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FPL FORECAST 2016/17: Gameweek 12

Each and every week the three members of The Hype Team post their Premier League and FPL predictions in an attempt to enlighten players that might be stuck with their FPL choices and transfers. In addition, we’ll be taking on a guest for every Gameweek in the PL. On the weekly agenda are a general predictions category, a Gameweek Fantasy Premier League forecast, scout picks, and captaincy choices. For the opening weekend of the season, we welcome @_FPLtips as our 12th guest. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 12 Deadline

For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.

In a change from last season, the early Saturday kick off time has now been moved back to 12:30am, meaning the weekly FPL deadline will also be moving 15 minutes back.

The transfer deadline for GW12 is Saturday November 19th at 11:30am

How does our Forecasting work?

We have taken to our Hype Team, and the FPL Community, to compete in a weekly head to head dual of wits. We are asking the questions that dominate each week in the Fantasy Premier League: who to pick, who to avoid, who to captain, and who may surprise. The 3 members of the Hype Team, and a Guest, will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead. For the sake of the first edition of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interest parties.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions (Mark Lawrenson style, only less biased, hopefully) and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast.A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, the wildcard differential players, and general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

Fixture Prediction: 2016/17 Points Table

In our predictions a perfect score is 3 points, and predicting the right outcome is worth 1 point (aka if a team wins but, you predict it, but don't get the perfect score). Below is the Gameweek and overall rundown of our Premier League predictions series for the season.

Sam Austin (@TheHypeTrainSam): 12 (1), 7 (2), 8 (3), 7 (4), 11 (5), 7 (6), 9 (7), 3 (8), 5 (9), 8 (10), 4 (11) = 81 total

Phil Jones (@TheHypeTrainPJ): 7 (1), 7 (2), 9 (3), 6 (4), 9 (5), 5 (6), 5 (7), 5 (8), 7 (9), 10 (10), 2 (11) = 73 total

Robert Austin (@TheHypeTrainRob): 10 (1), 6 (2), 8 (3), 5 (4), 6 (5), 4 (6), 9 (7), 4 (8), 3 (9), 2 (11) = 65 total

Special Guests: 2 (1), 8 (2), 8 (3), 7 (4), 7 (5), 5 (6), 3 (7), 9 (8), 6 (9), 4 (10), 3 (11) = 62 total

Special Guests

GW1 - @FPLAid: 2pts (0 perfect scores, 2 correct results, 8 wrong)

GW2 - @AUSFPL: 8pts (2 perfect scores, 0 correct results, 6 wrong)

GW3 - @jamieFPL from @fplbet: 8pts (0 perfect scores, 8 correct results, 2 wrong)

GW4 - @FPLFanatix: 7pts (1 perfect score, 4 correct results, 5 wrong)

GW5 - @FPL_Intellect: 7pts (0 perfect scores, 7 correct results, 3 wrong)

GW6 - @insiderFPL: 5pts (0 perfect scores, 5 correct results, 5 wrong)

GW7 - @FPLJesus: 3pts (0 perfect scores, 3 correct results, 7 wrong)

GW8 - @FPLHints: 9pts (1 perfect score, 6 correct results, 3 wrong)

GW9 - @FPL_Fly: 6pts (1 perfect score, 3 correct results, 6 wrong)

GW10 - @FPLassist: 4pts (0 perfect scores, 4 correct results, 6 wrong)

GW11 - @FPLGeneral: 3pts (0 perfect scores, 3 correct results, 7 wrong)

Individual Gameweek Predictions

GW1: Sam (12), Phil (7), Rob (10), @FPLAid (2)

GW2: Sam (7), Phil (7), Rob (6), @AUSFPL (8)

GW3: Sam (8), Phil (9), Rob (8), @jamieFPL from @fplbet (8)

GW4 - Sam (7), Phil (6), Rob (5), @FPLFanatix (7)

GW5 - Sam (11), Phil (9), Rob (6), @FPL_Intellect (7)

GW6 - Sam (7), Phil (5), Rob (4), @insiderFPL (5)

GW7 - Sam (9), Phil (5), Rob (9), @FPLJesus (3)

GW8 - Sam (3), Phil (5), Rob (4), @FPLHints (9)

GW9 - Sam (5), Phil (7), Rob (3), @FPL_Fly (6)

GW10 - Sam (8), Phil (10), Rob (8), @FPLassist (4)

GW11 - Sam (4), Phil (2), Rob (2), @FPLGeneral (3)

FPL Scout Picks: 2016/17 Points Table

Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks). Below is the Gameweek and overall rundown of our Premier League predictions series for the season.

