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Premier League 2021/22 Season: FPL Gameweek 13 Fantasy Forecast


Ahead of each Gameweek in the Premier League, The Hype Train's team - Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones - compete for FPL and league standings supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head-to-head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. We also comb over other relevant statistics, impressions and insight from around the game and the league to best navigate you through the weekly helping of fixtures. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Premier League 2021/22: Gameweek 13 Fixtures

Premier League 2021/22 Season: FPL Gameweek 13 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, or on Instagram!

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 13

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

Crystal Palace 1-2 Aston Villa

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Norwich 1-2 Wolves

Brighton 1-1 Leeds

Brentford 2-1 Everton

Burnley 0-1 Spurs

Leicester 2-1 Watford

Man City 3-1 West Ham

Chelsea 2-0 Man United


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 13


Gameweek 13 – FPL Differential Picks:

ARS/NEW: Takehiro Tomiyasu (ARS, DEF, £4.6mil, 3.3% ownership)

CRY/AVL: Ollie Watkins (AVL, FWD, £7.3mil, 3.0% ownership)

LIV/SOU: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (LIV, MID, £5.8mil, 0.2% ownership)

NOR/WOL: Daniel Podence (WOL, MID, £5.5mil, 0.2% ownership)

BHA/LEE: Leandro Trossard (BHA, MID, £6.5mil, 3.2% ownership)

BRE/EVE: Rico Henry (BRE, DEF, £4.5mil, 1.6% ownership)

BUR/TOT: Maxwel Cornet (BUR, MID, £6.1mil, 2.6% ownership)

LEI/WAT: Joshua King (WAT, FWD, £5.6mil, 4.3% ownership)

MCI/WHU: Raheem Sterling (MCI, MID, £10.6mil, 1.2% ownership)

CHE/MUN: Trevor Chalobah (CHE, DEF, £4.8mil, 4.4% ownership)


Differential Captain: Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

The new manager bounce is on, and Gerrard won his first game against Brighton. It was strange seeing Gerrard celebrate for another English club. What wasn’t strange is his desire for success, and it looks like it was the right shot in the arm Villa needed to revitalise their attack. Ollie Watkins scored a sublime goal against Brighton, and with an away trip to Palace it isn’t far out of the imagination to see the new manager bounce continue. I am backing Villa to have another strong week, and Watkins is finding his scoring boots.


Gameweek 13 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - Default

Alternative: Reece James (CHE)

Differential: Ollie Watkins (AVL)


England vs. FPL:

This week in ‘3 Lions vs. Mo Salah’ the Islanders it was another back-to-back success over the average score, with a 62-57 margin. The defensive trio of Chilwell, Trent, and James were on fine form, making up most the teams’ points, and the average score with a Harry Kane captaincy blank. Meanwhile, there was a bad moment for the team in European action.


Ben Chilwell (CHE) picked up an ACL injury in the Champions League for Chelsea midweek, meaning one of the most relied upon players in the 3 Lions is now injured, ending the perfect streak of defensive returns. He will be out for a minimum of six weeks, and once the injury has settled the club will decide if he has surgery, which could rule him out for a further year. Get well, Chilwell, you will be sorely missed in this year’s team after a phenomenal return to the Chelsea team. I am switching to Ben White, remembering how Kyle Walker was the worst transfer I made (despite his current form), meaning I am going for three Arsenal players against Newcastle which feels like a good tactic. The name Ben has brought the 3 Lions good luck, so I am sticking with the name.


I am risking Foden for the week despite his doubt, if not I have a suitable bench to cope if he doesn’t play.


Ins: Ben White (ARS)

Outs: Ben Chilwell (CHE)


GW12 Returns: 5/11

GW12 Points: 62pts

GW12 Average Points: 57pts


England FPL XI

Formation: 3-4-3


GK: Aaron Ramsdale (ARS)


DEF: Reece James (CHE)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) - (C)

DEF: Ben White (ARS)

MID: Jack Grealish (MCI)

MID: Emile Smith Rowe (ARS)

MID: Callum Hudson-Odoi (CHE)

MID: Conor Gallagher (CRY)


FWD: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

FWD: Harry Kane (TOT)

FWD: Ollie Watkins (AVL) - (VC)


Substitutes:

GK: James McCarthy (SOU)

MID: Demarai Gray (EVE)

DEF: Aaron Creswell (WHU)

