There’s nothing quite like Boxing Day football. This season is no exception however we’ll be given just six matches to gorge on from early afternoon to late evening with Burnley v Everton, Liverpool v Leeds and Wolves v Watford unfortunately postponed.
Among those in action include this year’s Christmas number-one Manchester City who entertain Leicester City at the Etihad. In-form Arsenal visit relegation-threatened Norwich City while Tottenham seek to build on their morale-boosting draw against Jurgen Klopp’s men when they host London rivals Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere there’s a meeting between West Ham and Southampton, both sitting at opposite ends of the table, which can be said for Aston Villa and Chelsea though not when it comes to recent performances. The final game of December 26 sees Brentford and Brighton go head-to-head before Newcastle United and Manchester United round off the gameweek 24 hours later. It should be a fascinating experience for all fantasy managers…
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FPL tips for Gameweek 19: Five players to consider
Joao Cancelo, 6.6: Right-backs have come to define this season’s Premier League with England duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James often stealing the headlines. But they’re not the only ones with Joao Cancelo continuing to stand out for Manchester City with each passing gameweek; the Portuguese international registered his first strike of the season last time out at Newcastle United and has now four assists to his name.
Gabriel Martinelli, 5.7: Arsenal have been enjoying a topsy-turvy campaign so far, but as things currently stand Mikel Arteta’s youthful Gunners are heading in the right direction. An undeniable factor behind their current upward trajectory has been the form of Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli who’s now starting to deliver on that promise. The native of Guarulhos has started each of Arsenal’s last five Premier League fixtures during which time he’s netted three goals and created a further two.
Son Heung-min, 9.8: It’s fair to say Tottenham haven’t always been themselves with Son Heung-min absent from their lineup. The multifunctional South Korean rescued a point against Liverpool in the previous gameweek meaning he’s now scored on seven occasions across his 14 league appearances this season. To break this down even further, 71% of those strikes have come at home, in fact Son has been involved in 62% of Spurs’ home goals when featured.
Jarrod Bowen, 6.4: The potential absence of West Ham centre-forward Michail Antonio against Southampton opens the door for Jarrod Bowen to fill in by playing a ‘false nine’ role. The much-improved Hammer has exclusively played as a right-winger this season, with the exception being a deep-lying forward position he took up in the 3-2 win over Chelsea earlier this month, a game that saw him score and create another. Bowen has shown the wherewithal and tactical acumem to adapt. He could ultimately prove to be a tricky customer for the Saints backline if David Moyes does ask him to lead the line.
Mason Mount, 7.2: Another English midfielder who is enjoying a prolific campaign is Mason Mount who comes into this latest gameweek as Chelsea’s leading Premier League marksman after bagging seven goals across 15 appearances. He’s also chipped in with four assists making him the club’s ‘most valuable player’ despite being surrounded by some of Europe’s most expensive acquisitions.
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Team news, injuries and suspensions for Gameweek 19
Kyle Walker is a doubt for the champions while Barcelona-bound Ferrán Torres remains in the physio room. Brendan Rodgers has Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Wesley Fofana (ankle) ruled out, meaning Wilfred Ndidi could feature in Leicester’s back-four again.
Milot Rashica (groin) and Andrew Omobamidele (back) are still unavailable for Norwich while Grant Hanley (shoulder) and Ozan Kabak (calf) are doubtful. Takehiro Tomiyasu came off in Arsenal’s recent win at Leeds with a muscular problem and is the only serious question mark for Mikel Arteta who has a number of players absent through illness.
Ryan Sessegnon joins Cristian Romero on the sidelines meaning Sergio Reguilon should return to Antonio Conte’s Premier League starting lineup. Crystal Palace visit Tottenham with James McArthur a doubt and Patrick Vieira contemplating whether to recall first-choice goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
Michail Antonio is a major doubt for West Ham meaning the door is open for Andriy Yarmolenko to lead the line with Jarrod Bowen another option. Fraser Forster should keep goal for Southampton if he’s fully recovered while Theo Walcott is expected to return for his boyhood club.
As things stand three Aston Villa players are definitely ruled out this weekend: Marvelous Nakamba, Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore, though Steven Gerrard has hinted more could be sidelined. As for Chelsea, they welcome back Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku, while Hakim Ziyech is a doubt. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz remain out.
Brighton are buoyed with Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross and Neal Maupay all available for selection. Brentford meanwhile are still without Josh Dasilva (hip), David Raya (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring), Mathias Jørgensen (muscle) and Charlie Goode (hamstring).
Isaac Hayden is suspended for Newcastle United while Jonjo Shelvey remains a fitness doubt. Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis are ruled out. Man Utd, according to manager Ralf Rangnick have a near full squad to choose from, meaning the likes of Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are in contention to start.