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Fantasy Premier League Pundit Picks: Gameweek 13

Make sure your FPL team is set!

Prithviraj Dev | New Delhi |

Thrilling, exciting and instantly addictive  is what the English Premier League (EPL) is to most fans.
However, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers will beg to differ, who will feel that the EPL’s unpredictable nature is not what the doctor ordered
Each week, thestatesman.com will help to make the right moves on the FPL with a comprehensive article on who to buy for the coming gameweek.
The indicators are:
Teams in BOLD are top 4 contenders.
Prices marked with a (+) indicate an increase in Base Price.
Prices marked with a (-) indicate a decrease in Base Price.
Goalkeeper
Petr Cech
Team: Arsenal
Fixtures: Bournemouth (H), West Ham (A), Stoke (H), Everton (A) and Man City (A)
Price: 5.5
Score: 40
Ownership: 16.6%
Why yes: Arsenal have shown character of late and are definitely due a clean sheet. The next four fixtures look quite good, which makes Cech a pretty safe bet.
Why no: If you have any Gunners defenders in your team, then obviously picking Cech is a risk. 
Defenders
Nathaniel Clyne
Team: Liverpool 
Fixtures: Sunderland (H), Bournemouth (A), West Ham (H), Middlesbrough (A) and Everton (A)
Price: 5.6 (+)
Score: 38
Ownership: 10.5%
Why yes: Liverpool’s upcoming games are against teams that are struggling and after their second clean sheet last week, the Reds can only improve. Clyne is handy on the overlap as well, and is due a goal/assist soon.
Why no: Well, Liverpool may be the most exciting team in the Premier League, they certainly don’t run the tightest ship. When most of their results read like: 3-1, 4-1, one cannot bank on clean sheets.
Danny Simpson
Team: Leicester City
Fixtures: Middlesbrough (H), Sunderland (A), Man City (A) , Bournemouth (A) and Stoke (A)
Price: 4.9 (-)
Score : 24
Ownership: 1.6%
Why yes: Leicester have guaranteed progress to the Champions League knockouts which mean they will only improve in the domestic league. Middlesbrough and Sunderland are relegation candidates and the Foxes could hit them for a six. Simpson is the cheapest of backline too.
Why no: Like Liverpool, Leicester find it difficult to keep a clean sheet. Simpson’s teammate Christian Fuchs is pricier but ‘safer’ option. 
Midfielders
Philippe Coutinho
Team: Liverpool 
Fixtures: Sunderland (H), Bournemouth (A), West Ham (H), Middlesbrough (A) and Everton (A)
Price: 8.8 (+)
Score: 77
Ownership: 47.4%
Why yes: When Coutinho doesn’t score/assist, it is big news, such has been the Brazilians brilliance this season. Against lowly Sunderland, expect the Reds' number 10 to run rings around their defence. Overall, the upcoming fixtures are ripe for a massive points tally.
Why no: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino is in fine fettle too and is a much bigger differential than Coutinho, who is literally owned by 50 percent of all FPL managers.
Riyad Mahrez
Team: Leicester City
Fixtures: Middlesbrough (H), Sunderland (A), Man City (A) , Bournemouth (A) and Stoke (A)
Price: 9.0 (-)
Score: 39 
Ownership: 10.2%
Why yes: Mahrez is the designate penalty taker and like his teammates, is primed to explode in the Premier League after settling their European ambitions.  Fixtures, except the Man City one, make for easy reading.
Why no: Middlesbrough may be flirting with the relegation zone, they do not give away too many goals. Mahrez has struggled to score from open play as Leicester have produced a disappointing title defence.
Forwards
Salomon Rondon
Team: West Brom
Fixtures: Hull (A), Watford (H), Chelsea (A), Swansea (H) and Man Utd (H) 
Price: 6.6 (+)
Score: 50
Ownership: 5.6%
Why yes: Rondon scores in patches and after getting a goal in the demolition of Burnley last week, he could have another favourable outing against struggling Hull. West Brom are rising up the table, a fact most have not noticed.
Why no: The Baggies aren't exactly renowned for the free-scoring exploits and at such a low price, one cannot expect substantial returns.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Team: Manchester United
Fixtures: West Ham (H), Everton (A), Spurs (H), Crystal Palace (A) and West Brom (A)
Price: 11.1 (-)
Score: 54
Ownership: 25.3%
Why yes: Back into the side after serving a suspension, Ibra will be itching to increase his tally of six goals. Against a West Ham side struggling for clean sheets, he may be devastating. Fixtures are quite easy on paper.
Why no: He did play the full 90 minutes of United’s thumping Europa League win (in which he didn't score) so fatigue may affect him. Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney seem to be enjoying a purple patch and both are much cheaper than the giant Swede.
PS: The Gameweek  deadline is 11.30 am GMT/5 pm IST, so make sure all transfers are completed before that!