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Premier League: Fantasy gameweek 15 preview

Original article published 3 November 2022

Fantasy football managers got to go back in time last week during gameweek 14, as Manchester City star Erling Haaland sat in the stands and failed to contribute to a 1-0 win over Leicester City.

The Norway international has set the standard this season, scoring 117 points in 11 appearances.

FPL managers may need to get creative this week, with the former Borussia Dortmund forward still a doubt ahead of City's meeting with Fulham.

Mohamed Salah did enough to reward those that captained him last week, but he could only score seven points for those that didn't.

Gabriel Martinelli was once again able to lead the way for Arsenal, but it was a poor weekend for Phil Foden, who only started on the bench.

With only two gameweeks left before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, managers need to come up with something special if they want to climb their respective mini-leagues.

We have picked out five players who could make a difference this weekend.

Goalkeeper - Robert Sanchez

While Brighton ace Robert Sanchez has only kept one clean sheet in five matches, Saturday's contest against Wolves is too good to ignore.

The Seagulls beat Chelsea 4-1 last time out, and confidence is high as they prepare to travel to Molineux.

Wolves are low on confidence and freefalling down the league table, while at home, they have only scored three goals in five. Brighton should come out on top, and they are 11/4 to win to nil on Saturday.

Defender - Kieran Trippier

No defender has more points than Newcastle United's Kieran Trippier in the official Fantasy Premier League format.

The England international has picked up an incredible 77 points so far, and he continues to be a great pick thanks to his ability to keep clean sheets and take set-pieces.

He has scored more than two points in seven of the last eight gameweeks, and with Newcastle travelling to Southampton, it seems sensible to stick with the Magpies' skipper.

Tripper is 9/1 to score anytime or 22/1 to score first on the South Coast.

Midfielder - Kevin De Bruyne

With Foden playing 90 minutes for Man City in the Champions League in midweek, we have decided to throw our support behind Kevin De Bruyne.

As he is one of the best midfielders in the world that is a sensible choice, especially as he continues to deliver the goods in the fantasy football world.

De Bruyne is the highest-scoring midfielder with 81 points and, after watching him score 20 of those in the previous two weekends, it would be naive to not select him in our team of the week.

The Belgian is 13/2 to score first, or can be backed to score from outside the area at 11/2.

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Forward - Callum Wilson

Newcastle star Callum Wilson picked up an incredible 19 points last week as he helped his team beat Aston Villa 4-0.

He scored twice and grabbed two assists, and there should be no slowing down this weekend when he takes on a fragile Southampton backline.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side have failed to keep a clean sheet at the St Mary's Stadium all season, and Wilson's anytime goalscorer odds of 6/4 are too hard to ignore.

Forward - Gianluca Scamacca

We are taking a bit of a punt here, with West Ham's home form enough to tempt us to pick Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca.

The summer signing last scored more than two points in gameweek 10, but he has been unlucky of late and has been at the heart of West Ham's good play.

The Hammers are unbeaten in seven in all competitions at home under boss David Moyes, and with Crystal Palace in town, we fancy Scamacca to come up with the goods.

Palace are winless in four, and Scamacca's odds of 9/4 to score anytime seem generous.

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