Spurs 1–4 Man City
Man City is a class above the rest in England. They are untouchable and I really don’t see them slipping from their invincible form. At the halfway point, many believe they’ve already won. *Shaking my head in disbelief and forlorn… and agreement*
Spurs got understandably frustrated with how inferior they were and were ultimately lucky not to go down to nine men. If Kane and Alli got sent off, it might’ve been a miserable Christmas in North London. Thankfully they didn’t and it’s time to move on.
Burnley is up next to start a run of relatively easier fixtures. Spurs mustn’t lose sight of a top-four finish now. I predict a messy bounce back against Burnley. With Lamela back in the side as an option, Spurs finally look like a team that can run at and attack their opposition. Lamela will draw in defences, which will open up lanes for his teammates to take advantage of.
Spurs 2–1 Burnley
1. Must-Have: Eriksen (£9.3 at 14.6%)
- With almost a third of the ownership as Kane, Eriksen is back in form and has a four-match scoring streak. Kane’s form is spotty and many people are jumping off the expensive Kane train.
2. Differential & Bargain: Son (£8.0 at 3.8%)
- In a season where prime midfielders reign supreme, Son is a bargain and affordable. I picked him up against City based on the fact that I thought he could nick a goal like he did last year, but I picked him up one week too early. He’s getting starting minutes now and proving he’s deserving of it. Look for him to have a great holiday period. He’s now surpassed Alli for third in FPL scoring on the team.
- p.s. I’d be willing to bet that Alli would be sacrificed for Lamela, not Son (if you’re sweating about it).
3. Avoid: Alli (£9.0 at 11.9%)
- The fiery youngster is not performing up to his standards. Hopefully it comes over this holiday season, but for now, I’d watch from a distance. He hasn’t scored in 10 gameweeks and has only two assists in his last nine matches. Not good enough.
Enjoy the holiday fixtures and may all your arrows be green this season!