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 > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/08/10/team-fpl-connect-picks/ where the concept is introduced and explained fully.
Before we begin this week’s instalment, we have to quickly inform you all of a slight change in the scoring system from last week; normally if your differential scores 6pts+, you get a point on Connects Points leaderboard, but I had a chat with the fellas about this arguing that this misses those players who just grab an assist (invariably ending in 5pts), who should really be rewarded as it’s a decent return for a differential.
So, as of last week, if our differential scores 5pts+, we’ll get a point added to our tally.
Now you’re all caught up, we’ll move on!
Results for Gameweek 13
For only the second time this year, Team Connect completely blanks!
None of us even got remotely close to getting any of our picks right, Kane the only one actually managing a return, so with that, we move swiftly on to next gameweek.
No points for any of us mean that the table stays as it was:
- Simon – 12pts
- Pilko – 9pts
- Gaz – 7pts
Gameweek 14 Picks
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Hazard – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Sigurdsson – 8pts
Justification for TSP: As was recently discussed in the latest captain article: GW14, I actually think Swansea will keep the score down here. Clement has them very organised on the road and has had some good performances on the road so far to the big teams. Not only that, but they have only conceded 9 big chances away from home, which is only bettered by City, Chelsea, Spurs and Brighton. It might be a tougher game than most expect, but I fully expect the quality that Chelsea possess to find a way through and in particular, Hazard to continue to shine. He’s scored a whopping 45pts in the last 5 GWs and I see a 2/3-0 Chelsea win here and Eden to bag a brace and maximum bonus.
Justification for differential: Everton are simply terrible right now, but they face a team on Wednesday that are in a similar position to them and I can see plenty of goals in this one. Whilst they’re results haven’t been brilliant, particularly the last two, they are scoring goals and Sigurdsson has a goal and an assist in his last two PL games. If anyone can provide a spark, it’s the Icelandic international and against a team that really struggle to defend, I think he can get amongst the goals again in this one. They need a turn around and with the players they have, you’ve got to think it will come eventually and if it does, this is the man to have from an FPL stand-point.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Morata – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Sánchez – 13pts
Justification for TSP: I’ve gotta back Morata for this one. I’ve been impressed with this guy’s transition to the Premier League and it seems he and Hazard have formed a real connection. They’re linking up so well and are really killing it at the moment, just in time for a visit from a team without a win in 5 PL matches. I’m not convinced by Swansea at the moment and Chelsea are in great form. Surely this all points to one thing? I’m going with a convincing 3/4-0 Chelsea win, and Morata to score 2, bag an assist and of course, grab all 3 bonus points.
Justification for differential: It’s finally my turn to go for Sánchez as my differential! The other two have picked him a few times and I keep missing the boat, but this week is my week and he’s going to deliver for me. It’s a shame he’s so expensive because he could be a really powerful differential for managers. He has 3 goals in his last 5 and his underlying stats are starting to look very tasty indeed. In his last 6 PL matches, he’s had 33 penalty area touches, 19 goal attempts (9 inside the box), 6 big chances and is having an attempt every 23.7 minutes. He’s also created 16 chances for his team mates! Huddersfield did extremely well and were unlucky against Man City, but a lot of the energy the players gained came from the atmosphere of the home fans, which they won’t have at the Emirates, so I’m seeing a comfortable Arsenal win and Alexis to get himself a goal, assist and 3 bonus haul.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane– 17pts
- Predicted differential; Fabregas – 9pts
Justification for TSP: I’m sure you all can remember this fixture at the end of last season right? Spurs demolished the foxes 6-1, with Arry getting 4 and an assist! I’m only asking for 3 goals this week so it shouldn’t be a problem. On a serious note, Puel will have this team more organised, but at the same time, after what I saw against West Ham, I’m fairly hopeful that Spurs can exploit the new look Leicester team, given that they’ve changed their approach from sitting deep and countering, to a more possession-based style of play, which I don’t think suits them. Poch will be on at his players after their slip up on Saturday against West Brom, so I’m expecting a performance from Spurs and Harry Kane to be the star. Harry’s missed out on his hat-trick this season on 5 occasions, I think he’ll do it this time!
Justification for differential: The Spaniard didn’t start away at Liverpool in the last game, as Conte went more defensive to counteract Salah et al. When that didn’t really work at 1-0 down he turned to Fabby to turn the game in Chelsea’s favour. In the 16 minutes he was on I saw him play 3 brilliant passes that all lead to big chances. At home there should be no reason to go as defensive and so I see Cesc starting and pulling the strings and creating the chances for Morata and Hazard. Swansea will set up very defensive, but if anyone can pick the lock, it’s this man. His vision and technique is right up their with the best playmakers and I see him notching 2 assists and some bonus/clean sheet points to get him to 9 points overall.