FPL Gameweek 16 Preview – Tips, Fixtures, Stats – 20/21

The festive period of squad rotation is in full flow. The Boxing Day Gameweek is done and with less than 24 hours break, we are on to the final Gameweek of 2020 – Gameweek 16.

Some of the Premier League teams, who are pushing for the European spots, dropped more points in the race. This gave us Fantasy Premier League managers some more headaches around team selections and captain picks.

As always, we look at each Premier League teams’ percentage chance of winning, the most likely goalscorers and which defenders to target for a Clean Sheet.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester

  • Home Win: 26%
  • Draw: 26%
  • Away Win: 48%

Boxing Day brought more disappointment for Crystal Palace as they made it back-to-back defeats. The Eagles lost 3-0 to Aston Villa as their opponents exposed their defensive frailties, even after going down to ten men.

In Gameweek 16 Palace will host Leicester City, who have been their most dangerous on the road. Leicester showed much improved home form in the last Gameweek as they drew 2-2 with Manchester United. It’s certainly worth noting that of Jamie Vardy’s 11 Premier League goals so far, nine of them have come on away from home.

Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy 48%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 22%
  • Away: 36%

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

  • Home Win: 58%
  • Draw: 22%
  • Away Win: 20%

Chelsea’s poor away form continued as they lost their third in a row, this time against Arsenal. The slight positive for Frank Lampard’s side is that striker, Tammy Abraham, picked up his third goal in the last two games. Priced at £7.2m on FPL, he could be a great differential if he keeps his place.

Aston Villa take on Chelsea this Gameweek and The Villains are undefeated in four Premier League games now after beating Crystal Palace 3-0. Anwar El-Ghazi has hit some great form with four goals from the last four games. The Midfielder is priced at £5.7m and is on penalty duty for Villa.

Goalscorer: Timo Werner 44%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 33%
  • Away: 14%

Everton vs Man City

  • Home Win: 11%
  • Draw: 19%
  • Away Win: 70%

Everton moved up to second place in the league after a late winner by Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic playmaker now has two goals and an assist in the last four Premier League games. This made it four Premier League wins in a row for the Toffees.

Another team who are creeping up the league is Manchester City. It is going unnoticed as they aren’t blowing teams away with goals this time. Instead, they have made themselves very tough to score against. Their 2-0 win against Newcastle made it five Clean Sheets from the last six games. Centre-back John Stones started in all five of those Clean Sheet games. His £4.9m FPL price could start jumping up. The Citizens play Everton this week.

Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling 44%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 11%
  • Away: 44%

Brighton vs Arsenal

  • Home Win: 29%
  • Draw: 29%
  • Away Win: 42%

Brighton now have just one win in the last 13 Premier League games after their 2-2 draw with West Ham. The Seagulls were forced to settle for a point after conceding a late equaliser. This week, they will try their luck against Arsenal.

The Gunners are coming off a great win against London rivals, Chelsea. The surprise win was their first in eight Premier League games. Utility player, Bukayo Saka, showed some of last season’s form as he picked up a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win. He may be worth keeping tabs on, as he is priced at just £5.1m and has completed 90 minutes every week for six in a row.

Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 40%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 26%
  • Away: 33%

Burnley vs Sheffield United

  • Home Win: 40%
  • Draw: 31%
  • Away Win: 29%

Burnley felt hard done by in their 1-0 loss at Leeds in the last Gameweek. Dubious VAR decisions lead to a penalty against them and a disallowed goal for them. The Clarets are just two points above the drop zone.

Bottom of the league, Sheffield United, head to Turf Moor this week after a 1-0 defeat to Everton. The Blades have just two points and set a record for the joint-worst start to a season by any club in the English Football League.

Goalscorer: Chris Wood 36%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 38%
  • Away: 30%

Southampton vs West Ham

  • Home Win: 44%
  • Draw: 27%
  • Away Win: 29%

Southampton missed their talismanic striker, Danny Ings, in their goalless draw with Fulham last time round. Ings has just a 25% chance of featuring in their Gameweek 16 game with West Ham. The Clean Sheet was the silver lining for The Saints and centre-back, Jan Bednarek, now has the joint best form of any FPL defender.

West Ham picked up a point against Brighton, thanks to a late equaliser from Tomas Soucek. The Midfielder was awarded with all three bonus points because of his header. With three goals from the last five games, his £5.1m price-tag is very tempting for cheap points.

Goalscorer: Che Adams 33%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 33%
  • Away: 23%

West Brom vs Leeds

  • Home Win: 27%
  • Draw: 25%
  • Away Win: 48%

New manager, Sam Allardyce, appears to have already put his imprint on West Brom as they managed to frustrate top of the league Liverpool and pick up a point. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is one to keep an eye on as his put in another top performance. With Allardyce’s help, there could be Clean Sheets on the way.

The Baggies host Leeds this week and it was a hard earned 1-0 win for the visitors last week. Patrick Bamford scored his tenth goal of the season and appears to have taken over as the main penalty taker for Leeds.

Goalscorer: Patrick Bamford 44%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 18%
  • Away: 29%

Man United vs Wolves

  • Home Win: 62%
  • Draw: 23%
  • Away Win: 15%

Manchester United came out even in their 2nd and 3rd placed showdown with Leicester on Boxing Day. Bruno Fernandes featured heavily again in the 2-2 draw as he picked up a goal and an assist. The Portuguese playmaker is now averaging 8.3 points per game.

United host Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 16 after they stopped Tottenham reclaiming a top-four spot. Wolves continue to grind through an injury-hit season, but their top six hopes may be unrealistic without any January purchases.

Goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes 42%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 45%
  • Away:  18%

Tottenham vs Fulham

  • Home Win: 64%
  • Draw: 23%
  • Away Win: 13%

Tottenham could only get a point out of Wolves, even after leading the game for 85 minutes. Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min could not get into the game and the striker, Kane, has now gone three games without an attacking return. A Home fixture against bottom three side, Fulham, may grant the duo some more chances.

Before their visit to The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Fulham played out a goalless draw against Southampton. The Cottagers still sit in the relegation zone, but this was two home Clean Sheets in a row for their defence. It’s finding the goals at the other which is the problem.

Goalscorer: Harry Kane 52%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 65%
  • Away:  17%

Newcastle vs Liverpool

  • Home Win: 9%
  • Draw: 15%
  • Away Win: 76%

Liverpool were frustrated against West Brom last week and the game ended 1-1. The Champions seemed to lack creativity and urgency in the game. They will look to bounce back against Newcastle in Gameweek 16. The Reds have won all of the previous five matches against them, with Mane and Salah scoring four goals each in the process.

Injury-hit Newcastle lost 2-0 to Manchester City last week and that made it three Premier League games without a win. With several notable absentees including captain, Jamaal Lascelles, The Magpies may look to replicate West Brom’s counterattacking tactics against Liverpool.

Goalscorer: Mo Salah 57%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 9%
  • Away: 47%
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