As you may know, Christmas is almost here! Shops are packed, every advert contains a CGI character with soppy music and little wooden huts selling bratwursts have infested our city centers. But more importantly, we are treated to a feast of football with 5 game weeks over the next 23 days!! 5 glorious opportunities to change our FPL fortunes, get it right over the Christmas period and you can make huge gains. Looking at the fixtures there are some tasty options available, with some of the top sides getting some gifts early.

We start with Chelsea. Their next 4 fixtures look irresistible, and with their current form you wouldn’t bet against them extending their lead at the top.
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They have a multitude of assets. The defense is a good bet for 6 points every week, Moses (5.7m) and Pedro (7.3m) provide cheap and cheerful ways into the Chelsea front line, but you can’t look past the big hitters. Hazard (10.5m) and Costa (10.9m) are the big guns who’ve delivered solid points week on week. Yes they cost a bomb, but form and fixtures collide to provide a perfect storm of fantasy points. Hazard is back to his best, however the little Belgian’s FPL output has slowed recently, and with his away form a concern he gives way to Costa as the top tip. Should Costa continue to avoid that elusive 5th yellow, he’s sure to continue to rack up the points. Granted this is no big shock, Costa is in the form of his life and he’s the most selected player in FPL at over 50% so apologies for stating the obvious. But going the Christmas period without him could be a grave mistake!

Next we look at Spurs, they’ve looked dangerous in recent weeks (minus that dour last outing at Old Trafford). Their fixtures look very tempting and warrant some cover.

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The next two fixtures couldn’t be any better. Defensively you would think there are at least 2 guaranteed clean sheets in the next five, giving the likes of Alderweireld (6.3m) and Walker (6.1m) strong claims to bring solidity to our back lines.  The spurs midfield is a bit of a minefield when it comes to consistent returns, however my tip would Christian Eriksen (8.3m), he takes all the set pieces and has a knack of picking up monster hauls against poor sides. Upfront you cannot ignore Harry Kane (11.2m) ,  he’s present in only 19% of teams making him a very dangerous differential. Yes he looked out of sorts last time out, but he’s a specialist at tearing apart poor defenses. Kane is another big money striker that will be vying to fill the Augero void, will he do a better job than Costa? Maybe not over the full Christmas period but the next two game weeks cannot be ignored. Stock up on Spurs cover while you can!

Next we look to Swansea, yes they’re struggling at the bottom of the table. However Bob Bradley has them scoring goals, and have a good run of fixtures on the horizon.

swan Bradley has tinkered a lot with the back line, so I wouldn’t recommend anyone other than the bargain basement Jordi Amat (4.1m), he’s can come of the bench in the next few games to score our teams some points. Up front Llorente (6.2m) looks to have found some form, the big Spaniard has back to back braces at home and could provide a good alternative for our front line. However the man of the moment, Glfyi Sigurdsson (7.5m) is the jewel in the crown. He is the center of everything Swansea do, he’s got FPL pedigree and appears in only 9% of teams! He’s a no brainer!

Next we have West Ham, I know they are having a tough season, but they’ve looked better in recent weeks against the big guns. Now they have promising fixtures Bilic will be desperate to put a run together.

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They have some top FPL assets that provided great moments last year, and they will be the men to look once more. Payet (9.1m) has looked disinterested this year, however he’s too good to not be involved. He takes all the set pieces and is the Hammer’s talisman so will be sure to benefit in the coming weeks. Antonio (6.7m) can be a frustrating fantasy asset, one moment he’s upfront, the next he’s playing right back. Howay Bilic! Make your mind up! The powerful Englishman is danger against any team, he can get goals and assists, and at 6.7m he’s a value alternative to Payet and provides good West Ham cover. Lastly Andy Carrol (6.1m), big Andy, the lanky geordie is back to fitness and has already registered points in his limited game time. He’s dirt cheap and has it in him to drag West Ham up the table, and at only 1.6% ownership he’s worth a shout if you’re after a left field alternative.

Lastly we look to Manchester United. Mourinho’s men have looked better in recent weeks, they’ve cried wolf before but they have the fixtures to build on that win against spurs.

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United’s ram shackle defense has looked better in recent weeks and with players coming back from injury you would expect that to improve. Bailly (5.3m) is back from injury and provides a value way into the united back line. He is also a great source of the golden BPS points.  In midfield, Mourinho likes to tinker making their assets difficult to pick. Pogba (8.2m) could be an idea, but his incredible ability doesn’t translate very well to FPL points. Upfront we have Zlatan (11.2), the enigmatic Swede has found his swagger again in recent weeks. He is United’s main threat, and will always be dangerous, especially against the leaky defenses of Palace, Sunderland and West Ham.

So many options to consider! The games come thick and fast this time of year, so for any serious FPL player the main task is to keep on top of your team and make sure you have 11 players out there each week!

Good luck all! Pray for points!

Sam