The first gameweek of the festive period is over and there’s barely time to catch your breath as we face another with every team barring Arsenal and West Ham (called off due to the Tube strike) in action on Boxing Day. There are some great matches to look forward to including United who will look to bounce back from the draw at Swansea when they play host to Newcastle at Old Trafford. Whilst Man City will look to keep up the pace by travelling to Wearside to face Sunderland in another 3pm kick off. In the later matches we have a Villa side who may still be licking their wounds take on Spurs at 5.30pm, with Stoke vs Liverpool finishing things off in the 7.45pm kick off.
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 19. 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 nineteenth gameweek of the season:
- Hugo LLORIS [AVL(A), 5.9m] – Lloris had to wait to claim his place between the sticks for Spurs but he now seems favoured having started the last 7 matches for the North London side. With Dembele back, Spurs have been stronger defensively notching 3 clean sheets in their last 4 gameweeks. If Villa have failed to regain their confidence, Lloris could be set to pick up yet another clean sheet.
- Jose ENRIQUE [STO(A), 6.0m] – Enrique marked his return from injury with an assist and a clean sheet as Liverpool put Fulham to the sword. Travelling to Britannia stadium will be a tricky task but whilst Stoke have been excellent defensively, there has been a trade off in terms of their attacking output and Enrique might just collect another clean sheet on Boxing Day.
- Patrice EVRA [NEW(H), 6.8m] – With Rafael out injured, fellow full back Evra has now overtaken him as the highest scoring defender for United after opening the scoring against Swansea. With other threats singled out, Evra has been able to steal in on more than one occasion to nod home from a corner to display an unusual aerial threat given his height. In Gameweek 19, United take on a Newcastle side who are doing just about enough to take the pressure off their manager but few will expect them to come away from Old Trafford with any points.
- Leighton BAINES [WIG(H), 7.5m] – Baines was unfortunate in Gameweek 18 with his assist for Osman’s goal harshly disallowed. As always, Baines offers great attacking threat with his excellent delivery of the ball and up against his former employers, he may make Boxing Day one to forget as Everton push on for another win at home.
- David SILVA [SUN(A), 9.4m] – Silva rewarded our captain choice by supplying the last minute cross for Barry to nod home, securing the win for City. Although, Reading parked the bus at the Etihad, it’s unlikely that Sunderland will be able to do the same in front of their home fans on Boxing Day, so we should be in for an exciting match where Silva can be at his creative best.
- Miguel MICHU [RDG(A), 8.2m] – Michu was in the right place at the right time to nod in the rebound for Swansea’s equaliser and that 13th strike made him the league’s highest goalscorer. With Swansea travelling to Reading, Michu should get some opportunities to keep his name at the top of the goalscorer table.
- Steven PIENAAR [WIG(H), 6.7m] – With Fellaini out of the picture, Pienaar stepped up to the plate against West Ham, whipping in the cross for Anichebe before fortunately tapping home the winner. The South African is in fine form scoring twice and creating two in his last three gameweeks, earning his managers a massive 28 points.
- Juan MATA [NOR(A), 9.6m] – Chelsea returned to the Premier League with aplomb putting an incredible 8 goals past a lacklustre Villa side. Mata only managed ot pick up a single assist for Lampard’s goal but had various other chances to add to his points tally. The Spaniard continues to be an integral part of the Chelsea side and will look to pick apart the Norwich defence in search of 3 points.
- Gareth BALE [AVL(A), 9.6m] – Stoke continued their incredible defensive form with another clean sheet at White Hart Lane but it’s unlikely that the Villa defence will be able to stifle Bale and co on Boxing Day. It may not be a goalfest but Bale has the skill and ability to cause all sorts of problems for Villa and they’ll have to be back to their best if they are to stop him.
- Fernando TORRES [NOR(A), 9.7m] – Torres seems to be growing more and more confident as the weeks go past and this is great news for Chelsea as he’s their only recognised striker. Torres settled any Chelsea nerves against Villa with his incredible header in the 3rd minute and this set the wheels in motion for the 8-0 drubbing. Norwich will provide a sterner test but a confident striker is always one to beware especially if they can produce bullet headers from nowhere.
- Wayne ROONEY (C) [NEW(H), 12.0m] – This week, we’ve decided to go for the slightly cheaper United option to mix things up. Part of our thinking includes the stats from the Swansea game, where Rooney had 8 shots compared to Van Persie’s 3. There’s the slight risk of rotation setting in but with Rooney withdrawn on the 78th minute, we hope that Fergie will resist the option. With points dropped against Swansea, Fergie will want to guarantee 3 from this home game and we could see Rooney and RVP joined by another striker.
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