Alan HUTTON [SUN(H), 4.3m] – Villa have not conceded more than a single goal in each of their last 7 gameweeks and against a demoralised Sunderland, there’s a chance they can go one better and pick up that elusive clean sheet. Hutton remains a budget option for your squad that could occasionally bring home the points.
- Pablo ZABALETA [BUR(H), 6.5m] – Having been rested against the Baggies, Zabaleta should slot back into the lineup against Burnley. With a goal and an assist in his last 3, Zabaleta is showing that he can be a threat going forward, helping City to cope in their striker-less system.
- David SILVA (C) [BUR(H), 9.1m] – Silva continued to shine following his return from injury with a goal and an assist as City cruised to a win at the Hawthorns. Having been withdrawn just after the hour mark, he should be reasonably fresh for the Burnley game but it wouldn’t be surprising if Pellegrini continues to manage his time with Sunderland arriving on New Year’s Day.
- Alexis SANCHEZ [WHM(A), 11.4m] – Sanchez managed to atone for his penalty miss with a goal and an assist to save him from Wenger’s wrath and highlight just how important he is to Arsenal. With Giroud out of the picture, more responsibility will rest on Sanchez as Arsenal navigate this tricky festive period.
- Eden HAZARD [SOT(A), 10.5m] – Hazard shook off any injury doubts to take his spot in the lineup against West Ham and he was at his best buzzing around the entire pitch, dictating play. He did play the full 90 so there is a slight risk of rotation but with Hazard being so integral to Chelsea’s game, it’d be surprising to see him rested in the tricky encounter against the Saints.
- Raheem STERLING [SWA(H), 8.3m] – Sterling justified our Boxing Day inclusion with the winning goal against Burnley and the false 9 keeps his spot for the home fixture against Swansea. With back to back games at Anfield, this could be a period where Sterling helps fire Liverpool back on track along with the help of Coutinho who has also impressed recently.
- Charlie AUSTIN [CPL(H), 6.2m] – Austin scored his 12th goal of the season from the spot against Arsenal and is currently showing the type of form that will keep QPR up this season. Next they face Palace at home, who have just parted ways with Warnock and are making some poor mistakes at the back, mistakes that Austin could punish on Sunday.
- Harry KANE [MUN(H), 5.3m] – Kane is another Select XI player to retain his spot following a 12-point haul against Leicester. He is in cracking form with 3 goals and an assist in his last 3 gameweeks and faces a dodgy United backline next. Kane will be full of confidence and could continue his scoring streak as long as De Gea doesn’t get in his way.
- BOJAN Krkic [WBA(H), 5.0m] – Bojan rounds up another budget strikeforce for us this gameweek to highlight the value on offer this season. Despite a tough fixture run for Stoke, Bojan has been part of a recent revival where the Potters have put in a number of impressive performances. A home game against West Brom could be the type of fixture that will reward Stoke and Bojan for their hard work.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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