First Team 14/11/2018

FPL Review: Gameweek 12

By Sachin Dholakia's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.

A late equaliser at St Mary’s salvaged a point for the Golden Boys against Southampton in Gameweek 12 of the Fantasy Premier League.

FPL favourite José Holebas (8 points) rifled home with the help of a deflection to sink Saints hearts with Gerard Deulofeu (4) providing the assist for the goal. Manolo Gabbiadini (9) had given Southampton the lead earlier on with Danny Ings (6) to providing the assist.

Like at Newcastle last week, the Hornets had plenty of opportunities, with Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (5) making five saves and collecting two bonus points. Charlie Austin (2) had a goal disallowed and Nathaniel Chalobah (2) had a penalty claim turned down as the referee was in the spotlight for much of the game.

We arrive at the second international break of the season, with a few Watford players set to travel to play for their respective countries. A tough home tie against Liverpool awaits them when they return, with the Reds one of three teams unbeaten so far this season. The Hornets have fared well against the ‘big six’ so far this season however, with Roberto Pereyra (£6.4), Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4) and José Holebas (£4.8) the standout contenders for a potential transfer.

Juan Foyth was the villain against Wolves - giving away two penalties - but redeemed himself against Crystal Palace

Elsewhere in the league, it was one of the lowest points scoring weeks of the season with four of the five attacking FPL Dream Team players having ownership of less than 1%. Tottenham’s Juan Foyth (15) was the unlikely highest point scorer of the week as he bundled in the only goal of the game in a hard-fought win over Crystal Palace.

Salomón Rondón (12) scored his first league goals for Newcastle with a brace against Bournemouth, while Callum Paterson (12) scored a goal and created an assist as Cardiff snatched a late win against Brighton.

Andy Robertson (12) grabbed another assist and kept a clean sheet to the delight of his 30% ownership, while Trent Alexander-Arnold (11) also contributed with an assist as Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield. It was Robertson’s thirdassist of the season and the Scotland international is only behind leading FPL point scorer Marcos Alonso in the defender points tally so far this season.

Sjoerd Walters wins the unofficial best fantasy team name this week!

Stuart Brant stayed resolute at the top of the Watford global league for yet another week while Liam Moretti was the big scorer in the Top 10 with 69 points as he moved up to second place. Congratulations if you made the Top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

After the International Break comes a hectic winter schedule, with seven games to be played over December, as well as the conclusion of the Champions League and Europa League group stages. Be wary of managers who have preferred players for European and cup games with Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri in particular preferring a set team in the Premier League. Therefore, if a player performs very well in midweek, it’s not a given that they’ll start the next game, with Gabriel Jesus a prime example – starting on the bench for Manchester City despite a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Players To Watch

Raúl Jiménez is one of a number of Wolves players yet to be rotated

1) Raúl Jiménez (Wolves, £5.8) has started every game for a Wolves side that has impressed against the bigger teams and now has a favourable run of games to look forward to ahead of the Christmas games. The Mexican striker has 18 points in his last two Gameweeks and will look to continue in this form after returning from international duty.

2) Lewis Dunk (Brighton, £4.4) has picked up a staggering 34 points in his last five Gameweeks with two goals and three clean sheets. He will almost certainly increase in price over the international break and Brighton have four favourable fixtures coming up.

3) Richarlison (Everton, £6.9) has established himself as Everton’s first-choice striker and has a home tie against Cardiff to look forward to in the next Gameweek. It may be worth waiting to transfer until next week however, with the former Watford man called up to the Brazil squad.        

Likely Price Rises:

Andy Robertson (Liverpool, £6.4), David Silva (Manchester City, £8.5), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £5.0), Lewis Dunk (Brighton, £4.4)

Likely Price Falls:

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, £9.7), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City, £6.4), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham, £6.2), Roberto Pereyra (Watford, £6.4)

Best of luck for Gameweek 13 FPL managers!

First Team 13/11/2018

Away Days: Southampton

Hear all the natural noise from the pitch and the stands as Watford drew 1-1 with Southampton in the Premier League, thanks to José Holebas' late equaliser.

Javi Gracia’s Hornets were looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park in the previous away match, with their chances boosted by the return from injury of skipper Troy Deeney.

The latest Away Days video comes from St Mary's, with a focus on the songs from the away end and the pure passion from the pitch.

Also look out for some heartwarming moments at the end as Deeney and ‘keeper Ben Foster both thanked the travelling Watford supporters.

Watch the video, via the club's official YouTube channel, below.