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Fantasy Premier League tips: The best 11 players to sign for your FPL team in Gameweek 14

The i 11/29/2021 Oliver Young-Myles

Just like the snow over Turf Moor on Sunday, Premier League matches are coming thick and fast with eight rounds of matches scheduled to take place over the next five weeks.

Just over 48 hours on from Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher’s slanging match which brought the curtain down on the Fantasy Premier League weekend, another one is upon us with 10 games squeezed into the calendar between Tuesday and Thursday. Every match will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime.

The transfer deadline for Gameweek 14 is at 6pm on Tuesday so make sure your team is settled in advance to avoid disappointment when the relegation six-pointer between Newcastle and Norwich gets underway.

The runaway three at the top of the table are all playing away this midweek with Chelsea up against Watford, Manchester City facing Steven Gerrard’s buoyant Aston Villa and Liverpool taking the short trip to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby against a crisis-hit Everton. Ralf Rangnick’s first assignment as Manchester United boss, meanwhile, is against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

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Our Gameweek 13 selections finished with a final score of 51 points, which was comfortably above the weekly average of 44. Tripling up on Liverpool assets was a sound call given they thrashed Southampton 4-0, although the coin toss between Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota landed the way of the Portuguese. Differential picks Jose Sa and Josh King were the stars of the side, scoring 10 and six points respectively.

For the stats buffs out there, Mo Salah once again broke his own record for being the most captained player in FPL history with a staggering 4.8m managers handing him the armband for Gameweek 13. Although Salah continues to tick along nicely, the explosive form of his teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jota, allied to Harry Kane’s rest at the weekend, could provide fresh impetus to the captaincy debate.

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Here is this week’s team which is valued at £83m exactly. Keep your eyes peeled for another tips article and newsletter on Friday morning in time for Gameweek 15 which begins on Saturday.

Jose Sa (Wolves)

Jose Sa retains his place in the starting line-up off the back of a 10 point return in Gameweek 13 which took him to level with Alisson in second place in the top-scoring goalkeeper charts. As mentioned in last week’s tips, Sa frequently makes three saves or more per match which means that even if he concedes a goal, he will earn an additional save point. Sa will be hoping to keep his third consecutive clean sheet against Burnley, who rank fourth-bottom for expected goals away from home.

Price: £5.0m Points: 58 Gameweek 14 fixture: Burnley (h)

Reece James (Chelsea)

Despite earning just one point during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday, Reece James is currently the second-most bought player of Gameweek 14. Were it not for Jorginho’s catastrophic error, James’ run of returns may well have continued given United registered only one other shot on target, besides Jadon Sancho’s goal. Over the past five gameweeks, James has averaged 10.8 points per game and he can capitalise against a Watford side that has the worst expected goals against tally at home in the league.

Price: £6.3m Points: 76 Gameweek 14 fixture: Watford (a)

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

With Thomas Tuchel admitting that Ben Chilwell will miss the entirety of the Christmas period, if not longer due to an ACL injury, Marcos Alonso should see plenty of game time. Alonso’s stats across the season aren’t quite as eye-catching as Chilwell’s, but they are certainly promising enough to pick him alongside James in a Chelsea defensive double-up. Compared to all defenders, Alonso ranks fifth for shots per game (with 1.57), third for chances created (2) and sixth for total points (5.86), according to Fantasy Football Fix.

Price: £5.6m Points: 41 Gameweek 14 fixture: Watford (a)

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Second only to James for FPL points over the past four gameweeks, Trent Alexander-Arnold helped himself to nine more on Saturday by providing his seventh assist of the campaign. Although his price has risen by £0.4m since the opening day, Alexander-Arnold remains a bargain for what he offers. Only Bruno Fernandes (who costs £3.7m more) has created more chances; only Mo Salah (who is £5.1m more) has created more big chances; only Joao Cancelo has had more shots among defenders. Expect his price tag to go up next season.

