Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)

If you haven’t got Trippier into your fantasy team yet, what are you doing?

The Newcastle right-back is a machine at the moment, topping the charts among defenders with 89 points – 20 more than anyone else.

He has registered an assist and a clean sheet in each of his last two games.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Although it has been a season to forget for Liverpool so far, they have been putting in some much-improved performances recently, including a big win away at Tottenham last weekend.

They face Southampton at Anfield in their final match before the World Cup, having kept clean sheets in five of their last six home games in all competitions.

Van Dijk ranks top among Liverpool defenders for xG this season, and is their highest scoring defender so far with 45 points. 

Timothy Castagne (Leicester)

Leicester have recovered from a terrible start to the season with three wins in their last four games taking them up to 14th.

Their defence has been extremely solid in recent games, conceding just a single goal – against defending champions Manchester City – in their last six in all competitions.

Castagne has the sixth-most points among all Premier League defenders this season, adding a goal and two assists to six clean sheets, and now faces a West Ham side who have won just one of their five.


Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)

Martinelli has been rewarded for a brilliant season so far with a call up to Brazil’s World Cup squad, and he’s worth getting in your side for Arsenal’s final game before the break against Wolves.

He’s scored five goals and registered three assists in 13 appearances, making him the sixth highest-scoring midfielder in FPL.

He also ranks third in the Arsenal squad for xG and top for xAssists.

Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Trossard is another midfielder who has earned a spot at the World Cup after a strong start to the season.

In fact, the Belgium international is currently the fourth highest-scoring midfielder in FPL, having scored seven goals and provided three assists, including two goals and an assist in his last three games.

He ranks top in the Brighton squad for xG and faces an Aston Villa defence that ranks towards the bottom of the league for xG against.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Zaha ranks in the top 10 for points among FPL midfielders at this point in the season, with six goals and two assists.

He notched one of each in his last match against West Ham, and currently ranks top for xG and second for xAssists in the Palace squad.

Palace visit a Nottingham Forest team who own the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League.


Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

This isn’t a particularly interesting pick considering Haaland is the top scorer in FPL by 31 points, but some may have taken him out over the last couple of weeks due to injury.

He should be fit to start this weekend after coming off the bench to score City’s winner against Fulham last weekend, so you don’t want to miss out on what has felt like guaranteed attacking returns from him this season.

City face a Brentford side that rank in the bottom five for goals against and bottom six for xG against this season.

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)

Solanke has been a valuable FPL asset this season, with 52 points putting him eighth among all forwards.

Four goals and three assists in 14 games is a great return for a player currently priced at just £5.7m. He’s also selected in just 5.4 per cent of teams, making him a great differential option this weekend.

Bournemouth face an Everton side they just beat 4-1 in the EFL Cup in midweek.