28/02/2024

Mohamed Salah scored a season-high 15 points against Tottenham in GW15. (Image: Official FPL/Twitter)

Only one more gameweek remains until the long-awaited World Cup break. Optimal fixtures await, as managers have their eyes on one-week punts.

During the World Cup break, asset prices will be locked, meaning incoming and outgoing transfers will have no effect on prices.

Updates:

Aleksandar Mitrovic still remains in doubt ahead of GW16 due to an ankle concern. The Serbian missed out on Fulham’s bout against Manchester City.

The last update on Mitrovic came nearly a week ago, hence over 250,000 managers have sold him.

Managers were struck with a selection headache, when popular incoming asset Callum Wilson was in doubt due to illness. Wilson only played 45 minutes of Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Southampton, scoring one point.

Wilson is still flagged just days before the GW16 deadline. However, the Englishman is set to return from illness, when Chelsea visit St. James’ Park.

Differential selection James Justin had himself an eventful night in the Carabao Cup mid-week. The full-back scored the opener just before half-time.

Only 15 minutes into the second half, Justin unfortunately ruptured his achilles tendon, which will see him on the sidelines for a long while.

“Sadly he’ll have an operation tonight [November 10]. He ruptured his achilles. That will probably put him out for most of the season,” Brendan Rogers said after Leicester progressed.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin appeared to pick up a hamstring injury on the back of Everton’s 2-0 loss to Leicester in GW15. Thus, Calvert-Lewin didn’t feature in the Carabao Cup mid-week.

“We’re waiting on some more news from the specialists, but I’d be very surprised if he was fit for Saturday,” Frank Lampard said ahead of Everton’s Carabao Cup clash.

Diogo Dalot picked up another yellow card while playing for Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. He has now accumulated five yellow cards while playing in domestic competitions this season.

With an ownership of over 13 per cent, plenty of managers will most likely remove him ahead of GW16. Already over 220,000 managers have done so.

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Who’s hot?

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is in a great patch of form, both domestically and in Europe. The Egyptian has scored three goals in his last two Premier League games.

Aside from the Premier League, Salah has scored five goals in Liverpool’s last three Champions League games. With the Champions League out of the picture for the rest of the year, managers are hopeful Salah can convert that form domestically.

Arsenal has kept three clean sheets in its last four games. Gabriel has been a highlighted player in those four games, with increased attacking threat.

Gabriel notched a 15-pointer against Chelsea, scoring the winner from a curling Bukayo Saka-corner. Arsenal travel to Wolverhampton in GW16, with another clean sheet an opportunistic possibility.

A differential asset who is in incredible form is Crysencio Summerville. He has scored a goal in each of Leeds’ last three games, two of them being the late winners against Liverpool and Bournemouth.

Leeds have a tough fixture in GW16, travelling to Tottenham. But, with only 0.6 per cent ownership, Summerville could be a good differential option.

Captaincy selection:

Mohamed Salah is coming off the back of a season-high 15-pointer in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in GW15.

Salah fares well against upcoming opponents – Southampton at home. On average, Salah returns just over 10 points per outing when Southampton visit Anfield.

The ever-consistent Harry Kane will be another option for captaincy, once again in GW16. Kane has only blanked three times this season, yet two of those blanks have come in the last four weeks.

With Leeds visiting Tottenham in GW16, Kane will be hoping to get involved on Leeds’ leaky defence, only blanking once at home this season in GW1.

Erling Haaland may just be back to start for Manchester City, when it hosts Brentford at the Etihad.

The Norwegian was rested in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, which suggests he will be primed to start in GW16.

Brentford are still yet to win in the Premier League away from home this season, which only makes a Haaland-captaincy more tempting.

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