Premier League Fantasy Football Tips Who To Pick And Who To Avoid On New Years Day

Premier League fantasy football tips: Who to pick and who to avoid on New Year's Day

Premier League fantasy football tips: Who to pick and who to avoid on New Year's Day

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What”s the most stressful thing about the festive season? The last-minute shopping? The fake smiling at the pair of socks your granny”s bought you? The Boxing Day cheese sweats? New Years plans?

None of the above. It”s the constant tinkering you need to do to your fantasy football team, of course.

The games have been coming thick and fast over the last week and if you drop the ball then some smart alec in your league will make you pay.

Luckily, we”ve got your backs, so let”s get cracking with our tips for Gameweek 20.

Key injuries/suspensions

Despite Wayne Rooney”s claim that the festive period is an injury time-bomb waiting to happen, we”ve not seen any major injuries over the last couple of game weeks. In terms of busy treatment rooms, Manchester City lead the way, with strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko missing out.

There”s a full list of who”s in and who”s out below.

MORE: 6 things to watch out for during New Year”s Day”s Premier League action

Favourable match-ups of the week

There”s a couple of tasty looking match-ups on Thursday”s slate, but owing to the relentless onslaught of matches there”s a big caveat in the way of managers rotating their tiring squads.

Liverpool were impressive against Swansea on Monday night, which would usually leave you feeling very good about their Anfield clash with bottom-of-the-pile Leicester, but a lack of recovery time means changes are likely.

After throwing away a couple of points against Burnley, expect Manchester City to get back on track against Sunderland – although fans of historical precedents will know that City vs Sunderland clashes this time of year don”t always go to plan.

Gallery: Liverpool see off Swansea

Adam Lallana celebrates after scoring his team's second goalVIEW GALLERY

Big names/bandwagons to avoid

As mentioned above, the XI men wearing Liverpool shirts on Monday night did a passable impression of the team the challenged for the title back in May, but

Manchester United faded dramatically in the second half at White Hart Lane on Sunday, as Louis van Gaal named an unchanged side for the first time this season. Logic therefore dictates that he”ll make some changes for the trip to Stoke – or they”ll tire again, so be careful building your team around the likes of Rooney, Di Maria or Falcao.

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Bargain corner

You know who”s an under-rated player? Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian winger impressed during the Championship run-in last season and is appearing to be finding his feet in the top flight. Facing a weary Liverpool team that are still getting to grips with a new formation and without suspended Martin Skrtel, Mahrez is a steal.

GettySign him up: Riyad Mahrez netted against Hull

Who should I captain?

The rotation that comes with the current fixture glut makes selection your captain particularly perilous this time of year.

With Alexis Sanchez looking knackered and Diego Costa on perma-hamstring watch there”s a school of thought that says back a player who”s not racked up as many Premier League minutes this season.

Step forward David Silva, who has returned from injury without missing a beat for the champions. Manuel Pellegrini”s men have been struggling for firepower with Dzeko and Aguero injured, so the silky Spaniard remains a good bet to repeat his goalscoring exploits from the weekend.

On a similar train of thought, Adam Lallana has missed a chunk of the season and looks to be rediscovering the form that saw him break into the England first-team last season, so could be a good man to hand the armband to.

Looking ahead…

It could be a good time to stock up on Liverpool players. After they face Leicester on New Year”s Day, their next three fixtures – Sunderland (A), Villa (A) and West Ham (H) are fairly kind, with Brendan Rodgers looking like he”s beginning to dig his way out of the hole the Reds have been in recently. The afore mentioned Lallana seems to be getting into a groove, while Philippe Coutinho is quickly rediscovering his form. Be weary of Raheem Sterling though – he”s been working his little cotton socks off recently and is surely due for a rest soon.

Clive BrunskillIn La-la land: Adam Lallana bagged a brace last time out

Injuries, doubts, suspensions, etc

Here”s a full rundown of those that either won”t be playing on New Year”s Day or are facing those tricky last-minutes fitness tests.

Arsenal

Out: Bellerin, Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere, Arteta, Gnabry, Diaby, Giroud

Doubts: Welbeck

Aston Villa

Out: Senderos, Westwood, Delph, Johnson, Gardner, Bent, Kozak

Doubts: Clark, Baker, Cleverley, Cole

Burnley

Out: Duff, Ward, Taylor

Chelsea

Out: Ake

Gallery: Chelsea held at Southampton

Eden Hazard celebrates scoring the first goal for ChelseaVIEW GALLERY 

Crystal Palace

Out: Hunt, Williams, McCarthy, Jedinak, Guedioura, Williams, Chamakh, Murray

Everton

Out: Howard, Hibbert, Osman, Gibson

Doubts: Jagielka, Stones, McCarthy, Atsu

Hull

Out: Dawson, Dudgeon, Diame, Huddlestone, Quinn, Snodgrass

Doubts: Robertson, McShane, Ramirez

Leicester City

Out: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Upson, King

Doubts: Ulloa

Liverpool

Out: Skrtel, Johnson, Flanagan, Allen, Suso, Sturridge

Doubts: Jones, Lovren

Manchester City

Out: Nastasic, Fernando, Aguero, Dzeko

Doubts: Kompany, Yaya Toure, Pozo

Manchester United

Out: Rojo, James, Fellaini, Blind, Januzaj, Lingard

Doubts: Di Maria, Valencia, Herrera

VIEW GALLERY 

Newcastle

Out: Krul, Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Santon, Obertan, Aarons, Abeid, de Jong, Gutierrez, Cisse,Campbell

QPR

Out: Yun, Sandro, Faurlin, Taarabt

Southampton

Out: Boruc, Schneiderlin, Cork, Hesketh, Mayuka, Rodriguez, Gallagher

Doubts: Clyne

Stoke

Out: Teixeira, Wilkinson, Moses, Sidwell, Odemwingie, Ness, Shea

Doubts: Bardsley, Ireland, Bojan

Sunderland

Out: Reveillere, van Aanholt, Bridcutt, Graham

Doubts: Larsson

Lee Cattermole is shown a yellow card by referee Martin AtkinsonVIEW GALLERY 

Swansea

Out: Tate, Montero

Doubts: Barrow

Tottenham

Out: None

Doubts: Bentaleb

West Brom

Out: Olsson, Daniels

Doubts: Myhill, Pocognoli, Sessegnon, Morrison, Anichebe, Samaras

West Ham

Out: Tomkins

Doubts: None

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