The games are beginning to come thick and fast for Fantasy Premier League managers as we enter a festive period packed with fixtures, the relentless nature of the Christmas period beginning with a full round of midweek clashes in gameweek 13.
Whether you’re charging up your mini-league or floundering near the bottom, we’ve got you covered as we assess the most enticing picks for that crucial captaincy and double points ahead of this week’s fixtures.
The four best captains for FPL gameweek 13:
Kevin De Bruyne v West Brom (H)
Manchester City’s clash with West Bromwich Albion shapes as the most attractive fixture for potential points hauls ahead of the midweek games, with the visitors heading to the Etihad with just one win from their opening 12 fixtures and possession of the league’s leakiest defence.
Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to quite click into gear in an attacking sense but in Kevin De Bruyne they have one of the most reliable performers in the division, the 29-year-old having provided eight attacking returns in just nine league starts so far this season despite widespread views he is yet to hit his brilliant best.
Only Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes can better De Bruyne’s expected assists figure of 3.7, whilst only the former can better his record of eight big chances created so far this season.
De Bruyne leads the division for passes into the penalty area and has returned double digit FPL hauls in each of his past two fixtures at the Etihad, the visit of West Brom unlikely to represent a stubborn obstacle on current form.
Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) heads a list of intriguing differential captaincy picks amid City assets, though De Bruyne is the safest bet provided he avoids Guardiola’s much-feared rotation.
Bruno Fernandes v Sheffield United (A)
Bruno Fernandes’ continued consistency and productivity have made the Manchester United man an almost essential pick for FPL managers since his introduction to the Premier League, providing points at a quite remarkable rate.
Fernandes’ incredible record is even more impressive when you look solely at his performances on the road for the Red Devils, with the Portugal international having returned in every single away fixture for the club.
No player in the Premier League has created more chances than the 26-year-old this season, whilst he also leads the league for key passes and ranks second for big chances created.
United will be looking to bounce back from the dross served up in a dire derby draw with Manchester City when they travel to face winless Sheffield United in midweek, a side free-falling towards relegation with ‘second season syndrome‘ in full effect in the Steel City.
No player has more Premier League Player of the Month awards than Bruno Fernandes over the past four years.
He's only been playing in the league since February 2020 🏆 pic.twitter.com/U6ym42To0a
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 11, 2020
Chris Wilder’s side were woeful in losing 3-0 to Southampton and have now lost seven consecutive league fixtures, their wretched run raising suggestions they could even set a new low for Premier League points.
United’s visit to Bramall Lane provides Fernandes with the perfect opportunity to reward his ownership and continue his record of never blanking in away top-flight fixtures.
Jack Grealish vs Burnley (H)
Aston Villa’s performances have been difficult to predict during a fascinating opening to the season for Dean Smith’s side, whose strong summer transfer window has them aiming upwards after narrowly avoiding the drop last season.
The jewel in Villa’s crown, however, remains Jack Grealish who has continued to enhance his reputation as one of the best creative talents in the Premier League this season.
Grealish ranks fifth amongst all FPL midfielders who total points scored this season and ranks highly in a number of key statistics, leading the league for shot-creating actions and fouls drawn, whilst only three players can better his number of passes into the penalty area.
Villa host a Burnley side who have bounced back from a difficult start with two wins in their past four fixtures, though have shown uncharacteristic defensive frailties this season in conceding 3+ goals on four occasions.
Aston Villa have shown they have the capacity to exploit defensive deficiencies with big wins over the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, with Grealish often at the heart of it having registered 11 goal involvements in 10 league fixtures.
If the home side experience joy this weekend, expect Grealish to be a part of it.
Jamie Vardy vs Everton (H)
Leicester looked back to their best with a 3-0 thrashing of Brighton at the weekend and will head into their midweek clash with Everton in confident mood, the high-flying Foxes just one point adrift of both Liverpool and league leaders Tottenham.
Brendan Rodgers’ side possess one of the Premier League’s most clinical forwards in Jamie Vardy, who proved against Brighton his involvement only needs to be limited to make a decisive impact.
The 33-year-old scored once and provided two assists to take his tally to 10 goals in just 10 league starts, whilst he has added a further four assists in another strong start to the season for the evergreen forward.
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) December 13, 2020
Vardy remains firmly in the race to secure a second successive Golden Boot and has the highest xG and highest xG per 90 of any player in the Premier League, ahead of the visit of an Everton side who kept just their second clean sheet of the season against Chelsea last time out.
Vardy also has a strong record against the Merseyside opposition, having scored six goals and provided three assists in just 10 league appearances against Everton in his Premier League career.
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