Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, drop Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

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The Premier League sets the stage for the north-London derby this weekend but should you bank on or avoid the Fantasy Premier League assets from Arsenal and Tottenham?

Elsewhere, Manchester United and Liverpool travel to Newcastle and Southampton respectively while Manchester City and Chelsea host Leicester City and West Brom.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 27.

CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL |10.4M

After his superb performance in the 2-2 draw with Spurs at Anfield, Mohamed Salah has now scored seven goals and provided three assists against top six opposition so far this season.

As if his tally of 204 points, the highest in the game, wasn’t enough to convince you of his pedigree, he’s also proved that he can deliver against quality sides and Southampton, well, don’t quite fall into that bracket.

There’s also the fact that Liverpool beat the Saints 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Anfield with Salah bagging a brace on that occasion although he could’ve easily had more with the hosts dominating the encounter.

Meanwhile, Southampton have kept just five clean sheets all season and only one in the their last 17 league outings.

Expect Salah to breach the defence at St Mary’s Stadium again and possibly add to his 11 double-figure scores this season.

Who else?: Mohamed Salah

Who else?: Mohamed Salah

ALTERNATIVES

EDEN HAZARD (10.7m) was the only bright spark for Chelsea in their 4-1 humiliation at Watford in the last round. He was a peripheral figure for the most part, forced to play up front and starved of service. He came alive after Olivier Giroud was subbed on though and scored a gem.

HARRY KANE (12.8m) boasts a phenomenal record in the north-London derby and will be up for the fixture once more. He’s scored six goals in six appearances against Arsenal in the league. With 10 goals in his last eight gameweeks, he remains a prime candidate for the captain’s armband regardless of the opposition.

BOLD CHOICE

GERARD DEULOFEU (6.0m) enjoyed an excellent debut game for Watford against Chelsea, providing a goal, assist and maximum bonus points. He’s created seven chances in his first two Premier League appearances since his arrival from Barcelona on loan and, against the Blues, registered three shots from inside the penalty area.

Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu

TWO INS

BERNARDO SILVA | MANCHESTER CITY | 7.4M

With his ownership at just one per cent, Bernardo Silva offers a strong differential and a cheap way into City’s attacking midfield. The Portuguese, who signed from Monaco in the summer, had made only six league starts until gameweek 24 but has been drafted into the first eleven since Leroy Sane’s injury.

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva

MORITZ BAUER | STOKE CITY | 4.5M

Starting each of the last four games, Moritz Bauer is proving to be a real bargain. The Stoke right-back has already created six chances so far. Since Paul Lambert’s arrival, The Potters have improved markedly in defence, keeping two clean sheets in the last four, matching their tally from the previous 23.

Moritz Bauer

Moritz Bauer

TWO OUTS

RIYAD MAHREZ| LEICESTER CITY | 8.6M

After delivering on a regular basis since gameweek eight, Riyad Mahrez hasn’t featured in the last two for Leicester after skipping training following the collapse of his proposed move to City. With his current situation up in the air, there’s no point holding onto the Algerian especially given his price.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

MESUT OZIL | ARSENAL | 9.3M

With the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrival coupled with Aaron Ramsey’s return from injury, the attacking returns at Arsenal are set to be spread across the board. Mesut Ozil doesn’t represent great value in midfield for his price and also faces Spurs and City up next.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

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Harry Kane's frightening record against Arsenal and other north-London derby stats

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Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino

Arsenal travel to Wembley on Saturday for a mouthwatering north-London derby with rivals Tottenham.

With both clubs sitting outside the top four, defeat for either would be a catastrophic blow to their Champions League ambitions.

So much is on the line and that has often been the case in this fixture as you will see some from the selection of stats and facts below.

– Spurs have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against Arsenal (W2 D4), although that defeat came earlier this season, losing 2-0 at the Emirates.

– Arsenal are aiming to win both home and away against their north London rivals in the Premier League for just the fourth time in the same season, doing so previously in 2004-05, 2007-08 and 2013-14.

– This is the first meeting between Spurs and Arsenal at Wembley since April 1993, when they met in an FA Cup semi-final, with Arsenal winning 1-0 from a Tony Adams goal.

– Indeed, Spurs have failed to score in either of their last two games against Arsenal at Wembley (also 0-0 in the Charity Shield in August 1991), last doing so in their 3-1 win in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final, with goals from Paul Gascoigne and a brace from Gary Lineker.

– This fixture has seen both sides score in the game on 34 occasions in the Premier League – more than any other fixture in the competition. However, there has been a clean sheet in the last two meetings (one each); the last time this fixture went three successive games without both teams scoring was back in December 1991 (a run of four, league only).

– Tottenham have dropped 37 points from leading positions in Premier League games against Arsenal – more than any team has against another in the competition’s history.

– Arsenal have won more Premier League London derbies away from home (52) and in total (121) than any other side in the competition.

Kane celebrates scoring against Arsenal last season

Kane celebrates scoring against Arsenal last season

– Spurs have won 28 of a possible 39 points in home games at Wembley Stadium this season; dropping 11. In the whole of 2016-17, they dropped just four points at White Hart Lane, winning 53/57.

– Harry Kane has scored six goals in six Premier League games against Arsenal, only failing to score in one those games – the reverse fixture this season. The England striker has scored four times in three home Premier League games against Arsenal.

– Harry Kane has scored 21 goals in 32 Premier League London derby matches, averaging 0.66 goals per game. Of players to have played 20+ London derbies in the Premier League, only Thierry Henry has a better ratio (0.73 – 43 goals in 59 apps).

– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in four previous appearances against Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions; once in the Champions League (2 games) and three goals in the Europa League (2 games).

– Henrikh Mkhitaryan has assisted three goals in 120 minutes of Premier League action for Arsenal so far; the same tally that Alexis Sanchez managed in 1507 minutes of action for the Gunners in 2017-18.

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Arsene Wenger: Harry Kane is the best striker in Europe

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Form of his life: Harry Kane.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Tottenham’s Harry Kane is currently the best striker in Europe but believes his own frontmen can shine in the north London derby this weekend.

Kane bagged his 100th Premier League goal in Spurs’ dramatic 2-2 draw at Liverpool last time out and spoke earlier this week of how being released from Arsenal’s academy as an eight-year-old left him with a “chip on his shoulder”.

He has a fine record against the Gunners with six goals in seven appearances but Wenger is looking to his forwards to take the headlines on Saturday lunchtime.

When asked whether there is a better striker in Europe than Kane at the moment, Wenger replied: “If you look at the numbers, no, because he has high numbers but I believe what you want in a game like that is to keep him quiet and for our strikers to express their talent.”

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