Ben Worrall’s December Picks

November 29, 2013 11:38 am

Hello All,

A few tips:

– Always plan transfers at least 2-3 weeks ahead. The more weeks you can plan ahead, the better.

– Always look at the run of fixtures each team has coming up in the Gameweeks ahead.

– Follow @fantasyiteam on twitter for team line-ups. They are posted about an hour before kick-off, so always look at the line-ups before making transfers. This way you will have players that will definitely play and score you points.

When making transfers always make sure you prioritise bringing in forwards ahead of midfielders/defenders. Out of the top 10 points scorers in the game, 7 of them are forwards, which tells you everything. Buying good value defenders and midfielders will help free up your budget for forwards.

Good value defenders for the next 4-5 weeks:

Glen Johnson – He looks the most secure option at the back for Liverpool and the Reds have home games against West Ham, Norwich and Cardiff coming up, so clean sheets could well be on the cards. Also, Johnson’s attacking potential makes him a very good option in defence for the next few Gameweeks.

Bacary Sagna – He is the cheapest of the regular starters in defence for Arsenal and has a goal to his name already this season. Also, Arsenal have games against Cardiff, Hull and Everton coming up in the next three.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – The Newcastle defender is priced at just £4.5m and considering Newcastle have had two clean sheets in the last three combined with games against West Brom, Swansea, Crystal Palace and Stoke in the next six, he looks a great value option in defence.

Differential option:

Joel Ward – Crystal Palace have two clean sheets in two now and are starting to show a bit of resilience at the back. Also, the Eagles have Norwich, West Ham and Cardiff in the next three. Priced at just £3.4m, Joel Ward is one of the cheapest defenders in the game and could well be a very strong budget option in defence.

Good value midfielders for the next 4-5 weeks:

Phillipe Coutinho – A goal against Everton last week got Coutinho’s fantasy season back underway after a spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. With Hull, Norwich, West Ham and Cardiff in the next five, further attacking returns look likely from the Brazilian.

Stephane Sessegnon – The West Brom midfielder has started to pick up a bit of form in recent weeks with a goal and an assist in his last three. He was unlucky not to score against Villa on Monday and with West Brom facing Norwich, Cardiff and Hull in the next five, he could be a good value midfield option for the next few Gameweeks.

Aaron Ramsey – The fact that Ramsey is the highest point scoring midfielder in the game says it all. He’s having a cracking season with 6 goals and 4 assists so far and with Cardiff and Hull in the next two, the Welshman’s form shows no sign of slowing down.

Differential option:

Nathan Redmond – Priced at just £4.5m, Redmond has scored one and assisted one in his six games so far for Norwich and has Crystal Palace, Swansea, Fulham and Sunderland in the next six.

GW12 Review:

Liverpool are lethal in attack – Liverpool have now scored 24 goals in their last 10 league matches. Luis Suarez was pivotal again for the Reds and has now scored 9 and assisted 4 since his return from suspension. Sturridge and Coutinho were also amongst the goals in the 3-3 draw with Everton.

Remy maintains his fine form – Remy’s goal against Norwich on Saturday means that he has now scored eight goals in as many matches for the Magpies. Priced at just £8.6m he looks a real bargain.

Giroud is back amongst the goals – Before the two goals against Southampton, Giroud had only scored one goal in seven, which was against Crystal Palace. However, his spot-kick and easy tap-in after robbing Southampton goalkeeper Boruc meant he ended his goal drought. 

West Ham are struggling to find home form – A 3-0 defeat to Chelsea means that the Hammers have only won one of the last six at home. However, the Chelsea midfield ran riot against the Hammers. Lampard was back amongst the goals with a brace, while Oscar bagged a goal and assist and Hazard also grabbed a pair of assists.

City are unstoppable at home – Man City’s 6-0 win over Tottenham means they have won six out of six at home. Not only that, City have now scored 26 goals at home so far this season. Sergio Aguero maintained his excellent form with two goals and an assist, which took his tally up to 10 goals and 8 assists so far this season. Negredo and Navas also racked up the points in the 6-0 victory against Spurs.

