Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 18

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As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

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Safe Pick – Aubameyang vs Burnley (H)

Only 1 assist during his last 3 games, fantasy football managers are becoming restless. However, don’t give up on Aubameyang just yet...

During his last 4 Gameweeks he has had the most shots in the box (11), the highest number of big chances to score (8) and has the best xG of 2.95. With a home tie against Burnley he’s due a haul!

Burnley have conceded 33 goals this season, only Fulham have conceded more. Provided he starts, this is the perfect chance for Aubameyang to get back on track.

Rashford vs Cardiff (A)

A new manager and a new beginning for Manchester United in Gameweek 18? Their worst start to a season for 18 years makes any Manchester United player a differential. Rashford is a player that has showed some recent form and is someone the fans will to be prioritised under the new manager.

After being given his opportunity and starting the last four league games, Rashford has only scored once but provided  four assists.

This weekend Manchester United take on the Cardiff who like Burnley have conceded 33 goals.  Cardiff have steadied the ship a little but still look a little out of their depth at times in the Premier League.


Safe Pick - Anderson vs Watford (H)

It’s becoming harder to ignore Felipe Anderson with every Gameweek that passes.  During his last 7 games Anderson has provided 7 attacking returns, in the form of 5 goals and 2 assists.

This week West Ham host Watford, who have conceded 11 goals in only 5 games. The Hammers are starting to take advantage of their favourable fixtures that stretch out into the New Year.

Differential – Pogba vs Cardiff (A)

Time for #Pogback?  After a clash of personalities left Pogba stripped of his captaincy then benched, will Pogba be able to get back to his best post-Mourinho?

He has been off-form despite his proven pedigree. But he has a point to prove under the new manager and will make the most of any opportunity given to him.

Up against a weak defence, on penalties and the sort of personality who will strive to perform just to have a pop at his former manager – this is the week to take the punt on Pogba.


Safe Pick – Laporte vs Crystal Palace (H)

The second best defence in the league up against the second worst attack in the league, this one picks itself. Laporte has started 16 of Manchester City’s 17 games this season and there's no reason for him to not start again.

In what appears to be shaping up as a two horse race which could run all the way to the end of the season, Manchester City’s 2 goal defeat to Chelsea made it advantage Liverpool. Pep Guardiola can’t afford any more slip ups.

That 2-0 defeat was the first time all season Manchester City have conceded more than 1 goal in a league game this season. Add to the fact they have 8 clean sheets to date and that Liverpool don’t feature on Starting 11 this weekend, Manchester City’s defence is definitely worth backing.

Differential – Shaw vs Cardiff (A)

As mentioned earlier, I’m expecting a reaction from Manchester United on Saturday, with the players playing for the club and its fans. Luke Shaw has been one of the few players who has truly deserved to wear the Manchester United shirt this season.

If he is given the freedom he requires I firmly believe he could still become one of the best left backs in the league, subject to the right manager backing him and nurturing his talent.

We don’t really want to own defenders on Starting 11 just for a clean sheet. Luke Shaw is an ideal differential defender this week, if fit, and I’m expecting him to add to his 1 goal and 2 assists this season.


Safe Pick – Kepa vs Leicester City (H)

After a couple of errors, I can’t bring myself to make it a Manchester City defensive stack by selecting Ederson, so I have to instead look to Kepa who this week takes on Leicester City.

Like Manchester City, Chelsea also have 8 clean sheets this season although they have allowed many more goal scoring opportunities to their opponents which Kepa has denied.

Leicester have failed to score during their last 2 games, they appear to be keeping their defence tight but are struggling to cause their opponents any trouble at the other end of the pitch, which bodes well for Kepa.

Differential – De Gea vs Cardiff (A)

Other than a few howlers he made during his debut season for Manchester United, De Gea is possibly in the worst form of his professional career.

I feel the whole squad will be given a boost this weekend, De Gea included and I expect the Spaniard to bring home a clean sheet and potentially become a must own player for the rest of the season.

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