FPL Gameweek 15 Preview – Tips, Fixtures, Stats – 20/21

The beloved Boxing Day fixtures are upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than to get a monster-haul of Fantasy Premier League points.

In the previous Gameweek we saw some huge FPL player points as five players picked up at least 16 points. However, with squad rotation afoot, getting your captain right over the Christmas period could be key to those green arrows.

As always, we look at each Premier League teams’ percentage chance of winning, the most likely goalscorers and any differential options you should be transferring in for Gameweek 15.

Leicester vs Man United

  • Home Win: 33%
  • Draw: 26%
  • Away Win: 41%

Leicester City’s outstanding away form continued at the weekend as they won 2-0 against Tottenham. Striker, Jamie Vardy, picked up his 11th goal of the season and sixth assist, to earn 12 Fantasy Premier League points. The former England International was taken off as a precaution to a muscle injury. However, it’s almost a certainty that if he is fit for this Gameweek 15 fixture, he will play.

To open the Boxing Day fixtures, 2nd place will play 3rd place as Leicester host Manchester United. The Red Devils are coming off the back of an exhilarating match with old rivals, Leeds United, which saw them win 6-2. It was another double-digit haul for Bruno Fernandes, who recorded two goals and one assist to gain 17 FPL points. The Portuguese playmaker has hit double digits in almost one in two Premier League games.

Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy 47%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 22%
  • Away: 26%

Differential Pick: Marcus Rashford 33% to score, 8.9% ownership (£9.5m)

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace

  • Home Win: 50%
  • Draw: 26%
  • Away Win: 24%

It was back to back wins over local rivals for Aston Villa last week as they secured a 3-0 victory over West Brom. The Villains have now kept three clean sheets in a row, which made it seven out of 12 Premier League games. Jack Grealish ran the show again and the Villa captain picked up two assists in the process.

Gameweek 15 will see Aston Villa take on Crystal Palace. The Eagles had a Gameweek to forget as they were crushed 7-0 by a highly clinical Liverpool. Moving forward for Palace, Christian Benteke will return after suspension this week and with three goals in his last three games, they will need that boost in Gameweek 15.

Goalscorer: Ollie Watkins 42%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 33%
  • Away: 20%

Differential Pick: Matt Targett 33% Clean Sheet, 3.7% ownership (£4.6m)

Fulham vs Southampton

  • Home Win: 30%
  • Draw: 27%
  • Away Win: 43%

Fulham were on track to win at the weekend against Newcastle before a debatable penalty saw Joachim Andersen sent off and their opponents convert the spot-kick to tie the game 1-1. The Cottagers will have Andersen available for Gameweek 15 though, as his red card was rescinded. Fulham conceded an average of 2.3 goals per Premier League game before Andersen’s introduction. They’ve since conceded an average of 1.1 goals per PL game.

Southampton head to Craven Cottage this week and will be hoping to bounce-back after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. Danny Ings was brought off in the first half with a hamstring injury and now has just a 50% (at best) chance of featuring against Fulham. However, this does open the door for Theo Walcott to take a more advanced role in the starting XI, where he found some great form in previous games.

Goalscorer: Aleksandar Mitrovic 35%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 27%
  • Away: 33%

Differential Pick: Jan Bednarek 33% Clean Sheet, 5.9% ownership (£4.6m)

Arsenal vs Chelsea

  • Home Win: 24%
  • Draw: 26%
  • Away Win: 50%

Arsenal continued their poor run by losing 2-1 away at Everton. This made it seven games without a Premier League win and added more question marks around manager, Mikel Arteta. With just three goals in their last seven, The Gunners have found themselves falling closer and closer to the relegation zone.

In Gameweek 15, Arsenal they will host London rivals, Chelsea, at The Emirates. Head-to-head, they have been evenly matched over their previous five meetings but Chelsea are the ones in much better form this time round. The Blues won 3-0 in the last Gameweek against West Ham, picking up their sixth Clean Sheet of the season. Thiago Silva headed home his second goal of the season to pick up 14 FPL points.

Goalscorer: Timo Werner 40%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 20%
  • Away: 35%

Differential Pick: Olivier Giroud 36% to score, 1.7% ownership (£6.7m)

Man City vs Newcastle

  • Home Win: 87%
  • Draw: 10%
  • Away Win: 3%

After two draws in a row, Manchester City got back to winning ways as they beat Southampton 1-0 at St. Mary’s. Although they don’t look like the free-scoring City which we’ve been used to seeing in recent years, they have tightened things up in defence. John Stones came back into the starting XI to pick up his fourth clean sheet in his last four appearances.

