FPL Gameweek 12 Preview: Back Jamie Vardy Against Arsenal

The Englishman has scored 8 in 8 games against the Gunners
16:30, 08 Nov 2019

Fantasy Premier League is back and let’s not forget the pesky Friday night fixture which so often catches out managers at this stage of the season. 

That means that the deadline to change your teams up is 7pm tonight, just one hour before the basement battle between Norwich and Watford gets underway.

This weekend also presents a major problem for managers as the two best teams in the division go head-to-head, leaving many bosses with that dilemma of having players in your side playing against each other. 

Below we run through three quick tips on how to make this seemingly difficult gameweek tip in your favour.

Vardy party to continue against Arsenal

After the destruction of Southampton, FPL bosses rushed to bring Jamie Vardy into their sides and he produced with a goal last weekend. 

However, for many, this fixture against Arsenal looks golden for Vardy, who has scored more goals against the Gunners than any other Premier League side.

With eight goals in eight games, the former England striker just has something over Arsenal when he plays them and with Leicester, in such good form, it would be amiss to leave him out of your squad. 

Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games in all competitions which makes Vardy a serious contender for the captaincy this week.

One more week of Pukki

If you, like me, are one of the 23.8% of managers who are still showing patience with Norwich striker Teemu Pukki, then unlucky. The Finn has not given any return in the last six gameweeks which after such a promising start is a real disappointment. 

However, there is one saving grace to owning Pukki. On Friday night, Norwich host basement dwellers Watford at Carrow Road and if there is ever a time for Pukki to find his shooting boots once more, it is against the Hornets. 

Only two sides have conceded more goals in the top flight than Watford this season which makes this the last chance saloon for Pukki.

Strangely, Pukki is the second most transferred out player this week, which simply makes no sense given Watford’s defensive record. If he doesn’t give returns this week, the Pukki party is officially dead.

Be bold with Liverpool and Man City players

This is the one managers will have the most trouble with. Most teams will include three Liverpool and three City players this season given the strength of the two teams so what are you to do when they go head-to-head?

FPL Bottom Line suggests being bold with your picks. If you think Liverpool are going to win to nil then bin off your City players, if only for the week.

If you are expecting goals, then bench those defenders. This is a high-risk, high reward strategy that will see you making up ground on your rivals or falling behind, but many people will make the mistake of having too many big hitters from both sides involved - most of which will not return major points.

Our view of this game is that Liverpool should not only score but win the game. If you own any of the fit City defenders - get rid. 

Liverpool’s attackers are worth keeping on the pitch but players such as Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero may be worth dropping for one week only. As we say, this is high risk, high reward FPL management but it could lead to massive points.

If you take the opposing view, you can back your City players. But be bold, this is where the big points can be made.

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