FPL Gameweek 20 preview

Here we’ll preview gameweek 20 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 in the upcoming gameweek.


Crystal Palace vs West Ham

Tuesday 26th January 18:00

 

Crystal Palace host West Ham in a London derby early on Tuesday evening, on the back of just one win in their last eight league games. Roy Hodgson’s men have lost just one of their last four at Selhurst Park however, and the Eagles will be further bolstered by the return of key man Wilfred Zaha (7.3m).

James Tomkins (4.5m) misses out after “an accident in training”, which will encourage Michail Antonio (6.3m) owners for GW20. The physical forward rewarded those brave enough to punt on him in last week’s DGW, Antonio could well come up with the goods again here.

This one certainly feels like a potential battle of the talismans – Zaha vs Antonio. For managers looking to replace the injury-stricken Kevin de Bruyne and Jamie Vardy, both players should come into your thinking.

 

Player pick – Michail Antonio

 

 

Newcastle vs Leeds

Tuesday 26th January 18:00

 

Steve Bruce committed to an attacking revolution after an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United a fortnight ago. Things haven’t quite gone to plan, with two defeats and not a single goal scored since that shameful evening. Expect Leeds to teach Newcastle how to properly attack on Tuesday.

No team has conceded more shots in the box than Newcastle in the last three gameweeks. Expect Patrick Bamford (6.7m) to have plenty of chances to score in the North East. The Leeds number 9 has taken 57 shots in the box all season – 13 more than anyone else.

Callum Wilson’s (6.6m) pace could threaten Leeds’ high line and he could pop up with a goal. But for the 49.8% of managers who own Bamford – strongly consider sticking the captain’s armband on him. This is a perfect game for the Leeds forward.

 

Player pick – Patrick Bamford

 

 

 

Southampton vs Arsenal

Tuesday 26th January 20:15

 

The Gunners travel to the south coast in GW20 for a tricky fixture at Southampton. The Saints have lost just once at home so far this season to sides currently outside the top two. Danny Ings (8.3m) returned at the weekend from his Covid-enforced absence, to make Arsenal’s task even more difficult.

Southampton have scored just once in their last five Premier League games – so expect this to be a tightly-contested contest. Arsenal have kept four straight clean sheets – so the likes of Kieran Tierney (5.4m) and Rob Holding (4.5m) remain attractive picks here.

Southampton fans will hope Ings’ return coincides with an improvement going forward. The England international has the ability to unsettle any defence and with seven goals in 13, he represents a possible Vardy alternative for the coming weeks.

 

Player pick – Kieran Tierney

 

West Brom vs Manchester City

Tuesday 26th January 20:15

 

West Brom’s season xG is the lowest in the entire division, which should encourage a Manchester City defence who have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10.

Joao Cancelo (5.8m) notched an assist in the FA Cup, after coming on to help rescue the tie. Expect the defender-cum-attacking midfielder to therefore start at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night, en route to a likely clean sheet. For those looking for a differential captain in GW20, the Portuguese star could be a great punt.

It’s yet to be seen how Kevin de Bruyne’s (11.9m) injury will impact City’s attacking potential, but Ilkay Gundogan (5.5m) is certainly a popular choice for those having to let go of the injured Belgian midfielder. Gundogan has five goals in his last seven, and he also seems to be on penalties in De Bruyne’s absence. Priced at just 5.5m, the German is an exciting option amid City’s favourable run of fixtures.

 

Player pick – Joao Cancelo

 

 

Burnley vs Aston Villa

Wednesday 27th January 18:00

 

Each of Burnley’s last five have ended 1-0, so expect a similarly tight match at Turf Moor in GW20. The home team will be looking to achieve back-to-back wins after they ended Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run last time out.

Charlie Taylor (4.5m) was forced off early on at Anfield and the left-back is set to be handed a late fitness test ahead of kick-off. Erik Pieters (4.3m) will start otherwise. No goalkeeper has more points this season than Nick Pope (5.4m), who picked up his fifth double-digit haul of the season at Anfield.

Second on that list is his opposite number here – Emi Martinez (5.1m). The Argentinian will also be hopeful of a clean sheet in GW20, having already kept nine so far this season. In what is likely to be a low-scoring affair, back both goalkeepers to have a fine game in midweek.

