Here we’ll preview gameweek 12 game-by-game, mulling over recent stats to consider which team is likely to have the advantage.
We’ll also provide a player pick for each fixture – someone we think could haul a high points total in the upcoming gameweek.
Leeds vs West Ham
Friday 11th December 20:00
Leeds have won just one of their last five after last week’s 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, and Bielsa’s men will now be looking to get back to winning ways as they host West Ham on Friday night.
Despite Leeds' disappointing points return – in the last five gameweeks Patrick Bamford (6.2m) has had 18 shots in the box, more than any other player in the league. The Leeds striker scored at the Bridge in gameweek 11 and he looks set for more chances against David Moyes’ side.
Budget midfielder Tomas Soucek (4.9m) struck again last gameweek, as West Ham let slip a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 against Manchester United.
This looks set to be a tricky trip up north for West Ham, so bringing in Bamford may be a great call for gameweek 12 – especially with a favourable upcoming fixture run for Leeds.
Player pick – Patrick Bamford
Wolves vs Aston Villa
Saturday 12th December 12:30
Wolves suffered a rare heavy defeat in gameweek 11, as Nuno’s side fell to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield. Raul Jimenez’s absence seemed to blunt the Wolves attack, as Nuno opted to start Daniel Podence (5.4m) through the middle ahead of youngster Fabio Silva.
Aston Villa have had a fortnight off after their gameweek 11 fixture was postponed, so they should be nicely rested ahead of their short trip to Molineux.
It’s difficult to see how Wolves will cope without Jimenez in the upcoming weeks and the likes of Jack Grealish (7.7m) will be looking to take advantage of any defensive errors similar to Conor Coady’s at Anfield last time out, which gifted Liverpool the early lead.
The England international is the fifth highest scoring midfielder on FPL this season and he should be raring to go after a week off. Expect to see the mazy runner cause havoc to yet another Premier League defence this weekend.
Player pick – Jack Grealish
Newcastle vs West Brom
Saturday 12th December 15:00
Newcastle only returned to their training ground earlier this week after it was locked down due to Covid fears – so it remains to be seen how sharp the Magpies will be this weekend.
Callum Wilson (6.6m) ranks third for home xG so far this season – despite playing at least one fewer match than any other player ranked in the top 10 for home xG. Against a West Brom side who conceded five to Crystal Palace last gameweek, albeit with only ten men, Wilson looks a safe bet for gameweek 12.
West Brom have failed to convince so far this season, and although Slaven Bilic retains the support of the majority of Baggies fans, there are some beginning to lose patience with the Croat.
Player pick – Callum Wilson
Man United vs Man City
Saturday 12th December 17:30
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to come into this one yet again needing a win, to allay any fears of the sack. Man United were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League in midweek and the pressure has been switched up a notch on the Norwegian boss.
It won’t be easy against a Man City side who have kept two straight clean sheets in the league and who have the second lowest xGC in the division.
Solskjaer is likely to employ his usual big-game tactic of sitting back and waiting to break on the counter, which has worked in the past against Pep’s side.
But City seem to have turned a corner after their dominating victory over Fulham in gameweek 11. Expect Kevin De Bruyne (11.8m) to take up Marcel Sabitzer’s role from midweek and dominate the middle of the park, en route to a return for the Belgian this gameweek.
Player pick – Kevin De Bruyne
Everton vs Chelsea
Saturday 12th December 20:00
Another week, another Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal (8.0m). Nothing is more dependable than a goal from Everton’s number 9 – other than Matt Hancock guaranteeing cringes across the nation every time he appears on TV.
This one could end in tears for the Toffees, with Chelsea currently unbeaten since their trip to Anfield in gameweek 2. Lampard will aim to return from Merseyside with three points this time around.
