My maths let me down last round, where I claimed it to be the halfway stage a round early. I double checked it this time and half of 38 is in fact 19. So, Week 20 does take us into the second half of the season and continues the festive season madness, with games coming thick and fast.
Unlike my maths, my picks didn’t let me down in Week 19, with a good few of them having some big games. Hopefully the trend continues into this round and helps you into the cash places in the PlayON comps, which are back as always for this round.
As usual, I have picked out my guns and value picks from each game, with a few sneaky PODs thrown in for good measure.
Brighton v. Everton
A good point for the Seagulls against Arsenal ended a run of three defeats. Everton ended their own winless run in emphatic style, putting five past Burnley.
Just three meetings between the sides at this level, with the Toffees winning the latest two after a draw in the first clash.
With the confidence from their last win, I make Everton a good chance to double up on their win from earlier in the season, but the lack of clean sheets in recent games opens the door for forwards from the home side for PlayON purposes too.
Another goal and assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson (£12.2m) last out, and his average now sits around 1350.
Always leading the Toffees’ charge, expect him to continue the form now they have the confidence of that last win behind them.
Two more goals for Lucas Digne (£7.3m) last out moves him to three for the season and two assists. His average is also close to 1250, which is all the more impressive in a team that doesn’t keep too many clean sheets.
Can’t argue with him at that price, lock it in!
A low average so far, which could scare off potential owners, but Yerry Mina (£6.1m) found the net in his last game.
If he has picked up the taste for goals now, we have seen how many he can score from his exploits at the World Cup.
Fulham v. Huddersfield
Two sides not in the best of form here, with not a single win between them in the last five rounds, and only two each over the first half of the season.
This season is the only year of the Premier League both sides have been in, so the Terriers’ 1-0 win last month is all to go by in terms of history.
Missing a few players, I don’t fancy Huddersfield here, but with just one clean sheet for the Cottagers all season, you could be forgiven for finding space for some visiting players in your PlayON sides.
Bagging a goal last out, his second of the season, has Ryan Sessegnon (£9.3m) finally found form? The average touching the 1100 mark suggests so, so jump on the winger in the hope he keeps firing in this one.
Given a bit more game time in recent rounds, Aboubakar Kamara (£6.2m) has picked up a couple of goals and an average a tick shy of 900, which is a steal at the price.
Bring him in if he gets another start here.
Leicester v. Cardiff
Two big wins for the Foxes in the last two, overcoming Chelsea and City back-to-back, to move up to seventh. Cardiff have just one win in five and remain just above the drop zone in 17th.
The boost from the last two results should surely see the hosts double down on their win over the Bluebirds from earlier in the season, bringing their players into DFS focus.
A goal and assist in his last two, Jamie Vardy (£13m) looks to have played himself into form again and is a better buy than his 1085 average would suggest.
A good bet to be among the goals in this, back the lad in for this round.
Bagging the winner with a cracking effort against City, Ricardo Pereira (£7.4m) now has two goals and three assists for the season, to go with six clean sheets.
Averaging 1175, the full back is a steal for the price. If he adds another shutout or attacking stat in this one, he shapes as even better value.
Tottenham v. Wolves
Solid Christmas form for Spurs, with 11 goals scored in the two games either side of Santa’s visit. Not as solid form for Wolves in the same time, picking up just a single point, but they did have a good run of wins before that.
Nine clashes for these two prior to this, with Spurs winning five to Wolves’ two. Hard to see much stopping the charge of the home side here, so I’m opting for their players for my PlayON squads.
Four goals in his last two, Son Heung-Min (£12.6m) is on fire, sadly right before he has to leave for Asian Cup duties with South Korea.
Seven goals for the season now, and an average over 1700 (the best in this game by almost 200), make the most of him while he is still around.
Benefitting from injuries woes for Trippier and Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters (£5.3m) came into the side last round and promptly bagged three assists!
If the other two full backs miss this one too, you cannot pass up that basement price. Watch the team sheets!
Watford v. Newcastle
Losses for both sides in round 19, with Watford going down narrowly to Chelsea, while Newcastle were well beaten at Liverpool.
The history in this one is close. In nine previous meetings, it stands at 4-3 Watford (two draws). All four of those Hornets’ wins came in the four clashes prior to the Magpies’ win back in November.
Home ground advantage and facing an opponent coming off a big loss, I’m opting for the Hornets in this one, and their players for my DFS sides.
He only ever seems to score good goals, and Roberto Pereyra (£10.1m) bagged another against Chelsea, his sixth of the season to go with four assists and an 1150 average.
Backing him to follow that up with another good showing here.
Two goals and an assists in his last three, Gerard Deulofeu (£8.8m) is a man in form. Pushing the average up over 1000, the price is bound to go the same way before long.
Running at a leaky Magpies defence, he could have a field day in this one.
If the average of 850 keeps his ownership low, jump on José Holebas (£7m). Adding his fifth assist of the season last round, to go with three goals, back him in to push on for more attacking stats whilst not popping up in too many other teams.
Liverpool v. Arsenal
A bit of a cracker to close out the day, with unbeaten top-side Liverpool hosting fifth place Arsenal, who have just one league loss since round two.
A 1-1 draw last month when the sides met and I can’t split them again here. Instead I’m backing them both to find the net and opting for their attacking players for my PlayON picks.
Seemingly escaping punishment for his dive against Newcastle and free to play here, Mohamed Salah (£17.5m) has to feature in your sides, if you can afford him.
The only player averaging over 2000 at the moment, the Egyptian has 12 goals and seven assists for the season now, and a goal and assist in both his last two. As close to must-have as you can get.
Laying on his third assist of the season against Newcastle, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.3m) and his 1230 average should feature in your sides for the attacking potential alone.
Playing 90 minutes in each of the last five, don’t be fooled by the low average of Matteo Guendouzi (£5.5m) stemming from his earlier bit-part appearances.
The holding midfielder could be in for a busy day here, which brings potential DFS points with it. Lock him in when many will not
That’s Saturday done and dusted, once you have gone to the Games Lobby to enter your teams at least.
Be sure to check back for the Sunday preview with some more games coming at you.