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Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 14 Fantasy Forecast


Ahead of each Gameweek in the Premier League, The Hype Train's team, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL and league supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. With the 2020/21 Premier League season starting tomorrow, we provide our Gameweek Forecast predictions, speculating how we think the first round of games will be played out. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Premier League 2020/21: Gameweek 14 Fixtures

Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 14 Forecast

Enjoy our FPL Forecast article, with each of our team forecasting how we think the Premier League will shape up this upcoming Gameweek. If you agree or want to challenge us on our point of view, get in touch with us on our main Twitter account, @RealHypeTrain.

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 14

Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton 2-1 Man City

Everton 3-1 Arsenal

Newcastle 0-0 Fulham

Brighton 2-1 Sheffield United

Spurs 3-0 Leicester

Man United 2-1 Leeds

West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

Burnley 1-1 Wolves

Chelsea 1-2 West Ham


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 14


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

This week, instead of explaining why I believe a team is worth watching, I will just say it. The good news is that if that feeling resonates with you then it is common sense. Some of them may be shocking, but grounded in some logic, who knows. I’ll do the entire ‘Top Six’ clubs.


Manchester United: Watch

Liverpool: Watch

Arsenal: Avoid

Chelsea: Avoid

Spurs: Watch

Manchester City: Avoid*


*100% Pep is going to get back on that roulette wheel to pick his team. Therefore, I would avoid picking their FPL players, which is what has dictated my decision. Manchester City change their team too much which hurts their development, and Southampton won’t change which may give them the edge.


Now some highlights for other teams…


Newcastle: Avoid

Aston Villa: Watch

Everton: Watch

Southampton: Watch

Burnley: Avoid

Wolves: Avoid


Gameweek 14 – FPL Differential Picks:

CRY/LIV: Roberto Firmino (LIV, FWD, £9.2mil, 2.4% ownership)

SOU/MCI: Jan Bednarek (SOU, DEF, £4.6mil, 5.1% ownership)

EVE/ARS: Richarlison (EVE, FWD, £7.9mil, 4.4% ownership)

NEW/FUL: Karl Darlow (NEW, GK, £5.0mil, 1.8% ownership)

BHA/SHU: Adam Lallana (BHA, MID, £6.2mil, 0.3% ownership)

TOT/LEI: Hugo Lloris (TOT, GK, £5.6mil, 6.9% ownership)

MUN/LEE: Antony Martial (MUN, FWD, £8.7mil, 3.5% ownership)

WBA/AVL: Matt Target (AVL, DEF, £4.6mil, 3.3% ownership)

BUR/WOL: Daniel Podence (WOL, MID, £5.4mil, 4.7% ownership)

CHE/WHU: Sébastien Haller (WHU, FWD, £6.1mil, 0.4% ownership)


Differential Captain: Richarlison (Everton)

I had to think twice, and then I felt dumb picking this week’s differential captain. Why? Because I nearly forgot about ‘The Arsenal Factor’ in that they are currently terrible to watch, due to Mikel Arteta currently on a mission to relegate Arsenal. Things are looking bleak, and when you think the Gunners couldn’t sink any lower, they do. Remember when winning a trophy and finishing in the top four was a disaster to their supporters? Yeah, football is a fickle thing as it can change at a whim. Everton mauled Leicester at the King Power, and they will be bursting with confidence for this fixture. Richarlison scored against Leicester, and you’d bank on him getting goals in back-to-back fixtures against this Arsenal team.


Also…if you’re an Arsenal supporter reading this you won’t disagree with any criticism. Yes, Arsenal should be doing better, which is why they are being criticised in the first place.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 14

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Hugo Lloris (TOT)


DEF: Ezri Konsa (AVL)

DEF: Ben Chilwell (CHE)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)


MID: Marcus Rashford (MUN)

MID: Hueng-Min Son (TOT) (VC)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV)

MID: Jack Grealish (AVL)


FOR: Callum Wilson (NEW)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT) (C)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)


Substitutes


GK: Emiliano Martinez (AVL)

MID: Daniel Podence (WOL)

DEF: Jannik Vestergaard (SOU)

DEF: Kurt Zouma (CHE)

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 14 Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool Southampton 2-1 Man City Everton 3-0 Arsenal Newcastle 4-1 Fulham Brighton 0-1 Sheffield United Spurs 4-3 Leicester Man United 0-2 Leeds West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa Burnley 1-2 Wolves Chelsea 2-2 West Ham


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 14 Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Emiliano Martinez


DEF: Ben Chilwell DEF: Trent Alexander Arnold DEF: Tyrone Mings


MID: Mo Salah MID: Bruno Fernandes MID: Christian Pulisic MID: James Maddison


FOR: Harry Kane (C) FOR: Dominic Calvert Lewandowski (VC) FOR: Callum Wilson


Substitutes


GK: Edouard Mendy MID: Sadio Mane DEF: Michael Keane DEF: Stuart Dallas

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 14

Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

Southampton 1-1 Man City

Everton 2-0 Arsenal

Newcastle 0-2 Fulham

Brighton 2-1 Sheffield United

Spurs 4-1 Leicester

Man United 2-2 Leeds

West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

Burnley 0-0 Wolves

Chelsea 2-1 West Ham


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 14


Top FPL player targets ahead of these weekend fixtures:

So, right at the top of the hour it should be noted that picking a team this week is another massive headache due to several highly selected FPL players competing against one another, as well as there being some incredibly murky fixtures this week that don’t really inspire any big hauls.


