Going off the Bookies, it appears clean sheets will be at a premium this gameweek as teams from both the bottom and top of the league clash.
Doubts over Man City and Haaland linger, though, with many managers getting itchy feet as they consider the unthinkable with their captaincy.
We have analysed the captain options for gameweek 21 here
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Goalscorer Odds gameweek 21
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Erling Haaland (68%) was back on the score sheet in midweek after his two-game long drought, in which people were starting to question if the goal machine had broken down.
His opponent this weekend, Wolves, have looked better under Lopetegui. However, the midlands club sit 15th for expected goals conceded (xGC) since the restart.
While I understand the temptation to get creative with the captaincy this week, the Bookies odds are pretty conclusive, Erling Haaland is by far and away your safest bet.
If you are considering someone else to stick the captain’s armband on, Harry Kane (48%) might just be your man.
While Fulham continue to have an impressive season, they remain weak defensively. The Cottagers sit 16th for xGC (5.70) in the last four games.
20 goal contributions already (15 goals, 5 assists) show what an outstanding season Kane is having already and the smart money says he’ll continue this good form in Gameweek 21.
He’s joined by team mate Dejan Kulusevski (39%) who grabbed a goal vs Man City in Gameweek 20, though somewhat fortunately. The Swede has shown flashes of his brilliance this season and will hope to continue that this weekend.
Ivan Toney (43%) seems to be in FPL limbo as he continues to bang in the goals but with FA charges hanging over his head, no one seems to know what to do with him.
Three goals in his last four games as well as an assist has him third amongst strikers for FPL points before he travels to Elland Road in Gameweek 21 to take on a Leeds United side under pressure. With just one clean sheet in their last 11 games, it’s quite likely Toney adds to his tally again this weekend.
Speaking of Leeds, Rodrigo (38%) is a man with a bit of form of late and his opponents this weekend, Brentford, have struggled away from home this year, especially defensively.
In nine away league games, Thomas Franck’s men have kept just two clean sheets. The likelihood is that Leeds score this weekend and if they do, Rodrigo is the most likely to be involved.
Making his first appearance in the Bookies Advantage team of the week is Liverpool new boy Cody Gakpo (33%). Given he has only played one game for his new side it’s hard to find stats to justify this one. Chelsea’s defensive form away from home has been abysmal though, with no clean sheets in their last four.
Quite the differential punt, at just 1.0% ownership Gakpo makes our XI this week.
Lastly, is a more tried and tested asset in Bukayo Saka (30%) with a tough assignment against Man United this weekend. Saka hauled big in this fixture last season with a goal and assist. Also having penalties also in his locker, he’s a relatively safe pick this weekend.
On the bench for us this week in attack is Josh Dasilva who has a goal and an assist in his last two starts for Brentford.
Clean sheet odds gameweek 21
Manchester City (58%) have just one clean sheet in their last seven matches, though that doesn’t seem to bother the Bookies one bit as they top the poll this week.
They welcome Wolves to the Etihad who have improved under Lopetegui, if still a little uninspiring in attack. Four goals in four games since the restart may look promising but Wolves have failed to score a goal in five games against “Big Six” opposition so far this season.
The real skill comes down to picking who exactly is going to play in Man City’s back four. Manuel Akanji seems to be nailed, having started every game bar one since his introduction in Gameweek 8. John Stones, now returned from injury also appears to be a good option. Together, they make up our City defensive double up.
West Ham United (46%) welcome Frank Lampard’s Everton to the London Stadium this weekend. With the two managers under immense pressure, this promises to be a cagey affair with both defences relatively solid while both attacks are struggling.
Both sides are in the bottom five for open play expected goals (xG) since the restart with Everton sitting dead last.
West Ham, though, sit 6th for expected goals conceded (xGC) (3.70) in that time, so can consider themselves quite unlucky to have let in eight goals in their last four matches.
The Hammers tend to let up a reasonable amount of shots, so for that reason we have gone for Lukasz Fabianski between the posts. The Polish veteran is 6th for saves made in the league this year (58) and has 14 points from save accumulation.
Newcastle (45%) now have six clean sheets in their last seven games and 11 overall for the season, though they were very lucky to keep their record intact in Gameweek 20 as Mitrovic had the most unlucky penalty chalked off.
This weekend they travel to a struggling Crystal Palace side who may be buoyed by their late equaliser against Manchester United on Wednesday night. The stats make for slightly different reading however, with Palace sitting 18th for xG over the last four games (2.29) while Newcastle are first for xGC (1.70) in that time.
Kieran Trippier is the obvious choice here but he is joined by Dan Burn who at just £4.5m is an absolute steal.
Dan Burn is on the bench for us this week which provides good cover if we get our roulette wrong with our Man City defenders this week.
Our other two on the bench are Daniel Iversen (£3.9m) as well as Hugo Bueno (£3.9) who we expect nothing from but is the only starting £4.0m or less defender left in the game.
Odhrán Brennan is a data journalist for a sports data company, living in Finland. He’s been playing FPL since the 06/07 season and is a long-suffering fan of both Arsenal and the Republic of Ireland national team. You can follow him on Twitter here