Fantasy Premier League tips: FPL scout, transfers, captains, differential picks ahead of gameweek 12 deadline

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Fantasy Premier League tips: FPL scout, transfers, captains, differential picks ahead of gameweek 12 deadline
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For many, the return of the Premier League will be music to the ears.

Indeed, with international football wrapped up until March, the frantic festive fixture schedule begins in earnest this weekend. While undoubtedly hugely exciting, it also brings the added stress of having to franticly worry yourself about the make-up of your fantasy team on a weekly basis.

Still, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City facing what look like relatively welcoming returns to league action given the form of Leicester, Watford and Everton respectively, there are some interesting things to consider.

Here are this week’s FPL tips.

Goalkeepers

Vicente Guaita | Crystal Palace (£4.6m )

There aren’t many games this weekend that instantly jump out as a low-scoring affair but, while Burnley are at home to Crystal Palace this weekend, Guaita can feel reasonably confident that his team can help hold off the Clarets.

Defenders

Reece James | Chelsea (£5.9m)

The England international scored twice against Newcastle United last time out and, considering how poorly Leicester have proven defensively this season, looks a logical pick.

Tino Livramento | Southampton (£4.6m)

Dean Smith might be able to instill some sort of solidity at Norwich City but, the fact is, they have already conceded 26 times this season and Southampton’s ever-improving right-back could certainly help exploit that.

 (Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
(Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Joao Cancelo | Man City (£6.5m)

In excellent form during the Manchester derby played just before the international break, a leaky Everton defence might not be able to deal with the Portuguese.

Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool (£7.7m)

Expensive? Sure but after a hat-trick of assists for England against San Marino, it would seem foolish to ignore the Liverpool star.

Midfielders

Phil Foden | Man City (£8.3m)

City have so many points of attack to choose from but Foden has often emerged as their main man so far this season. With Everton not exactly proving particularly solid of late, the England man looks a good bet.

Heung-min Son | Tottenham (£10.3m)

Tottenham might have struggled to even register a shot on target of late but, playing against a Leeds United side who like to leave open spaces, surely the South Korean international is too good to overlook.

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah | Liverpool (£13m)

There’s not much more about Mohamed Salah that needs to be said. The Premier League’s top scorer, he boasts an excellent record against Arsenal (Saturday’s opposition) and looks like a man possessed this season.

Mason Mount | Chelsea (£7.5m)

Back in training after dental surgery, Mount would appear likely to start against Leicester on Saturday and was in prolific form prior to getting an infection on his wisdom teeth.

Leicester cannot seem to keep a clean sheet at the moment and, in the absence of Romelu Lukau, Mount looks like Chelsea’s best option going forward.

Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo | Man United (£12.4m)

It almost seems too obvious to suggest picking Cristiano Ronaldo would be a good idea but, with Watford so poor defensively, the 36-year-old could find Saturday afternoon particularly enjoyable.

 (Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
(Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Ivan Toney | Brentford (£6.7m)

Picks based on “narrative” don’t always seem like the most logical idea but, with Newcastle United conceding the second-highest number of goals in the Premier League this season, Ivan Toney looks a real threat to spoil Eddie Howe’s day at St James’ Park and show his former employers what they missed out on.

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