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Premier League: Fantasy gameweek 13 preview

Original article published 20 October 2022

After a round of midweek matches, the Premier League stars are back at it again this weekend with some crucial fixtures at both the top and bottom of the table.

Title hopefuls Manchester City will be fresh, as the only team who didn’t play in midweek, and the champions will be looking to close the gap on leaders Arsenal.

At the bottom, Midlands rivals Wolves and Leicester will go head-to-head at Molineux in what looks like a crunch clash.

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Midfielder - Phil Foden

Classed in the game as a midfielder, Foden has mainly been playing as part of an attacking three for the defending champions and already has 64 Fantasy points to his name this term.

The England international thought he’d scored a crucial goal at Liverpool last week, only for it to be ruled out by VAR, but he and his team-mates are likely to hit back in style on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men are at home to Brighton, who go to the Etihad having failed to win a game under new boss Roberto De Zerbi – with two draws and two defeats during his tenure.

City have won all five of their Premier League home games this season, scoring 24 goals and conceding just five and are 13/10 to win and score over 3.5 goals on Saturday.

Foden has scored five times during that recent run, while City have also scored 20 times in their last five meetings with Brighton, so expect goals on Saturday!

It’s also worth noting that the 22-year-old, who costs £8.3m, scored three goals in City’s two wins over the Seagulls last season.

Defender – Kieran Trippier

The England defender has arguably been Newcastle’s best signing since their new owners took control, with the 32-year-old looking set to make the plane to Qatar.

Trippier has been integral to the Magpies’ impressive start to the season and has amounted 64 points over the first 12 gameweeks.

Newcastle have kept four clean sheets so far this term and are looking for a third consecutive blank – which is available at 10/3 - when they travel to Trippier’s former club Tottenham on Sunday.

Spurs are not currently firing on all cylinders, with just four goals in their last four league games, and Eddie Howe’s men are likely to make things though for them.

At just £5.7m, Trippier looks a bargain and will be keen to show Spurs what he is still capable of, three years after they sold him.

Goalkeeper – Kepa Arrizabalaga

Not many people would have believed that three months into the season that Kepa would be Chelsea’s first-choice keeper, especially with Edouard Mendy fully fit.

The Spaniard has been outstanding, though, and could play his way into Spain’s World Cup squad if his current run of form continues.

Kepa has kept clean sheets in each of his last five appearances in all competitions and has found a new lease of life under new Blues boss Graham Potter.

In what is the game of the weekend, Chelsea play host to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, with Potter looking for a double over the Red Devils, having led Brighton to a victory at Old Trafford earlier in the season.

Erik Ten Hag’s men have won three of their last four Premier League away games, but those wins were narrow victories against teams in the bottom half – Southampton, Leicester and Everton.

Forward – Roberto Firmino

Liverpool head to Nottingham Forest on Saturday lunchtime looking for a third consecutive Premier League victory and seemingly boosted by winning last Sunday’s epic clash with Manchester City.

Despite losing Diogo Jota to a long-term injury against City, the Reds looked strong again on Wednesday as they saw off a stubborn West Ham side.

With Jota and Luis Diaz sidelined, Klopp’s options up front are now limited to three forwards and Roberto Firmino offers the best Fantasy value.

The Brazilian, who already has six league goals to his name this season, is available at £8.1m compared to the £8.8m it costs to acquire Darwin Nunez. Mo Salah, registered in the game as a midfielder, is another step up at £12.8m.

Forest have been leaky at the back since their promotion back to the top flight and have conceded nine goals in their last four matches at the City Ground and Firmino is 6/4 to score anytime on Saturday.

Midfielder – Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal will expect to keep their unbeaten run going on Sunday, when they travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton and can be backed at 4/7 to claim the three points.

It’s four straight league wins for Mikel Arteta’s men, who sit top of the table with a four-point advantage heading into what looks like a good run of fixtures.

The Gunners’ next four league games see them at Southampton, at home to Nottingham Forest, away to Chelsea and then at home to West Ham – three of those four are currently in the bottom half.

Saints are yet to keep a clean sheet on home soil this season and prepare to face an Arsenal team that have scored in every game so far this campaign.

Martinelli has already scored 58 points, just five less than team-mate Bakayo Saka – who takes penalties – and costs £1.2m less than the England man.

He is 21/10 to net this weekend for the Gunners.

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