View from the Boot Room | Week Seventeen

Friday, December 13 2019

 

Oof! What a fixture list. Three standout Home Wins, another three more-than-likelys; a nailed on Away Win and a wild card 0-0.

But before you throw your money over the counter at the bookies, there are some FPL points to secure.

Eyes down…


Tap ins…

Nailed on clean sheets for…

Liverpool. Watford hate scoring goals. Hate it, I tells ya. Just one in their last three. And Liverpool have chalked up their first back to back clean sheets since September (all comps).

Usual suspects. Van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Allison. In that order.

Chelsea. Bournemouth are having a shocker. Five defeats on the spin and back to back blanks means Chelsea’s defenders can take it to the Bridge. One, two, three, hit meh!

Unusual suspects. Kepa, Azpilicueta and you could do worse than getting on the £4.7m James bandwagon.

Leicester City. They’re eight on the spin and fairly flying. Poor Norwich could pay the price for a dress rehearsal for the showdown with Man City. Söyüncü and Chilwell for the prudent, Pereira if you’re feeling flush.

And keep that armband on Vardy.


Long Shots…

United’s Manchester and Sheffield could give you a sheet too. But I’d rather stick with the sharp end of OGS’s lot – Rashford looks like the player we all hoped he would and James looks better than we thought. For Blades, Lundstram is still proving money well spent – as 47% will testify.

They’ll be goals at Arsenal – there usually is. And they usually come from Aubameyang and Lacazette. But I’ll be stocking up on City players. Sterling is due one. De Bruyne too. And Jesus three. To add to the holy trinity, he hit in the week.

And I wouldn’t dissuade you from giving Southampton’s Ings a spin. He’s hit five in five – yes, five in five. And the Saints should march all over West Ham - just one win in five, 4pts in nine.


Worth a punt...

Feeling frisky? How about Liverpool starting Origi? He only got a couple of minutes in midweek, and there’s a lot of football to be played over the next month. Could be a backdoor bargain.

And here’s another swerve ball for you. Two in fact. What price the 0-0 between Burnley and Newcastle. Barnes and Wood are doubts while Saint-Maximin is ruled out. Burnley are desperate for a result; Toon would probably take one. Tarkowski and Dúbravka are the picks.


 

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