Christian Pulisic (8.2m) represents a great mid-budget differential pick for gameweek 12, after he scored off the bench last week. The American is owned by just 2.3% of FPL managers and virtually guaranteed to start after Hakim Ziyech’s hamstring injury. He will come up against a weakened Everton defence – with both of their first choice full-backs currently out injured.
Player pick – Christian Pulisic
Southampton vs Sheffield United
Sunday 13th December 12:00
Danny Ings (8.3m) marked his return from injury with a goal off the bench in gameweek 11, as Southampton narrowly beat Brighton 2-1.
Sheffield United meanwhile continue to flounder at the foot of the table, after a late winner from Sheffield Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy meant a new corner flag was added to Chris Wilder’s Christmas list.
Sheffield United are the only side in the league yet to keep a clean sheet – encouraging for the likes of Ings, who should be restored to the starting line-up on Sunday.
Ings is now a great differential pick after his recent injury, with just 6.4% of FPL managers owning the hard-working striker. According to Fantasy Football Hub’s predictor tool, he is also expected to be the fourth highest scoring forward in gameweek 12.
Player pick – Danny Ings
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
Sunday 13th December 14:15
Laurel and Hardy, Lennon and McCartney, Kane and Son. The Spurs double-act were at it again against Arsenal last week as both registered a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win.
Tottenham’s toughest run of fixtures are now out of the way and they look primed to continue their strong form against fellow Londoners Crystal Palace.
Roy Hodgson’s men haven’t kept a clean sheet since gameweek 1 and they seem to have lost some of their reliability at the back.
It’s impossible to look anywhere further than Harry Kane (10.9m) for the player pick this week – with the main man enjoying a spell of imperious performances at present.
Player pick – Harry Kane
Fulham vs Liverpool
Sunday 13th December 16:30
Fulham were lucky to escape the Etihad with a scoreline of just 2-0, as Manchester City completely dominated the entire 90 minutes.
Liverpool’s attack sparkled as the Reds thrashed Wolves 4-0 at Anfield in gameweek 11 – a game in which Mo Salah (12.3m) grabbed a goal and an assist.
Some believe that the Egyptian could be rested after starting a dead-rubber in midweek, but Salah has started every match post-Champions League game since he’s arrived at the club.
Salah and Sadio Mane (12.0m) are the top two players on Fantasy Football Hub’s points predictor for gameweek 12 and either one would be a great pick for this weekend.
Player pick – Mohamed Salah
Arsenal vs Burnley
Sunday 13th December 19:15
Mikel Arteta’s list of doubters are beginning to grow after a turgid performance against Tottenham ended in a 2-0 defeat last week.
Arsenal just don’t look like scoring – the Gunners rank fourth bottom for xG in the last three gameweeks. Arteta needs to find a way to maximise their firepower ahead of Burnley’s visit to the Emirates.
Sean Dyche is unlikely to do anything other than look to stifle Arsenal’s attacking threats, so this one could end up being a dull 0-0. You could pick any one of the Arsenal or Burnley backline for a good chance of clean sheet points here.
Player pick – Gabriel (5.1m)
Leicester vs Brighton
Sunday 13th December 19:15
The Jamie Vardy (10.3m) party was in full swing last week as the pacey hitman struck late to secure all three points for Leicester at Bramall Lane.
Vardy remains the obvious pick here. Leicester haven’t convinced of late but Vardy remains a potent threat who converts chances when he gets them.
Brighton don’t concede many chances, but when they do they tend to be big ones. This should suit Vardy, who will look to consign Brighton to back-to-back Premier League defeats after their controversial 2-1 loss to Southampton in gameweek 11.
Player pick – Jamie Vardy
Last week’s picks:
Mason Holgate (0 points)
Riyad Mahrez (4 points)
Bruno Fernandes (6 points)
Timo Werner (5 points)
Sam Johnstone (0 points)
Jamie Vardy (8 points)
Harry Kane (12 points)
Mo Salah (14 points)
Danny Ings (8 points)
Best of luck for gameweek 12 FPL managers!