If you have the cash, Liverpool have a few fixtures worthy of our attention, whilst Spurs, Brighton and Aston Villa are my tips for returns at both ends this week. I’ve gone for Mason Holgate to replace Ezra Konsa in perhaps the most low-key and forgettable transfer in FPL history – I’m finding that with Kane/Salah/Son/Vardy there is little wiggle room so it has become a like-for-like transfer model applied this season.


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

West Brom (Avoid): I won’t be alone in voicing this, but the club have become a laughing stock after sacking Bilic the day after their best performance of the season, a 1-1 draw at Man City. Adding the laugh track to this live action sitcom is that fact that the club decided to pick Sam Allardyce as the successor on the same day. I’m not even suggesting that Big Sam is a bad pick, in fact he has a good track record – there are lots of choices that would have been far worse – but the choice to pick one of the merry-go-round Manager’s (Hughes, Pulis, Pardew, Moyes etc) to pick up the job shows very little of anything. I’ll be laughing hysterically if WBA go down now, which I fully expect them to do so.


Man United (Avoid): Yes, I’m picking on them but this is a team that are much better on the road. Ten consecutive away league wins, topped with six of those wins coming from losing positions, shows some resourcefulness, though playing at home is another temperament for United and a strong Leeds side might exploit some holes in United’s defensive line if they’re not running their hearts out. I’ll go for a high-scoring draw, though it wouldn’t surprise me to see Leeds get the win in what has been an erratic season at Old Trafford.


Newcastle (Avoid) & Fulham (Watch): My only saving grace of watching Newcastle on Wednesday at Leeds was that I was forced to stop watching and go to football training for Hype Train FC. Had I watched the full game I’m almost certain that I would have blown my lid. Defensively, we are a shambles. There is no urgency to press up the field, to win second balls and the players were outright lazy. Leeds ran Steve Bruce’s side into the ground and it showed when the home side scored header after header, as well as nicking a few on blistering counter attacks. We also don’t look like scoring and from game to game that I’m enduring, there is no plan. It’s just picking an eleven one week and hoping they strike gold, then doing the same the following game. Fulham, who have found their stride, should win this one comfortably if they apply themselves up north.


Liverpool (Watch): Klopp’s side have a good record at Selhurst Park since joining the club and should win this one – Liverpool do like a 2-1 at Palace and I can see something similar playing out to what happened against Spurs with a late winner.


Spurs (Watch): Kane loves a goal against Leicester and has been red hot. Son too. This one appears, at least on paper, to be an open and shut case, especially as Leicester have struggled against better sides this season and showed some fragility during their most recent 2-0 home defeat against Everton. Just don’t come barking at me when Vardy steals the show.


Wolves (Watch) & Burnley (Watch): Two compact sides like this should play out a contest with few shots and little to shout about. 0-0 seems a destined score. If I had to be more adventurous, Wolves to nick the game by a goal.


Everton (Watch): Arsenal aren’t getting relegated this season as there are some big contenders who are far worse off, with less money to change their situation, and fewer natural goal-scorers. All The Gunners need is one patch of form and it’ll be a good season, though I think Arteta will have to wait for that day a little longer as Ancelotti should best the novice at Goodison Park – coincidently Arteta’s old stomping ground after leaving Arsenal as a player.


Gameweek 14 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

Alternative: Harry Kane (TOT)

Differential: Richarlison (EVE)


It’s Kane, Son or Salah this week. Mane at a push. You don’t need any ‘XG’ models to tell you otherwise ahead of Gameweek 14. My personal team will see the Salah (C) and Kane (VC) picks in another tricky week to navigate.


Other Gameweek Comments:

On the upcoming Blank Gameweek (GW18) and Double Gameweek (GW19), I don’t think I can stress this enough, but don’t start planning for it just yet. There are four games in a congested period and I 1000% guarantee that any pre-planning will be wasted by this time on Sunday evening and later down the road when injuries and Covid rears its head.


I’m not avoiding the topic, I’m merely in a position where it is impossible not to take this game week-by-week as things stand. You can’t plan for multiple Gameweek’s in a row when you’re already doing patchwork on your team, and dropping points regularly, just to see a starting squad of players for the upcoming round of games. It’s just too early to be definite, kids, though if I was to have any strategy, it might be just to take what you have into Gameweek 18 and just use your ‘Free Hit’ chip for Gameweek 19. Then, by Gameweek 20 your team is back to ‘normality’ – not sure I can even use the word normal when trying to explain much about anything to do with the season.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 14

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Alphonse Areola (FUL)


DEF: Andrew Robertson (LIV)

DEF: Kurt Zouma (CHE)

DEF: Ben White (BHA)


MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV) – (C)

MID: Jack Grealish (AVL)

MID: Heung-Min Son (TOT)

MID: Marcus Rashford (MUN)


FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)

FOR: Neal Maupay (BHA)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)


Substitutes


GK: Emi Martinez (AVL)

MID: Pedro Neto (WOL)

DEF: Mason Holgate (EVE)

DEF: Tyrone Mings (AVL)

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