Sam Austin (@TheHypeTrainSam): 60 (1), 37 (2), 48 (3), 67 (4), 82 (5), 47 (6), 76 (7), 37 (8), 51 (9), 73 (10), 95 (11) = 673 total

Phil Jones (@TheHypeTrainPJ): 52 (1), 47 (2), 55 (3), 61 (4), 66 (5), 28 (6), 76 (7), 41 (8), 49 (9), 75 (10), 68 (11) = 618 total

Robert Austin (@TheHypeTrainRob): 53 (1), 52 (2), 53 (3), 50 (4), 102 (5), 66 (6), 53 (7), 56 (8), 50 (9), 86 (10), 70 (11) = 691 total

Special Guests: 50 (1), 78 (2), 61 (3), 64 (4), 85 (5), 61 (6), 50 (7), 38 (8), 48 (9), 66 (10), 70 (11) = 671 total

Scout Picks: Special Guests

GW1 - @FPLAid: 50pts (Captain Aguero, 18pts)

GW2 - @AUSFPL: 78pts (Captain Aguero, 26pts)

GW3 - @jamieFPL from @fplbet: 61pts (Captain Aguero, 4pts)

GW4 - @FPLFanatix: 64pts (Captain Hazard, 2pts)

GW5 - @FPL_Intellect: 85pts (Captain Lukaku, 24pts)

GW6 - @insiderFPL: 61pts (Captain Aguero, 26pts)

GW7 - @FPLJesus: 50pts (Captain Lukaku, 16pts)

GW8 - @FPLHints: 38pts (Captain Aguero, -2pts)

GW9 - @FPL_Fly: 48pts (Captain Ozil, 6pts)

GW10 - @FPLassist: 66pts (Captain Lukaku, 24pts)

GW11 - @FPLGeneral: 70pts (Captain Aguero, 12pts)

Individual Gameweek Scout Picks

GW1: Sam (60), Phil (52), Rob (53), @FPLAid (50)

GW2: Sam (37), Phil (47), Rob (52), @AUSFPL (78)

GW3: Sam (48), Phil (55), Rob (53), @jamieFPL from @fplbet (61)

GW4 - Sam (67), Phil (61), Rob (50), @FPLFanatix (64)

GW5 - Sam (82), Phil (66), Rob (102), @FPL_Intellect (85)

GW6 - Sam (47), Phil (28), Rob (66), @insiderFPL (61)

GW7 - Sam (76), Phil (76), Rob (53), @FPLJesus (50)

GW8 - Sam (37), Phil (41), Rob (56), @FPLHints (38)

GW9 - Sam (51), Phil (49), Rob (50), @FPL_Fly (48)

GW10 - Sam (73), Phil (75), Rob (86), @FPLassist (66)

GW11 - Sam (95), Phil (68), Rob (70), @FPLGeneral (70)

Sam Austin (Face Facts)

Twitter: @TheHypeTrainSam

Favourite PL Club: Liverpool

About: Sam is the Hype Train’s Chief Writer, and Weekly Wildcards specialist, delving into the depths of FPL possibility each and every week.