 

Player pick – Nick Pope

 

 

Chelsea vs Wolves

Wednesday 27th January 18:00

 

Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea boss is over, with not even his claim to be the club’s greatest ever legend enough to save him from the ruthless scythe of Roman Abramovich. Thomas Tuchel looks set to take over, with the fact he is German seemingly his most desirable quality.

It’s generally thought that Tuchel has been chosen in order to get the best out of fellow countrymen Timo Werner (9.2m) and Kai Havertz (8.2m). Both should expect to be involved from the start against Wolves. For those looking for a punt up-front, Werner could be a huge differential should he recapture his best form under the ex-PSG boss.

Wolves’ last win was actually against Chelsea, all the way back in GW13. Nuno’s men have conceded a total of eight goals in their last three, so a punt on Werner may not be as mad as it first sounded. Expect to see an immediate improvement from the Blues in GW20.

 

Player pick – Timo Werner

 

 

Brighton vs Fulham

Wednesday 27th January 19:30

 

Brighton ended an eight-match winless run last time out, as they deservedly beat Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road. Graham Potter is yet to lead Brighton to a home victory this season and he’ll be hoping to end that unwanted record on Wednesday night, against a Fulham side who are still currently in the relegation zone.

Neal Maupay (6.1m) was the talk of the town at the start of the season, after scoring four goals in the opening four gameweeks. The forward is back in form, with his winner at Leeds making it three in his last five. With an ownership of just 3.1%, Maupay stands out as a good differential pick in GW20.

Despite Fulham’s upturn in form, they remain winless in eight games. Ademola Lookman (5.0m) scored a fine goal against a resurgent Manchester United in GW19, and the budget-priced midfielder remains a solid pick for the fifth midfield spot.

 

Player pick – Neal Maupay

 

Everton vs Leicester

Wednesday 27th January 20:15

 

Everton are quietly climbing the table, as a 2-1 win at Wolves in GW18 made it five wins out of six for Ancelotti’s men. The returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin (7.6m) gives them an extra boost as they host in-form Leicester on Wednesday night.

Calvert-Lewin was priced at 8.0m as recently as GW15, which reflects the number of managers who have jettisoned the Everton number nine. Now owned by only 26.6% of FPL managers, now could be the time to put your faith back in Calvert-Lewin, ahead of fixtures against Newcastle and Leeds in GW21-22.

For Leicester, it remains to be seen how Jamie Vardy’s injury absence will affect their attacking return. James Maddison (7.2m) is the standout pick without the ever-reliable Vardy, having scored in each of his last three games. Owned by just 10.4%, the improved playmaker Is made more attractive by the fact he’s on most set pieces.

 

Player pick – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

 

Manchester United vs Sheffield United

Wednesday 27th January 20:15

 

Manchester United extended their unbeaten run to 13 games last time out, as they picked up a deserved three points at Fulham. They host a struggling Sheffield United side in GW20, with another win almost guaranteed.

Main man Bruno Fernandes (11.3m) was used off the bench in United’s FA Cup victory against Liverpool at the weekend, so the Portuguese wizard is almost certain to start in GW20. Bruno is this week’s obvious captain pick, with his effective ownership likely to be way above 100%. Any haul would be intensely damaging for non-owners.

Marcus Rashford (9.6m) is a doubt, so Anthony Martial (8.8m) or Edinson Cavani (7.8m) could be safer picks should you look to double up on United in this fixture. The Blades have scored just 10 goals this season, so the likes of Luke Shaw (4.8m) and Harry Maguire (5.4m) are also good picks this gameweek.

 

Player pick – Bruno Fernandes

 

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Thursday 28th January 20:00

 

Tottenham will look to leapfrog Liverpool with a win on Thursday night, with the Reds currently experiencing a rare patch of poor form. Klopp’s side are winless in five and have failed to score in each of their last four.

It’s difficult to see Tottenham do anything other than sit back and wait to hit Liverpool on the counter here, so Heung Min-Son (9.7m) could come into contention for the captain’s armband. Alexander-Arnold has looked a shadow of the Trent we all knew and loved last season and Liverpool frequently look exposed down their right side. Mourinho, through Son, will surely target this weakness.

Mo Salah (12.5m) reminded everyone of his class at the weekend, with a brace at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. Keep faith in the Egyptian King for now – and hope that this six-pointer is when he explodes back into form.

 

Player pick – Heung-Min Son

 

Best of luck gameweek 20 FPL managers!

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