Fantasy Premier League: Foden an issue, Salah makes sense but hold off on Newcastle

Gameweek 15 was the first before we retired for the World Cup and it was another action-packed week. We saw 37 goals scored and plenty of drama.

Arsenal emerged from the campaign in the London derby and Manchester City secured victory against Fulham with a 95th minute penalty despite being down to 10 men.

As always, there was a lot to talk about, but I’ll talk about the main points and how they affect us going into Gameweek 16.


Foden and Haaland on the bench

The main topic of conversation was Phil Foden (£8.4million) benched for the third league game in a row.

Many managers brought him in for Manchester City’s good performance, and it was a good move. No one could have predicted that Pep Guardiola would name him one of the substitutes for three league games on the trot, especially when he was playing so well and considering the fact that he started all 10 of his last league games.

Those of us who still have him have a decision to make now, as City have another good game at home to Brentford in Gameweek 16. I just think it’s too risky to hold on Foden despite the friendly game. With only one week left before the World Cup, we have to be aggressive and I don’t think risking another one-pointer Foden off the bench is worth it.

On top of that, there are plenty of options for him with good setups this week.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.5million) scored a goal and assisted for 12 FPL points and plays Nottingham Forest this week. Steve Cooper’s men have conceded 30 goals (second most) with an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 23.35 (17th).

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Zaha was again played as a substitute last week, he is usually the most advanced player in the Palace field and is sure to start. He’s also a hitter, so he’s a good pick for Gameweek 16.

Leandro Trossard (£7.0million), Marcus Rashford (£6.7million) and Bukayo Saka (£8.0million) they can also be a great replacement for Foden. They are all sure to start their teams and have good games.

Trossard’s Brighton have a home game against Aston Villa, who immediately look the better side under new head coach Unai Emery. However, Roberto De Zerbi’s side have also been in good form and have now scored eight goals in their last three games. Trossard has seven goals and three assists this season and is the best option in Brighton’s squad.

Rashford is also having a good game from an attacking point of view – Fulham have conceded the fourth most goals (24) and have the worst xGC in the game (25.99) and although Manchester United were not very impressive against Villa yesterday, they have the best goal ever. how to get back here.

Saka made another comeback last week with an assist and now has four goals and seven assists. Arsenal were fantastic and had a good game against Wolves. The England midfielder has a goal and a threat to assist and is their main penalty taker.

Erling Haaland (£12.1million) he was also benched by Guardiola but that didn’t stop him from scoring in the 26th minute. He could easily have had a second too, his goal ruled out by VAR for the side and nearby.

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He’ll definitely start against Brentford now that he’s fit again, and if you were one of the managers who took him off a few weeks ago, I’d make him the first transfer. He will be the manager’s best choice this week and with Norway out of the World Cup, there is no chance of a replacement or first-rounders.


Liverpool and Salah are back in contention

Liverpool scored a stunning win against Tottenham on Sunday. Mohamed Salah (£12.7million) and Darwin Nunez (£8.9million) They were both points and are good options for Gameweek 16 as Southampton travel to Anfield having just parted ways with Ralph Hasenhuttl.

I would look to get at least one of these this week as they are some of the best options.

Harry Kane (£11.6million) he was on the scoresheet again for Spurs in that game, notching his 11th goal of the season. He also has a plum game, against Leeds United at home.

All of the above are options I can recommend, but they can be difficult to come by because of their prices. If you can get them for free I would highly recommend it and those with two free transfers will be in a prime position to do so.

The cheapest option that is a good punt for Gameweek 16 is Ivan Perisic (£5.5million).

He is regarded as a defender in FPL but in the absence of Son Heung-min he played in the first game with Kane yesterday. He was unlucky not to score, hitting the woodwork twice. His ranking card also showed him to be the most advanced player on the pitch, even ahead of Kane.

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With a full week off, he should start against Leeds again, and it’s possible he could be used in that advanced position again.

Spurs have a Carabao Cup tie away to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, but I doubt he will play in it and should get a nod for the league game.


Newcastle are progressing at an impressive pace

Newcastle were on top again, beating Southampton 4-1 to close the door on Hasenhuttl’s tenure. However, even if they have been good, I would still avoid buying their property this week as they have a game against Chelsea.

If you are already single Kieran Trippier (£5.9million), Miguel Almiron (£5.7million) or Callum Wilson (7.5 million), I would keep them but refrain from buying any of their group. Wilson is one to watch as he was withdrawn at half-time yesterday due to illness, but should be good to go after another week’s rest.

Newcastle elections are not bad choose but I think there are too many options this week with good settings that we can choose to choose the best providers.

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