Welcome back! After a six-week hiatus, I am back with yet another edition of FPL Players to Watch. Today, we have a look at the players who are primed for FPL glory in the twelfth Gameweek.
Gameweek 12 Deadline: 19th Nov, 11:30 (17:00 IST)
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
Having conceded nine in their first six games it’s difficult to believe that Chelsea now have the league’s second-best defence. However, since Antonio Conte has shifted to the back three Courtois has kept five clean sheets on the trot to bring his total for the season to six. At £5.5m, he’s the cheapest route into Chelsea’s defence and on current form represents excellent value for money.
Ben Foster (West Brom)
The Baggies have not looked the normal defensive sure shots this season and have kept just one clean sheet in eight, but at £4.7m, Foster is a tempting option this weekend against a Burnley side who have been abysmal on their travels, scoring just once and having the worst away goal attempt tally by some distance.
Chris Brunt (West Brom)
Many would pick Gareth McAuley (£4.7m) from the Baggies’ defence, but here’s a certain defender who has over his past seven FPL seasons scored 22 goals and picked up 46 assists. Priced at just £4.9m and featuring in just 0.1% of teams, Brunt may well play in a midfield role, he will be on set plays and is one of the best assist kings from defence. It shouldn’t be long before he’s back amongst the points.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Having kept five consecutive clean sheets you might have expected a Chelsea defender to feature on this list. David Luiz (£6.0m), Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.1m) and Gary Cahill (£6,1m) are all good options but none are as impressive as Alonso (£6.0m) due to his attacking role as an attacking left-winger. The Spaniard has also picked up a goal and an assist in his last three games and his attacking stats are off the charts when compared with other attacking full-backs such as Kyle Walker (£6.1m), Hector Bellerin (£6.6m) and Nathaniel Clyne (£5.6m). With the way Chelsea are playing, I expect Alonso to pick up both clean sheets and attacking returns over the coming weeks.
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Rose, at £5.9m, has earned the nod over Walker this week as the Spurs defender of choice. The price difference is a factor, as is his superior goal threat with the English international topping the goal attempt tally for defenders over the last four Gameweeks. He also betters Walker in terms of chances created during the same period.
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
The recent injury suffered by Bellerin may offer us a cheap route into the Arsenal rearguard in the form of Jenkinson, at least in the short term. He is not in the Spaniard’s class but has the experience having spent the last two seasons on loan at West Ham and would be something of a punt but at £5.0m and with an ownership of 0% it might well be a punt worth taking.
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)
Shawcross’ (£4.9m) return has seen a much more solid looking Stoke side who are in the middle of a great run of fixtures which continues for another three Gameweeks. They have conceded just five times in their last seven games and have kept two clean sheets in the last four. The Potters’ defender is also a goal threat as he has registered ten goal attempts so far in the campaign.
Joe Allen (Stoke City)
The Wales international (£5.4m) has thrived since being deployed in the number 10 position returning four goals and two assists in his last six games. The Potters host Bournemouth this weekend, a side that has won just once in their last five games, losing the last two and have conceded a total of 16 goals this season, with 10 coming away from home.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Despite a small injury concern Hazard (£10.1m) is expected to be fit for the game against Middlesbrough this weekend. The last Gameweek saw Hazard continuing his great run of form by scoring twice against Everton in Chelsea’s 5-0 win. In the last four games, the Belgian international has been directly involved in seven Chelsea goals, scoring five and assisting two. He is currently a point-scoring machine and a must for every FPL team.
Hazard is now essential again, but consider also these lower-priced team-mates – Pedro (£7.2m) has two goals and four assists from his last four appearances, while Nemanja Matic (£5.1m) has surprisingly racked up six assists in his nine. With five straight wins under their belts, Chelsea are the favourites to make it six in a row at the Riverside.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Crystal Palace have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have conceded eight times over five Selhurst Park encounters. It is, therefore, no surprise to see De Bruyne on this list. His stats suggests he is a better player at home, but the £10.8m Belgian has delivered attacking returns in every one of his away league matches this season and is due a big haul of points.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Firmino is a player that I have been talking on about for many weeks. In the last five Gameweeks, he has only failed to register a goal or an assist once and he currently sits as the fourth best midfield player in FPL. With less than 15% ownership he offers differential that Philippe Coutinho (£8.7m) doesn’t and there is a big case to be made to pick both of them in your team. At £8.7m, the Brazilian is a bargain considering he is playing as a striker. He didn’t feature for Brazil in midweek so should be fresh for Southampton.
Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)
At just £5.5m, the Hull talisman has four goals and an assist to his name so far. He returned from an injury layoff in fine form last Gameweek, scoring and assisting at home to Southampton and will fancy his chances against Sunderland’s dire defence.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
A visit from Hull City offers Defoe (£7.4m) the chance to further his FPL reputation. The Sunderland striker’s goal and assist at Bournemouth in Gameweek 11 took him to joint-third in FPL forward standings, level with Sergio Aguero on 61 points. With six goals and an assist, the Black Cats’ talisman has played a part in seven of his side’s nine goals and will fancy his chances against the division’s most porous defence.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
The Belgian international has been involved in four goals n the last four matches, scoring twice and providing two assists. He has managed a total of seven goals and three assists in 10 games this season and has 17 shots on target. Lukaku (£9.9m) was kept quiet by Chelsea last Gameweek and will be looking to bounce back against a struggling Swansea City side who have failed to win any of their last five games and have conceded a total of 14 goals in the process.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
After missing five Premier League games with an ankle injury, the Spurs striker returned at the north London derby at Arsenal and marked the occasion with his third league goal of the season. Spurs face West Ham this Gameweek, who have conceded 11 goals on their travels, only Hull City and Leicester City have conceded more. Aside from trips to Chelsea and Manchester United, Spurs have quite an easy fixture list through to 2017 allowing Kane (£10.7m) every opportunity to make up some ground on Diego Costa and Aguero.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
What should I say about him? If he is fit and available, he is a must in every FPL team. He faces a Crystal Palace side that have failed to keep a clean sheet this season, have lost four in a row and conceded at least three goals in their last three games, so Aguero (£13.1m) is the last man they need to face. An obvious captain for this Gameweek.
5. Romelu Lukaku
4. Philippe Coutinho
3. Eden Hazard
2. Jermain Defoe
1. Sergio Aguero
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