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FANTASY FORECAST 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 15

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train invites a special guest onto its Fantasy Forecast, where the three members of the Hype Team and its Special Guests will duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for the relevant Gameweek. In addition, we give our insight into who are the players to watch and those to drop, both for traditional FPL leagues and the Draft mode, as well as providing insight into captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 15 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.

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 ask 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 three members of the Hype Team, and a Guest, will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead.

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions 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, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, 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: Gameweek 15

Bournemouth 3-0 Huddersfield

Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace

West Ham 3-0 Cardiff

Watford 0-2 Man City

Burnley 0-2 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Newcastle

Fulham 1-1 Leicester

Wolves 0-2 Chelsea

Man United 1-3 Arsenal

Spurs 3-0 Southampton

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 15

Best GW Attacking Options:

Bournemouth (H) vs. Huddersfield

West Ham (H) vs. Cardiff

Man City (A) vs. Watford

Liverpool (A) vs. Burnley

Everton (H) vs. Newcastle

Chelsea (A) vs. Wolves

Arsenal (A) vs. Manchester United

Spurs (H) vs. Southampton

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Bournemouth (H) vs. Huddersfield

West Ham (H) vs. Cardiff

Man City (A) vs. Watford

Liverpool (A) vs. Burnley

Everton (H) vs. Newcastle

Chelsea (A) vs. Wolves

Spurs (H) vs. Southampton

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Harry Kane, Javier Hernandez, and Mohamad Salah.

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Everton defenders, West Ham assets, Arsenal forwards, Liverpool defenders, and Bournemouth assets.

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Everton: Despite losing the Merseyside Derby to a freak last-minute goal courtesy of Divock Origi, the Toffees were solid and at spells had Liverpool’s number. This shouldn’t discourage them, they were unlucky to lose in all honesty. Newcastle lost to West Ham recently which makes them prime real estate for an easy win.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Brighton: Crystal Palace have kept two clean sheets on the bounce, and that could disrupt the flow of Brighton’s good home form.

Man United: After the North London Derby I wouldn’t want to be playing Arsenal right about now, worst of all is that Manchester United have been poor all season in the lead up to this match. Expect more Jose Tantrums.

GW Differential Picks:

Andrew Townsend, Romelu Lukaku, Yerry Mina, Joshua King, James Maddison, Kepa, and yes you saw that right, I selected Romelu Lukaku.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) Harry Kane – Spurs have an easy home game which means one of two things. One…Kane scores multiple goals. Two…Kane blanks in the obvious fixture, again. I am leaning towards the big week.

(VC) Raheem Sterling – If Raheem manages to make it through to the next round of Pep Roulette, then there is no doubt that Sterling cannot be ignored as an FPL option for captaincy. He is too hot to ignore.

Other Gameweek Comments:

There will be a lot of rotation this week, I can already see the outrage in the faces of FPL accounts across the land for seeing their teams decimated.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 15

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Alisson

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Aymeric Laporte

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

MID: Mohamad Salah

MID: Raheem Sterling (VC)

MID: Richarlison

MID: Eden Hazard

FOR: Calum Wilson

FOR: Harry Kane (C)

FOR: Marko Arnautovic

Substitutes

GK: Ederson

MID: Ryan Fraser

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt

DEF: Yerry Mina

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 15 Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Brighton 3-0 Crystal Palace West Ham 4-1 Cardiff Watford 1-4 Man City Burnley 0-2 Liverpool Everton 2-0 Newcastle Fulham 1-1 Leicester Wolves 0-2 Chelsea Man United 2-1 Arsenal Spurs 3-1 Southampton

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 15 Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Jordan Pickford

DEF: Marcos Alonso DEF: Lucas Digne DEF: Andrew Robertson

MID: Eden Hazard MID: Felipe Anderson MID: Raheem Sterling (C) MID: Mo Salah

FOR: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (VC) FOR: Glenn Murray FOR: Harry Kane

Substitutes

GK: Allison MID: Anthony Martial DEF: Kyle Walker DEF: John Stones

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 15

Bournemouth 3-1 Huddersfield

Brighton 1-0 Crystal Palace

West Ham 2-1 Cardiff

Watford 0-4 Man City

Burnley 0-2 Liverpool

Everton 1-0 Newcastle

Fulham 1-2 Leicester

Wolves 0-2 Chelsea

Man United 1-3 Arsenal

Spurs 1-0 Southampton

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 15

Best GW Attacking Options:

Bournemouth (H) vs. Huddersfield

West Ham (H) vs. Cardiff

Man City (A) vs. Watford

Liverpool (A) vs. Burnley

Chelsea (A) vs. Wolves

Arsenal (A) vs. Manchester United

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Man City (A) vs. Watford

Liverpool (A) vs. Burnley

Everton (H) vs. Newcastle

Chelsea (A) vs. Wolves

Spurs (H) vs. Southampton

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Callum Wilson, Richarlison, Mo Salah, Harry Kane and of course, Raheem Sterling

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Yerry Mina might have gone unnoticed by some Draft players. Maybe Nathan Ake and Toby Alderweireld might see themselves picked up, if not already.

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Arsenal: The Gunners are playing the best football in the league right now, so it'll be a massive contrast when they go to a defensively-minded Man United. Aubameyang has also rightfully taken strides with FPL players and is one to watch now.

Southampton: Mark Hughes has been sacked, so we're unsure how The Saints will react just yet, so it is worth keeping an eye on as Hughes's sacking changes the dynamic of a visit to Wembley.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Fulham: Leicester are in decent form and Claudio Ranieri could lose his first home game against his old club that he won the league with. Could you imagine?

