Holly Shand shares her five selections for FPL Gameweek 21, with the busy schedule of midweek and weekend games providing no let-up for our fantasy squads...
"Heung-Min Son more than justifies his selection, as one of the highest scoring fantasy asset in the whole game."
The Headline Pick: Heung-Min Son - Brighton (A)
When it comes to fantasy selections and captaincy for the weekend, Spurs look to be in pole position for the final fixture of the gameweek: an away trip to Brighton. Heung-Min Son more than justifies his selection, as one of the highest scoring fantasy assets in the whole game.
Son has been in sensational form all season and particularly prevalent away from home: he has eight goals and three assists away from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in this campaign. With Harry Kane set to miss out for a number of games, it will be down to Son to step up. He has a history of upping his game when needed in previous seasons, averaging a higher xG per 90 and xA per 90 with Kane out of the squad than the numbers he's posting this season.
Son is also likely to be on spot-kicks in the absence of Harry Kane, which can further improve his score. Meanwhile, opponents Brighton have conceded a league high of eight penalties. Brighton do have two consecutive clean sheets, but Spurs will present a much stronger test than their previous opponents Fulham and Leeds United.
The Budget Pick: Ilkay Gundogan - Sheffield United (H)
Ilkay Gundogan was the third most transferred in player ahead of Gameweek 20, and duly repaid his new owners with his first brace of the season against West Brom. Many will have been disappointed to see him substituted after 51 minutes, but it bodes well for his minutes in this weekend fixture among Pep Guardiola's infamous team rotation.
He's now the top transferred player in for Gameweek 21, which comes as no surprise when compared with his credentials: he has amassed seven Premier League goals from eight consecutive starts and now sits as the first choice penalty taker for Manchester City with Kevin De Bruyne currently out with injury.
City looked to be back to their brilliant goal-scoring best when they thrashed West Brom 5-0 and could produce a similar result against Sheffield United's tired legs, after they resolutely beat Manchester United this midweek. Notably, the Blades have one day less rest between fixtures and are still managing a number of injuries. They've kept one clean sheet all season.
The VAR Pick: Bruno Fernandes - Arsenal (A)
Bruno Fernandes broke a captaincy record in midweek, but disappointed his owners with a two point return against Sheffield United. Many will look for a significant improvement this weekend, as Manchester United look to correct their slip ups and the 1-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Gunners earlier in the season.
Fernandes reputation in away fixtures bodes well here, with six goals and seven assists from ten away trips in this campaign alone. No player has had more shots (20) or shots on target (8) than Fernandes over the last four games, plus he also leads for big chances created (3) over the same period. More goals and assists should be just around the corner, despite just one assist in this spell.
Manchester United have won six penalties in this campaign, but Arsenal have conceded just one. The Gunners themselves are in a rich vein of form, having four wins from their last five, conceding just one goal in that spell. Hopefully the form book can be thrown out of the window in this game for Bruno Fernandes owners.
The Sleeper Pick: James Rodriguez - Newcastle United (H)
After months blighted with injury, Everton look to be getting their groove back, with their choice front three and key wide man Lucas Digne all now back in contention. This could see them regain their early season form, which saw them win their opening four games, scoring twelve goals in the process.
James Rodriguez scored Everton's only goal in midweek against Leicester City, having taken two shots. He also created two chances in his previous game against Wolves. He sits on four goals and three assists for the campaign. Newcastle United are without a clean sheet in their last four games, having conceded eight goals in that time.
The Wildcard Pick: Harvey Barnes - Leeds United (H)
Leicester City are still looking threatening without their talisman Jamie Vardy and look set to prosper once more this weekend against a lacklustre Leeds United side. The Foxes have scored seven goals in their last four games, with Barnes contributing one goal and two assists in that period. Expect to see him popping up in the box with late runs afforded by this Leeds United defence.
Leeds United have one clean sheet in their last four games, conceding five goals over that time. The reverse fixture ended 4-1 in Leicester's favour, with Harvey Barnes finding his way onto the scoresheet in that game. Leeds are still managing some injuries in their backline too which will hamper their solidarity.
Back Leicester City to beat Leeds United at 5/6 in Gameweek 21.
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