Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 12

Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek

Hello and welcome to all the FPL managers around the world. The latest instalment of our ‘Team FPL Connect Picks’ is here!

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the link > where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Results for Gameweek 11

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As Klopp likes to say… BOOM!

A solid week for Team FPL Connect overall, with 2/3 of our differentials scoring 6+ points and myself predicting the top scoring player of the week in Mohamed Salah, who scored 15pts, joint best with Steve Cook, giving me 2 points for that one.

Not only that, but I correctly predicted the exact amount of points Salah would get (Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 11) in the game, which meant I got 3 points on top of the 2 points I got for correctly predicting who would be the top scoring player for that week.

As if that wasn’t enough, I also got a point for choosing a differential player that would score 6 or more points for the week in Mahrez, who scored a goal but didn’t get the 2 bonus points I predicted he would get.

Elsewhere, Gaz had a great week too after correctly predicting that his differential (Murray) would get 8pts, which he did exactly that, giving Gaz a collective 4 points – 1 for his differential scoring 6 or more points and 3 points for correctly predicting the exact amount of points one of his picks would get.

Solid and consistent picker Pilko, let the team down this week with blanks for both of his picks Kane (TSP) and Sánchez (differential).

After the recent round of results, here’s how things stand now (Pilko looking over his shoulder);

  1. Simon – 12pts
  2. Pilko – 8pts
  3. Gaz – 7pts

Gameweek 12 Picks


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Sané – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Andre Gray – 7pts


Justification for TSP: Sané has started 10 of the last 11 games in all comps and was an unused sub in Germany’s second friendly last night, so there’s no doubt in my mind that Sané will start this game and probably get 90 minutes. If he does, I can see him tearing Simpson and Leicester apart! With Gray or Mahrez likely operating on the right hand side, Simpson is going to struggle against Sané on his own, as both Gray and Mahrez aren’t defensively disciplined players. There’s been 13 goals in the last 3 match-ups between these two and I can see goals again, the only difference I see, is this time, I think most of the goals will be scored by Pep’s free-scoring City and if they do, I’m predicting Sané to get yet another haul with a brace and maximum bonus.

Justification for differential: I’m choosing this one mainly based on the fixture. Watford are up against the struggling Hammers and with Deeney out suspended, Gray should get minutes in his absence and even with a new manager at the helm, I can’t see Hammers keeping a clean sheet in this one and I fancy it to be Andre Gray that gets on the scoresheet. A goal and a bonus point for Mr. Gray in a game where I can see Watford scoring a couple of goals – I don’t see Moyes being the one to turn things around for West Ham.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Daniels – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Murray – 12pts
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Justification for TSP: Bournemouth look like they’re beginning to turn a corner results wise and defensively speaking, they’ve only actually conceded 3 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches. Huddersfield aren’t the most prolific team away from home and I fancy Bournemouth to pick up another clean sheet this week. Daniels is by far their best defensive option and always carries an attacking threat down that left hand side. He has a goal and an assist to his name already this season and I’m predicting him to get himself on the scoresheet in this one and pick up all 3 bonus points.

Justification for differential: You have to back your players don’t you? I’m going for my man Murray for the second week running. The veteran is on fire and even with Hemed back, I can’t see Hughton taking Murray out based on his form, the lad is lethal in front of goal right now. In the last 4 gameweeks, he’s had 15 penalty area touches, 8 goal attempts (all inside the box and 6 of them being on target) and has had 6 big chances (4 taken). This suggests that, whilst Brighton don’t get away shot after shot, they do create good chances for Murray and he’s demonstrated a clinical nature with 75% shot accuracy and a 66% goal conversion ratio of the last 4 gameweeks. With Stoke up next, I expect Murray to keep his spot and keep his purple patch going with a a goal and an assist, with maximum bonus points.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Alonso – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Zaha – 11pts


Justification for TSP: Alonso doesn’t quite have the form as of yet, but definitely has the fixture (with a beautiful schedule over Xmas too). Whilst Azpi has been the Chelsea defender racking up the assists and bonus for Morata, Alonso is currently going under the radar of those FPL managers without a Chelsea defender, who are fixated with all those Azpi points recently, but if we delve a little deeper, the underlying stats are still very much in Alonso’s favour, if we look at the last 4 gameweeks;

  • 11 penalty area touches for Alonso, only 2 for Azpi
  • 6 goal attempts, all of which inside the box, only 1 goal attempt for Azpi
  • 13 crosses for Alonso, with 8 for Azpi
  • 2 chances created for Alonso, with Azpi getting 2 as well

He’s always in the box whenever Chelsea attack and the Spaniard doesn’t get a place in the Spain squad these days either, so has a near full 2 week rest under his belt. Marcos to return to his golonso status this week with a clean sheet and max bonus to boot.

Justification for differential: I was very surprised to see that Zaha’s ownership was under 5% when I was looking earlier, so he has to be my pick this week given the opposition he faces next. With 2 goals to his name in the 4 matches since coming back from injury, Zaha looks to be a great option in the mid-priced midfielder bracket and faces an Everton side that are conceding goals for fun of late. Richarlison is the one in this bracket and is stealing any limelight from Zaha, but again, Zaha showed us exactly what a talent and threat he can be last gameweek when he expertly dribbled through the Tottenham defence and rounded the goalkeeper, but just put the ball the wrong side of the post. Palace performed well against Spurs and deserved something from the game and I can see them taking confidence in that performance and scoring a couple against Everton and Zaha stealing the show, as he often does for them.




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