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Over the weekend, Harry Kane (12.8m) was the choice for captain and while he and Tottenham never hit top gear against West Brom, the striker eventually got his goal, stabbing home to earn a draw.
Both players are in fine form and head into a fine run of fixtures as well. The game over the weekend was almost a race between Hazard and Salah to see who could score or assist first.
This time around, we’re giving the Belgian the armband, not only because they play Swansea at home, but Hazard’s 7.3% ownership offers the potential for a huge differential compared to Salah’s 46.6%.
The Chelsea man is flourishing in Antonio Conte’s new 3-5-1-1 system, playing just off Alvaro Morata and looks like he’s hitting peak form. He’s primed for big points and is a dangerous FPL asset to ignore at the moment.
MOHAMED SALAH is naturally one of the many alternatives this week as he plays Stoke City away and looks like he just can’t stop scoring.
Meanwhile, there’s also Raheem Sterling (8.1m) consistently delivering for Manchester City as they host Southampton. Alexis Sanchez (11.8m) seems to be back in the groove as well as Arsenal host Huddersfield and Harry Kane (12.8m) heads to former club Leicester in his bid for back-to-back scoring GWs.
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (4.5m) is starting to deliver on his promise as a real FPL bargain, scoring points in three of his last four GWs with two assists and a goal. Crystal Palace are finally starting to turn things around under Roy Hodgson and the Chelsea loanee is at the centre of it all.
AARON RAMSEY | ARSENAL | 7.1M
He’s gone about his business really quietly but Aaron Ramsey is proving to be a consistent performer this season. He’s the ninth highest scoring midfielder in the game and one of the cheapest options from a top six side. The Gunners face Huddersfield at home next and after an encounter with United next up, have another three comfortable fixtures.
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK | CRYSTAL PALACE | 4.5M
As mentioned above, the young Englishman is proving to be a real bargain and with Palace’s fortunes seemingly on the up, Loftus-Cheek could be the man racking up the points to help them along their way. You might want to move on him before that price spikes.
DAVID SILVA| MANCHESTER CITY | 8.3M
The Spaniard is a regular starter in the side, which is rare in City’s midfield this season, but he’s consistently being outshone by the likes of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. The English winger was on target last time out as well and is still only 8.1m. It’s worth making the swap while there’s still a 0.2m advantage to gain.
MATT RITCHIE | NEWCASTLE UNITED | 5.7M
If you haven’t already, it’s time to cut loose early season favourite Matt Ritchie. The midfielder has delivered just once in his last eight outings while Newcastle have no wins in four.
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Tom Ince was once one of England’s next big things, although, at 25, there’s still time for him to fulfill his potential.
His road to the Premier League has certainly been quite different than that of 22-year-old Raheem Sterling, who has only ever played for two of England’s most prominent clubs in Liverpool and Manchester City.
The duo’s presence in opposing starting XIs made City’s trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday an intriguing clash between two England youngsters. Ince had his hand in nearly securing a shock result for the Terriers, but ultimately Sterling made sure City emerged with the win.
Here’s an in-depth look at how Ince and Sterling performed.
Goals – 0
Assists – 0
Shots – 0
Shots on target – 0
Touches – 19
Pass Accuracy – 40%
Key Passes – 1
Dribbles – 1
Goals – 1
Assists – 0
Shots – 2
Shots on target – 1
Touches – 57
Pass Accuracy – 83%
Key Passes – 1
Dribbles – 2
Ince’s industry was crucial to Huddersfield’s gameplan. With the pace, control, and dribbling ability to hold the ball up and get behind a team’s defence, his role in a game like this was simply to run his socks off, provide his team some respite, and try to create a chance if possible.
He did all three, albeit he would think he could have done better on the last front, missing a couple of opportunities to create a chance for teammates. It was his corner that led to Huddersfield’s goal.
The contrast between the two teams couldn’t have been typified better than the contrast between Ince and Sterling.
While the Huddersfield winger was given a fairly one-dimensional brief, Sterling has the freedom to roam and the increasing intelligence to make telling runs.
It was the latter skill that was most valuable to City on Sunday, as he was involved in both of City’s goals, earning the penalty for the equaliser and popping up in the right place at the right time to score the winner.
17th min, CHANCE: Huddersfield could have taken the earlier lead than they did, thanks to some good play from their young winger. He played Tommy Smith in with a perfect pass behind the defence, only for Smith to blaze his shot over the bar. It was a half-chance for the hosts.
45th min, CHANCE: Ince had the opportunity to set up another good chance after being put through on the right side of the City penalty area. He waited too long, however, to pick the perfect pass, rather than taking a gamble and putting an early ball into the box.
45th min, CHANCE: He won’t quite get the assist, but Ince was instrumental in Huddersfield’s goal. It was his corner kick that Christopher Schindler headed on towards goal, with City’s Nicolas Otamendi getting the final touch before it went into the net to give the hosts a shock lead. Ince’s delivery was perfect, showing his set-piece prowess – he’d delivered a similarly devilish corner just a minute earlier.
