Get ready for the new round of fantasy football as we give you the FPL Gameweek 13 top picks. With the help of the Fantasy Football Scout members area we use its stats and fixture ticker to determine who the best players to buy in each position are.
We are getting deeper into the season now so it’s even more crucial to know which players we should be targeting each and every week. So, lets take a look at the best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers for Gameweek 13 to help you make your moves.
Gameweek 13 Fixtures
Goalkeepers – Sam Johnstone
Crystal Palace sit near the top of the ticker this week. Results haven’t been great for the Eagles lately but the return of key players could hail a turn in form. Whilst results may have been inconsistent Crystal Palace have still managed to keep three clean sheets in their last six league games.
Luton lay ahead for Crystal Palace this week who at the time of writing sit 17th in the league due to poor form. Offensively, the Hatters also sit joint worst in the league for shots on target (31). Taking all of the above into account Sam Johnstone (£4.6m) could have a good chance of a clean sheet this week. Interestingly, he also sits in the top two highest scoring goalkeepers in the game as well.
There are plenty of budget goalkeepers with solid potential in Gameweek 13 which takes us to our next pick. West Ham are conceding some poor defensive data in the league this season but that could work in their favour this week.
Alphonse Areola (£4.3m) may have haul potential in the round ahead against Burnley. West Ham are conceding plenty of attempts in the box but Burnley are failing to finish the chances they do create which gives Areola the potential of save points. He also has clean sheet potential too as Burnley also sit the worst in the division for goals scored (nine), second worst for shots in the box (75) and second worst for big chances total (13). With that in mind Areola joins the FPL Gameweek 13 top picks.
Defenders – Joachim Anderson
The game against Luton is a great opportunity to get back into a good run of form for Crystal Palace. This is mainly because the Hatters have failed to win any of their last five matches and sit deep at the bottom of the Premier League.
A Crystal Palace clean sheet could be likely this week and one of the players to benefit from that is Joachim Andersen (£5.1m). Anderson has been one of the most consistent defenders in FPL this season. We can see that in the fact he ranks as the second highest scoring defender in the game. He also has attacking threat. When compared to all other defenders he ranks joint third best for attempts on goal (10) and joint third for shots in the box (nine).
It’s not luck that Crystal Palace have managed the joint most clean sheets in the league this season so far. They rank in the best six sides for goals conceded (16) and shots on target conceded (44) so the stats are there to back them continuing their defensive success.
Many will be hoping to invest as little at the back as possible and that is where Tyrick Mitchell (£4.7m) comes in. He sits £0.4 cheaper than teammate Andersen so for those on a budget he could be the go-to. Mitchell also ranks as the second best in his backline for non-penalty expected goal involvement behind Andersen. Not only did Mitchell score recently but he also sits as the fifth highest scoring defender in the game which reflects his consistency.
Manchester United may not be the most convincing defence in the division but it’s worth noting that they have kept four clean sheets this season. That number means they rank joint second best. The Reds have also shown the ability to beat weaker sides recently – against the likes of Fulham, Sheffield United and Brentford.
Everton are up next for Manchester United. Although impressive recently the Toffees have still failed to score in five of their matches this season which shows bluntness in front of goal at times. With that, centre-back Harry Maguire (£4.3m) could have potential. He doesn’t just come in with a cheap enabling price-tag bit he also has attacking potential – scoring in the Champions League recently and bagging an assist in Gameweek 8. Maguire may not be the complete package but taking into account his price, opponent and potential, he squeezes his way into the top picks this week.
A fixture against Chelsea may put many off here but lets take a look why our next pick could have big potential.
The Newcastle defence has proven more than capable this campaign. In fact, the Magpies rank joint best for clean sheets kept (five) and the best for big chances conceded (10). Their defensive stats are fantastic but they also kept a clean sheet against Arsenal recently – showing they can stay tight at the back even against the better attacks.
Now the clean sheet may or may not be on against Chelsea this week but Kieran Trippier (£7m) offers much more to get excited about. Yes he sits as the highest scoring defender in the game but he has also created more assists than any other defender as well (six). Not just that but he tops every other in his position for chances created (33), big chances created (eight) and bonus points (15). Trippier also takes his sides set pieces which only adds to his ever-growing appeal.
Midfielders – Eberechi Eze
Whilst it may seem like Luton are improving they are still conceding some concerning defensive numbers. The Hatters are one of four sides whom are yet to keep a single clean sheet this season. They have also conceded the second most shots in the box, second most headed attempts and the most big chances (46).
