The pace is about to pick up in the Premier League, with a grueling schedule ahead as the festive season approaches. That means there are two gameweeks ahead in the next seven days – a weekend one as normal and an extra one on Tuesday and Wednesday. With that in mind, here are five players to consider including in your FPL team for this big double header, brought to you by our friends at Armchair Fancast – the new weekly podcast discussing all the latest happenings from the Premier League! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and follow them on Twitter here!
- César Azpilicueta (CHE, £6.8): The champions have rediscovered their mojo in the past few weeks, winning their last four games and keeping a clean sheet in the last three. Azpilicueta has played every single minute of Chelsea’s campaign so far and has scored more points than any other defender in the league, with a goal and five assists to complement his achievements at the back. Granted, a trip to Anfield on Saturday evening could be a defensive challenge, but just look at the Blues’ run of games after that – it’s a great time to invest in them.
- Shkodran Mustafi (ARS, £5.3): Mustafi marked his return to the Arsenal team last weekend with a goal against arch-rivals Tottenham and a points tally of 14 for the mere 2% of FPL managers who own him. Games against Burnley and (in particular) Huddersfield over the next week look like decent prospects for more success from an increasingly in-form Gunners side, so this might be a good time to get on the bandwagon.
- Heung-Min Son (TOT, £7.9): During Harry Kane’s recent injury absence Son really stepped up for Tottenham, and he continued that form midweek with the winning goal for his team in Dortmund. You’d be a fool not to field a Spurs player this weekend when they host manager-less West Brom at Wembley, and Son is a cheaper option than Kane, Eriksen or Alli so he’s well worth a look. Just bear in mind that his number of minutes on the pitch could be limited with such competition for places.
- Fernandinho (MCI, £5.2): Man City are so good at present that it’s really not a question as to whether you should pick their players, but rather how many and which ones. In previous weeks we’ve recommended all the obvious choices, but don’t overlook
- Romelu Lukaku (MUN, £11.5): It’s no coincidence that the Belgian’s five-week goal drought ended last Saturday in the same game that Paul Pogba made his return. With Pogba in the side United create far more chances in each game – and that is very good news indeed for the man leading their attack. A home game against Brighton this weekend seems particularly promising for Lukaku to show that his poor run of form is well and truly over.