The grueling December schedule rolls on with another full round of Premier League fixtures this weekend. Can Tottenham halt the historic Man City winning streak? Will Burnley beat Brighton and return to the top four? Will Leicester’s fine recent form continue against a resurgent Crystal Palace? And most importantly, which players will score you the most points on Fantasy Premier League? Here to help with that last question are our friends at Armchair Fancast – the new weekly podcast discussing all the latest happenings from the Premier League – with their top five picks for the week. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and follow them on Twitter here!
- Jordan Pickford (EVE, £6.0): Whatever Sam Allardyce is doing at Everton, it’s working – especially at the back. Pickford is the league’s in-form goalkeeper with three clean sheets from his last four games, and a home fixture this weekend against the worst team in the league means there is every chance of improving that record even further. Swansea have scored just 9 goals in 17 games so far – three less than any other side – and have failed to score in half of their away matches, all of which is great news if you have the Everton keeper in your side.
- Laurent Koscielny (ARS, £6.0): Koscielny was spectacular against West Ham midweek en route to ensuring Arsenal secured their fourth clean sheet in six games. This weekend they host a Newcastle team who are in a tailspin, which means another shut-out is a distinct possibility. The Frenchman has also been known to grab an occasional goal or assist at the other end of the field – he hasn’t done either yet this year, but playing the Magpies should provide a few decent opportunities to get forward.
- Ashley Young (MUN, £5.1): After a quiet couple of gameweeks against Arsenal and Man City, Young was only given 7 minutes in the 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday night, but that might make him a likely starter at West Brom. Until very recently Young was in some of the form of his career, bagging 2 goals and 2 assists in the three matches prior to the Arsenal game and earning himself an England recall. If he can recapture that spark against one of the league’s poorer teams this weekend then the rewards could be plentiful.
- David Silva (MCI, £8.2): Many of the plaudits for Man City’s imperious midfield this season have been directed at Kevin De Bruyne, but David Silva is arguably just as crucial to the team dynamic, and he’s £2.0 cheaper than his Belgian teammate. With a jaw-dropping 33 points from the past three gameweeks, Silva is getting close to being a must-have at this point, even though the title favorites have a potentially tricky match against Spurs on Saturday evening.
- Shinji Okazaki (LEI, £5.4): Japan’s star forward has outshone Jamie Vardy during Leicester’s recent run, in particular on the south coast midweek when he scored twice and caused chaos in the Southampton defense throughout. The 2016 champions are looking for their fifth consecutive victory when they host Palace on Saturday lunchtime, and with Mahrez also in scintillating form, there should be plenty of chances created for Okazaki to keep on scoring.