Gameweek 13 of the 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League is here and, with the Champions League now on hiatus until the New Year, there’s a full midweek set of league fixtures on offer – sorry Jurgen.
Liverpool come up against Tottenham in a huge top-of-the-table clash at Anfield while the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and United will be looking to bounce back after failing to record a win over the weekend.
So, as we head into the busy festive period, Goal is on hand to help with team selection advice, possible captain picks and more as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your league tables.
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Gameweek 13 fixtures
Wolves vs Chelsea
Man City vs West Brom
Arsenal vs Southampton
Leeds vs Newcastle
Leicester vs Everton
Fulham vs Brighton
Liverpool vs Spurs
West Ham vs Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs Burnley
Sheff Utd vs Man Utd
GAMEWEEK 13 CHANGES DEADLINE: Dec 15, 16:30
Team selection advice
The most popular goalkeeper among FPL bosses heading into Gameweek 13 is Emiliano Martinez (£4.8m) – and by some distance.
Almost 80,000 of you have brought in the Argentine, who was in inspired form for Aston Villa in their 1-0 win over Wolves last time out to claim 11 FPL points, during the last few days and there could well be more clean sheets in the offing.
Indeed, Villa face Burnley at home in their next match before fixtures against West Brom (A) and Crystal Palace (H) and, at the time of writing, Martinez has avoided a price rise so now would be a good time to try and get him in.
With Premier League clubs facing a hectic festive schedule, and, with their Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal factored in, Manchester City are among those sides that have three games over the next seven days.
That will likely see Pep Guardiola heavily rotate his team but one man who is almost certain to play the two league games at least, against West Brom (H) and Southampton (A) respectively, is goalkeeper Ederson (£6m).
The Brazilian has three clean sheets, and 18 points, from his last three consecutive league matches and with City having improved defensively of late there should be further shut-outs to follow.
It may come as a surprise that the third highest-scoring defensive player after 12 Premier League fixtures is a) a centre-back and b) not a member of any of the league’s so-called ‘big six’.
Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard (£4.9m) is the player responsible for 59 points thus far, including three goals, and the Saints head to struggling Arsenal next with every chance of causing an upset.
James Justin (£4.9m) is another defender proving popular in the 2020-21 campaign, with the Leicester City full-back having received a total of 48 points, including 11 in the Foxes’ impressive 3-0 dismantling of Brighton on Sunday.
It could’ve been more as well, with the attacking right-back having linked up well with the likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison and he looks a solid option for the duration of the season, with him undoubtedly being Brendan Rodgers’s number one pick in that position.
If you’re looking to go even cheaper than that, then look no further than Burnley left-back Charlie Taylor (£4.4m).
Since Gameweek 8, Taylor has recorded 23 points – 4.6 points per game – and the Clarets have a favourable run of fixtures heading in to the back end of December and the beginning of the New Year.
Here’s a stat for you, courtesy of the Premier League – Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) has been directly involved in 12 goals in his last eight league starts against newly-promoted teams.
With West Brom up next for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, there’s every chance that the Belgian will add to that tally, if he can survive what is likely to be a round of Guardiola rotation.
He is one of few in the City squad that the Catalan will be more reluctant to take out of the starting XI, however, with his status as the club’s vice-captain as well as, of course, his playmaking abilities being crucial at a time when it is so tight at the top of the table.
With two goals in his last two matches, West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek (£5m) is available for a temptingly low price, especially considering West Ham’s impressive form and the fact they face both Crystal Palace (H) and Brighton (H) in their next three games.
Sandwiched between those two fixtures is a tricky assignment against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but Soucek’s aerial prowess means that he will always be a danger in the opposition box, against any opponent.
Stopping Jack Grealish (£7.8m) has become the primary concern for Aston Villa’s opponents and that was evidenced by the attention Wolves gave the England playmaker in Saturday’s clash at Molineux.
The 25-year-old midfielder saw his route to goal routinely blocked as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side often doubled up to try to limit Grealish’s attacking threat and it worked for the most part, with the Villa talisman failing to record a shot on target over the 90 minutes.
Burnley will likely deploy similar tactics to attempt to stop Villa’s star man on Thursday night although he surely won’t be nullified quite as effectively for a second game in a row – and, regardless, he remains a danger from direct free kicks and is his side’s primary corner taker too.
Where would Leicester City be without Jamie Vardy (£10.3m)?
The 33-year-old remains at the peak of his attacking powers and already has 10 league goals following his strike in the 3-0 win over Brighton that saw him claim a 13-point FPL haul.
Vardy has also demonstrated his creative side over the first 12 games of the season, with five assists having been recorded, and, along with Harry Kane (£10.9m), he is the most in-form forward in the Premier League at the moment.
After a quiet and ineffective outing – in front of goal at least as he failed to record a shot on target – for Newcastle against West Brom, there is still value in selecting Callum Wilson (£6.6m), especially if your budget doesn’t allow room for one of the £10m-plus big hitters.
Newcastle face Leeds (A) and Fulham (H) in their next two games and Wilson will be looking to improve on his tally of one goal in his last four as Steve Bruce’s men aim to make it three wins on the bounce.
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Who is the best captain pick for Gameweek 13?
There’s more than an element of risk with this suggestion but Bruno Fernandes (£11m) is our number one pick ahead of the next round of matches.
On Thursday, Manchester United face a struggling Sheffield United that are rooted to the bottom of the table and lacking in confidence, with the Portuguese likely to prove too hot to handle for the Blades in his customary role playing off the front three.
The risk is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to rest his key man, with United facing Leeds in a Roses derby on Sunday before a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Everton on December 23.
That said, their dismal exit from the Champions League means defeats in the league must now be kept to a minimum and so leaving out Fernandes, as was proved in the first half of the 3-1 win over West Ham, could be hugely detrimental to their chances of getting a positive result.
As for our alternative pick, it’s going to be De Bruyne for Gameweek 13.
The 29-year-old should start the home clash with West Brom on Tuesday, even if Guardiola decides to take him off early, by which point he’ll likely have already done sufficient damage to the Baggies.
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