Monday, 24 December 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 19

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Safe Pick – Salah vs Newcastle (H)

After scoring four goals and recording an assist during his last three games, Mohamed Salah is BACK! And in fine form from his new advanced position playing at the tip of the Liverpool sword.

Those doubters who described Salah as a one season wonder are being made to eat their words after the Egyptian scored his eleventh goal of the season with a further six assists already to him name.

On Boxing Day, Liverpool are at home to Newcastle – a fixture with a history of goals and an opportunity for Liverpool to continue their fine form and keep Manchester City chasing.

Rashford vs Huddersfield (H)

We’re spoilt for choice on Boxing Day, who will fill your three forward positions?  Salah, Hazard, Aubameyang, Kane, Sterling…..

For me, that makes Rashford a differential.  He's bolstered with the excitement surrounding Old Trafford as well as his form and the fixture – I think he warrants a starting place in your teams this week.

Huddersfield haven’t won a game during their last five outings and have conceded nine goals during that period.


Safe Pick - Eriksen vs Bournemouth (H)

After the sensational match on Sunday which ended 6-2 to Spurs away at Goodison park, Christian Eriksen made it two goals in as many games.

Having had his minutes managed due to the Champions League, Eriksen is now back and looks to be firing on all cylinders.

Up next Spurs are at home to Bournemouth, who have been a surprise package this season but have now lost six of their last eight games.

Differential – Lingard vs Huddersfield (H)

So you want to make the most of Manchester United players, but who to choose?  Many will back Rashford with Lukaku out for Gameweek 19, others will head for Pogba – however Jesse Lingard’s performance on Saturday evening makes him worth considering.

Two goals and an assist during Solskjaer’s first game in charge, playing on the right of a front three – I think we can expect to start seeing the goal scoring Lingard we were treated to last season.

It’s interesting that Lingard scored a penalty on Saturday with Pogba on the pitch, however Solskjaer did confirm after the game that Pogba remains the teams penalty taker.


Safe Pick – van Dijk vs Newcastle (H)

The best centre-back the Premier League has seen in recent years? Well, he's certainly one of the most inform defenders at the moment.

Not only has he tightened up a notoriously poor Liverpool defence but continues to be a constant goal threat from set pieces, as seen when he scored against Wolves on Friday evening.

Newcastle have only scored three goals in their last five games and are likely to struggle again on Boxing Day.

Differential – Lindelof vs Huddersfield (H)

There were clearly a number of tactical differences to a Manchester United side under Jose Mourinho to that of Ole Gunner Solskjaer - one of those being how Lindelof had a license to bring the ball out of defence and create chances with penetrating through balls.

Any fantasy football manager looking for Manchester United coverage will probably opt for Shaw, but if you are looking for a differential then I think Lindelof can be your man on Boxing Day.

A clean sheet is likely. But if he performs the way he did against Cardiff then I wouldn’t be surprised to see an attacking return too.


Safe Pick – De Gea vs Huddersfield (H)

Manchester United performance on Saturday was enough for me to consider a Manchester United defensive stack. They were unlucky to have what was a harsh and unnecessary penalty awarded against them, which ultimately led to the loss of their clean sheet.

Cardiff were playing at home but were limited to only three shots on target, with Manchester United at home against a Huddersfield Town side who have only scored 11 goals all season I think a clean sheet will be forthcoming.

Differential – Guaita vs Cardiff (H)

Guaita's two game stint has seen him keep a clean sheet against Leicester and register a stunning win against Man City. He’s staking a claim to hold onto his place in the starting line-up.

On Boxing Day Crystal Palace host Cardiff City who are still reeling from their 5-1 defeat to Manchester United.

He’s definitely a punt, but if you are looking for a differential goalkeeper for Gameweek 19 then why not Guaita?

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