Rooney is on fire – Rooney’s goal and assist against Cardiff means he is now 3rd in the overall standings behind Aguero and Suarez, with an impressive 72 points. Since David Moyes has taken over as Man United boss, Rooney has been in great form with 6 goals and 7 assists so far this season.

GW13 Preview:

Saturday 30th November – 3:00pm

Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Aston Villa have been pretty poor at home this season, but considering Sunderland have not won away from home yet this season I’m going for an Aston Villa win.

One to watch:

Aston Villa – Christian Benteke

Sunderland – Steven Fletcher

Prediction: 1-0

Saturday 30th November – 3:00pm

Cardiff vs Arsenal

Although Cardiff have beaten Man City and drawn to Man United at home, I can’t see them beating Arsenal. The Gunners are in great form this season, so I can see this one being an away win for Arsenal. 

One to watch:

Cardiff – Peter Whittingham

Arsenal – Aaron Ramsey

Prediction: 0-1

Saturday 30th November – 3:00pm

Everton vs Stoke

Everton are unbeaten at home so far this season, with 3 wins and 3 draws. I can see them maintaining that form with a win against Stoke. After his two goals against Liverpool last weekend, Lukaku will be confident of scoring against a Stoke side that have lost four out of six on the road.

One to watch:

Everton – Romleu Lukaku

Stoke – Marko Arnautovic

Prediction: 2-0

Saturday 30th November – 3:00pm

Norwich vs Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have lost five out of six on the road this season so Norwich will be confident of beating the Eagles. However, Norwich have not been in the greatest form themselves, but I can see them just scraping through with the victory.

One to watch:

Norwich – Nathan Redmond

Crystal Palace – Joel Ward

Prediction: 1-0

Saturday 30th November – 3:00pm

West Ham vs Fulham

West Ham have been playing pretty poor at home this season and Fulham haven’t had the greatest start to the season. Both teams need the points, but I can see this one being a draw.

One to watch:

West Ham – Ravel Morrison

Fulham – Patjim Kasami

Prediction: 1-1

Saturday 30th November – 5:30pm

Newcastle vs West Brom

Newcastle have started to find a bit of form recently with four wins in the last six. However, West Brom have been playing pretty well away from home with only one defeat in their last six away games. I am going for a draw in this one.

One to watch:

Newcastle – Loic Remy

West Brom – Stephane Sessegnon

Prediction: 2-2

Sunday 1st December – 12:00pm

Tottenham vs Man United

Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from their 6-0 defeat last time out at Manchester City. However, Man United are unbeaten in their last six matches, so I am going for a draw in this one.

One to watch:

Tottenham – Jan Vertonghen

Man United – Wayne Rooney

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday 1st December – 2:05pm

Hull City vs Liverpool

Hull have been struggling for form recently with four defeats in their last five. They will do very well to keep Suarez at bay with the form he is in. I am going for an away win in this one.

One to watch:

Hull City – Yannick Sagbo

Liverpool – Luis Suarez

Prediction: 1-3

Sunday 1st December – 4:10pm

Chelsea vs Southampton

Chelsea are unbeaten at home so far this season and Southampton are flying, so this will be a very close match, but I can see Chelsea just edging it.

One to watch:

Chelsea – Oscar

Southampton – Adam Lallana

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday 1st December – 4:10pm

Man City vs Swansea

Man City are unbeaten at home and have won six out of six, scoring a massive 26 goals in those six games. I can’t see Swansea breaking that unbeaten record so I am going with a home win in this one.

One to watch:

Man City – Sergio Aguero

Swansea – Pablo Hernandez

Prediction: 3-0

My tips for GW13:

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan

Defenders: Seamus Coleman + Per Mertesacker

Midfielders: Nathan Redmond + Ravel Morrison

Forwards: Sergio Aguero + Luis Suarez

Thank you for taking the time to read. Best of luck for the rest of the season.


Ben Worrall

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