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Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 16 preview!

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It was West Ham United themselves who kicked off Gameweek 15 with a stunning 3-2 comeback against Chelsea, the Irons becoming the first team to score more than one goal in a game against the Blues in all competitions this season.

A big-at-the-back strategy was the favourably trending approach in FPL less than a month ago, but with the oft-reliable defences of Chelsea and Manchester City conceding at the weekend, it may be time for a shift in mentality – and to pump more money into attack. 

Rests for several star strikers across the Premier League hint there will be more to come as far as rotation is concerned during the busy winter schedule, so FPL managers should make sure their bench is in order in case called upon. 

The Hammers face Burnley at Turf Moor in GW16, the hosts having only managed to pick up three points from a possible 12 in their last four Premier League matches. 
 
The Clarets fell victim to Newcastle United’s first win of the season last weekend and, with summer signing Maxwell Cornet and skipper Ben Mee reputedly doubtful ahead of Sunday, there’s every chance West Ham could deliver a few healthy FPL returns…
 

Get Jarrod Bow-in

Since arriving in London, Jarrod Bowen has somewhat fallen under the radar in FPL, as he has often shared minutes with the wealth of attacking midfielders at West Ham’s disposal.

However, this campaign, Bowen has earned manager David Moyes’ trust and is starting to deliver match-winning performances on a consistent basis. 

The £6.5m midfielder has played 70 minutes or more in 14 of West Ham’s opening 15 Premier League games, and his exceptional performance against Chelsea on Saturday epitomised his FPL potential. 

Bowen grabbed a goal and claimed an assist for winning the penalty, which gave him 11 points in total - the second time he has scored a double-digit haul this season since West Ham’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

Only Bernardo Silva, Emmanuel Dennis and Mason Mount have been transferred in by more FPL managers ahead of GW16 – and West Ham will hope the No20 continues to please against Burnley.


Vladimír Coufal

 

Czech mates offer bargain

Last season, Czech Republic internationals Tomás Souček and Vladimír Coufal were hot property in FPL, as they provided goals, assists and clean sheets at great value. 

The duo are still very affordable at £5.7m and £4.7m respectively and now that the dust has settled, FPL managers should consider recruiting their services once again. 

Despite operating in defensive midfield, Souček is always a danger from set-pieces – and no other team has scored more goals than West Ham from corners this season.

In his last two outings, Souček scored against Brighton from – you guessed it – a corner and nearly found the net again against Chelsea after Michail Antonio set him up with a teasing cross in the first half. 

The excellent form of Ben Johnson has shone this season as Coufal worked to return to full fitness, but now after two consecutive starts for the Czech defender – and an injury to Johnson at the weekend – it seems that Coufal is likely to start regularly again at right back. 

After Burnley this weekend and Arsenal in GW17, West Ham have a sea of green fixtures until the end of January, facing Norwich City, Southampton, Watford, Crystal Palace and Leeds United in their next five. 

If the Hammers continue to perform as they have been, Souček and Coufal could provide prolific FPL returns at budget prices. 
 

The opposition FPL scout report: Burnley

Three teams sit at the foot of the Premier League table on ten points: Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley. 

However, Burnley have offered an element of unpredictability so far this season, which could spell danger: they were involved in a scintillating 3-3 thriller against Crystal Palace in GW12 before a less enthralling 0-0 with Wolves in GW13.

No player has scored over 50 FPL points so far for Burnley, with right back Matthew Lowton leading the pack on 46, followed by Maxwell Cornet on 44 and Chris Wood on 41. 

Cornet seemed the most explosive option at Turf Moor soon after his arrival, grabbing a 15-point and 10-point haul in successive weeks to pique the curiosity of FPL managers. 

However, the striker has recently had problems with his thigh and could be rested by Dyche at any given moment, which could dampen his appeal to FPL managers.

Wood remains the most sensible FPL signing to make from Burnley and could do well between now and the new year – the target man faces Watford, Aston Villa and Everton after hosting the Irons. 

Wood has never scored less than ten goals in a Premier League season and at £6.7m, there are few better budget strikers outside Ivan Toney, Josh King and Emmanuel Dennis to choose from. Nevertheless, tricky-looking fixtures loom for Burnley in January and February, which could be enough to put managers off the New Zealander altogether.
 

Chris Wood
 

Enter our supporters’ league!

In case you were unaware, we’ve been inviting Claret and Blue supporters who enjoy a spot of casual FPL to take part in our own mini-league, where the top-scoring players each month could are in with a chance of winning West Ham-themed rewards.

There are plenty of matches left in December, so it’s never too late to throw your hat into the ring and be in with a chance of winning our prize for this month: a first-team shirt – either home, away or third – signed by a player of your choice!

If you’d like to throw your hat into the ring for November, all you’ll need is our league code: nlz9u2 - or you just need to click this link here.
 

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