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FANTASY FORECAST 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 21

January 1, 2019

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 21 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 21

Everton 2-1 Leicester

Arsenal 3-0 Fulham

Cardiff 0-3 Spurs

Bournemouth 2-1 Watford

Chelsea 1-0 Southampton

Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley

West Ham 2-1 Brighton

Wolves 2-1 Crystal Palace

Newcastle 1-3 Man United

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 21

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Everton (H) vs. Leicester

Arsenal (H) vs. Fulham

Spurs (A) vs. Cardiff

Bournemouth (H) vs. Watford

Chelsea (H) vs. Southampton

West Ham (H) vs. Brighton

Wolves (H) vs. Crystal Palace

Man United (A) vs. Newcastle

Liverpool (A) vs. Man City

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Arsenal (H) vs. Fulham

Spurs (A) vs. Cardiff

Chelsea (H) vs. Southampton

Huddersfield (H) vs. Burnley

Burnley (A) vs. Huddersfield

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Liverpool: It is now or never as far as I am concerned, and I must show my support for the Reds who have been on the best form of their Premier League existence. Having won all their seven games in December any team would fear playing them. Happens to be that they face the team they lead by seven points, and a team who hasn’t kept a clean sheet in ten games.

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Man City: It is time. I have waited a whole month for this part of my Forecast musings. Manchester City host Liverpool in what could be the game that decides the destination of the Premier League come the end of the season. Yes, this is an exciting time to be a Liverpool supporter, and after the Reds won all seven of their Premier League games in December I would be rather concerned if I was Pep Guardiola.

 

Liverpool dispatched a confident Arsenal time, they absolutely wiped the floor with them to the point where the Arsenal Fan TV cast couldn’t stop shouting ‘What have you won, stay in your lane!’ Liverpool are pouring the salt this season and other team’s fans are getting it all over them. That guy Mark from MUFCTV couldn’t handle it when Liverpool beat United 3-1, Arsenal believed they beat Liverpool in a 1-1 draw, and Chelsea fans spent a month re-posting the slip video after Daniel Sturridge scored that goal of the season contender.

 

Man City supporters have been singing about Liverpool all season (let’s face it…even their own fans don’t have anything to chant about City, so I understand the obsession) and now this gladiator fight will shape the second half of the season, and inside the head of Pep Guardiola is the nightmare of the Liverpool frontline.

 

The ‘All or Nothing’ documentary highlighted how obsessed Pep was over Salah, Firmino, and Mane; flash forward a few months after Liverpool dumped City out of the Champions League, the Spaniard now sees Liverpool sitting seven points ahead of them with the potential for that to hit double digits, and for Spurs to once again leapfrog them in putting on the pressure. City have shown their weak underbelly over the Christmas break, but I don’t care what anyone tells me…Liverpool are going to go there with absolutely everything to play for, and in the Bundesliga the nightmare for Pep was Klopp, and that same shadow is now cast over the chequebook manager in the Premier League.

 

The league could be a formality if Liverpool get a result over City on Thursday, and I think they will get it based on the recent performances of the respective teams.

 

GW Differential Picks:

Salah, Firmino, and Mane. They are the great wildcards inside Pep Guardiola’s head right now, the equation he cannot solve. They will be at the Etihad this Thursday.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) Harry Kane – The English forward who is a serial diver, and innocent in the eyes of white journalists, has an easy fixture against Cardiff and should be your main captaincy option ahead of this gameweek.

 

(VC) Mohamad Salah – The Egyptian forward who is accused of diving, according to white journalists, is a serial diver, has Man City and I think that the King of Egypt will let it rain frogs at the Etihad.

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

Rotation season continues into the new year and I know that Sarri, Poch and Pep are planning to ruin the festivities.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 21

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Alisson

 

DEF: Matt Doherty

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Toby Alderweireld

 

MID: Richarlison

MID: Ryan Fraser

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Mohamad Salah (VC)

 

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

FOR: Harry Kane (C)

FOR: Raul Jimenez

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Bernd Leno

MID: Felipe Anderson

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

DEF: David Luiz

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 21
Everton 3-2 Leicester
Arsenal 4-0 Fulham
Cardiff 1-5 Spurs
Bournemouth 2-1 Watford
Chelsea 2-0 Southampton
Huddersfield 1-0 Burnley
West Ham 2-1 Brighton
Wolves 1-1 Crystal Palace
Newcastle 1-4 Man United
Man City 2-4 Liverpool

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 21
Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Kepa

