FPL: 5 players to watch in GW16 – Arsenal to continue good form?

The dust from the midweek round of games has barely settled but already it is time to turn our attention to another set of fixtures. The games come thick and fast at this time of year and as Premier League managers shuffle their packs, here are five players for you to consider to keep those arrows green.

It’s an intriguing weekend of fixtures as FPL favourites Chelsea and Man City clash at Stamford Bridge whilst Liverpool face a tough looking trip to Bournemouth. With some key European fixtures looming, is there such a thing as a safe bet this round?

1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, Forward, £11.2m)

It’s not exactly a gamble to say the Premier League’s top goalscorer would be an excellent addition to your FPL squad. Sure, he didn’t find the net in a crazy game at Old Trafford but the visit of Huddersfield Town this weekend should give managers an optimistic feeling. It’s followed up by a trip to struggling Southampton before a home clash with Burnley. There’s therefore plenty of mileage in picking Arsenal’s main man who should be spared the rotation risk as Arsenal are already through in the Europa League and will surely play a shadow side next Thursday.

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His partner in crime, Alexandre Lacazette, offers a cheaper alternative but is having to settle for a place on the bench just now as Emery continues to tweak the system, but Aubameyang should be capable of adding to his tally of 10 Premier League goals on Saturday.

2) Felipe Anderson (West Ham, Midfield, £7.1m)

West Ham are having a much better time of things just now and 6 goals in a week should mean the Hammers are full of confidence for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend. With FPL favourite Marco Arnautovic suffering a hamstring injury managers will need to look elsewhere to get their points from West Ham’s favourable festive fixtures and Felipe Anderson seems as good a choice as any. His place in the team is absolutely guaranteed barring an injury and with 4 goals in his last 5 appearances he clearly carries a threat. After Palace this weekend it’s Fulham away followed by Watford at home before rounding off the year with trips to Southampton and Burnley. All very winnable on paper and provided Arnautovic’s absence is not lengthy or too disruptive, there’s plenty to be optimistic about for West Ham and Anderson owners alike.

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3) Raheem Sterling (Man City, Midfield, £11.5m)

We can all agree that Manchester City are a pretty frightening prospect but perhaps the only thing that could make them more terrifying is the prospect of them being fresh. Raheem Sterling is the current top points scorer in the Official FPL game this season and the fact that he is 10 points ahead of his nearest challenger shows what a brilliant season he is having. Sterling was afforded a rest for Tuesday night’s trip to Watford which means he will be raring to go in Saturday’s tea time trip to Stamford Bridge. Normally a trip to Chelsea would be something to fear but we’ve seen recently that Chelsea are vulnerable defensively and I don’t imagine Marcos Alonso is particularly relishing having to keep one of the Premier League’s leading marksmen quiet.

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4) Christian Eriksen (Tottenham, Midfield, £9.2m)

It’s been a frustrating time for Christian Eriksen. A recurring injury meant he didn’t start for six consecutive matches but he has returned with a bang in the previous three. Eriksen has registered 4 assists in that time, including one for Harry Kane on Wednesday night and Tottenham certainly seem better for his inclusion. It has been difficult to predict which of Tottenham’s attacking midfielders will get the nod in games such is the wide array of options but Eriksen seems a certainty on current form.

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5) Marcus Rashford (Man Utd, Forward, £6.7m)

You can’t keep Man Utd out of the headlines for various reasons and whilst they are well below what is expected from them, Marcus Rashford has been one of the few to draw regular praise. Anthony Martial has carried the scoring burden recently but as he left the field with an apparent injury on Wednesday evening, I’m tipping Rashford to convert his recent spree of assists into goals. Fulham are the opponents this weekend and their lack of clean sheets has been well documented, so there’s every chance Rashford will be the main man for Mourinho.

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There are have been two rounds of fixtures since the previous update but Derek Smith still holds a commanding lead at the top. His decision to make Sterling and then Richarlison captain brought returns of 18 & 20 points respectively and on this form he is going to take some catching.

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That’s all for this week but there’ll be more next week as we head deeper into December. Good luck!

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