Fantasy Football round 19 preview

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It is Christmas weekend which means one thing; football; football; and football.

Yes, there are four rounds of matches over the next 14 days and loads of points up for grabs for Fantasy managers. However, despite the football overload for fans, it can be the most stressful time of the year for Fantasy managers as having so many games in such a short period of time, will lead to the inevitable injury or suspension - squad rotation is key at this time.

But here at Advertiser HQ we are not looking past this weekend so who should you select to give you the happiest of Christmases?

Raheem Sterling (Man City ) v Bournemouth

The diminutive winger is on fire at the moment for the runaway league leaders. A brace of goals against Spurs last Saturday, two assists against Swansea the week before, plus late winners against Huddersfield and Southampton, sees Sterling as City's most potent weapon at present. On Saturday afternoon, City, the league's top scorers, host a Bournemouth side who have failed to win in their last six league outings and sit only a point above the relegation zone. There is only going to be one winner at Eastlands and Sterling will cash in. Make him your captain.

Marko Arnautovic (West Ham ) v Newcastle United

Since the arrival of David Moyes, the Hammers' miserable early season form has dissipated, picking up seven points in their last three games. One of the main stars of West Ham's mini-revival is Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, who has got himself onto the score sheet twice during the period. On Saturday afternoon, West Ham take on Newcastle. The Magpies have earned one point in their last nine matches; relegation form. I cannot see Newcastle doing anything at the London Stadium as Arnautovic and his mates will be adding three more points to their Premier League tally. Get him in your team.

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City ) v Crystal Palace

Now I know what you are all thinking - you may think I have lost my marbles for selecting the goalkeeper of the league's bottom team, however, hear me out. Fabianski, despite Swansea's dreadful run, is in sparkling form for the Jacks. Because Swansea's defensive line is non-existent, Fabianski gets plenty of opportunity to make saves which earns goalkeepers more points. For example on Monday night against Everton, the Polish international conceded three goals yet earned himself nine points, whereas Crystal Palace's Julian Speroni, who kept a clean sheet against Leicester City, only garnered six points. On Saturday, Fabianski will see plenty of action when in-form Crystal Palace come to Wales. I guarantee he will earn points for his managers.

That's me for the year but I will be back in January for more Fantasy tips. Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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