Happy New Year to all of you fantasy football addicts! We’re exactly halfway through the season now if you’re in need of some squad surgery, the second wildcards of the season have been activated.
It’s worth noting that the format has changed this season and you have have the entire second half of the season to use your wildcard instead of just being able to use it in January.
Moving on to Gameweek 20 and this is the third round of fixtures in the space of just over a week and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few more players rested this weekend. Guessing which players will be rested is a little tricky but we hope 2016 is a prosperous year for all of you, starting on Saturday.
So without further ado, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Jack BUTLAND [WBA(A), 5.2m] – Stoke have been one of the best defences of the season so far, collecting 8 clean sheets in the first half. In fact, the game against Everton was the first time they’ve conceded more than 2 goals and against West Brom, we’re expecting them to face less bombardment.
- Laurent KOSCIELNY [NEW(H), 6.1m] – Koscielny was given a rest in the previous gameweek as Gabriel came in and scored in the process. However, Koscielny should be restored to the lineup to face a Newcastle side who continue to struggle in front of goal, having scored only once in their last 3 games.
- Christian FUCHS [BOU(H), 4.7m] – With an emphasis on attack, Leicester haven’t kept a great deal of clean sheets but they were able to shut out City recently. Fuchs played an important role, picking up 2 bonus points and providing an attacking outlet down the left with a few fine crosses and 2 shots on target.
- Chris SMALLING [SWA(H), 6.8m] – United put in a strong performance against Chelsea and will look to build upon it in the home game against Swansea. Despite picking up a yellow card, Smalling was still awarded a bonus point in Gameweek 19 and is sure to pick up more if United can keep another clean sheet this weekend.
- Kevin DE BRUYNE [WAT(A), 10.9m] – De Bruyne failed to break down the Leicester defence but was still a strong threat with his delivery from the wing and from set pieces. It’ll be a testing encounter against Watford and one that City will need 3 points from to keep up the pace with Arsenal and Leicester.
- Riyaad MAHREZ [BOU(H), 7.1m] – Mahrez has had an astonishing first half of the season and having blanked in the last 2 tricky fixtures against Liverpool and City, he’ll be keen to get back on track. If you fancy a little differential, it may be worth giving your armband to a player who has already scored 13 times this season and created a further 7.
- Marko ARNAUTOVIC [WBA(A), 6.5m] – Stoke’s attack is finally beginning to gel as Shaqiri, Bojan and Arnautovic are showing signs of a promising understanding. With 4 goals and an assist in his last 5 games, Arnautovic is becoming a decent budget midfielder option and with penalty duties too, he deserves our consideration going forward this season.
- Mesut OZIL (C) [NEW(H), 10.0m] – After Ozil did us proud with a goal and an assist against Bournemouth, we’re playing it safe and giving him the armband once more as Arsenal welcome Newcastle to the Emirates. The talented playmaker has already created 16 goals this season and will surely break records if he keeps this up, whilst driving Arsenal towards the title.
- Harry KANE [EVE(A), 9.8m] – Everton-Stoke was a real treat with some excellent attacking football on show but if Everton allow Kane the same licence, he’ll surely punish them. With 3 goals and an assist in his last 3 games, Kane has racked up 26 points and will fancy his chances against an obliging Everton defence.
- Romelu LUKAKU [TOT(H), 9.3m] – Lukaku bounced back from his rare blank against Newcastle with a fine brace in the last gameweek to take him to 15 goals for the season so far. It should be a fantastic game to end Gameweek 20 with and one that should be full of goals.
- Jamie VARDY [BOU(H), 7.6m] – Vardy’s experiencing a little drought having not returned any attacking points in his last 2 games but we don’t expect it to last. Vardy’s sure to get chances against Bournemouth and will be the main focal point of attack as Leicester continue their push for an unlikely title.
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