For the first time this season, we head into an FPL weekend where two sides are not playing in the Premier League. This brings around the first of many nightmares for managers as their Liverpool and West Ham players are out of action for this weekend. We bring you our three main tips for getting past this tricky weekend.
Must Use Free Hit
By now, you should have a combination of three Liverpool players in your team, starting week-in, week-out. If you don’t you are a fool, they are by far and away the strongest side in the league this season and their star players are raking in the points.
So if you are like the majority of managers, you could find yourself severely weakened by their Club World Cup ventures this weekend. Instead of having three expensive players on your bench this weekend, play your free hit.
The free hit chip allows you to make as many transfers to your team for one week only before it reverts to your previous team. Sack off all those Liverpool players this week and welcome them back after this weekend. These will free up a load of funds for you to use…
Manchester City Are Back
Make no mistake, Man City are back and looking to get their title charge back on track against top four competitors Leicester. Although they face a few tough fixtures over the festive period it is definitely worth bringing in a few big names, especially given the free hit tip we have listed above.
If you are getting rid of Sadio Mane or Mo Salah for one week only, you can afford to bring in one of City’s big hitters, Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling. Although Leicester beat City at the Etihad in their title-winning season, if they pull off a win this weekend they certainly will assert themselves as title challengers.
Back City. Back Pep.
Attractive Arsenal & Everton Prospects
Arsenal have confirmed that Mikel Arteta is their new boss and with Carlo Ancelotti looking to be heading to Goodison Park we could see a real upturn in form for both clubs. Given his schooling at Manchester City and past quotes, we are likely to see an attractive, attacking brand of football from the Spaniard which could reap rewards for attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Meanwhile, at Goodison, there could be a big change as one of the most successful managers of the 21st century is on the brink of joining the club. Keep a close eye on the likes of Alex Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson who have not delivered so far this season but could prove to be massive differentials across the second half of the season.