Our review of every game from the Premier League weekend… Get the lowdown on all of the action from the eyes of a Draft Fantasy Football expert!
Two points from two games for The Gunners, as they were held by West Brom and Chelsea. Jack Wilshere started both games, and got himself on the scoresheet against Chelsea. Rob Holding and Callum Chambers gained rare starts in the absence of Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny, but both are expected to return for GW23.
The Cherries picked up four points from two games, showing promising form in front of goal. Ryan Fraser bagged two goals against Everton, although he missed the fixture against Brighton due to injury. Callum Wilson also bagged a goal against Brighton. Joshua King gained an assist against Everton, but was taken off shortly after and has been ruled out for “at least a few weeks”. This promotes the prospects of Wilson, and perhaps Benik Afobe, as Jermain Defoe is out with a long term injury. The Bournemouth defence continues to leak goals, however.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Two respectable draws for Brighton over GW22 and 23, as decent Draft Fantasy Football points might have been gained. A clean sheet away at Newcastle brought home solid returns for The Seagulls’ defenders once again. And attacking returns for Anthony Knockart and Jose Izquierdo will put them back on managers’ radars. Pascal Gross blanked once again.
A draw with Huddersfield and a home loss to Liverpool was somewhat disappointing for The Clarets, considering their recent form. James Tarkowski returned against Liverpool following his three game ban, and Phil Bardsley continued at right back; he seems to have well and truly ousted Matt Lowton from the side! Chris Wood remains injured, as Ashley Barnes was leading the line.
A win and a draw for The Blues, but their rotation over the Christmas period will have caused pain for many Draft Fantasy Football managers. Willian gained 17 points against Stoke, but followed this up with a solitary point against Arsenal. Similarly, Eden Hazard didn’t feature against Stoke, but gained a 10 point haul against Arsenal. Rotation conitnued among the Chelsea backline also, and Victor Moses was withdraw before the hour in both games.
Oh hello Roy Hodgson!! Ending Manchester City’s 17 match winning run, and then coming from behind to snatch a late winner at Southampton. The Eagles’ prospects are on the rise despite suffering several injuries in recent weeks. Andros Townsend gained another attacking return, as well as Christian Benteke and Luka Milivojevic. Be wary of their fixture list though – it’s not looking great but it could be worth snapping up one of their attacking assets if they are currently free agents.
Is the honeymoon period over for Big Sam?? Two defeats in a row for Everton, with very little attacking returns coming their way. Keep an eye out for potential new signing Cenk Tosun from Besiktas; he should be the Lukaku replacement they never bothered with over the summer!
Huddersfield haven’t made the most of their good Christmas fixture list, with only one point gained over GW21 and 21. The 0-0 draw at home to Burnley did reward those managers who picked up a Terriers defender, but owners of Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre were left disappointed.
Leicester gained a much needed win over Huddersfield after an unlucky defeat to Liverpool. Marc Albrighton was the differential star against Huddersfield, with The Foxes gaining their first clean sheet in a while. We backed Leicester to bag the clean sheet in our Calculating The Cleanie article for GW22.
Two games and two wins for Jurgen Klopp, but there were mixed fortunes for many Draft Fantasy Football managers. Heaps of rotation, and with Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho both picking up injuries, many were left disappointed. Coutinho may well be off to Barcelona soon, but Liverpool have managed to bolster their defence with Virgil Van Dijk – sign him up if he’s a free agent.
The Citizens were surprisingly held by Crystal Palace in GW21, but made up for it by running over Watford in GW22. We Punted on Bernardo Silva ahead of the Watford game, but Kevin De Bruyne surprisingly returned to full fitness to take his place in the starting eleven. With Jesus injured however, Silva could see his playing time increased, as well as Ilkay Gundogan.
A disappointing draw with Southampton was followed by a good win at Everton. The Red Devils are struggling a bit with injuries at the moment, but Jese Lingard continues to impress. Anthony Martial made the most of starting as the central striker, bagging a goal against Everton. United will be hoping Antonio Valencia is fit enough to return in GW23 now that Ashley Young is suspended.
Despite a disappointing draw at home to Brighton in GW21, Newcastle made amends by gaining three points away to Stoke City. Swansea are up next, and Newcastle have a very good chance of getting another clean sheet. Jamaal Lascelles is the pick of The Magpies defenders. Christian Atsu was disappointing during these two fixtures however.
Southampton gained an unlikely clean sheet against Manchester United in GW21, but even more unlikely was the fact that Shane Long scored a goal in GW22!! Props to you if you took a gamble on Long! Otherwise not much to note. The Saints desperately need to invest in some creative players in January.
Stoke are in a massive rut. Mark Hughes rested most of his first choice eleven against Chelsea in preparation for the GW22 fixture at home to Newcastle; and inevitably got smashed. The Potters then proceeded to lose to Newcastle, putting in a very poor performance. If you are still holding on to Xherdan Shaqiri or Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, we’d recommend looking elsewhere.
A surprising victory over Watford in GW21 provides a big talking point for Swansea City, as new manager Carlos Carvalhal could potentially inject some creativity into The Swans attacking play. Keep an eye out for the Swansea players in the coming weeks, although it looks as though Tammy Abraham’s prospects have diminished yet again.
Tottenham were somewhat disappointing during their double GW22, with Harry Kane blanking and Christian Eriksen only gaining one assist. Forgotten man Fernando Llorente bagged his first league goal for the club, and there were clean sheet returns during the Swansea game. Our Punting For Gold pick Erik Lamela gained an assist, but it was Heung-Min Son that stole the show with a 12 point return. Those managers owning the South Korean international will be very happy with his performance.
Two poor performances from The Hornets in both GW21 and GW22. They surrendered their lead late on against Swansea, somehow managing to lose 2-1. And Manchester City blew them away with ease in their second outing. We wouldn’t recommend any Watford players apart from Richarlison, and perhaps the returning Troy Deeney if you’re in need of a third striker. Their defenders have really disappointed during a run of good fixtures.
West Bromich Albion
Alan Pardew’s men gained a last gasp draw with Arsenal, after a dubious penalty award. But followed this up with a disappointing defeat against West Ham. The Baggies aren’t offering much in terms of Draft Fantasy Football prospects at the moment.
West Ham Utd
With two games in GW22, The Hammers were somewhat disappointing. A win and a draw produced good points for David Moyes, but there were no standout performers. Aaron Cresswell and Marko Arnautovic only managed one of the games, there were no clean sheets, and Manuel Lanzini only gained one assist. Decent returns, but not the explosive ones Fantasy Football managers were hoping for! Andy Carroll produced a vintage FPL performance, bagging two goals against West Brom, but only managing five minutes against Tottenham due to his poor fitness.
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