The final gameweek of 2023 is here and it also spells the end of the first wildcard window, while there’s a let up in the schedule on the horizon.
Dominic Solanke provided the big points among the festive picks so who are the must-haves going into FPL Gameweek 20?
FPL review: What happened in Gameweek 18 & 19?
Gameweek 18 brought a big red arrow, with a captain blank from Ollie Watkins yielding just 32 points.
Thankfully, the returns are far more promising in Gameweek 19 at the time of writing, with Darwin Nunez, Cameron Archer and Trent Alexander-Arnold among the significant returns to date.
FPL GW20 Picks
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold vs Newcastle United (H)
Alexander-Arnold has dazzled since moving into that inverted wing-back role at the end of November, with two goals and three assists in his last seven appearances for Liverpool. They’ve kept three clean sheets in this time, conceding just six goals.
Trent has been dominating the bonus points, too, picking up the maximum three on four occasions. Opponents Newcastle United have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four away games, conceding ten goals in that time and scoring just one.
Midfield: Phil Foden vs Sheffield United (H)
Manchester City have the fixture of the weekend against struggling Sheffield United and with Erling Haaland set to miss another game through injury, Phil Foden has the opportunity to shine having started all of City’s games over this busy period.
Foden is in form, too, with one goal and one assist in his last two Premier League games, while also finding the back of the net in the Club World Cup final. Opponents Sheffield United have kept just one clean sheet this season, with no shut-outs on the road.
Forward: Ollie Watkins vs Burnley (H)
Aston Villa also face a promoted side this weekend as Burnley arrive at Villa Park, where Ollie Watkins is certainly enjoying home comforts this season. He has five goals and five assists on home turf, but has blanked in each of his last three.
Watkins comes into this game with just one goal in four starts but remains an ever-present, completing 90 minutes in every game in this period. Watkins registered an assist in the reverse fixture against Burnley back in Gameweek 3.