The festive period is always one of the most exciting times of the year for fans of English football.
While European counterparts take a winter break to recharge batteries and come back afresh in the new year, the Premier League enters its busiest spell.
And you can make the December fixture frenzy even more exciting this season by entering FansBet’s Christmas Fantasy game.
With a budget of £100million, all you need to do is select a squad of 15 players and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a share of the whopping £50,000 prize pot.
To help you select your line-up, we’ve picked out four players who are in red-hot form this winter, analysing their stats and making their case to be included in your Fantasy team.
Son Heung-min – Tottenham Hotspur (£8million)
The South Korean superstar averages 4.64 points per game so far this season, but in the last three weeks that average has almost doubled to nine.
As a midfielder, he gets the benefit of Tottenham’s stubborn defence keeping points-scoring clean sheets, while his versatility and attacking instincts means he’s always a goal threat.
In fact, since mid November, Son’s return of three Premier League goals can only be bettered by five Premier League players.
In the last five Premier League games, Son has accumulated an impressive 35 points, and he is available for a very reasonable £8million.
So hot is Son’s form in recent weeks that he is averaging a combined expected goals (xG) and expected goals assisted (xA) of 0.73 per game since mid-November, which means the chances he is creating and receiving for Spurs would ordinarily be worth around three goals every four games.
Felipe Anderson – West Ham United (£7million)
Considered a £35million gamble when West Ham signed him from Lazio in the summer, Felipe Anderson is beginning to look like one of the bargains of the season.
The Brazilian has added a degree of flair, creativity and penchant for the spectacular not seen in claret and blue since Dimitri Payet’s acrimonious departure for Marseille almost two years ago.
One of the Premier League’s form players, Anderson has scored three goals in his last five games, as well as registering an assist.
The Brazilian wide man has put up double-figures Fantasy points returns in two of his last three outings, scoring 12 against Crystal Palace and ten against Newcastle United, as well as nine against Huddersfield Town on November 10.
Anderson’s points average for the season is 4.81 per game, but that has risen to eight in the last three fixtures.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (£7million)
No 21 years old, Rashford is beginning to come into his own, both at international level with England and with Manchester United in the Premier League.
The gifted attacker, who can play anywhere across the front line, has averaged 7.67 Fantasy points per game over the last three matches, more than double his average for the season so far.
Last time out, in United’s 4-1 destruction of bottom-placed Fulham, Rashford registered two assists and scored with a spectacular shot from a seemingly impossible angle.
No player in the Premier League has directly contributed to more goals, as either scorer or assister, than Rahsford (five) since mid-November.
The young striker is in peak form and is a snip at just £7million.
David Luiz – Chelsea (£5.5million)
With his wonderful headed goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat of previously unbeaten Manchester City last weekend, Chelsea centre-back Luiz might just have scored one of the most important goals of the entire Premier League season.
The Blues’ victory at Stamford Bridge has blown the title race back open and the Brazilian defender’s own form is beginning to silence his many critics.
His header against Pep Guardiola’s men and the significant part he played in Chelsea keeping a clean sheet against the reigning champions earned Luiz a whopping 15 Fantasy points. The former Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain star’s average for the season is a respectable 4.93 points per game, but that has shot up to seven in the last three matches.
Luiz’s average of 70.33 accurate passes per 90 this season ranks him in the top 5.4 per cent of Premier League centre-backs, while he ranks top in his position for total through-balls (five) and second for forward passes per 90 (29.93).
A key player in Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea line-up, Luiz is yours for just £5.5million
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