Fantasy Premier League: Five players to consider in Week 19

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Changes at the back for Burnley and Alvaro Morata's absence could be situations worth pouncing on this week

Christmas is coming, but we have a final set of Premier League fixtures coming up this weekend before the big day.

Arsenal and Liverpool get things kicked off on Friday night at the Emirates Stadium in one of the biggest matches of the festive season.

Nine games then take place on a jam-packed Saturday, with Everton and Chelsea the first game of the day and Leicester City and Manchester United concluding things in the evening.

Goal has five players to consider adding to your fantasy team for the weekend ahead.


Kevin Long Burnley

James Tarkowski has been handed a three-game suspension, which will mean bargain-bin centre-back Kevin Long getting more minutes over the Christmas period.

The 27-year-old stepped in for the injured Ben Mee for two games earlier this month and the Clarets kept clean sheets in both, so he will return to the lineup with no shortage of confidence.

Burnley's defensive record is founded on their structure rather than outstanding individuals, meaning Long is an easy choice if you need to replace Tarkowski or are looking for a cheap addition to free up some funds.

He will be faced with a stern test against Tottenham this weekend, but Sean Dyche's men have shut down top opponents before.

Next match: Tottenham (H)


Charlie Taylor Burnley

Like Long, Charlie Taylor is a cheap defender who will be getting starts for Burnley in the coming weeks due to an absence - in this case of regular left-back Stephen Ward.

Taylor also has two Premier League appearances to his name this season and, you guessed it, two clean sheets.

The interesting thing about the ex-Leeds United man, though, is that he is only 24 (Ward is 32) and more games may be forthcoming if he is able to impress while Ward is out.

If Taylor can become a regular member of the Burnley back four, he will represent significant value for money.

Next match: Tottenham (H)


Willian Chelsea

Alvaro Morata picked up a fifth yellow card of the season in the League Cup in midweek, which will likely mean Eden Hazard continuing as a false nine this weekend against Everton.

That opens up space for both Pedro and Willian to play on the wings, and both represent interesting fantasy options.

Willian has two goals in his past three games in this system and carries the added threat of being an expert from set-piece situations, making him the slightly more attractive choice.

He shouldn't feel the effects of the midweek outing too heavily having been brought off after an hour, indicating he will start against Everton.

Next match: Everton (A)


Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City

A place in Pep Guardiola's midfield has meant guaranteed fantasy points this season.

Beyond the exploits of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, even the Catalan's backups have performed superbly. Both Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan have a goal and an assist in their past two starts.

Their chance to shine has come courtesy of fixture congestion and the absence of David Silva, who looks set to be unavailable again this weekend.

As a result, Gundogan will probably continue in the centre of the park against a Bournemouth team that has been less than watertight at the back this season.

Next match: Bournemouth (H)


Marko Arnautovic West Ham

Marko Arnautovic cost West Ham a lot of money and always seemed a risky signing given he will be 29 by the end of the season and can blow hot and cold.

But once or twice every season the Austrian goes on a tear, and the arrival of David Moyes in east London appears to have brought one on.

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Arnautovic has two goals in his past three Premier League games - including the winner against Chelsea - and has fired in 13 shots in that time.

What's more, he has played as an out-and-out striker in the past three games ahead of fellow summer signing Chicharito. It would be a surprise to see Moyes change that setup after a run of two wins, a draw and three clean sheets.

Next match: Newcastle United (H)