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Gameweek 22 in Fantasy Premier League was one of fine margins with Manchester City being the only team to score more than two goals.
The Premier League promises to deliver more goals this week though with Liverpool and Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace and Brighton respectively.
Meanwhile, a Tottenham side missing Son Heung-min and Harry Kane travel to Fulham and City play at Huddersfield.
Here are a few tips ahead of Gameweek 23.
CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL | 13.4M
Mohamed Salah just can’t help himself at the moment. He’s rediscovered his scoring touch from last season and has bagged an incredible five double-figure hauls over the last seven GWs. With Palace to face at Anfield next, who would bet against him delivering again?
The Egyptian has averaged 8.9 points per match against teams outside of the top six this season. Interestingly, he’s only had eight shots and six on target in the last four GWs but the game against City was a bit of a write off as he barely got involved.
With four goals and three assists over the same period, he’s as efficient as they come and is boasting the kind of form that can’t be ignored. He’s the highest owned played in the game for a reason.
PAUL POGBA (8.5m) is on a remarkable run of form as well, delivering attacking returns in four of the last five GWs with three of them resulting in double-figure hauls. His ownership has sky-rocketed to over 35 per cent and a home game against Brighton may only see his stock rise further.
RAHEEM STERLING (11.3m) has disappointed of late, scoring just once and providing no assists from GW15 to GW19. Over the last three GWs though he’s started to chip away again with an assist in each. He’s due a big haul and Huddersfield – who recently parted ways with David Wagner – could be on the receiving end.
DELE ALLI (8.9m) hasn’t been up to his usual standards this season but always seems to step up when Kane is missing. Spurs need him to do that now more than ever with Son at the Asian Cup as well. Fulham will definitely sport plenty of cracks when Tottenham arrive at Craven Cottage and Alli could exploit them.
TWO TO WATCH
LUKE SHAW | MANCHESTER UNTED | 5.0M
United playing freely and scoring goals was one thing but the fact that they’re even keeping clean sheets under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now makes their defensive assets appealing. Luke Shaw is the obvious choice. At only 5m, he’s affordable and seems to be a regular while also boasting plenty of attacking potential now that he has the licence to get forward at will.
FERNANDO LLORENTE | TOTTENHAM | 5.6M
Overlooking Fernando Llorente when considering Kane replacements could be a mistake. In fact, even managers who don’t own Kane may want to think about the Spaniard. Spurs have a very kind run of fixtures and Mauricio Pochettino has no option but to play Llorente. The big striker is bound to see chances fall his way and at the very least should pick up a few assists. At just 5.6m, he’s definitely worth a punt.
TWO TO AVOID
HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAM | 12.5M
This may be stating the obvious but in Kane’s case, it needs to be said. Some Kane owners could consider holding on and getting by during his weeks of absence, especially because of how difficult it is to bring him back in or if they need to put fires out elsewhere. Use the wildcard chip if need be but there’s no point leaving that pile of cash on the bench.
ROBERTO PEREYRA | WATFORD | 6.3M
A streaky player, Roberto Pereyra has been on the wane of late, blanking in his last three GWs. He hasn’t mustered a single shot on target over that period either and only managed one key pass. He’s gone on two barren runs that lasted five GWs earlier in the season and could be enduring one again now.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery aims to “promote friction” with his players to “get something more out of them”.
The Spaniard succeeded Arsene Wenger as boss last summer after the Frenchman’s 22-year reign with the Gunners.
“At certain times, you have to provoke friction with footballers,” Emery said in an expansive interview with skysports.com.
“From that friction, you can get something more out of them, something from inside, a greater sense of ambition or maybe even a complaint – a complaint regarding the team can be positive.
“As a manager, you have to be careful because that friction can break a relationship. But I believe in always looking for more, both individually and collectively, with conversations which are comfortable but also with conversations which are less comfortable.
“In the end, the main thing with any footballer is that their qualities are used to benefit the team.
“As a manager, you have to get the maximum out of that player and at the same time make sure that he fits with the rest of the team so that everyone is better.”
The approach may ring true for Mesut Ozil, who has fallen out of favour of late with Emery.
There is also uncertainty off the field with reports head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is poised to leave.
Emery acknowledges the challenges Arsenal have faced in his first six months as boss, but insisted the Gunners must target Champions League qualification despite the competition in the Premier League.
Emery added: “In terms of getting into the Champions League and finishing in the top four, which is our main objective, it is true that we are not there right now.
“But firstly, I believe we have time to achieve that this season. And secondly, we knew there were going to be difficulties in this process.”
Defensive solidity is necessary, but Emery does not wish to curb Arsenal’s attacking instincts.
He added: “I don’t want to lose all the good things about this team. There are times when defensively we have not been very solid, but we have still won because offensively we have created a lot of chances.
“So, at the moment, I am still leaning towards making sure the team doesn’t lose what it has. But yes, it’s true that we have to achieve greater defensive solidity.”
Provided by Press Association Sport
Petr Cech will end his playing career after this season with the Premier League’s record for clean sheets under his belt.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the other statistics behind Cech’s remarkable career with Chelsea and Arsenal.
Cech last season became the first keeper to reach 200 clean sheets in the Premier League and is currently on 202 from 443 appearances.
That leaves him 33 clear of second-placed David James in the all-time list, and having made 129 fewer appearances in the top flight.
Mark Schwarzer, David Seaman and Nigel Martyn complete the top five while a total of 14 goalkeepers have over 100 clean sheets – Manchester United’s David De Gea, on 97, is close to joining that group.
Cech is credited by premierleague.com with 1,005 saves since the league’s official website began tracking goalkeeping statistics in the 2006/07 season.
That means 69 of his 443 games came before that point, and that he has made an average of 2.69 saves per match in the games for which data are available.
In that same period of time he has conceded 333 goals, giving him a 75.1 per cent save ratio.
Cech enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Chelsea, winning 15 trophies including the league title and the FA Cup on four occasions each.
He added three League Cups and both the Champions League, in 2011/12, and the Europa League the following season as well as a pair of Community Shield wins.
With Arsenal silverware has been harder to come by but the 2016/17 season brought him his fifth FA Cup win and there were also two Community Shields to celebrate. The Gunners remain in contention in the FA Cup and Europa League this season and lie fifth in the league, 16 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Cech scooped the Golden Glove award for the Premier League’s goalkeeper of the season on four separate occasions. The first was for his starring role in Chelsea’s 2004/05 title success but his other wins, in 2011, 2014 and 2016, did not correspond with his league titles.
Cech is also one of only eight goalkeepers to be named Premier League player of the month, receiving the accolade in March 2007 while with Chelsea. Former England international Tim Flowers is the only keeper to win the award more than once.