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Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 19 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 this round of Double Gameweek games will be played out. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Premier League 2020/21 Season: Gameweek 19 Fixtures

Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 19 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 19

Wolves 2-0 West Brom

Leeds 2-1 Brighton

West Ham 1-0 Burnley

Fulham 1-1 Chelsea

Leicester 2-1 Southampton

Sheffield United 0-2 Spurs

Liverpool 2-1 Man United

Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

West Ham 2-0 West Brom

Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

Man City 3-1 Aston Villa

Fulham 0-3 Man United

Liverpool 1-0 Burnley

Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 19


11 teams have a Double Gameweek:

Aston Villa: Man City (A), Newcastle (H)

Burnley: West Ham (A), Liverpool (A)

Chelsea: Fulham (A), Leicester (A)

Fulham: Chelsea (H), Man United (H)

Leicester: Southampton (H), Chelsea (H)

Liverpool: Man United (H), Burnley (H)

Man City: Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (H)

Man United: Liverpool (A), Fulham (A)

Newcastle: Arsenal (A), Aston Villa (A)

West Brom: Wolves (A), West Ham (A)

West Ham: Burnley (H), West Brom (H)


8 teams play once during Gameweek 19:

Wolves, Leeds, Brighton, Southampton, Sheffield United, Spurs, Crystal Palace, and Arsenal


1 team doesn’t play at all during Gameweek 19:

Everton’s trip to Aston Villa on Sunday 17th January 2021 was postponed by the Premier League Board due to Aston Villa’s training facility not re-opening after a Covid-19 breakout at the club until a day before the fixture.


Top FPL player targets ahead of the upcoming Double Gameweek:

GK: Ederson (MCI, GK, £6.0mil, 6.5% ownership)

DEF: Aaron Cresswell (WHU, DEF, £5.4mil, 16.6% ownership)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI, MID, £11.8mil, 29.2% ownership)

FWD: Jamie Vardy (LEI, FWD, £10.1mil, 28.0% ownership)


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

There are lots of patterns that emerge, and I’ll break them down:


Man City (Watch): The Citizens have two comfortable home games against Crystal Palace first, then Aston Villa later in the Gameweek. We know of City’s record of scoring at home against lesser opposition, and they also have been looking better defensively too which means all their players are golden choices for the upcoming week.


Liverpool (Watch): The Reds also have two home games in GW19, and if you are feeling superstitious the Reds are still unbeaten in many years at Anfield. I can’t remember how many games, but it goes back to when Palace beat them in early 2017. Manchester United will be a tough opponent, but Mo Salah could once again prove to be the difference in this fixture. Jürgen Klopp’s team then hosts Burnley later in the week. Both are games where key assets can get fantasy returns.


Chelsea (Avoid): The Blues meanwhile have two away games in GW19, first to Fulham who were unlucky not to grab all three points against Spurs in midweek. They also travel to an ever-improving Leicester, and call it a gut feeling, I would worry having Chelsea assets in your team ahead of Liverpool or City players.


West Ham (Watch): The Hammers are another team who have two winnable home fixtures this Gameweek, with David Moyes team hosting Burnley and West Brom. Aaron Cresswell feels like an incredible option to have this Gameweek. I believe that West Ham will keep back-to-back clean sheets in GW19.


Gameweek 19 – FPL Differential Picks:

WOL/WBA: Rui Patricio (WOL, GK, £5.4mil, 5.2% ownership)

LEE/BHA: Raphinha (LEE, MID, £5.5mil, 1.7% ownership)

WHU/BUR: Michail Antonio (WHU, FWD, £6.2mil, 6.8% ownership)

FUL/CHE: Hakim Ziyech (CHE, MID, £8.1mil, 2.8% ownership)

LEI/SOU: Harvey Barnes (LEI, MID, £6.8mil, 4.3% ownership)

SHU/TOT: Sergio Reguilón (TOT, DEF, £5.7mil, 6.0% ownership)

LIV/MUN: Sadio Mane (LIV, MID, £11.9mil, 7.4% ownership)