Newcastle: Rafa's confirmed rotation amongst his ranks, which means us Newcastle fans will be in for a long evening at Goodison Park.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) Raheem Sterling – The winger has been out-scoring Kane on a regular basis and I don't see that changing this week with City visiting Watford.

(VC) Mohamed Salah – Burnley are there for the taking if Liverpool show up and attack Sean Dyche's side. Unlike Robertson and Mane who are doubts, Mo looks fresh and ready to give Joe Hart some fresh nightmares.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Wait until the absolute last minute to make your transfers this week... I made two and then found out that Mane, Robertson and Vardy were all doubts, and yes, of course I own all three.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 15

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Jordan Pickford

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Aymeric Laporte

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold

MID: Mohamad Salah

MID: Raheem Sterling (VC)

MID: Richarlison

MID: Felipe Anderson

FOR: Calum Wilson

FOR: Harry Kane (C)

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Substitutes

GK: Ederson

MID: James Maddison

DEF: Lucas Digne

DEF: Shane Duffy

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 15

Bournemouth 2-0 Huddersfield

Brighton 2-0 Crystal Palace

West Ham 3-1 Cardiff

Watford 0-3 Man City

Burnley 0-2 Liverpool

Everton 2-1 Newcastle

Fulham 1-1 Leicester

Wolves 1-2 Chelsea

Man United 1-1 Arsenal

Spurs 2-0 Southampton

Best GW Attacking Options

Bournemouth (H) vs Huddersfield:

West Ham (H) vs Cardiff

Man City (A) vs Watford

Liverpool (A) vs Burnley

Spurs (H) vs Southampton

Best GW Defensive/Clean Sheet Potential:

Bournemouth (H) vs Huddersfield

Brighton (H) vs Crystal Palace

Man City (A) vs Watford

Liverpool (A) vs Burnley

Spurs (H) vs Southampton

Essential Gameweek Player Picks:

With the heavy Christmas fixtures beginning this GW its very hard to say who is essential due to rotation but on paper these are some players I back to get some decent returns for this upcoming GW...

Callum Wilson (BOU): With 7 goals and 4 assists in 14 matches its fair to say Wilson has been on fine form and I can’t see his goalscoring form being stopped by Huddersfield’s leaky defence who have already conceded 24 goals so far.

Arnautovic/Felipe Anderson (WHU): These two have been great for West Ham so far this season and against a relegation favourite Cardiff I see them both having the potential to get double figure hauls and deliver the goods for their owners.

Mo Salah (LIV): Burnley have been very poor as of late and conceding goals left right and centre and with the threat Salah holds in Liverpool’s deadly trio, I can only see one thing happening, goals.

Robertson/TAA (LIV): The Liverpool fullbacks are a popular favourite amongst FPL as they carry clean sheet and assist potential with the odd goal. Burnley are out of form and seem unlikely to get past Liverpool’s strong defence so these two could be great assets for GW15.

Sterling (MCI): Who else? This man has simply been electric so far for City this season and is still at relatively low ownership at currently under 20% at the time of writing this so he could be a big help in getting you up the FPL ranks!

Kane (TOT): After just sacking Mark Hughes and the poor performances so far, Southampton seem like a walk in the park for someone as clinical as Kane. Despite blanking against Cardiff at home earlier in the season, he should be the main contender for armband in your team.

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Bournemouth, West Ham, Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all have kind fixtures with plenty of potential for FPL points in defence, midfield and attack.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Huddersfield, Cardiff, Burnley, and Southampton look like the worst teams to hope for FPL points this week with tough fixtures and poor recent performances.

GW Differential Picks:

David Brooks (BOU): Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser look like the most attractive players to own in Bournemouth assets but David Brooks is going slightly under the radar and is showing a lot of promise. He’s may only have 3 goals and 1 assist but I reckon he could deliver this GW for Bournemouth and be a key differential.

Lewis Dunk/Shane Duffy (BHA): Brighton are relatively strong defensively with the partnership of Duffy and Dunk but the key thing that both they carry is goal threat. With a clean sheet looking promising at home to Crystal Palace and 5 goals between them they could prove to be good value.

Xherdan Shaqiri (LIV): With rotation being likely for Liverpool during these winter fixtures I back Xherdan to get lots of gametime and against Burnley, if he starts, he could steal the show from the likes of Mane and Salah and be a solid differential.

Heung-Min Son (TOT): Son could be a great shout for this GW against Southampton at home as he is starting to regain his starting Xl status and he could prove to be the difference for Spurs in this midweek clash.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

Kane (C)

Salah (VC)

Other Comments:

Make sure you’re constantly checking your team and the Gameweek deadline otherwise you might forget to make transfers or change your team during this heavy fixture period. Try and get a bench that gets game-time and could get you some points as rotation is imminent and it will be unlikely that all your starting Xl will play. Apart from good luck and of course, give me a follow @FPDontTakeTheL ;)

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 15

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK – Hugo Lloris

DEF – Andrew Robertson

DEF – Trent Alexander-Arnold

DEF – Lewis Dunk

MID – Raheem Sterling

MID – Leroy Sane

MID – Mohamed Salah (VC)

MID – Christian Eriksen

FOR – Harry Kane (C)

FOR – Callum Wilson

FOR - Marko Arnautovic

Substitutes

GK - Ederson

MID - Felipe Anderson

DEF - Nathan Ake

DEF - Marcos Alonso

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