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Gameweek 20 & 21: Players to avoid, players to consider, and FPL tip of the week | Fantasy Premier League 2018-19

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23.44K   //    27 Dec 2018, 20:40 IST

Manchester United are enjoying a resurge
Manchester United are enjoying a resurgence

I hope you all enjoyed the festive period! We've got a helping of FPL tips for the nice bunch of fixtures ahead!

Firstly, here are 3 players to push out of your thoughts in the coming weeks. I’ll review their previous performances, and lay out my analysis for you.

Check out the next page for who you may want to consider instead!


Three players to avoid for the coming weeks


#1 Aymeric Laporte - Defender (£6.0m)

City's defence is looking rocky at best!
City's defence is looking rocky at best!

Clean sheets: 8

Goals/Assists: 1/0

Season points: 72

Upcoming fixtures: SOU (A), LIV (H), WOL (H)

After those 6 clean sheets in a row from GW5 - 10, it looked like Laporte was an absolute must have. He’s appeared in all except 1 of City’s games this season, and had looked a threat from set pieces with 16 attempts for the season. The reason I’m saying drop him is that City have gone on a run of conceding in the last 6 games!

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My advice is to wait until City come back into a bit of form, because they’ve hit a real rocky patch lately. It was my belief a couple of weeks ago that City were sloppy at the back, because they were so heavily focused on attack. This may be the case, and coupled with a lack of form, could mean a reduction in clean sheets for now!


#2 Joe Hart - Goalkeeper (£4.5m)

41 goals conceded for the Burnley man
41 goals conceded for the Burnley man

Clean sheets: 4

Save points: 19

Season points: 69

Upcoming fixtures: WHU (H), HUD (A), FUL (H)

I was always a big Joe Hart fan for a number of years at City. He’s been given a new lease of life at Burnley, and he’s done okay in my opinion, as he has made the most saves in the league so far this year.

But a complete U-turn in Burnley’s defence makes their assets hard to consider. They only conceded 39 goals in the whole of last season as they finished 7th, and they’re now 18th in the league and have conceded 41 goals already – the most in the league this year!

He’s also the joint 2nd lowest goalkeeper in the league for successfully claiming high balls/crosses.

They do have a good run of fixtures coming up, but the value in goalkeepers is better used elsewhere in my opinion. I’m also beginning to wonder how long Hart keeps his place in the league's worst defence.


#3 Roberto Firmino – Attacker (£9.2m)

Does Bobby bring value?
Does Bobby bring value?

Goals: 4

Assists: 5

Season points: 77

Upcoming fixtures: ARS (H), CITY (A), BHA (A)

“Sell a striker from the league's top club… are you mad?!?”

I don’t believe I am, but you never know!

I just think the value should be put elsewhere. 14 players (cheaper than Bobby) have scored more points than him in the midfield and forward categories this season, so you can transfer him and push your funds elsewhere. He’s had no attacking returns in his last 3, and has just 2 goals in his last 13 games.

His role under Klopp is clearly to sit much deeper, having made 19 tackles for the season (7th in the league for forwards), and 706 passes (3rd for forwards). Make no mistake in terms of ability and importance, as in footballing terms he’s absolutely crucial to Liverpool’s title push.

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