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Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 16.
After a disaster in Gameweek 14 where Eden Hazard was my pick but was benched against Swansea, I decided to keep the faith and it paid off in the last round.
The Belgian scored twice and picked up three bonus points, adding up to 15 points that doubled to 30.
This week, I’m tempted to go with the Chelsea star yet again. He was excellent in the second half against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League as well, creating the chance that led to a Stefan Savic own goal.
He looks like he’s at the very top of his game and could really have had four of five goals against Newcastle but for some excellent shot-stopping by Karl Darlow.
He’s still only owned by around 13% of managers and it’s advisable to take full advantage of this differential while it lasts. Remember, Harry Kane (12.8m) is stilled owned by over 37% while Mohammed Salah (9.9m) has over 54% ownership.
MOHAMED SALAH has provided a goal, assist or more in the last seven GWs straight. That’s phenomenal form and makes him a dream FPL midfielder to own. Everton could put up a fight this week but on this form, you’d back Salah against any opposition.
HARRY KANE (12.8m) was afforded a good rest in midweek and should be fresh when Stoke visit Wembley this weekend. It’s hard to see The Potters keeping a clean sheet away from home this season and so Kane should score. Unlike Salah or Hazard though, he is far from his best at the moment and doesn’t look set to rip a defence to shreds like he has in the past.
WAYNE ROONEY (7.3m) looks set for starring role at Everton, especially with Sam Allardyce in the picture now. He’s playing in midfield but at this stage of his career, he’s more likely to score goals making late runs into the box than if he were to lead the line. How he would love a goal against Liverpool to help his side win at Anfield in the league for the first time in 18 years.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOL | 8.9M
Step aside, Mo Salah! Well, not quite. The Egyptian is still on fire. But Philippe Coutinho is red-hot form as well. He provided three assists and a goal in GW15, scoring 18 points and followed that up with a hat-trick in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow.
Liverpool have the Merseyside Derby next up and while the Brazilian may not be nailed on to score against the Toffees, the following fixtures are pretty inviting.
MAMADOU SAKHO | CRYSTAL PALACE | 4.9M
With Roy Hodgson making an impact on Crystal Palace now, they’ve gotten far better defensively, conceding just six in their last six games. Mamadou Sakho’s been central to that form, scoring 28 points in the last three GWs including one goal and two clean sheets. He’s also a front-runner for bonus points.
LEROY SANE| MANCHESTER CITY | 8.8M
It’s hard to let go of a player who had five double-figure hauls over seven GWs but it seems as if Leroy Sane’s purple patch has run out. He’s blanked in four of the last five GWs and has the Manchester Derby this Sunday. There’s also Raheem Sterling to consider who is 0.5m cheaper.
PAUL POGBA | MANCHESTER UNITED | 8.0M
Just when so many managed to bring him in as well! Paul Pogba is a frustrating one. Having just returned from injury, he showed some great form but his sending off against Arsenal means he will sit out of the following three rounds. With the number of midfield options at the moment, it doesn’t make sense to hold on to the Frenchman.
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Manchester United have refused Manchester City‘s request to bring their own camera crew into the away dressing room at Old Trafford for Sunday’s blockbuster Premier League clash, reports said Thursday.
The move could add spice to a match that Jose Mourinho‘s United dare not lose if they are to retain any realistic hope of reeling in Pep Guardiola‘s flying side, eight points clear at the top of the table.
Amazon are following City for a behind-the-scenes documentary about the club’s 2017-18 campaign, which will be screened next year as part of a reported £10 million deal.
Britain’s Times newspaper said City were understood to have made a formal request to United and the Premier League for the Amazon crew to be given access to the tunnel area and away dressing room at Old Trafford, but it had been denied due to insufficient space.
According to the report, United have granted permission for a pitch-side camera to film the warm-up.
The Times said United’s stance would be welcomed by the Premier League’s existing rights-holders, including Sky Sports and BT Sport, who have reportedly privately expressed irritation at the access City are granting to a commercial rival.
Amazon are muscling into sports broadcasting, recently winning the UK rights to show the US Open tennis and ATP Tour and sparking concerns among the established broadcasters that the Premier League may be in their sights.
The American tech giant has already produced two series of a documentary programme called “All Or Nothing”, which follows the fortunes of NFL teams the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.
In October, Italian giants Juventus announced they will feature in a four-part documentary series produced by Netflix in 2018.
Provided by AFP Sport
Arsene Wenger has hit back at Jose Mourinho by insisting he wasn’t using gamesmanship when he picked Alexandre Lacazette to face Manchester United 24 hours after saying he would miss the game with a groin injury.
France striker Lacazette was a surprise selection for Arsenal‘s 3-1 defeat against United last weekend as Gunners boss Wenger had stated he would miss the game due to the injury he suffered against Huddersfield at half-time.
Instead, Lacazette was fit to start at the Emirates Stadium and scored Arsenal’s goal.
“I’m telling the truth,” Mourinho said when listing the availability of some of his players. “It’s the truth, eh? No stories of Lacazette or (Manchester City midfielder) David Silva. All the truth.”
Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League game against BATE Borisov, was asked about Mourinho’s comments and said he was expecting to go into the United game without the former Lyon star.
“I thought he wouldn’t play. In the end, he could play. What did you want me to do, leave him at home?” Wenger said on Wednesday.
“I’m always honest. I thought really that he wouldn’t play, that’s what I had been told.
“After, he had a test on Friday morning and went to the game. We weren’t sure he would play but he tried and he played, that’s part of football.”
Arsenal welcome Belarusian Premier League champions BATE on Thursday having already sealed top spot in Group H.
Wenger has made mass changes throughout the competition, handing valuable game time to the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud.
Even though progression into the last 32 has been assured, the Frenchman still intends to play those on the fringes of the first team, rather than blood a team of youngsters.
Asked how winning the group would affect his team selection, Wenger said: “Not too much, because I have many players available who need competition.
“Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team tomorrow.”
Wenger also warned the injury-plagued Wilshere to be careful when ice skating after pictures emerged of the midfielder with his family at a rink earlier in the week.
“It’s not ideal. For your balance it’s not bad but for a footballer I don’t think it’s great. It depends as well on what you do,” he said.
“You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, or (you can do) ice skating violently, I don’t think he did that.”