The festive period culminates with the Boxing Day weekend fixtures, and if previous years are anything to go by, we should expect plenty of goals.
As always, your captaincy choice is crucial if you hope to increase your rank this week, which is the perfect gift for any FPL manager. These are the top picks.
- VS West Brom (H)
- Chances of scoring: 66%
The standout pick this week is the Premier League top scorer, Mo Salah. His goals have helped him overtake Heung-Min Son as the leading points scorer (118 points). Playing at home to West Brom, the Egyptian is heavily tipped to add to his 13 goals.
He’s up against the second worst defence in the league and averages a league best 1.08 goals per 90. Also, West Brom have conceded 14 out of 29 goals away from home, so Salah could give the Baggies a very long afternoon.
- VS Burnley (H)
- Chances of scoring: 46%
Perhaps the surprise performer this season, the Leeds top scorer already has nine goals this campaign and this week faces one of his former clubs. He’s taken 52 shots this season, just one behind leader Harry Kane, with 23 on target. As a result, he boasts the highest non penalty xG in the league (9.6).
Leeds have been a breath of fresh air this season, playing very openly and creating lots of chances. Leeds have attempted 15.4 shots per game, whilst Burnley have allowed 14.7 per game, so Bamford will likely get a lot of chances to add to his tally.
Kevin De Bruyne
- VS Newcastle
- Chances of scoring: 45%
Whilst Man City haven’t been scoring as freely as previous years, KDB has been consistent with his numbers. He racked up a seventh assist of the season against Southampton and faces a beleaguered Newcastle team.
The Magpies are defensively open, having conceded 17.7 shots per game away from home, the league’s most. Newcastle will have to be very diligent to stop one of the most creative players in the league, as the Belgian has produced 1.07 goal creating actions per 90.
If you’re going to captain any of the City assets it should be KDB, as he’s contributed to 47% of their goals this season.
- VS Sheffield United (A)
- Chances of scoring: 44%
Despite a blip in form, Everton are back to winning ways with three wins in a row. DCL has assisted a goal in each of these three wins and returns to Bramall Lane this weekend to face his boyhood club. This is promising for the forward’s owners, as six of his eleven goals have come away from home. On top of this, the Blades are having a tough season, conceding 17 from open play and seven from set pieces, which could suit DCL and his excellent heading ability. He averages 0.9 shots inside the six yard box per game and Sheffield United concede 22 crosses per game. It could be a very happy return to South Yorkshire for the striker.
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- VS Wolves (A)
- Chances of scoring: 41%
The England international tops the charts for assists, shots and goal creating actions. He’s been a talisman for Spurs this season, contributing to 76% of their league goals.
Five of his nine goals have come away from home, where lots of teams have been successful this campaign. To add to this, Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet since GW7 so Kane will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet again.
- VS Leicester (A)
- Chances of scoring: 35%
Bruno plays off the back of breaking the 100 points barrier last week with his 17 point haul against Leeds. He found success in the same fixture last season, scoring in a 2-0 win on the final day.
Man United are masters of the counter-attack and away games allow United to do this. He’s returned five goals and five assists away this season. Evidence of this is that Bruno has also averaged 3.2 shots per game (away), 3.2 key passes per game and has recorded 66 shot creating actions.
Adding to this, four of Leicester’s five defeats have been at the King Power, making him a very tempting option this week.