Price: £7.9m Points: 88 Gameweek 14 fixture: Everton (a)

Mo Salah (Liverpool)

Could Jurgen Klopp give Mo Salah a breather in the Merseyside derby? He did so in a midweek match in December in 2019 and it worked out rather well as Liverpool ran out comfortable 5-2 winners. The Egyptian has played a lot of football this term, completing 90 minutes in all 13 of Liverpool’s league games. On the flip side, Klopp may wish to get as much out of Salah as he can with next month’s Africa Cup of Nations looming . If he does play, you would back him to score well against an Everton side bereft of momentum.

Price: £13.0m Points: 131 Gameweek 14 fixture: Everton (a)

Daniel James (Leeds)

The only viable Leeds option this season has been Raphinha (£6.7m), as reflected by his 53 FPL points which are 15 more than anyone else in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad. However, Daniel James is emerging as an intriguing out-of-position differential ahead of this week’s match with Crystal Palace. The Welshman has been utilised as a central striker recently and has fired off 16 shots over the past four gameweeks, a total higher than any other midfielder. Palace, meanwhile, have shipped five goals in their last two games.

Price: £6.0m Points: 32 Gameweek 14 fixture: Crystal Palace (h)

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James Maddison (Leicester)

Last week, i‘s Daniel Storey wrote that James Maddison’s goal against Legia Warsaw in the Europa League could act as a springboard for the playmaker to discover his top form. Sure enough, a few days later, Maddison was instrumental in Leicester’s 4-2 win over Watford, scoring the opener himself before assisting both of Jamie Vardy’s efforts. Maddison will be hoping that his purple patch continues against Southampton at St Mary’s.

Price: £6.6m Points: 42 Gameweek 14 fixture: Southampton (a)

Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

With Roberto Firmino sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Diogo Jota is making the most of his extended run as Liverpool’s No 9. A well-taken goal in the 4-0 trouncing of Arsenal in Gameweek 12 was followed up by a couple of predatory finishes in the thrashing of Southampton by the same scoreline on Saturday. If anything, he might have been disappointed to have not walked off with the match ball after firing off seven shots and having three big chances in the game, both of which were gameweek leading totals.

Price: £7.7m Points: 68 Gameweek 14 fixture: Everton (a)

Teemu Pukki (Norwich)

The team with the worst defensive record at home meets the team with the worst attacking record away when 20th placed Newcastle host 19th placed Norwich in a massive game at St James’ Park. Whereas the Toon Army are yet to experience much of a new manager bounce under Eddie Howe, the Canaries have taken four points from Dean Smith’s opening two matches in charge. As ever, Teemu Pukki will be Norwich’s chief attacking threat as his four goals represent 57 per cent of his side’s overall total this season.

Price: £5.8m Points: 47 Gameweek 14 fixture: Newcastle (a)

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Harry Kane (Spurs)

Tottenham will have to play the fixture at a later date anyway, but perhaps Sunday’s snow day at Turf Moor came at an opportune time for Antonio Conte given the calamity that preceded it in Slovenia. Rather than face a bruising Burnley in blizzard conditions, Spurs’ players had the weekend off and, as a result, more time on the training pitch with their new boss on Monday. Unthinkable as it sounds, Harry Kane is on course to score a grand total of three Premier League goals this season at his current rate. Surely he has to start scoring soon…

Price: £12.3m Points: 29 Gameweek 14 fixture: Brentford (h)

Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle)

Allan Saint-Maximin was well marshalled by Takehiro Tomiyasu last weekend, but his lively display in Howe’s first match in charge of Newcastle could bode well for the visit of Norwich. Saint-Maximin had the joint-most attempts on goal (with seven) in his team’s 3-3 draw with Brentford in Gameweek 12, scoring with one of them to secure a valuable point. Just as Newcastle have conceded the most goals at home this term, Norwich have conceded the most away from home. A goal bonanza awaits in the north east.

Price: £6.8m Points: 57 Gameweek 14 fixture: Norwich (h)

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How i‘s Gameweek 13 picks performed

  • Jose Sa (Wolves) – 10
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 9
  • Joao Cancelo (Man City) – 1
  • Reece James (Chelsea) – 1
  • Mo Salah* (Liverpool) – 12
  • Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 3
  • Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) – 2
  • Bernardo Silva (Man City) – 2
  • Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) – 3
  • Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – 2
  • Josh King (Watford) – 6

*selected as i‘s exclusive newsletter captain

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