 

DEF: Marcos Alonso 
DEF: Matt Doherty 
DEF: Kieran Trippier

 

MID: Paul Pogba 
MID: Heung-Min Son 
MID: Mo Salah 
MID: Eden Hazard (VC)

 

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C)
FOR: Harry Kane 
FOR: Marcus Rashford

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Bernd Leno 
MID: Raheem Sterling 
DEF: Andrew Robertson 
DEF: Patrick Van Aanholt

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 21

Everton 2-1 Leicester

Arsenal 3-1 Fulham

Cardiff 0-2 Spurs

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Huddersfield 1-1 Burnley

West Ham 2-1 Brighton

Wolves 0-1 Crystal Palace

Newcastle 1-2 Man United

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 21

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Everton (H) vs. Leicester

Arsenal (H) vs. Fulham

Spurs (A) vs. Cardiff

Bournemouth (H) vs. Watford

Watford (A) vs. Bournemouth

Chelsea (H) vs. Southampton

West Ham (H) vs. Brighton

Man United (A) vs. Newcastle

Liverpool (A) vs. Man City

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Spurs (A) vs. Cardiff

Chelsea (H) vs. Southampton

Huddersfield (H) vs. Burnley

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Liverpool: The title race could be over just as 2019 begins.

 

Crystal Palace: Wolves beat Spurs away but face a well drilled defensive unit this week in Crystal Palace. It'll be a low-scoring affair and 

 

Leicester: Beat Chelsea and Man City before losing at home to Cardiff. You never know who which team is turning up.

 

Teams to avoid:

Leicester: See above.

 

Man City: See above.

 

Newcastle: The worst time to play Man United, it would seem. As a loyal Newcastle fan, I've had to sit through some frustrating home losses and I can't see this weekend being any different.

 

GW Differential Picks:

Salomon Rondon, Sead Kolasinac and Ashley Barnes are the ones that come to my immediate attention. I think that PVA and Townsend might also be in for a good haul at Wolves.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) Mohamed Salah – I quote fancy Mo Salah's chances against City's defence this week. Pep's side have been caught high up the pitch far too often in recent weeks, so can see The Egyptian having a game to remember as Liverpool hunt the title.

 

(VC) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – As a non-owner, I'm terrified of Auba's potential this week against Fulham if he starts. That fear is enough for me to bank on the Gabon international, especially as I've had no luck in December.

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

I've absolutely hated FPL for the past month and a bit. The 'FPL Community' get in an uproar over every little thing, everyone is turning to a snowflake, simple tweets with no substance are getting over. Just not too enthused too dip my toe into the deep end right now, despite our efforts on our site here.

 

In my actual team, there's been little to cheer about other than a streak of Red Arrows and Head to Head losses... One thing to cheer about is that my FPL Cup run continues due to how bad the lucky of my opponents has been. Not come up against one team that's got above 35 points.

 

Really hoping for an overall improvement in 2019 on all fronts.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 21

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Jordan Pickford

 

DEF: Andrew Robertson

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Sead Kolasinac

 

MID: Richarlison

MID: Paul Pogba

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Mohamad Salah (C)

 

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (VC)

FOR: Harry Kane

FOR: Callum Wilson

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Bernd Leno

MID: Roberto Pereyra

DEF: Kieran Trippier

DEF: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 21

Everton 2-1 Leicester

Arsenal 3-1 Fulham

Cardiff 0-1 Spurs

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

Chelsea 3-0 Southampton

Huddersfield 1-1 Burnley

West Ham 2-1 Brighton

Wolves 1-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle 0-2 Man United

Man City 1-2 Liverpool

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 21

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Chelsea (Haz/Alonso) and Arsenal (Auba/Ramsey)

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Man united (DDG/Shaw) and Spurs (Toby/Trippier)

 

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Aubameyang, Hazard and Pogba

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Bournemouth v Watford to be a goal fest

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Cardiff Southampton Newcastle

 

GW Differential Picks:

Richarlison Salah Son Brooks Lukaku Arnautovic Anderson

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Aubameyang

(VC): Hazard

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

Liverpool are going to win the league, accept it.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 21

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Kepa

 

DEF: Trippier

DEF: Alonso

DEF: Shaw

 

MID: Hazard

MID: Richarlison

MID: Pogba

MID: Salah

 

FOR: Aubameyang

FOR: Kane

FOR: Arnautovic

 

Substitutes

 

GK: DDG

MID: Mane

DEF: Doherty

DEF: Digne

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