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Football | Premier League 2020/21 | Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21 picks
Arsenal and Manchester United meet in the highlight of Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21
Leaders Manchester City hosts Sheffield United in top versus bottom clash
Buoyant West Ham entertain Liverpool, Leicester face Leeds, as West Brom and Fulham play relegation six-pointer
PREMIER LEAGUE – As the league campaign rolls on relentlessly this weekend, who should be in your Fantasy Premier League squad for Gameweek 21?
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Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21’s picks begin at the Emirates, and as Arsenal lock horns with old foes Manchester United, Alexandre Lacazette (8.3) could fire the Gunners back towards the top-four this weekend.
After a decidedly rocky spell before Christmas, its now five wins in six for Mikel Arteta‘s side, who once again begin to harbour hopes of a return to the Champions League next term.
Having turned to youth, Arsenal have risen up the table like a phoenix from the flames, and Lacazette has taken up the goal-scoring reins also.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enduring a tough campaign, the Gabonese is again set to miss the United clash due to personal matters, and Lacazette will be eyeing on carrying the burden, adding to his six goals in as many games.
Grabbing a goal and assist away to Southampton last time out, the Frenchman has notched a double of bonus points in four of his last six league outings.
Arsenal’s record at home to the Red Devils of late is impressive, with 2-0 wins in each of the last two terms, although Lacazette himself, was decidedly out-of-sorts at that time in both games.
This time around however, the striker looks in form and after their own defeat to the Blades, United can expect another tough examination of their title credentials, spear-headed, by Lacazette.
Having negotiated Leicester City relatively unscathed, GW21 sees Everton with a much more profitable looking visit of struggling Newcastle United, and Lucas Digne (6.0) is ready to heap misery on the Magpies.
Completing 180 minutes since his miraculously early return from an ankle injury, the full-back has already an assist to his name against Wolves.
Providing the initial pass for James Rodriguez‘ goal against the Foxes, Digne has once more taken up a more advanced role often on the left of midfield, and could flourish against a ramshackle Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime.
With a tally of six assists this term, the Frenchman’s return to the fold is timely as the Toffees look to push back into the European places, and against a visiting that continues to leak goals but not score themselves, this weekend could be fruitful.
Digne’s biggest haul of the campaign so far was on opening day against Spurs with a clean sheet, and an assist; GW21 could see the marauding defender replicate that.
As Manchester City complete their return to the summit of the Premier League, Phil Foden (6.3) looks set to step up in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.
With a run of seven league wins on the bounce, the news of injury to their Belgian talisman could have derailed the Citizens’ resurgence, but with the rest of the squad having filled his void effortlessly, City look the cream of the crop once more.
Foden has been central to those efforts in recent weeks, with two goals and an assist in the last five also.
GW21 could see the burgeoning attacking midfield make his presence felt once more, as bottom of the table Sheffield United face off with Manchester foes for the second time this week.
Though buoyed by their shock defeat of Manchester United on Wednesday night, City are a very different prospect, indeed, Pep Guardiola‘s charges have scored 11 in the last three outings.
Foden was withdrawn at the Hawthorns in midweek after just 51 minutes, meaning a starting berth looks certain here. As does a haul of points, with some of his 10.7% owners ready to give Foden the captain’s armband this week.
As a player we tipped to impress at the start of the season, Matheus Pereira (5.6) has taken his time to come to the fore in FPL, and a home clash versus Fulham, should offer the Brazilian mifielder further chances to shine in GW21.
Though West Brom shipped another five against City last time out, the Baggies have at times had an attacking edge to their game, brought forward by Pereira.
Having scored his first top-flight goal in GW2, the Brazilian had to wait until GW19’s double-header to register again, but did so spectacularly, netting a brace away to Wolves and adding a further goal at West Ham days later.
His strike versus the Irons was from open play, but suddenly, Pereira has added value with penalty duties – which he has converted two out of two from the spot.
As Fulham travel to the West Midlands in GW21, West Brom are in dire need of inspiration and Pereira could provide just that.
With just 1% of managers taking the plunge on the Baggies’ man, Pereira is arguably the biggest differential of the weekend.
Punt of the Week: Willian Jose
For GW21’s educated punt, Wolves’ new front man in Willian Jose (7.0) gets the nod and with a trip to a Crystal Palace side that shipped three in midweek, could make an immediate impact at Selhurst Park.
Having made his debut appearance off the bench in west London only days ago, the Brazilian will sample Premier League football in the capital for the second time in a week here.
Brought in to cover for the stricken Raul Jimenez, Jose impressed with his physicality he added to the Black Country side – albeit briefly.
Having scored 52 goals in 143 games for Real Sociedad, the 29-year-old’s loan move should add some much-needed muscle to the Wolves attack also, with a starting berth possible here.
With the average fantasy manager perhaps knowing little of the forward, not even .1% have taken Jose under their wing, but, a move for him in GW21 might be just be a very canny addition, versus a shaky Eagles defence.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21 deadline is Saturday, 11:00 UK time.
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