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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Weekend Football Picks and Fantasy Football 2019 (December 7-9)

Things have been a little frustrating over the last couple of days in amount of time I have had to write down my thoughts for the Weekend Premier League fixtures coming up.

Instead I am going to post my Picks for the week and then move onto the Fantasy Football portion of the thread as I lost some of the words I had written for the games to be played.

The only thing I can say is I have researched the selections made for the Picks this week. The Fantasy Football portion of the thread has been a little easier to manage as I managed to save it before things went a little haywire.

MY PICKS: Everton-Chelsea Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.72 Bet365 (2 Units)
Liverpool - 1.25 Asian Handicap @ 1.95 Bet365 (2 Units)
Tottenham Hotspur & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.95 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Manchester City - 1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.95 Bet Fred (0 Units)
Leicester City & Over 1.5 Goals @ 2.05 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Wolves-Draw Double Chance & Under 3.5 Goals @ 1.80 Bet365 (2 Units)
West Ham United + 0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.90 Bet365 (2 Units)

December 2019/20: 5-4, + 1.22 Units (18 Units Staked, + 6.78% Yield)
November 2019/209-16, - 12.66 Units (50 Units Staked, - 25.32% Yield)
October 2019/2016-14-2, + 6.14 Units (62 Units Staked, + 9.90% Yield)
September 2019/2013-9-1, + 8.82 Units (46 Units Staked, + 19.17% Yield)
August 2019/2014-17-2, - 8.78 Units (64 Units Staked, - 13.72% Yield)

Fantasy Football GameWeek 16
I have been warning for a while that the heavy fixture workload is going to mean there are some frustrating times ahead for Fantasy players and that was certainly the case for me during the week.

I did pick up 60 points which was above the average so am back on track in that regards, but the decision to remove Tammy Abraham in favour of Lys Mousset did not work out at all. One the Chelsea player did start and scored and assisted, while Mousset was left on the bench for Sheffield United.

You can't really call that, but I am not overly concerned with my Wild Card not too far away. I was irritated by the late news about Anthony Martial as I would have likely taken the Frenchman out instead of Abraham if I knew both were going to miss out, but at least Martial is back this week and that makes my Free Transfer much easier to deal with.

It is not going to be Martial like it might have been if he missed out this week and that is because I want to keep him around for the upcoming fixtures against Everton and Watford. Instead I do have the money in the bank to improve Andreas Pereira to bolster the midfield options and that is where the focus is going.

My two choices to potentially replace Pereira were Dele Alli and Christian Pulisic.

Dele Alli has been in fine form since Jose Mourinho arrived at Tottenham Hotspur and declared the England international as his main man. He has responded with goals and Alli is playing much further up the pitch than in the last days under Mauricio Pochettino and that has resulted in him also being the player with the most shots for Spurs in the Premier League since Mourinho took over.

Christian Pulisic has also been getting into some dangerous positions and he should have scored at least one and maybe two goals in the last four for Chelsea. However I think the young American is perhaps more likely to be involved in some squad rotation in the next couple of weeks considering Chelsea also have an important Champions League game to play and that is why I have leant towards Alli as my pick.

Chelsea have been creating more shots than Tottenham Hotspur and arguably have the better couple of games coming up, but when you are investing the kind of money that Alli and Pulisic are worth in the Fantasy game then you do have to take the player most likely to play back to back League games.

My GameWeek 16 Team
David De Gea- a lack of clean sheets and a trip to Manchester City coming up for my goalkeeper, but David De Gea could be involved in a saves bonus point.

Andrew Robertson- potential for the full backs at Liverpool to be rested ahead of a big game against Salzburg, but at the prices I have to start both.

Trent Alexander-Arnold- he is a yellow card away from a suspension, but Trent Alexander-Arnold was rested against Napoli and so I would expect him to continue at right back.

John Lundstram- an away game at Norwich City could see plenty of goals shared out. Sheffield United employ John Lundstram in midfield.

Caglar Soyuncu- the Leicester City clean sheets keep coming and they are looking for a fourth in a row away from home.

Sadio Mane (C)- both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were rested against Everton and Sadio Mane produced a star performance for Liverpool. In great form, might be difficult to expect him to be rested with that in mind.

Raheem Sterling- not scored against Manchester United in his career, but likely to have chances to do so.

Youri Tielemans- while the Leicester City form has remained strong, Youri Tielemans has had two quiet fantasy games in a row. Might be ready to make some noise against a vulnerable defence at Villa Park.

Dele Alli- the money saved from Tammy Abraham exiting my squad is spent on the in-form Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

Lys Mousset- was rested during the week but expected to be back in the line up at Norwich City.

Danny Ings- continued his goal-scoring form for Southampton and the key man for them at St James' Park this weekend.

Bench- Michael McGovern, Fiyako Tomori (away game at Everton is not going to be easy), Anthony Martial (it sounds like the bench is about as good as it gets for the Frenchman this week), Xande Silva

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