With Christmas just around the corner, we’re edging nearer to the madness that is the Christmas rush with 4 gameweeks taking place in the next fortnight. Gameweek 18 kicks it all off this weekend and there are some great matches to look forward to. Wigan start the gameweek playing host to an Arsenal side who will be full of confidence following their 5-2 victory on Monday night. Whilst Reading will have no time to lick their wounds as they travel to the Etihad to take on Man City on Satuday afternoon. An Everton side missing both of their Belgian talents travel to West Ham in what will prove to be a tricky encounter.
Chelsea end the gameweek by taking on in-form Aston Villa who will be buoyed by their 3-1 victory last weekend at Anfield. To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 18. 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 Premier League Fantasy Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the eighteenth gameweek of the season:
- Jussi JAASKELAINEN [EVE(H), 5.3m] – West Ham defended with all their might against West Brom last Sunday, helping Jaaskelainen to pick up 7 points. With Everton missing both Fellaini and Mirallas, their attacking threat will be severely diminished and West Ham may be able to hold out once again in their pursuit for 3 points.
- Glen JOHNSON [FUL(H), 6.4m] – Johnson has been racking up the points recently with 2 assists and a goal in his last 3 matches helping him pick up a total of 25. With Enrique back, Liverpool will look to punish a Fulham side desperately missing Ruiz down both flanks, as they seek to bounce back from the shock loss against Aston Villa in Gameweek 17.
- Pablo ZABALETA [RDG(H), 5.8m] – Zabaleta has been in great attacking form of late, picking up a goal and an assist in his last two matches. Whilst a clean sheet is not guaranteed, especially with the doubts surrounding Kompany’s involvement, in recent weeks Zabaleta has proven that he still has the potential to produce points against a Reading side that conceded 5 against Arsenal.
- Kyle WALKER [STO(H), 6.1m] – For the second gameweek in a row, we’ve selected Walker with Spurs hosting Stoke this weekend. Walker justified his selection last week with an assist and a clean sheet and against a Stoke side struggling to score away from home, he might be able to repeat the feat, especially if he continues to take set pieces in dangerous areas.
- David SILVA (C) [RDG(H), 9.4m] – Against Newcastle, City looked back to their best playing some brilliant football and despite missing Nasri, they are sure to cause all sorts of problems for Reading’s backline. With Silva’s involvement practically guaranteed, we have given him the captain’s armband this week as he attempts to mastermind a confident victory over Reading.
- Theo WALCOTT [WIG(A), 8.5m] – Despite holding out on his contract, Walcott finally got his wish and led the line against Reading. The move paid off with Walcott getting on the scoresheet in addition to creating plenty of space for Arsenal to punish a porous Reading defence. Regardless of which position Walcott takes up against Wigan, he’ll continue to be a threat with the sort of form he has been in this season.
- Jason PUNCHEON [SUN(H), 4.8m] – To counter the expensive names we have a budget option in the form of Puncheon, who is having a great season, picking up 5 assists and 2 goals so far for Southampton. With Lallana out, Adkins will be hoping that players like Puncheon can shoulder the burden and bring home the points against a Sunderland side who are struggling to find any sort of consistency.
- Juan MATA [AVL(H), 9.5m] – With Chelsea’s Japanese adventure out of the way, it’s back to the grind of the Premier League where they take on a Villa side buoyed by their Anfield victory last weekend. Mata picked up a couple of goals whilst away from league duty to continue his fine form, he’s clearly a player full of confidence and Villa will have to restrict his influence if they are to get anything out of the game.
- Santi CAZORLA [WIG(A), 9.7m] – Cazorla had an incredible Gameweek 17 scoring his first Premier League hat trick and we felt it was impossible to leave him out against a Wigan side struggling with injuries. Cazorla’s attacking statistics have been excellent this season and Wenger will be hoping that the talented Spaniard can continue to drive Arsenal onwards and upwards during this busy festive period.
- Sergio AGUERO [RDG(H), 11.0m] – It remains to be seen which strikeforce Mancini will go with heading into a busy festive run but it’s clear that if Aguero does start, he has the potential to punish Reading. He remains more expensive that his strike partner Tevez but with an ownership of only 6.7%, the deadly attacker is a handy differential for those looking to catch rivals.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [SWA(A), 13.8m] – Van Persie continued his amazing season with a goal and an assist last weekend against Sunderland and we’ve backed the Dutchman again in a slightly trickier away match against Swansea. The Welsh side will look to keep it tight and restrict United but it’s not an easy task controlling two of the most in form strikers in the Premier League.
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