Gameweek 12 Fixture Prediction

Man United 1-2 Arsenal

Crystal Palace 2-2 Man City

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Stoke City 2-0 Bournemouth

Sunderland 1-0 Hull City

Watford 1-1 Leicester

Spurs 1-0 West Ham

Middlesbrough 0-3 Chelsea

West Brom 1-2 Burnley

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 12

Best GW Attacking Options:

Arsenal (a) vs Man United

Chelsea (a) vs Middlesbrough

Everton (H) vs Swansea

Man City (a) vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool (a) vs Southampton

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Chelsea (a) vs Middlesbrough

Sunderland (H) vs Hull

Spurs (a) vs West Ham

Everton (H) vs Swansea

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro, Roberto Firmino, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Charlie Austin, Sam Vokes

OUT: Adam Smith, Jose Holebas, Adam Lallana, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ben Foster, John Stone, any Hull player, Lukasz Fabianski.

Who is the team to look out for?:

Sunderland: I can’t believe that I am even saying this, but in this match they are my favourite to win and stir up the relegation race.

Chelsea: Pretty much able to do anything in the FPL whilst on the form they are on. Real powerhouse unit in this new 3-4-3 formation, as a result the Blues are serious title challenger travelling to a promoted club in what should be a no-brainer match.

Liverpool: Unstoppable attacking force.

Who is the team to avoid?:

Hull: Offering Mike Phelan that long term contract seems to have been a bad idea in hindsight. The Tigers are in real threat as their injury ravaged team must face a Sunderland team who have found their feet after a hard fought win against Bournemouth in the last gameweek.

Swansea: Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie are already excited.

Man United: The only real win obtained by the Red Devils was the visit to out of form Swansea; I honestly can’t see the Mourinho factor beating Arsene Wenger on this occasion. In the past few seasons the ‘first time’ tag is now normality.

West Ham: This will be a derby they are dreading, the Hammers go up against the only undefeated team in English football and it will most likely stay that way.

GW Differential Picks:

Harry Kane: A long spell on the injury table has seen Kane finally return to the Spurs setup, and his first contribution was earning his team a point at the Emirates with a well taken penalty. Expect him to be the difference maker, and he should be fresh after being sent home from the England camp early.

Marcos Alonso: Revitalised the Blues defence since his first start, the Spaniard is undefeated whilst wearing Chelsea colours and with the potential of making a six consecutive clean sheet wouldn’t be surprising against Boro who have had problems in front of goal this season.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

(C) Romelu Lukaku: The Toffees have shown real fight in front of their home fans and Bob Bradley will be having nightmares about Lukaku in the run up to this fixture. Should be a comprehensive win for Everton with their main man carrying on his good international form where he scored a couple of goals having come off the bench against Estonia.

(VC) Diego Costa: Currently the best striker in the Premier League without question, this new Diego Costa has been a real handful and is playing some exquisite football in Conte’s system.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Most of the teams in the top six are away from home this week, so expect some disappointment if you are expecting whitewash performances that we have all been accustomed to in the last few weeks. The international break will also see plenty of rotation, so I expect my social media timelines to be in outrage once the starting elevens are announced.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 12

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Tom Heaton

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Seamus Coleman

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Sadio Mane

MID: Riyad Mahrez

MID: Roberto Firmino

FOR: Diego Costa (VC)

FOR: Romelu Lukaku (C)

FOR: Jermain Defoe

Substitutes

GK: Loris Karius

MID: Christian Eriksen

DEF: Christian Fuchs

DEF: Laurent Koscielny

Phil Jones (SweatyMongoose FC)

Twitter: @TheHypeTrainPJ

Favourite PL Club: Chelsea

About: Phil is our Transfer and general FPL expert, and is mini-league Champion between the Hype Team.

Gameweek 12 Fixture Prediction

Man United 1-3 Arsenal

Crystal Palace 2-3 Man City

Everton 2-0 Swansea

Southampton 1-1 Liverpool

Stoke City 1-0 Bournemouth

Sunderland 3-0 Hull City

Watford 2-1 Leicester

Spurs 1-2 West Ham

Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea

West Brom 0-0 Burnley

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 12

Best GW Attacking Options:

Arsenal (a) vs Man United

Chelsea (a) vs Middlesbrough

Everton (H) vs Swansea

Man City (a) vs Crystal Palace

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Chelsea (a) vs Middlesbrough

West Brom (H) vs Burnley

Burnley (a) vs West Brom

Everton (H) vs Swansea

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Chelsea defenders, Double up on Liverpool Midfielders, Ben Foster, Gareth McAuley, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Olivier Giroud.

