Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 16

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With four good fantasy football sides squaring off against each other on Sunday, you may need to scout around for the big points elsewhere, with a double gameweek for Reading and Sunderland offering some potential bargain bonanzas.

Fixtures Analysis: Reading and Sunderland come into the reckoning big time this week, with double gameweek that sees them play Southampton away and Chelsea at home respectively, before facing each other midweek. Southampton are worth looking at themselves, though be wary of your choices given the poor form of many at the BluesArsenal are in bad form , but welcome West Brom to the Emirates with the Baggies showing signs that their incredible start is floundering. Swansea host in Norwich in a match where a careful pick or two from the hosts might be worthwhile despite the visitor's excellent form. Finally Wigan face QPR at home, with Redknapp's revolution yet to pay real dividends for the R's.

Transfers In: Reading's recent returns from set pieces make Nicky Shorey (4.1) a good bet for the double gameweek, with Sean Morrison (4.0) the player to go for if you want to gamble on the man likely to get on the end of Shorey's deliveries. Adam Le Fondre (4.9) is probably the attacking player showing the most form for the Royals, and is on penalties for his side.

From Sunderland, the doubt over Fletcher’s fitness makes Sessegnon (7.4) the best man to have going forward, though Gardner's (4.9) shooting ability from range makes him a decent shout as well. With two home games in the gameweek, bringing in defensive options from O'Neil's side is also a fair bet, with Cuellar (4.6) or Mignolet (5.1) perhaps the best options. If Fletcher (7.2) does end up being passed fit, he is a great option too.

Southampton's attacking midfield hasn't produced the goods in their last two matches, but Reading's visit could see any of Lallana (6.1), Ramirez (6.0) and Puncheon (4.6) bring in some points. For Chelsea's trip to Sunderland, I wouldn't look further than Juan Mata (9.5), with the Spaniard the main threat for Benitez's side at the moment.

Arsenal welcome West Brom in a match they have to get something from, with dissent growing around the Emirates. West Brom come to London on the back of two defeats in a row, and the attacking prowess of Cazorla (9.5) and Giroud (8.5) could see Clarke's side defeated again despite Arsenal's long injury list. Arsenal's leaky defence should be avoided for the moment, and it might even be worth looking at Shane Long (6.4) for an away goal.

Backing sides against Norwich is a thankless task, but Michu (7.8) is in fantastic form and should be a must for all sides regardless of the opposition. The same goes for Fellaini (7.7) at Everton, with the Belgian either assisting or scoring nine out of Everton's last ten goals, having been suspended for the other one. From Wigan, Jordi Gomez (6.2) stands out after his recent goals, and Kone (6.5) is an excellent player for the price he's available at as well.

Selection Doubts: David Silva is a major doubt for the Manchester derby, and Gareth Bale is out for Spurs trip to Goodison. Adebayor returns from his suspension, though Defoe will likely keep his place. Vidic and Vorm are edging closer to a return for their respective clubs. Steven Fletcher is a doubt for Sunderland, as is Ramirez for Southampton making him a risky pick for the double gameweek. Walcott, Podolski, Sagna and Koscielny have all been ruled out for Arsenal.

Captain Choice: From the double gameweek teams, Stephane Sessegnon stands out as a reasonable captain choice, but the most reliable man in the league right now is Marouane Fellaini, and in a tricky week to call, he looks a safe pair of hands for the armband.

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