Man City will hope the build on their momentum as they face Newcastle at home in Gameweek 15. The Magpies will still be playing with a make-shift defence with several absentees. However, they managed to pick up a point last week as Callum Wilson’s eighth goal of the season earned a 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling 55%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 58%
  • Away: 5%

Differential Pick: John Stones 58% Clean Sheet, 2.1% ownership (£4.9m)

Sheffield United vs Everton

  • Home Win: 20%
  • Draw: 26%
  • Away Win: 54%

Despite going down to ten men in the first half, Sheffield United were close to getting their first win of the season against Brighton. It was a late equaliser that saw them settle for a 1-1 draw. This added a second point to the tally for The Blades and striker, David McGoldrick, was involved in the goal again as he provided the assist.

Everton head to Sheffield in Gameweek 15 after three wins on the bounce against tough opposition. Striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, continued his fine form by picking up an assist for the third week running. The England International has now provided attacking returns in 12 out of 14 Premier League games this season. This week will be a homecoming against his boyhood team.

Goalscorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin 44%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 20%
  • Away: 40%

Differential Pick: Richarlison 32% to score, 4.6% ownership (£7.8m)

Leeds vs Burnley

  • Home Win: 56%
  • Draw: 24%
  • Away Win: 20%

Leeds United continued to entertain Premier League fans as they went toe-to-toe with Manchester United last week. Both sides created plenty of chances but it was United’s sharper finishing which saw them win 6-2. Wing-back, Stuart Dallas, put away his second goal in as many games.

Burnley will try to contain Leeds this week after they moved out of the bottom with a 2-1 win against Wolves. The Clarets are now unbeaten in the last four games and this was the first time they’ve scored twice in a Premier League game since February. If Leeds continue making games as open as they have been recently, Burnley may be in for some more goals this week.

Goalscorer: Patrick Bamford 48%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 35%
  • Away: 15%

Differential Pick: Chris Wood 38% to score, 0.9% ownership (£6.2m)

West Ham vs Brighton

  • Home Win: 41%
  • Draw: 28%
  • Away Win: 31%

West Ham had an off day on Monday night as they lost 3-0 away at London rivals, Chelsea. Although they looked threatening at times, The Hammers were not able to register any shots on target in the whole game. Injured striker, Michail Antonio, appears to be needed more than ever.

In Gameweek 15, Brighton head to West Ham after feeling like they missed a big opportunity for a win last week. The Seagulls’ finishing let them down and they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with ten-man Sheffield United, thanks to a late Danny Welbeck goal. The composed finish earned the striker 8 FPL points and should earn him more regular starts for Brighton.

Goalscorer: Sebastien Haller 33%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 31%
  • Away: 26%

Differential Pick: Vladimir Coufal 31% Clean Sheet, 3.4% ownership (£4.6m)

Liverpool vs West Brom

  • Home Win: 88%
  • Draw: 9%
  • Away Win: 3%

It was another outstanding week for the reigning Champions, Liverpool, as they tore apart Crystal Palace in a 7-0 win. Jurgen Klopp’s side were clinical with their finishing as they took eight shots on target and seven of them hit the back of the net. Mo Salah came off the bench to get two goals and an assist in 33 minutes. This saw the Egyptian become the league’s current top goal scorer and FPL’s most in form player, averaging 8.5 points per game.

Gameweek 15 brings us the Premier League’s highest goal scorers, Liverpool, take on the team with the worst defensive record, West Bromwich Albion. The Baggie’s new boss, Sam Allardyce’s, first game in charge didn’t quite go to plan. Local rivals, Aston Villa, beat them 3-0 and Allardyce saw his captain, Jake Livermore, receive a straight red for a reckless challenge. Just to top it off, they will be playing at the fortress that is Anfield.

Goalscorer: Mo Salah 65%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 60%
  • Away: 5%

Differential Pick: Sadio Mane 58% to score, 7.6% ownership (£11.9m)

Wolves vs Tottenham

  • Home Win: 25%
  • Draw: 30%
  • Away Win: 45%

Wolves’ up and down form continued as they lost 2-1 away at Burnley last week. For what is usually a solid defensive unit, they have not kept a Clean Sheet for seven games. One positive for Wolves was that their new teenage Striker, Fabio Silva, stepped up to convert their late penalty. At £5.2m, he could be a bargain if given a run of games and on penalty duty.

Tottenham also had an out of form week as they lost 2-0 at home to Leicester City. The defeat saw them drop out of the top four as this made it no wins in the three games. It was also one of those rare weeks where neither Harry Kane nor Son Heung-Min picked up any FPL points. They will be keen to get back on track by exploiting Wolves’ shaky defence.

Goalscorer: Harry Kane 42%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 27%
  • Away: 40%

Differential Pick: Eric Dier 40% Clean Sheet, 4.8% ownership (£5.0m)