OUT: Adam Smith, Jose Holebas, Adam Lallana

Who is the team to look out for?:

Sunderland: Looking to start their relegation survival early with a 6 pointer against Hull. Neither team has much hope of survival in truth but Jermain Defoe is still a top class striker and that might be enough, just.

Chelsea: So many goals, So many clean sheets, Hazard, Costa, Kante…need I say more?

Who is the team to avoid?:

Hull: Favourites to go down and facing a club that knows how to survive in the premier league against all odds.

Swansea: Allowing far too many chances against them and not creating enough of their own. Gylfi is being relied on too heavily once again.

Man United: A win against Swansea does nothing to change my mind about them. Facing a real title contender this week we will see the true United once more. Zlatan Blankahimivic.

GW Differential Picks:

Jermain Defoe: This man should still be an England International. Near the summit of FPL forward points despite playing for a relegation candidate. A brace or even a hat trick would not be a surprise.

Olivier Giroud: Might not get the start but as we’ve already seen this year he can bang them in given 20 minutes on the pitch. His aerial ability will shine through against a shaky United.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

(C) Sergio Aguero: His away form has been somewhat of a surprise and cannot be ignored. His points are often dependant on the fitness of the squad around him. KDB, Silva, Sterling and Gundogan are all injury free for the weekend.

(VC) Eden Hazard: Goals and assists are flowing like its 2014. Another player who’s away form has shocked the FPL. The 3-4-3 system has released his creativity and footballing genius. At this stage its between him and Coutinho for POTY.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 12

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Tom Heaton

DEF: Gareth McAuley

DEF: David Luiz

DEF: Ashley Williams

MID: Eden Hazard (VC)

MID: Ilkay Gundogan

MID: Dimitri Payet

MID: Roberto Firmino

FOR: Diego Costa

FOR: Sergio Aguero (C)

FOR: Jermain Defoe

Substitutes

GK: Ben Foster

MID: Alexis Sanchez

DEF: Patrick Van Aanholt

DEF: Laurent Koscielny

Robert Austin (Pownage FC)

Twitter: @TheHypeTrainRob

Favourite PL Club: Arsenal

About: Robbo is the Hype Train owner that provides a wealth of Graphical Aid for all THT social platforms.

Gameweek 12 Fixture Prediction

Man United 1-2 Arsenal

Crystal Palace 0-4 Man City

Everton 3-1 Swansea

Southampton 1-4 Liverpool

Stoke City 2-1 Bournemouth

Sunderland 2-1 Hull City

Watford 1-1 Leicester

Spurs 1-0 West Ham

Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

West Brom 2-0 Burnley

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 12

Best GW Attacking Options:

Arsenal (a) vs Man United

Chelsea (a) vs Middlesbrough

Man City (a) vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool (a) vs Southampton

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Chelsea (a) vs Middlesbrough

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Chelsea defenders, Double/Triple up on Liverpool Midfielders, Ben Foster, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Olivier Giroud.

OUT: Lallana, Ibrahimovic,

Who is the team to look out for?:

Arsenal: The Premier League history books tell you that Arsenal will lose at Man United. Realistically, there is a big gulf between the sides. Arsenal should win quite comfortably, even if Bellerin is injured and Sanchez is a doubt.

Liverpool: Southampton have been beat by Liverpool in their last 2 Premier League games. I remember Coutinho scoring 2 screamers in recent years. Even if the Brazilian doesn't play, Liverpool should win. Mane returning could be massive.

Who is the team to avoid?:

West Ham: Spurs don't lose. West Ham aren't very good at winning. Kane's back. Payet's off form. Simples.

GW Differential Picks:

Gylfi Sigurdsson: The Iceland international is being relied upon a lot at Swansea and tends to perform against the 'better' sides in the league. Everton at home just about make that classification.