DEF: Conor Coady (WOL)


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 13

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Aaron Ramsdale (ARS)


DEF: Joao Cancelo (MCI)

DEF: Reece James (CHE)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) - (VC)


MID: Diogo Jota (LIV)

MID: Bernardo Silva (MCI)

MID: Emile Smith Rowe (ARS)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - (C)


FOR: Raúl Jiménez (WOL)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

FOR: Ollie Watkins (AVL)


Substitutes


GK: Edouard Mendy (CHE)

MID: Maxwel Cornet (BUR)

DEF: Rico Henry (BRE)

DEF: Tyrone Mings (AVL)

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 13

Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace 2-2 Aston Villa

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Norwich 1-2 Wolves

Brighton 1-1 Leeds

Brentford 2-1 Everton

Burnley 0-1 Spurs

Leicester 3-2 Watford

Man City 3-0 West Ham

Chelsea 2-0 Man United


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 13


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

Watford (Cautious): Claudio Ranieri is returning to Leicester on Sunday in what I hope is a beautiful moment for The Italian. Arguable the most liked Manager in the league’s history after his heroics during Leicester’s title winning season, much like with Gerrard getting a win across the line, this Watford team are full of wildcards that could pull a result out of their asses, further piling pressure on the likes of Norwich and Newcastle at the foot of the table.


Man United (Avoid): I’m not sure that they’re will be an immediate reaction to Ole’s departure at Man United given the calibre of opponents that Man United are tasked with, and can only see one outcome against a very strong Chelsea squad, who even without the injured Ben Chilwell, should (on paper and in practise) make this a comfortable home win.


Everton (Avoid): Fallen off a cliff since Calvert-Lewin’s injury and look out of steam only a few weeks into the season. Remember when all of the clubs like Everton and Spurs couldn’t decide on a Manager and everyone aid that their picks were rushed and wouldn’t work out? Nuno didn’t work out, and unless the Everton players can pull their finger out and put in some solid performances, the Xmas period will be more blue than the colour of their kit.


Brighton/Villa (Cautious):

The Gerrard Effect is in play with a new Manager bounce at Villa, so throwing down a prediction in this game is risky business, so I’ve bottled it and gone for a score draw, when in reality it’s got an eye of curiosity as both teams appear to be in good form and should produce a good game of football. No idea if and where FPL points come from though.


Brighton/Leeds (Cautious):

See above. Same thing, just with established Manager’s that should have a good tactical battle.


Newcastle (Avoid):

It’s great that Eddie Howe will be at Arsenal tomorrow, but given the form of the hosts I’m not sure my beloved Magpies are getting anything from this game for the same reason that Arsenal got whacked at Liverpool last week – history isn’t on our side in this fixture, with Arsenal a bogeyman side for us. If you need a stat to back this up – Newcastle have lost 16 of their last 17 Premier League outings against Arsenal. The Toon beat them 2-1 at home during the 2017/18 season, and you have to go back to the year 2011 since we last got a result against The Gunners, with the team drawing twice at home in separate league campaigns, which included the infamous 4-4 draw with Tiote’s screamer.


Liverpool & City (Watch):

Default home wins are the order of the week, surely? Reminds of the last time everyone in the FPL Community made this prediction during Gameweek 10 when both clubs had favourable home fixtures – City went on to lose at home to Palace, whilst a spirited Brighton outfit got a deserved 2-2 draw at Anfield against Liverpool.


Top FPL player targets this weekend:

Mohamed Salah (LIV): 72.3% ownership is too low for The Egyptian King. Inactive accounts have to be deleted at some point in the game, or a form of authentication has to be included in the game to stop potential cheats / fraudsters skewing these figures.


Emile Smith Rowe (ARS): The perfect 4th or 5th midfield choice this week alongside Conor Gallagher (CRY). Arsenal, as seen above, have Newcastle’s number and the only thing holding back ESR is the early kick-off slowing the game down, as is the case with most 12:30pm starts.


Joao Cancelo (MCI) & Reece James (CHE): It appears that you can’t compete in FPL this season without having attack-minded full backs eating up a chunk of your team’s budget. James (75pts), Cancelo (79pts) and TAA (79pts) are all behind Salah (125pts) in the player charts and are the next best thing in teams right now.


