Gameweek 18 could see several tired players on the pitch in the Premier League. Midweek fixtures combined with the upcoming onslaught of holiday matches could cause nightmares for Fantasy Premier League managers. But with a few tweaks here and there, managers should get by this busy time of the year with all their hair still intact. Which Premier League forwards are in-form and will get goals in gameweek 18, lets look and see.
Premier League forwards:
Shinji Okazaki – 57 points
Shinji Okazaki’s 57 point total isn’t anything special, but the Japanese international is coming off of his best individual game points return of the season. Gameweek 17 saw Okazaki tally 16 points against Southampton. Two goals and an assist make Okazaki a great addition to any FPL manager’s starting XI this weekend.
Leicester are in great form, winners of their last four, and Saturday’s opponents, Crystal Palace, are stuck in the relegation zone. The Eagles’ defence has given up the fourth most goals in the Premier League (28), and Leicester haven’t been bashful in front of goal. The Foxes are eighth in Premier League scoring with 27 tallies.
Mohamed Salah – 127 points
At this point, why wouldn’t you have Mohamed Salah in your FPL team? Well, if you don’t, you really need him now. Salah has had seven double digit games this term. Sure, he and the entire Liverpool team under performed on Wednesday night against West Brom, but few defences have been able to stop the Egyptian winger all season.
Liverpool travel to Bournemouth in gameweek 18. Although Bournemouth don’t give up a lot of goals, Salah is the type of player that Bournemouth hasn’t experienced much of this term. Eddie Howe’s team are coming off a midweek loss to Manchester United. Can they play a solid defensive game against another top Premier League side? It is unlikely.
Eden Hazard – 73 points
Hot and cold; that is the best way to explain Eden Hazard’s 2017-18 FPL season. The Belgian can be forgiven, however. He didn’t play in preseason or for the opening three Premier League matches due to a broken ankle sustained last season.
Hazard should be getting into form. He is just three weeks removed from a 15 point display against Newcastle. Don’t be surprised if he accumulates another double digit gameweek against Southampton on Saturday. The Saints have won once in their last six games. Hazard is ready to pile on the misery for the south coast club.