We were shown a vintage Premier League result to start Gameweek 13. In the early fixture, the relegation candidate Nottingham Forest knocked off the once-mighty Liverpool. Will this cause a reaction as Liverpool return to Anfield and face Leeds, with the Kop cheering them on?
We also saw a rejuvenated Aston Villa side, fresh from the sacking of Frank Lampard, deliver a 4-0 beatdown to Brentford. Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been signed on as manager for Aston Villa but will not be at the helm until after Gameweek 14.
If you are looking for fireworks this weekend, I would recommend the early fixture of Leicester v Manchester City. Both teams are potent in the forward area, while Leicester are shaky defensively this season. So I would expect plenty of goals from this one.
There is much to discuss regarding Gameweek 14 so let’s get into it.
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Haaland – Injury Cloud
Some managers have dreaded this moment, and others have been waiting for a reason not to auto-captain the Norwegian Ace.
After Manchester City’s mid-week Champions League fixture, Erling Haaland has been spotted hobbling into a medical centre. The striker was replaced at half-time in the goalless draw at Dortmund because he had a fever and took a knock to his foot.
Will Pep Guardiola put their leading man on ice with a long-term view of the season? Then, make sure your vice-captain is an excellent alternative option.
Toney or Mitrovic?
After a lacklustre 21/22 season, strikers are back on the menu in FPL in a big way. Toney and Mitrovic have been scoring goals like their lives depend on it and have provided great value to many managers.
If you are a bit late on the bandwagon, that’s okay! The season is long and it’s better to join in now than never.
Mitrovic has been looking very good this season in his return to the Premier League, but an injury cloud and some tough fixtures makes him not the greatest transfer this gameweek.
I would focus on Ivan Toney who has Wolves and Nottingham Forest in his next two matches, two good offensive fixtures.
Salah record vs Leeds
With Haaland’s injury cloud, we could all be turning our head to our ex-captain of the past, Mohamed Salah. Salah used to be an almost auto-captain option much like Haaland is this season.
Liverpool have struggled this season but their Home form is much better than their away form.
Even if you exclude the Bournemouth match, Liverpool are averaging 1.6 Goals and 1.7 Expected Goals per home match. Leeds are conceding 2.4 goals per Away match. This could be the week Salah repays the faith of his owners.
Have faith in Zaha
Wilfried Zaha has had a solid start to the 22/23 season with 5 goals and 1 assist in 10 matches, very honourable returns for a £7.6 price.
As Fantasy Football Community has pointed out, over 100,000 managers have transferred out Crystal Palace’s talisman forward out this week already.
He has either scored or assisted in his last four home matches and Southampton aren’t exactly a defensive fortress. I would try to keep him in my lineup if possible.
Fixtures until World Cup
This post from FPL Harry is both useful as a transfer tool and a timely reminder that the World Cup is coming up soon.
The Premier League will pause during the World Cup and you will be able to make unlimited transfers during that period (as you would on a Wildcard).
Be careful not to transfer your players out and then back in if you plan on keeping them because you can lose value in that way.
We see that Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal have a great mix of form and fixtures over the next 3 gameweeks.
We are already looking forward to the World Cup – check out our World Cup 2022 Fantasy article