FPL GW19 Free Hit
It’s like feast or famine!
[Note I’m writing this with Aston Villa having their DGW games re-arranged with Newcastle instead of Everton. With no news of which players have recovered for Villa, I have taken that into account when looking at safety of starts.]
Emiliano Martinez £5.1m – MCI (A) NEW (H)
With two clean sheets in his last 3, Martinez faces a City side who are lowest scorers in the top 10. Followed up by a home game against Newcastle side who could only muster 3 shots and conceded 66% possession against Sheff United, clean sheets and save points look likely for the top scoring keeper.
Andy Robertson £7.4m – MUN (H) BUR (H)
Liverpool may have had few indifferent games recently but with two home games to come, Robertson will again be the main source to provide the ammunition to the front three.
Ruben Dias £5.8m – CRY (H) AVL (H)
Ruben Dias is the number one centre-back for City, assured of starts he makes the pick for two home games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. No team has kept more clean sheets than Man City this season.
Joao Cancelo £5.8m – CRY (H) AVL (H)
Going for a Man City defensive double up would have been unheard of last season, but Cancelo adds attacking output to his defensive side. No defender has a higher expected goal involvement, and with his touch map showing his positioning higher up in the opposition half.
Aaron Cresswell £5.4m – BUR (H) WBA (H)
The defender with the second highest assists this season has two of the most appealing fixtures with Burnley and WBA visiting the London Stadium. With Burnley only scoring 4 goals away all season and WBA conceding 11 headed goals, Cresswell looks in line for more clean sheets and assists.
Mohamed Salah £12.5m – MUN (H) BUR (H)
6 goals in 8 home games so far, Salah maybe going though a slight drought having not returned in his last three. But this could be ominous for United and Burnley’s visit to Anfield. With Liverpool slipping to second behind United and a must win game, expect Salah and co to come out firing.
Kevin de Bruyne £11.7m – CRY (H) AVL (H)
The ignominy of not taking the penalty against Brighton is still hard to take. If he ‘wasn’t so tired’ as Pep said to take the penalty, he would have had another double figure haul. With home games against Everton and Aston Villa, he his to hard to ignore as the chief creator and assured penalty taker next time.
Bruno Fernandes £11.3m – LIV (A) FUL (A)
Is any one player so important to a team than Bruno Fernandes? With 11 goals and 8 assists to his name already, he is in the ‘essential’ category. With 58% of his returns coming in away matches and having only blanked in 2 away games, he is the most trusted away day asset. And with United winning the second most number of penalties up against a Liverpool team which have conceded the second most penalties, there could be a sting in the tail.
Tomas Soucek £5.3m – BUR (H) WBA (H)
The most underpriced asset this season? With 5 goals to his name already, he will be the player looking to get on the end of Cresswell’s crosses against a WBA who have conceded 11 headed goals so far.
Michail Antonio £6.2m – BUR (H) WBA(H)
I’m going for a triple up on West Ham. Though there are doubts on if Antonio will play both games, but with the sale of Haller, I think he will get enough minutes to cause damage. His sensational 4 goals against Norwich last season are still fresh in my mind and facing a WBA side that has conceded 9 goals in their last 2 games, Antonio may well repeat last season’s feat.
Jamie Vardy £10.2m – SOU (H) CHE (H)
Jamie Vardy comes into the reckoning for Leicester’s two home games.
Doubts over their ability to break down teams remain, but facing two teams that will attack, will play into Leicester’s strengths. 1 goal and 3 assists in his last four game-weeks and accounting for 35% of his team’s goals, he faces an out of sorts Chelsea and a Southampton team who play a high line. Expect returns from Mr Consistent.
Alphonse Areola £4.5m CHE (H) MUN (H)
Luke Shaw £4.8m LIV (A) FUL (A)
Emile Smith Rowe £4.5m NEW (H)
Rhian Brewster £4.5m TOT (H)
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