MCI/CRY: Ederson (MCI, GK, £6.0mil, 6.5% ownership)

ARS/NEW: Alexandre Lacazette (ARS, FWD, £8.3mil, 6.0% ownership)

WHU/WBA: Michail Antonio (WHU, FWD, £6.2mil, 6.8% ownership)

LEI/CHE: Harvey Barnes (LEI, MID, £6.8mil, 4.3% ownership)

MCI/AVL: Ederson (MCI, GK, £6.0mil, 6.5% ownership)

FUL/MUN: Edison Cavani (MUN, FWD, £7.8mil, 2.4% ownership)

LIV/BUR: Sadio Mane (LIV, MID, £11.9mil, 7.4% ownership)

AVL/NEW: Anwar El Ghazi (AVL, MID, £5.8mil, 4.1% ownership)


Differential Captain: Michail Antonio (West Ham)

West Ham have two winnable home fixtures, Antonio is rotation proof, and West Ham are performing well this season. Need I say more? That is all you want for a Double Gameweek captaincy option.


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 19

Formation: 3-5-2


Starting 11


GK: Ederson (MCI)


DEF: Aaron Cresswell (WHU)

DEF: Andrew Robertson (LIV)

DEF: Ruben Dias (MCI)


MID: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - (C)

MID: Marcus Rashford (MUN)


FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

FOR: Michail Antonio (WHU) - (VC)


Substitutes


GK: Fraser Forster (SOU)

FWD: Patrick Bamford (LEE)

DEF: James Justin (LEI)

DEF: Ben Chilwell (CHE)


Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 19

Wolves 1-0 West Brom

Leeds 3-2 Brighton

West Ham 1-1 Burnley

Fulham 2-1 Chelsea

Leicester 1-1 Southampton

Sheffield United 0-1 Spurs

Liverpool 3-1 Man United

Man City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

West Ham 2-0 West Brom

Leicester 1-1 Chelsea

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Fulham 1-2 Man United

Liverpool 1-0 Burnley

Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 19


About Gameweek 18 just gone…

Gameweek 18 offered very little. I of course am referencing the god awful matches that took place. I watched the Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace whilst taking a soak in the tub, with the boredom of the match sending me into a near catatonic taste as I nearly drowned in a pool of bubble bath water, struggling to keep my head above water.


I also had the pleasure of watching stale 1-0 wins involving both Manchester clubs and missed the only game in which a team scored more than two goals – Everton’s 2-1 away win at Wolves.


Sheffield United and Fulham both offered a lot of attacking intent in short periods, which was half-decent to watch in otherwise frustrating matches, though it’s like eating a snack instead of a full meal – it’s tickled that sweet spot for a brief moment, but you’re still hungry and want a more substantial meal.


I’m hoping Gameweek 19 has more life to it, but based on how drab this past month has been, get used to the reality of it being a surprise when a club scores a second goal in a game over the next week.


Are Newcastle United heading for the drop?

As a Newcastle supporter in particular, this season has quickly derailed. Steve Bruce has just given one of the most audacious pre-match conferences in Premier League history ahead of the club’s visit to Arsenal on Monday evening, completely burying his squad of players for the world to all see and hear – Bruce might just be the most negative presence in the league, hands down.


Sure, there is some truth and reality to his words about the squad being in a comfortable position, we’ve played like we’re coasting to a mid-table finish, but to out their performances as ‘absolute shite’ and claiming that after being in charge for more than a year he is going to do things ‘his way’ is just completely nuts. This is a man not in charge of his affairs, or confident in his abilities to lead. Sure, I occasionally here that at grassroots football level, we’re not paid professionals and bad days can happen, but this is a supposedly professional outfit we’re talking about. Paid pro’s that know the game inside out – I genuinely wonder if they’re laughing at Bruce and his coaching staff when he did the press conference.


Sam and Phil here are still in the mindset that we’ll coast to that mid-table finish, but I genuinely believe we’re destined for relegation unless there is a sizeable shift in the team’s performance, which based on current performances will only happen if Bruce stands aside and hands the reigns over to somebody who is able to get the ball in the opposing final third – making not-so-subtle digs at Rafa Benitez isn’t doing anyway.


