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Fantasy Forecast 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 16

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train's three front-men, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. In addition, we provide general insight that we believe might be relevant for FPL players, such as our personal captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 16 Deadline

For the 2019/20 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. Our website provides a real-world countdown timer for the the upcoming Gameweek, whilst you can read our latest Fantasy articles from the season on our 2019/20 FPL weekly hype sub-section.

How does our Forecasting work?

For three years we invited guests from the FPL Community to tackle us with picks for the upcoming Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League. We'll be taking a break from inviting guests onto this article for a year, and have introduced a new feature, Fantasy 5's, which we'll be asking weekly guests their top pick in each position ahead of each Gameweek.

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 16

Everton 1-3 Chelsea

Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

Spurs 2-1 Burnley

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Man City 2-1 Man United

Aston Villa 0-2 Leicester

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton

Norwich 0-0 Sheffield United

Brighton 1-1 Wolves

West Ham 2-1 Arsenal

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 16

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

GK: Vincente Guaita (CRY, GK, £5.0mil, 1.1% ownership)

DEF: Ciaran Clark (NEW, DEF, £4.3mil, 0.6% ownership)

MID: Hueng-Min Son (TOT, MID, £9.8mil, 15.7% ownership)

FWD: Gabriel Jesus (MCI, FWD, £9.6mil, 3.3% ownership)

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Crystal Palace (Watch): After holding out for a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, the Eagles deservingly beat the Cherries and kept a clean sheet. Despite their injury problems, Roy Hodgson has found a way to get results against teams outside the top six.

Arsenal (Avoid): The whole club is in crisis right now, and after falling apart in their loss to Brighton at the Emirates I would rather trust eleven blind dogs right now ahead of a fully fit Arsenal squad.

Liverpool (Watch): 43 points out of 45. The Reds have won 14 of their 15 games. Bournemouth have dropped any form, and Wilson looks out of sorts. Why wouldn’t anyone back Sadio Mane’s hunger to win the Premier League as the league’s best player?

Man United (Avoid): Despite beating Spurs and inflicting Mourinho’s first Spurs loss, the Manche$ter Derby is around the corner and in recent years Man City have dominated this fixture.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Sadio Mane (LIV): The best player in the Premier League right now is Sadio Mane. The Senegalese winger tore Everton apart, and is the driving force behind Liverpool’s title challenge. Liverpool beat Bournemouth 4-0 in this fixture last season, and with the Cherries current form I can see something similar happen.

(VC) – Jamie Vardy (LEI): The English striker is the front runner for this season’s golden boot and has fourteen goals from fifteen games which is insane. Vardy naturally takes up one of the two captaincy spots every week.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 16

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Vincente Guaita (CRY)

DEF: Ricardo Pereira (LEI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: Ciaran Clark (NEW)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Hueng-Min Son (TOT)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV) - (C) (C) (C) (C) (C) (C)

MID: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)

FOR: Gabriel Jesus (MCI)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI) - (VC)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)


GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

MID: Mason Mount (CHE)

DEF: John Lundstram (SHU)

DEF: Kyle Walker (MCI)

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 16

Everton 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool

Spurs 3-0 Burnley

Watford 1-2 Crystal Palace

Man City 2-0 Man United

Aston Villa 0-2 Leicester

Newcastle 1-0 Southampton

Norwich 1-1 Sheffield United

Brighton 1-2 Wolves

West Ham 2-1 Arsenal

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 16

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

Newcastle’s defensive assets like Jetro Willems and Martin Dubravka are good options. Palace shot-stopper Vicente Guaita is a cheapie option. Spurs have a good home game and are the only variables that have changed in the last few weeks.

I’d love to say that Arsenal, Watford and Everton could storm the FPL scene in the coming weeks and months with new appointments inevitable, but we’re talking about a trio of sides that have been wildly unpredictable for years and years and years now.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

The obvious picks: Liverpool, Leicester and Spurs are good value on paper for wins and have the bulk of the captaincy picks too. I’d also expect West Ham, Crystal Palace and Chelsea, who all play teams without a Manager right now, to win this weekend.

Newcastle (Watch): My beloved Magpies are proving to be defensively solid (on occasion) and they play a favourable home fixture against Southampton. Can’t wait for Danny Ings to score in the opening minutes now.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Jamie Vardy (LEI): There’s a general opinion that Aston Villa offer a lot more defensive strength than Bournemouth right now, but Vardy’s scoring against everyone, so I’m rolling the dice for a fourth week for the Premier League’s top-scorer.

(VC) – Sadio Mane (LIV): Liverpool should in theory be playing their trio of attackers tomorrow against a Bournemouth side that have lost 4 games on the spin. Mane was in terrific form against Everton and has transcended Salah as being ‘the man’ at Liverpool. The only flaw in this plan might be potential rotation given how good Shaqiri and Origi were against their local rivals.

Other Gameweek Comments:

There is a lot of déjà vu flying around our Forecast articles the last few weeks. Similar players, good fixtures and this week is no different. The FPL has well and truly settled into a pattern and there’s not a lot of secrets that will change many of our picks until the transfer window opens.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 16

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Martin Dubravka (NEW)

DEF: Caglar Soyuncu (LEI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: John Lundstram (SHU)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)

MID: Dele Alli (TOT)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV) – (VC)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI) – (C)

FOR: Lys Mousset (SHU)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)


GK: Vicente Guaita (CRY)

MID: Joao Moutinho (WOL)

DEF: George Baldock (SHU)

DEF: Jetro Willems (NEW)

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