Wilfried Bony: The Ivorian was great at home against Swansea, and Bournemouth are running off the tracks of The Hype Train. Expecting big things from the powerhouse against a Bournemouth side without Adam Smith.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

(C) Sergio Aguero: Aguero's best quality is to negate other members of your mini-leagues. He's a tool to stay in contention during a Gameweek, and one that won't be overlooked by us away at a Palace side incapable of keeping a clean sheet.

(VC) Jermain Defoe: Defoe is taking the plaudits, but real star man at Sunderland is Anichebe. If he plays against Hull, he'll allow Defoe the chances to score against a predictably terrible Hull side.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 12

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Ben Foster

DEF: Kyle Walker

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Sadio Mane

MID: Kevin De Bruyne

MID: Roberto Firmino

FOR: Harry Kane

FOR: Sergio Aguero (c)

FOR: Jermain Defoe (vc)

Substitutes

GK: Tom Heaton

MID: Alexis Sanchez

DEF: Laurent Koscielny

DEF: Ashley Williams

Special Guest (@_FPLtips)

Twitter: @_FPLtips

Favourite PL Club: Man United

Who is going to win the Premier League this season?: It’s so wide open; any of the current top 5 could easily win it. Chelsea and Liverpool are looking unstoppable at the minute though, and the lack of European football for those two teams should help them later on in the season. If I had to pick one at this moment in time, I’d say Chelsea.

Gameweek 12 Fixture Prediction

Man United 2-2 Arsenal

Crystal Palace 1-3 Man City

Everton 2-1 Swansea

Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Stoke City 2-1 Bournemouth

Sunderland 1-1 Hull City

Watford 1-1 Leicester

Spurs 2-0 West Ham

Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

West Brom 1-0 Burnley

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 12

Best GW Attacking Options:

Everton (H) vs Swansea

Spurs (H) vs West Ham

Chelsea (A) vs Middlesbrough

Liverpool (A) vs Southampton

Man City (A) vs Crystal Palace

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Spurs (H) vs West Ham

Chelsea (A) vs Middlesbrough

West Brom (H) vs Burnley

Everton (H) vs Swansea

Stoke (H) vs Bournemouth

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Kane, Hazard, Alonso, Brunt, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho.

OUT: Ibrahimovic (suspended), Bellerin (injured), De Gea, Cech, Capoue.

Who is the team to look out for?:

West Brom: They’ve looked a lot more convincing going forwards this season, with Chadli and Rondon both looking threatening. Despite only picking up 2 clean sheets so far this season, they’ve been very solid historically under Tony Pulis, so the clean sheets should come during their great run of fixtures (BUR, hul, WAT, che, SWA).

Who is the team to avoid?:

Man Utd: Just 1 win in the last 5 Gameweeks, which came against a poor Swansea side, who are struggling for points themselves. They also have a number of key players missing through injury/suspension, including: Ibrahimovic, Valencia, Baily, Shaw and Smalling.

GW Differential Picks:

Brunt: Playing in midfield but listed as a defender means he has an increased chance of returning attacking points, whilst also being awarded the maximum points when his team keep a clean sheet. Takes a share of set pieces too.

Kane: Only 5.4% own the Spurs striker, following his period on the sidelines through injury. He’s fit and ready to lead the line against West Ham, Swansea, Hull and Burnley (all at home) during the next 6 Gameweeks.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

Aguero: He’s always the go-to captain option and City’s trip to Crystal Palace should see a fair amount of goals. The Argentinian has scored 3 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks; no striker has managed more. He’s hit the target with 8 shots in the same period and no player in the league has managed more.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 12

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Courtois

DEF: Alonso

DEF: Brunt

DEF: McAuley

MID: Hazard

MID: Mane

MID: Firmino

MID: De Bruyne

FOR: Aguero (c)

FOR: Lukaku (vc)

FOR: Kane

Substitutes

GK: Foster

MID: Allen

DEF: Pieters

DEF: Williams

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