A third Premier League game week within the space of a week comes into focus as Fantasy Premier League managers are feeling the tension to rise up their mini-leagues as the fixtures come thick and fast.
A blank game week for Arsenal and Manchester City in GW12 meant the absence of Erling Haaland forced FPL managers to find alternate options for their captaincy with varied success. Mohamed Salah’s blanking against West Ham caused the most significant damage and thankfully Haaland should be available leading up to the World Cup.
Ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline at 11:00 BST on Saturday 22 October, you will find some smart tips to adopt before the World Cup pause on the FootballCastle.
Vicente Guaita (£4.5m)
Crystal Palace have nice fixtures up until the World Cup break and all of their next four opponents (Everton, Southampton, West Ham and Nottingham Forest are averaging less than one goal per game and sit in the bottom eight for big chances created.
Guaita has 14 points in his last two game weeks and should continue to rise.
David Raya (£4.5m)
Consecutive clean sheets for the Spaniard have seen him rewarded with 20 points in the last two GWs including five bonus points.
Only two teams have scored fewer goals in five home games this season than GW13 opponents Aston Villa (four goals). Raya should also keep up his impressive FPL form in the following games against low-scoring Wolves and Nottingham Forest.
Matt Doherty (£4.6m)
Coming in at a fantastic bargain price for a starter, Doherty is a major value option in defence.
The Irishman has recently won a starting berth during Emerson Royal’s suspension, helping Tottenham to two clean sheets in the last three GWs and gaining 14 points over the last four.
Spurs have winnable fixtures against Newcastle, Bournemouth and Leeds in the four GWs left before the World Cup, Doherty is likely to become a regular feature.
Aaron Cresswell (£4.8m)
The West Ham man has created a team-leading ten chances in his last four fixtures and embarks on a favourable run of home games before the Gameweek 16 break.
The ever-improving Hammers face Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Leicester City at the London Stadium and Cresswell can look forward to some returns.
Kieran Trippier (£5.7m)
The full-back is Newcastle’s primary set-piece taker and belongs to a solid defence which makes him an FPL favourite with 58.8% of managers.
Trippier is yet to blank at home this season and is also a good performer away, he should keep up his impressive campaign as he looks to lockdown England’s right-back position at the World Cup.
The centre-back is in outstanding away form this season with four clean sheets from five games, averaging 5.6 points per match.
Gabriel faces Southampton who have struggled with defensive set-pieces and his aerial threat is a major appeal in FPL.
Adama Traore (£5.5m)
A surprise inclusion given his slow start to the season, the speedster has delivered a goal and assist for 12 FPL points over the last two GWs.
With less than 1% ownership, Traore is back in favour under the interim backroom staff at Wolves who are keen on his lightning pace and crossing from the wing. Traore’s qualities would be key in the coming games with Steve Davies set to remain in situ as caretaker manager until next year, expect to see more attacking combinations between the Spanish international and Diego Costa.
Mohamed Salah (£12.8m)
The displaced FPL king has scored four goals in his last three appearances in all competitions mostly playing as a centre forward rather than in the wide creative role from earlier in the season.
GW13 opponents Nottingham Forest are joint-second worse for goals conceded this season (23) and have conceded three penalties so far. Salah looks set to explode in this fixture, especially with Leeds coming right after.
Phil Foden (£8.4m)
The attacking midfielder is the most bought player ahead of Gameweek 13 after scoring six goals and supplying four assists this season.
All but one of Foden’s returns have arrived at home where he has averaged 9.4 points per match this season. The midfielder with the most FPL points next hosts Brighton who are winless in Roberto De Zerbi’s time in charge.
Miguel Almiron (£5.3m)
Almiron has now scored four goals in as many games, earning 35 points as he surpasses his goals total from a single Premier League season.
Newcastle visit Tottenham on a high and Almiron is emerging as one who can make things happen.
Bukayo Saka (£7.9m)
After a slow start to the season, the Englishman has now outscored teammate Gabriel Martinelli to become the premium Arsenal midfielder.
Saka notably takes up more central positions recently due to the balance behind him on the right wing, and he looks well set to keep up this imperious form.
Erling Haaland (£12.1m)
This season’s overwhelming FPL favourite returns to the captaincy conversation in Gameweek 13 following his midweek blank.
The Norwegian is responsible for the highest shots inside the box (24), big chances (eight), and shots on target (16) over the last six games and should continue that incredible form in GW13.
Ten of Haaland’s 15 goals this season have come at home, and Brighton have conceded six goals in four games under the new manager.
Expect more of the same.
Darwin Nunez (£8.8m)
The Uruguayan has seized his opportunity in Diogo Jota’s absence, scoring in his two starts over the last three GWs.
Nunez looks better each time and he can extend that prolific run at Nottingham Forest who have conceded at least twice in three of their last four home matches.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m)
The big Serbian is back from injury and has scored in back-to-back games as Fulham are enjoying a solid return to the top flight.
Mitrovic is owned by 25% of managers and is likely to score regardless of the opposition given his penalty-taking duties.