FPL Review: Gameweek 13
By Sachin Dholakia
watfordfc.com's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.
It was a tough Gameweek 13 for the Golden Boys as a flurry of second-half goals saw Liverpool run away with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.
Mo Salah (8 points) came back to haunt the Hornets once more with the opening goal while Trent Alexander-Arnold (14) delighted his increasing FPL ownership with an excellent free-kick after a foul on Roberto Firmino (12). Firmino himself sealed the win in the dying minutes of the game following a good save from Watford keeper Ben Foster. The Brazilian also picked up all three bonus points, with Alexander-Arnold claiming two extra points in addition to his goal and clean sheet.
Sadio Mané (9) also contributed with two assists while Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson (0) was sent off following a second yellow card in the second half. Watford’s Will Hughes (2) was also denied a strong penalty shout at the start of the second half which could have changed the course of the game.
The fixtures come in thick and fast as we go into the festive period with Watford playing three games in the space of a week. An away trip to Leicester City in Gameweek 14 is followed by a tough home game to league leaders Manchester City before a much-awaited tie at Everton on the Monday. The Hornets will need to be at their very best to keep any clean sheets in these three fixtures so much focus will be placed on Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4) and Roberto Pereyra (£6.4) as well as skipper Troy Deeney (£5.9) who returned to the starting-XI against Liverpool.
Elsewhere in the league, there was another large goal haul for Manchester City as they thrashed West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium. Leroy Sané (19) was the highest points-scorer of the week with two goals and an assist, while Raheem Sterling (16) continued his sparkling form with a goal and two assists. The England international has 45 points in his last four gameweeks and it’s hard to justify not having him in your team at the moment.
It was another week where low-ownership players were surprise point-scorers with Aaron Mooy (16) scoring his first two goals of the season in an impressive 2-0 win for Huddersfield at Wolves. Stuart Armstrong (14) also scored a brace for Southampton in only his second start but was unable to prevent defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage with Aleksandar Mitrović (13) contributing for the hosts with his first goals in six games.
Wayne Hennessey (10) picked up all three bonus points in addition to his clean sheet as Crystal Palace held Manchester United at Old Trafford, while Ciaran Clark (11) scored in Newcastle’s Monday night win over Burnley.
Stuart Brant remained at the top of the Watford global league with an 18-point gap, while Matty Bousfield was the big point scorer in the Top 10 with 70 points. Congratulations if you were in the Top 10 this week!
Tip of the week
While it’s useful to assess a player’s fixtures and to plan ahead, make sure not to plan too far into the future. There are many things that could affect a player’s performance in addition to fixture difficulty including team form, injury and suspensions. As a general rule, try to look at the next five Gameweeks for a club and try not to focus on ‘home’ fixtures as there can be many points found in away games as Manchester City have shown in recent weeks.
Players to Watch
1) Marco Arnautović (West Ham, £7.1) is a must in your team given West Ham’s overwhelmingly favourable fixtures in the next few weeks. Will be worth waiting a while to transfer in however as he is currently doubtful with a knock, but is likely to be fine to play.
2) Harry Kane (Tottenham, £12.3) is yet to make a massive impression on FPL this season but could be an interesting differential over the festive period. He’ll be motivated against Arsenal in Gameweek 14 and has favourable fixtures following that. It only takes a week for the England striker to be in full demand again.
3) Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace, £4.2) has favourable fixtures with Crystal Palace over the next four Gameweeks with games against Burnley, Brighton, West Ham and Leicester to be played. Despite high ownership, is still available at only £4.2 and could free up funds for other players.
Likely Price Rises:
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £11.3), David Silva (Manchester City, £8.6), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £5.2), Leroy Sané (Manchester City, £9.3)
Likely Price Falls:
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, £9.7), Eden Hazard (Chelsea, £11.1), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham, £6.2), Mesut Özil (Arsenal, £8.3)
Best of luck for Gameweek 14 FPL managers!