38th min, SHOT: Sterling should have given City the lead in the first half, which probably would have meant they would have avoided the drama that ensued in the rest of the game. He had a gilt-edged chance in the box, but a Huddersfield defender’s presence just put him off and made skew his shot wide.
47th min, PENALTY: Just minutes after having a penalty shout turned down, Sterling wouldn’t be denied a second time. His turn and run in an attempt to receive a pass led to Scott Malone tugging his shirt. It was a clear penalty, and Sergio Aguero made no mistake from the spot.
84th min, GOAL: He didn’t know much about it, but even then, Sterling deserves credit for this goal. It was his pass that started the move inside Huddersfield box, he followed the ball to give himself a chance from converting any rebound, and although his contact on the ball after Jonas Lossl saved from Gabriel Jesus was largely inadvertent, it was his attacking instincts and willingness to gamble that let him score.
Raheem Sterling's (22) career goal tallies:— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) November 26, 2017
2012/2013: 2 goals in 37 games
2013/2014: 9 goals in 38 games
2014/2015: 11 goals in 52 games
2015/2016: 11 goals in 47 games
2016/2017: 10 goals in 47 games
2017/2018: 12 goals in 18 games
Ince did what he was supposed to do, and it was undoubtedly a selfless performance. Huddersfield manager David Wagner always lets Ince and his fellow attackers express themselves, but this was a game in which the requirement was to sacrifice yourself for the cause.
It meant Ince couldn’t make the impact he’s capable of, although he was still one of the hosts’ biggest attacking threats in the game.
GOAL Huddersfield 1-0 Man City (45+1 mins)— Premier League (@premierleague) November 26, 2017
The hosts take the lead! Nicolas Otamendi deflects a Tom Ince corner into his own net#HUDMCI
This was another performance that showed how much Sterling has evolved under Pep Guardiola.
While there’s still plenty of room for improvement – he is, after all, still only 22 – he’s already capable of being the standout player in what is a star-studded City team.
The league leaders could have easily slipped up on Sunday, with the way the game was going. It’s down to Sterling that they didn’t.
Everton‘s season has kept going from bad to worse, and it happened again on Sunday as they lost 4-1 to Southampton with a truly shocking second-half performance.
The crushing defeat set all sorts of records for caretaker manager David Unsworth’s side, and the numbers from Sunday’s game are downright ugly.
Here are Seven Damning Stats from the loss.
EASY-PEASY FOR SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton were struggling to score at home this season. They were struggling to score in general, but the record at home was particularly troubling. In one game against Everton, they nearly doubled their goal tally at home, while picking up the easiest win of their season.
Pre match, Southampton had failed to score in 10 of their previous 13 home matches and had one of the worst home records in the division.— Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) November 26, 2017
Step forward Everton.
SHOTS FOR EVERYONE
It’s one thing to keep letting goals in. But to be defending so badly that every single outfield player feels like he can score? That’s what happened against Everton on Sunday. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s probably thinking he should’ve gotten near the Everton area and let fly with an attempt, too.
Southampton failed to score in 10 out of 13 matches at home then in one single match today, every outfield Southampton player had at least one shot on goal.— Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) November 26, 2017
CAN’T SCORE? WAIT FOR EVERTON
Southampton’s home scoring record in the Premier League this season, before Sunday: six goals in seven games. After Sunday, however, the word is out: if you’re struggling to score, just wait for Everton to show up.
Southampton had scored just 6 goals in their last 12 home games before Everton turned up. pic.twitter.com/Q4fC84mxp3— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) November 26, 2017
UNSWORTH NOT WORTHY?
It’s been a tough start to Unsworth’s managerial career. He’s been dealt a bad hand, taking charge of an unmotivated and poor squad. But the fact remains that Everton have been appalling under one of their favourite former players – who may not have a managerial future much longer.
Everton conceded 20 goals and kept no clean sheets in 7 games under David Unsworth pic.twitter.com/qKcLY7twze— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 26, 2017
HISTORICALLY BAD DEFENCE
There’s just no one stat that can sum up how poor Everton have been at the back. The Toffees’ defence is the league’s worst at the moment, and they haven’t conceded this many this early in the season in over half a century.
DOING LESS WITH MORE
In case anyone forgot, this was the season Everton supposed to make the jump up from being the best of the rest, just behind the real contenders. They spent heavily in the transfer window, only to see other clubs outshine them on a fraction of their budget.
DOING LESS WITH MORE, PART II
Speaking of Everton’s transfer business – they had supposedly invested the transfer fee they received for Romelu Lukaku wisely, buying three pedigreed attacking players as well as one of the best defenders and one of the best keepers from last season in Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford. It’s not looking like smart business anymore.