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

Gameweek 15 was the penultimate one before we break away for the World Cup and it was another action-packed gameweek. We saw 37 goals and a lot of drama.

Arsenal were trumped in a London derby and Manchester City scraped a win against Fulham via a 95th-minute penalty despite being down to 10 men.

As ever, there was a lot to talk about, but I’ll cover the main talking points and how they impact us in Gameweek 16.


Baden and Holland on the bench

The main talking point was Phil Foden (£8.4m) Be blessed for the third league game in a row.

Many managers brought him into Manchester City’s fantastic run of fixtures, and it was a good move. Nobody could have predicted that Pep Guardiola would name him among the substitutes for three league games on the trot, especially when he was playing so well and considering the fact that he started him in all 10 previous league matches.

Those of us who still own him have a decision to make now, though, as City have another big match-up at home to Brentford in Gameweek 16. I just think it’s far too risky to hold on to Foden despite This kind of fixture. With only one game week before the World Cup, we have to be aggressive and I don’t think it’s worth risking another one-point Foden cameo from the bench.

On top of that, there are plenty of alternatives for him with good fixtures this week.

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

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Zaha was also played as a forward last game week, is often the most advanced player on the pitch for Palace and is certain to start. He’s also on penalties, so is a nice option for Gameweek 16.

Leandro Trossard (£7.0 million), Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) And Bukayo Saka (£8.0 million) Are also great potential replacements for Foden. They are all sure to start for their clubs and have good fixtures.

Trossard’s Brighton have a home game against Aston Villa, who immediately look a better side under new head coach Unai Emery. However, Roberto De Zerbi’s side have also been in great 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 among the Brighton squad.

Rashford also has a big fixture from an attacking perspective – Fulham have conceded the fourth-most goals (24) and have the worst CSGC in the league (25.99) and while Manchester United weren’t too impressive against Villa yesterday, they have a big fixture. To bounce back here.

Saka provided a return again last game week with an assist and now has four goals and seven assists. Arsenal were fantastic and had a good fixture against Wolves. The England midfielder has both goal and assist threat and is their primary penalty.

Erling Haaland (£12.1m) Was also blessed by Guardiola, but that didn’t stop him from scoring in his 26th minute cameo. He could easily have had a second too, his goal ruled by VAR for marginal offside.

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He will surely start against Brentford now he is fit again and if you were one of the managers who got rid of him in the last few weeks I would make him the priority transfer. He will be the best captain choice in the game this week, and with Norway not involved in the World Cup, there are unlikely to be any early substitutions or distractions for him.


Liverpool and Salah are back in trouble

Liverpool pulled off an impressive away win over Tottenham on Sunday. Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) And Darwin Nunez (£8.9m) They were both in the points and are fantastic options for Gameweek 16 as Southampton went to Anfield only partly with Ralf Hasenhutl.

I would look to get at least one of them for this week, as they are among the best options.

Harry Kane (£11.6m) Was also on the scoresheet once again for Spurs in this match, notching his 11th goal of the season. He also had a brace against Leeds United at home.

All of the above are options I would support, but they may be awkward to bring in due to their price points. 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.

A more affordable option that is a great point for Gameweek 16 is Ivan Perisic (£5.5m).

He is classified as a defender in FPL, but in Son Heung-min’s absence he played in the front two with Kane yesterday. He was unfortunate not to score, hitting the woodwork twice. His average position map also showed him to be the most advanced player on the pitch, even ahead of Kane.

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With a whole week’s rest, he should also start against Leeds, and it is very possible that he will be used again in that advanced position.

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


Newcastle continue impressive run

Newcastle were in top form again, beating Southampton 4-1 to close the door on the Hasenhuttl era. However, as good as they have been, I would still avoid buying their assets this week as they have a game against Chelsea.

If you already own Kieran Trippier (£5.9m), Miguel Almiron (£5.7 million) Or Callum Wilson (£7.5m), I would keep them but would avoid buying any of their team-mates. Wilson is one to keep an eye on as he was taken off at half-time yesterday due to illness, but he should be good to go after another week’s rest.

Newcastle options are not a Bad Choose but I think there are too many options this week with good fixtures we can opt for instead that offer a higher upside.

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