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Fantasy Football: FPL Gameweek 13 transfer tips, choice of captain and more

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Gameweek 13 from 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League is here and, with the Champions League now on hiatus until the New Years, there’s a full set of midweek league games – sorry Jurgen.

Liverpool will face Tottenham in a huge top-of-the-table clash at Anfield, while Chelsea, Manchester City and United will look to bounce back after failing to secure a victory this weekend.

So as we move into the holiday season, Goal is on hand to help you with team selection advice, possible captain choices and more as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your leaderboards.


  1. Gameweek Calendar
  2. Team selection advice
  3. What is the best choice of captain?
  4. Who are the best performing players?

Gameweek 13 matches

Dated Fixation Time (GMT)
Dec 15 Wolves vs. Chelsea 6:00 p.m.
Dec 15 Man City vs. West Brom 8:00 p.m.
Dec 16 Arsenal v Southampton 6:00 p.m.
Dec 16 Leeds v Newcastle 6:00 p.m.
Dec 16 Leicester v Everton 6:00 p.m.
Dec 16 Fulham vs. Brighton 8:00 p.m.
Dec 16 Liverpool vs Spurs 8:00 p.m.
Dec 16 West Ham vs. Crystal Palace 8:00 p.m.
Dec 17 Aston Villa vs. Burnley 6:00 p.m.
Dec 17 Sheff Utd vs. Man Utd 8:00 p.m.

Team selection advice


The most popular goalkeeper among FPL bosses heading into Gameweek 13 is Emiliano Martinez (£ 4.8million) – and at a certain distance.

Almost 80,000 of you brought the Argentinian, who was in good shape for Aston Villa in their 1-0 win over Wolves last time around to claim 11 FPL points, over the past few days and there just might be no more clean sheets in the offing.

Indeed, Villa will face Burnley at home in their next game ahead of the matches against West Brom (A) and Crystal Palace (H) and, at the time of writing, Martinez has avoided a price hike so that would be the right time to try and get him in.

As the Premier League clubs face a busy festive schedule and, with their Carabao Cup fixture against Arsenal taken into account, Manchester City are among the squads that will have three games over the next seven days.

This will likely see Pep Guardiola turn his squad around heavily, but a man who is almost certain to play at least the two league games, against West Brom (H) and Southampton (A) respectively, is the goalkeeper. Ederson (£ 6million).

The Brazilian has three clean sheets and 18 points from his last three consecutive league games and with City having improved defensively in recent times there should be more shutouts to follow.


It may come as a surprise that the third best-scoring defensive player after 12 Premier League games is a) a center-back and b) not a member of one of the so-called “big six” in the league.

Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard (£ 4.9million) is the player responsible for 59 points so far, including three goals, and the Saints next head to struggling Arsenal with every chance of causing an upset.

James Justin (£ 4.9million) is another defender who proved popular in the 2020-21 campaign, with Leicester City full-back having received a total of 48 points, including 11 in the impressive 3-0 dismantling of the Brighton Foxes on Sunday.

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It could have been more too, with the attacking right-back having established ties with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison and he seems like a solid option for the duration of the season, with him undoubtedly being Brendan Rodgers’ number one pick. . in this position.

If you’re looking to go even cheaper than that, look no further than Burnley’s left-back Charlie Taylor (£ 4.4million).

Since Gameweek 8, Taylor has registered 23 points – 4.6 points per game – and the Clarets have a favorable run of games heading into the end of December and the start of the new year.


Here’s a stat for you, courtesy of the Premier League – Kevin De Bruyne (£ 11.9m) has been directly involved in 12 goals in his last eight league starts against newly promoted teams.

With West Brom next for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, there is every chance the Belgian will add to that tally, if he can survive what is likely to be a Guardiola rotation.

He is one of the few in the City squad that the Catalan will be more reluctant to remove from the starting XI, however, with his status as the club’s vice-captain as well as, of course, his playing skills being crucial. at a time. when it’s so tight at the top of the table.

With two goals in his last two games, the West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek (£ 5m) is available at a tempting price tag, especially given West Ham’s impressive form and the fact that they will face both Crystal Palace (H) and Brighton (H) in their next three games.

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Sandwiched between those two matches is a tricky task against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Soucek’s aerial prowess means he will always be a danger in the opposing box, against any opponent.

Stop Jack Grealish (£ 7.8million) has become the main concern for Aston Villa’s opponents and this was demonstrated by the attention Wolves paid to the England playmaker in Saturday’s clash at Molineux.

The 25-year-old midfielder saw his route to goal regularly blocked as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side often doubled up in an attempt to limit Grealish’s offensive threat and it worked for the most part, Villa’s talisman did having failed to register a shot on target on 90 minutes.

Burnley will likely deploy similar tactics in an attempt to stop the star man from Villa on Thursday night, although he surely won’t be called off as effectively for a second game in a row – and, regardless, there remains a danger of direct free kicks and is his main corner taker from the side too.


Where would Leicester City be without Jamie Vardy (£ 10.3million)?

The 33-year-old remains at the peak of his attacking powers and already has 10 league goals after his strike in the 3-0 win over Brighton that saw him score a 13-point FPL goal.

Vardy has also shown his creative side in the first 12 games of the season, with five assists recorded, and, with Harry Kane (£ 10.9m), he is the fittest striker in the Premier League yet.

After a calm and ineffective exit – at least in front of goal as he failed to register a shot on target – for Newcastle against West Brom, there is still value to be picked out Callum Wilson (£ 6.6million), especially if your budget doesn’t leave room for one of the over £ 10million big hitters.

Newcastle face Leeds (A) and Fulham (H) in their next two games and Wilson will look to improve his tally by one in his last four as Steve Bruce’s men aim for three wins on the rebound.

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What’s the best captain choice for Gameweek 13?

There is more than an element of risk with this suggestion, but Bruno Fernandes (£ 11m) is our number one choice going into the next round of matches.

Manchester United face a struggling Sheffield United on Thursday who are entrenched at the bottom of the table and lack confidence, with the Portuguese likely to be too hot for the Blades in their usual role playing the top three.

The risk is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to let his key man rest, with United facing Leeds in a Roses derby on Sunday ahead of a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Everton on 23 December.

That said, their dismal exit from the Champions League means that losses in the league must now be kept to a minimum and therefore excluding Fernandes, as proved in the first half of the 3-1 win over West Ham, could be extremely detrimental to their chances of obtaining a positive result.

As for our alternative choice, it will be De Bruyne for Gameweek 13.

The 29-year-old should start the home clash with West Brom on Tuesday, even if Guardiola decides to take him off early, by then he will likely have done enough damage to the Baggies by now.

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