Newcastle’s Upcoming Premier League Fixtures:

GW19: Arsenal (A)

GW20: Leeds (H)

GW21: Everton (A)

GW22: Crystal Palace (H)

GW23: Southampton (H)

GW24: Chelsea (A)

GW25: Man United (A)

GW26: Wolves (H)

GW27: West Brom (A)


We’ll be lucky to get anything at Arsenal and then have a rocky run of games against mid-to-upper-table teams that will probably come to define Bruce’s time at the club. If we come away from this fixture list without much to show for our efforts leading into the West Brom game during Gameweek 27 - first it will be another case of the club’s hierarchy leaving it to little too late as fight for survival, and of course secondly we should change Manager before it reaches that stage. Even if Bruce gets us across the line, that should be him done. I genuinely seethe at the idea of supporting another season of Newcastle United under these current conditions.

11 teams have a Double Gameweek:

Aston Villa: Man City (A), Newcastle (H)

Burnley: West Ham (A), Liverpool (A)

Chelsea: Fulham (A), Leicester (A)

Fulham: Chelsea (H), Man United (H)

Leicester: Southampton (H), Chelsea (H)

Liverpool: Man United (H), Burnley (H)

Man City: Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (H)

Man United: Liverpool (A), Fulham (A)

Newcastle: Arsenal (A), Aston Villa (A)

West Brom: Wolves (A), West Ham (A)

West Ham: Burnley (H), West Brom (H)


Top FPL player targets ahead of the upcoming Double Gameweek:

You have to go with safe, reliable picks. You know Salah and Mane will play. Bruno Fernandes can’t be dropped due to his form, whilst central defenders like Ruben Dias and Ederson catch the eye due to their consistency this season. In my squad below I’ve gone for Coufal, Antonio, a double-up in Man City’s midfield and big hitters in midfield. It’s not original, but I’m looking to mean-max my squad with eleven concrete starters.


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

Home Comforts (FUL, LEI, LIV, MCI, WHU):

A handful of clubs have the comfort of having back-to-back home games and it is these five teams that will form the starting point and nucleus of most, if not all, FPL squads leading in to the week.


Man City and Liverpool, the league’s leading men, both play twice at home, Covid pending. How often does that ever happen? Both have good fixtures and Liverpool have one hell of a tie against Man United at Anfield on Sunday to add some spice to what has been a drab few weeks for viewing Premier League matches. Why wouldn’t you bank on having a host of options from both?


Fulham are perhaps the team to watch out for this week, not as point scorers themselves, but they might seriously limit the points of Chelsea and United players.


Wolves (Watch): They have the best single Gameweek fixture and might offer some good value as bench fodder this week in the event that Covid plays havoc on the schedule again.


Chelsea (Cautious): With other premium FPL options available, Lampard’s team in a low moment, and Werner unable to score tap-ins from a yard out currently, it is just difficult to entrust a Chelsea player when you have Salah, Fernandes and KDB all fighting for your attention.


Newcastle (Avoid): Don’t even bother. Move on.


West Brom (Avoid): See above.


Gameweek 19 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

Differential: Michail Antonio (WHU)


Other Gameweek Comments:

So I decided to play my Free Hit team this Gameweek. I had two Everton players not playing and a host of injury doubts, so thought might as well pull the trigger. See my Free Hit team below as I’ve gone for a bulky starting squad and a bunch of filler on the bench.

@HypeTrainRob's Free Hit starting eleven ahead of Gamewek 19.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 19

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Alisson (LIV)


DEF: Vladimir Coufal (WHU)

DEF: James Justin (LEI)

DEF: Ruben Dias (MCI)


MID: Phil Foden (MCI)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) – (C)

MID: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)

MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV) – (VC)


FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

FOR: Ollie Watkins (AVL)

FOR: Michail Antonio (WHU)


Substitutes


GK: Alphonse Areola (FUL)

MID: Pedro Neto (WOL)

DEF: Craig Dawson (WHU)

DEF: Pascal Struijk (LEE)

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