Eberechi Eze (£6.1m) is clearly a vital cog in the Crystal Palace frontline and we have seen that since his injury and return – scoring and assisting in just two matches. The Englishman may have been out for some time but he ranks second best in his front line for non-penalty expected goal involvement this campaign (4.20). Another big appeal of Eze is that he also takes set pieces and penalties for his club.
West Ham may be inconsistent in terms of results but they score goals – netting in nine of their last 10 matches in all competitions. That will come in handy against strugglers Burnley next. The newly promoted side sit joint second worst for goals conceded (30), third worst for shots on target conceded (70) and joint worst for clean sheets kept (zero).
The Burnley defence are there to target this week and Jarrod Bowen (£7.7m) is the pick. Firstly it’s worth mentioning that he plays away from home this week. Playing away from home seems to be his thing at the moment as he’s netted in his last six matches. Bowen has had a fantastic start to the season – picking up a return in eight of his first 12 matches. He also leads all of his offensive teammates for non-penalty expected goal involvement.
Brighton will be hoping to secure a win this week. The Seagulls are still one of the most efficient attacks in the league this season – sitting fifth best for goals scored (25) and second best for shots on target (71).
They come up against Nottingham Forest in Gameweek 13. Nottingham Forest have been inconsistent all season and they have also won just one of their last six matches in the league.
Managers should look to target Nottingham Forest this week and the standout Brighton attacker is Kaoru Mitoma (£6.6m). The Japanese international is the most trusting in terms of minutes within his side but he also ranks above all of his offensive teammates for non-penalty expected goal involvement so far (5.19). This indicates that he’s the most likely to pick up a goal or an assist in the Brighton attack. Mitoma picked up a knock during the international break so it could be worth monitoring his injury status.
It’s fair to say that Manchester United are not one of the most trusting attacks in the league. However, the Reds have shown a good ability to score against weaker opponents. They have done exactly that in their last seven matches against the likes of Brentford, Fulham, Sheffield United and Copenhagen. A lot of their play goes through or is created by one player in particular.
Bruno Fernandes (£8.3m) seems to be picking up a bit of form recently. In fact, the Portuguese midfielder has scored in both of his recent matches against Fulham and Copenhagen. In terms of stats he sits in the top five players in the division for chances created and big chances created. Because of his penalty taking duty, recent form and Everton ahead, Fernandes could have big potential going into Gameweek 13.
Tottenham come up against Aston Villa next. Although injuries and bans have dampened their recent matches they still have the quality and manager to put the sword to teams leaking goals. Aston Villa may be one of the most lethal attacks in the league so far but they have conceded in all of their last six matches on the bounce in all competitions.
Leading the Tottenham attack is Son Heung-min (£9.7m). Son has been one of the most explosive assets in the game since taking up a forward role – banking a huge four double-digit returns in his last eight matches. He also sits amongst the best six attackers for non-penalty expected goal involvement (6.59) whilst taking his side penalties.
Forwards – Dominic Solanke
Bournemouth are in poor form and there is no denying that. That may be the case but they are still scoring – netting at least one in four of their last five matches. Leading the frontline is Dominic Solanke (£6.4m). The Englishman has managed to return in five of his first 11 matches this season but he also takes his sides penalties which gives him added appeal.
The biggest factor towards Solanke’ appeal this week is that he faces a meeting with Sheffield United. The Blades remain one of the best teams to target in terms of attacking assets. They sit at the bottom of most of the key defensive data points which suggests that the opposing striker has huge potential going into the game. Most of the Bournemouth attacks lead to Solanke and with Sheffield United up next he could be a great asset invest in this week.
Manchester City have a huge clash against Liverpool next. It’s a game that usually promises goals – with between four and five goals scored in four of their last five meetings. The Reds have also conceded in all three of their last four matches which suggests there is some defensive instability there.
The league leaders look to be gaining momentum – winning four of their last five matches in all competitions whilst racking up a huge 19 goals. Leading the lethal attack is Erling Haaland (£14m) who not only dominates most of the key attacking data but has also managed a huge eight goals and two assists in his last five matches.
Aston Villa have a game against Tottenham next up. Spurs may have started the season exceptionally but the defensive injuries and bans they have suffered is likely to damage the capability of their defence moving forward. We also have to remember that Aston Villa have scored the second most goals in the league and sit the best for shots in the box (133).
With that above in mind Ollie Watkins (£8.4m) remains one of the best forward options in the game this week. Bar Erling Haaland no forward in FPL has had more attempts on goal or shots in the box. Watkins has also bagged a return in nine of his first 12 matches which reflects his potential and consistency this season.
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