The festive period adds a layer of difficulty to FPL with the back-to-back gameweeks. We have an even more exciting twist to gameweek 19 with a double gameweek for Fulham and Chelsea. Those teams play two matches, and both count towards the total points for players in that gameweek.
Our selections last game week performed reasonably well! Haaland scored once again, while Rashford came off the bench for the 2nd half to score against Wolves. Darwin returned an FPL assist while once again letting big chances go begging. Wout Faes showed Darwin how it’s done, putting two own goals in the back of his own net! Oops!
Phil Foden surprisingly started on the bench once again, and Harry Kane has not yet played at the time of writing of this article.
Whether you’re looking for a safe pick or a high-risk/high-reward option, we’ve analysed all the fixtures to help you make the best decision for your team.
You should also check out what the bookies believe will happen in gameweek 19
Captain (Not So) Obvious
Aleksander Mitrovic, Fulham
We finally have someone to choose from other than Erling Haaland!
Mitrovic has a double gameweek with fixtures against Leicester (Away) and Chelsea (Home) in gameweek 19. Mitrovic returned from the World Cup and shook off a foot injury in magnificent style, recording one goal and two assists against Crystal Palace last week.
This past weekend, he had a penalty saved against Southampton to slow down his momentum.
Regardless, Mitrovic is the leading man and could take advantage of weaknesses in Leicester and Chelsea defences. Leicester has conceded seven goals from set pieces, while Chelsea has conceded five. His heading ability could see him score from one of Fulham’s training ground set piece routines. I expect Mitrovic to remain on penalty duties even after failing to score his last penalty.
The only downside is that if he receives a yellow card in the first match against Leicester, he will be suspended for the Chelsea fixture due to accumulating five yellow cards.
The bookies give Mitrovic a 63% chance to score a goal across both. Personally, I’ll likely be captaining the Serbian striker.
Erling Haaland, Manchester City
Erling Haaland has been knocked off his perch in this week’s edition of Captain Call.
He is not a bad choice and is likely to score a goal. However, Mitrovic having the double gameweek has a higher upside to be taken advantage of.
Haaland scored during the week and has been given a 53% chance to score by the bookies in a tough away game at Chelsea.
Mason Mount, Chelsea
Mason Mount struggled to begin the season. The Englishman only recorded one assist in his first seven appearances.
However, he looked revitalised against Bournemouth in gameweek 17 and scored a great goal. (Chelsea have not played their match against Nottingham Forest at time of writing).
Mount and Chelsea also have a double gameweek in gameweek 19, facing Manchester City and Fulham. Manchester City is a tough fixture but we have seen in recent times that they are prone to conceding goals.
Fulham have conceded 27 goals in 17 matches and could see Chelsea put multiple goals in the back of their net.
Mount has been given a 40% chance to score a goal in gameweek 19 and I would not be surprised to also see him record an assist or two.
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
Rashford has once again silenced his critics as he came off the bench to score against Wolves. Manager Erik Ten Hag made the tough call not to start Rashford after Rashford slept in and missed a team meeting during the week.
Manchester United host Bournemouth at home. Bournemouth have struggled defensively in their return to the Premier League, conceding 2+ goals in 10 matches. I can see United scoring 2-3 goals and would be surprised if Rashford didn’t feature in any of these.
Rashfoord has been given a 42% chance of scoring by the bookies. Coupled with his playmaking and assisting abilities, he could be an excellent choice for those after a differential.
Andreas Pereira, Fulham
I never expected to have a player who started with a £4.5m price tag to be a captaincy option but here we are.
Pereira has been fantastic for Fulham in this campaign, recording two goals and six assists across 17 matches.
He has recorded 3+ key passes in eight matches and has attempted 2+ shots in six matches.
Something to note for Pereira is that if Mitrovic receives a yellow card in their first match, he will be suspended for the Chelsea fixture, which would hand Pereira the penalty duties. Food for thought.
Pereira has been given a 27% chance to score a goal by the bookies but is more likely to record assists due to his playmaking ability.
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