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FanTeams Hot Picks for GW15

Just 48 hours after Divock Origi scored the unbelievable winning goal for Liverpool against Everton, we have another round of Premier League football. December is known for the hectic schedule, we will have to build teams for no less than seven game weeks! The deadline in midweek is Tuesday at 20:45 CET.

History tells us that Premier League coaches will rotate their teams quite a bit during the month of December, so a good recommendation is to pick players from Tuesday instead of Wednesday when you have candidates that are otherwise even in form and capacity.

The chosen ones 

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane in action with Bournemouth’s Simon Francis and Steve Cook Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Like every week, we look to Manchester City to find the top picks for this round. LEROY SANE (13.6M) has been majestic after the International break. He gave the Bournemouth defenders a lot of difficulties and finished with two assists. RAHEEM STERLING (14.2M) was astonishing also, regularly involved in the attack and scored once. The big mystery is what Pep Guardiola does about the hectic match schedule. Ultimately he will have to rest some superstars, but both Sane and Sterling have played a lot of minutes lately, including the International break. DAVID SILVA (13.2M) presumably will return to the starting line-up after getting only 16 minutes this weekend. He is now at the top of his game, and Gundogan got mixed reviews after his appearance in the midfield spot where Silva usually play, so we think the little Spaniard will play. BERNARDO SILVA (12.2M) should be in the safe zone, as he is the strongest candidate to play in the spot that Kevin de Bruyne kept so well last season. De Bruyne is still not available. SERGIO AGUERO (13.6M) got a slight knock during the Champions League clash with Lyon, and consequently, GABRIEL JESUS (13.2M) lead the line against Bournemouth. Aguero could be on his way back, but we don’t know as of now. Fortunately, the fixture against Watford is listed for Tuesday, which indicates Pep will have to make his line-up choices before we make ours. Given they do start, our top picks are Sane, Sterling and Da Silva.

Bournemouth looks to bounce back

Bournemouth’s Joshua King celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Bournemouth has four losses in a row, but they did really play well in almost all of those games. The 1-2 loss to Arsenal could easily have finished on a more positive note, as Bournemouth had many missed chances in that game. Playing about even with Arsenal seems even better now after Arsenal’s great performance against Tottenham this weekend! JOSHUA KING (10.2M) is back from a small injury and gave a top performance against Manchester City. In reality, we never suspected Bournemouth to have a chance against the reigning champions, but more than a few times Bournemouth and particularly King showed good form. We think that right now King is the best option for those looking for a Bournemouth attacker, even though it is close between him and CALLUM WILSON (11.3M). Wilson is in good form too and managed to score a goal against Manchester City with a very nice header. His record of seven Premier League goals this season is somewhat better than King’s five, but King has played fewer minutes and is a million cheaper. Both were subbed five minutes before the end at the weekend, as manager Howe, no doubt had an eye on the upcoming Tuesday fixture. Huddersfield was unlucky when Mounie was sent off after only 32 minutes against Brighton. At that point, they were leading 1-0, but one whole hour with only 10 players was too tough and they lost 1-2 in the end. Huddersfield is not so bad as their reputation, but Bournemouth are in much better form than it looks, and a team that can score a lot of goals. Perhaps the best option is to go with double Bournemouth attackers.

The cheaper section

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in action with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs.

The change of manager at did well for Fulham. They got a nice 3-2 win over Southampton last week, and actually played really well against Chelsea this weekend, even though they lost 0-2. There was a time late in the second half when Chelsea was leading 1-0 when we started to doubt that they would win the match. Fulham was just that good. With this in mind, we do not hesitate in recommending ALEKSANDR MITROVIC (8.6M) as one of the high-value, cheap players for GW15. Mitrovic has scored seven times in Premier League this season, and with that, he is 6th highest ranked goalscorer – which is fairly remarkable regarding he is playing for a bottom team. He is doing well on the National team of Serbia also, scoring twice in the International break. We really like the way he handles himself in the box. He is just a great striker. We believe he can score against Leicester.

We normally do not recommend single defenders, as we like to play 3+3 in defense, but CALUM CHAMBERS (6.6M) is worth considering if you want to go with 3+1 or something like that. Listed as a defender, but playing in a fairly offensive midfield role against Chelsea, Chambers actually had three shots on goal this week, which was same as Son, Zaha and Pedro – and the most any player had. The 23-year-old was an offensive right wing back when he played for Arsenal, and we expect him to create some problems for the Leicester defense. The chance for a clean sheet is maybe not great, but it is definitely worth something too.

Everton with a good chance of a clean sheet 

Everton’s Jordan Pickford celebrates. REUTERS/Peter Powell

We assumed Liverpool to win somewhat easily against Everton on Sunday, but Everton defended well and would have gotten another clean sheet if Pickford had made his mistake at the end of the game. Interestingly, Everton has conceded only two goals in the last four game-weeks. Seeing the game, we were fascinated by Everton. The opponent on Wednesday is Newcastle, another team in good form, but they struggle to score. We will be surprised if Everton does not keep a clean sheet for this fixture. Our first choice for defenders is SEAMUS COLEMAN (9.2M), who is an offensive-minded wingback, who can get an assist or even a goal on a good day. MICHAEL KEANE (8.8M) always is a threat on set pieces. YERRY MINA (7.8M) is the cheapest Everton defender. He is perhaps not a 100% sure starter, especially when the many matches line up in December. JORDAN PICKFORD (9.8M) is a safe choice, a bit expensive, but perhaps a better selection than Mina.

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The author of this article has been playing fantasy football for real money extensively for several years and is considered an expert in the field.