In this article, we give our top 5 GW14 FPL picks and identify which players could return big FPL points.
Before that we need to review the performance of our GW13 FPL picks:
- Richarlison: 3 points
- Doherty: 1 point
- Schurrle: 7 points (1 goal)
- Sane: 19 points (2 goals, 1 assist, 3 bonus)
- Martial: 3 points
The big success was picking Sane, who had a brilliant game against West Ham and now firmly on the radar for FPL managers. We’ve recently discussed whether managers should be transferring in Sane, check out our latest article for our thoughts.
Schurrle backed our theory about the new manager effect at Fulham, and put in a decent display getting on the scoresheet. Over-shadowed by Mitrovic’s brace, Fulham assets could be an interesting one to watch for managers.
Onwards to this weekend, here are our top 5 GW14 picks:
Olivier Giroud (£7.7m)
Plenty has been made in recent weeks about the performances of Morata and the negative impact it is having on Hazard. Giroud has been suffering with an injury over the past few weeks but came off the bench to score a consolation goal against Spurs on Saturday.
Giroud has been limited to game time so far this season, but could be in line to start this weekend. His stats this season have been hard to study due to his substitute appearances. He has only played 395 minutes in the league, but has scored 1 goal and assisted 4, returning a goal contribution every 79 minutes.
Chelsea face Fulham this weekend at Stamford Bridge, who won their first match under the new reign of Ranieri. However, Fulham still conceded 2 goals in that match and still have the worst defensive away record in the league (18). They have not kept a clean sheet this season, and we cant see them keeping one this weekend.
Sergio Aguero (£11.5m)
The silver fox blanked last weekend, to the frustration of his 3.1 million managers. It seemed like an opportunity missed as City smashed 4 past West Ham, so for the Argentine to not contribute is a rarity. In fact, Aguero was unusually quiet against the Hammers, only taking 1 shot and 1 key pass in the 83 minutes that he played.
The blank was compounded by the returns of Kane, sparking the transfer debate that we have discussed in depth in our recent article. However, City face Bournemouth this weekend, who will count themselves unlucky to lose against Arsenal over the weekend. Bournemouth have a decent defensive away record, conceding 9 goals in 6 matches.
They will prove to be a tricky opposition, but it’s hard to look past the incredible 27 goals scored in 7 home matches for City. Aguero has contributed in 13 of these goals – 7 goals and 6 assists. It is clear that both Aguero and City are in incredible form at home, and we can’t see anything but a City win and in turn goals. We fancy Aguero’s chances of being involved in these.
Jamie Vardy (£8.9m)
Vardy came off the bench last weekend to salvage a point for Leicester, scoring an important penalty. The Leicester hitman has had an odd start to the season, hit with suspension and surprisingly rotation.
Leicester face Watford this weekend, who are coming into the match off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool. It’s worth noting that Watford have a decent defensive away record, only conceding 6 goals in their 6 away matches this season.
Vardy is averaging 2.89 shots per 90, and an interesting stat is that his expected goals is 6.59 – while his actual goals is 4. This should suggest that Vardy will be getting on the scoresheet in the weeks to come and bring it back to the mean. At his price, Vardy could be a great mid-priced forward to put into your squads over the busy Christmas period.
Mo Salah (£13.0m)
Although Salah has been having a below par season in comparison to his displays last season, this is still his 4th appearance in our top 5 picks. When considering Liverpool players, it always seems to come back to the Eygptain, and this week is no different.
Scoring his 7th league goal of the season against Watford last week, he comes into the Merseyside derby on good form. He is still producing an impressive 3.92 shots per 90 and 1.92 key passes per 90, similar stats to last seasons form. The other notable statistic is his expected goals being 8.15, showing he has been underperforming on his expected output – hopefully more to come.
Liverpool go into the match unbeaten and scoring 14 goals in 6 home matches. Everton have only won 1 away league match this season, conceding 9 and only 1 clean sheet. Salah scored in this fixture last season and we fancy him to get on the scoresheet again this weekend.
Wilfred Zaha (£6.7m)
Zaha was a popular name in many FPL squads in the opening game week, owned by 1.4 million managers. However, recent blanks including no goal since GW5 has seen his ownership halved.
Crystal Palace have come out the back of a nightmare fixture schedule, playing Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and United in their last 4 matches. Picking up 2 draws and 2 losses over this period, Palace certainly matched the big teams.
They now face Burnley this weekend, a great opportunity to get their first win since GW5. Burnley have conceded 15 goals in 7 away matches, and an average of 23 shots against – the worst in the league. Although not scoring, Zaha has still been showing a goal threat taking 8 shots and 8 key passes in the last 3 matches.
We think that both Palace and Zaha will have a good weekend, and remind FPL managers of Zaha’s value.
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