Raul Jimenez (WOL): The Mexican international is starting to find his scoring touch again, bagging 3 goals and 3 assists in FPL this season. Even under Dean Smith, Norwich are there for the taking and if you don’t own Hwang, and can somehow afford Jimenez (who should never have been priced at £8.0m to start the season), it’s a good two-week move before Wolves take on Liverpool (GW15) and Man City (GW16).


Conor Gallagher (CRY): Crystal Palace have a clear run of fixtures to bank on with Gallagher as a 4th or 5th midfielder. I’ve not brought in the recently-capped Englishman just yet but will be a late arrival on his hype sooner rather than later.


Gameweek 13 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

Alternative: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

Differential: Ollie Watkins (AVL)


Mo Salah is on his own island right now, speeding away from everyone else having reached the 125 point mark after Gameweek 12. Just look at some core FPL stats about the undeniable factors making Salah an absolute revelation this season.


Most expensive? Salah (13.0m)

Most goals? Salah (11)

Most assists? Salah (8)

Most BPS system accumulation? Salah (387)

Most bonus points? Salah (16)

Most owned player? Salah (72.3% - the rest have to be inactive accounts, surely)

Times in ‘Dream Team’? Salah (5)

Average points-per-match? Salah (10.4 PPG)

Most Influence (ICT Index)? Salah (603.2 – whatever that means)


Other Gameweek Comments:


On the 10th anniversary Gary Speed’s passing:

It’s the one death in football that has really stuck with me, and for the English league system in general. I was 20 when Speed passed and it was a devastating moment for my beloved club and its city. The world lost a genuinely brilliant football player, and a well-spoken, intelligent Coach.


On Ralf Rangnick joining Manchester United:

The narrative for those, like myself, who aren’t completely sure and have followed Bundesliga without too much interest this past decade, will have told the casuals that Rangnick is the godfather of Tuchel (CHE) and Klopp (LIV) and is going to revolutionise Man United by making them press more and defend with a more compact shape… I can’t help but think though that United have just brought someone in on a reactionary basis, thinking – who is the exact opposite of Ole? We have tried young and largely inexperienced, let’s just get the opposite of whatever that is and hope it shakes some life into the players until we can get Pochettino in the summer after he gets a few easy trophies in Paris.


United’s board have thrown a lot of foul balls in recent years and haven’t given the proper support to the likes of Moyes or Jose in the past, and have gotten ride of men in charge who have won trophies, so why should anyone expect a different outcome this time?


On Ben Chilwell’s injury:

The major loss for FPL players this week was Chilwell’s knee injury for Chelsea during their 4-0 demolition of Juventus at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. Fortunately, there are ready made replacements for Chilly B, with TAA, Cancelo and James all worthy like-for-like replacements. Marcos Alonso is one that I’d wait on as I’m still not sure Chelsea will utilise him as they can sometimes put Azpilicueta in that position, and given it’s United at home, we can hold our cards to see if the Spaniard gets back in.


On the upcoming Premier League schedule:

There’s 7 Gameweek’s between now and 2022 before the FA Cup third round. Deadlines in FPL will be twice a week, so just make sure you have a few bench options to come in because the landscape of the game changes quickly – and this is the prime time of year for Pep Guardiola to rotate his merry men at City.


On the CAF supporting biennial World Cup’s?:

African nations have largely got on board having World Cup’s each year, and why wouldn’t they? More opportunities to have clubs involved, and to host tournaments, and more clubs competing at the pinnacle competition in world football is a no-brainer for a continent starved of places at the competition. If I was a part of CAF I would be on board too, whilst if I was a European nation I’d probably dig my heels in. Really shows the divide between different regions on the planet right now with the sport – every bit of power resides within European and South American nations and the wider world would like the love to be shared. Unfortunately, until the infrastructure is in place in largely impoverished areas, it’s hard to change the goalposts, even if it is for the greater good of the game.


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 13

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Edouard Mendy (CHE)


DEF: Joao Cancelo (MCI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: Reece James (CHE)


MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV) – (C)

MID: Diogo Jota (LIV)

MID: Emile Smith Rowe (ARS)

MID: Conor Gallagher (CRY)


FOR: Gabriel Jesus (MCI)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)

FOR: Ollie Watkins (AVL)


Substitutes


GK: Aaron Ramsdale (ARS)

MID: Raphinha (LEE)

DEF: Eric Dier (TOT)

DEF: Ben White (ARS)


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