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A matchday without any clear favorites!

All Prem. League fans can look forward to an exciting weekend of football. No single game has a clear favourite and there may be a few surprises. The focus will be on the Manchester derby on Saturday at 1.30pm and the North London derby on Sunday at 5.30pm. But the other games are also worth watching such as Brighton-Liverpool and Newcastle-Fulham where all teams are playing for international places or Wolverhampton-West Ham and Everton-Southampton when the weakest four teams in the league as of now meet and very important points are at stake in the relegation battle.


Bernd Leno (89₵, Fulham): Fulham’s German number 1 is in excellent form, averaging over 250 in his last six games. He is also 2nd league-wide in shots held with 20 in the last five games. However, the Magpies are also playing a really strong season and are in 3rd place, shooting the fifth most on the opposition goal. This could become an advantage for him as he scores more against stronger teams.  13 of his 20 shots saved in the last five games have been against Man. City and Man. United, who also look to finish very often, and Newcastle will try a similar number of times.


Serge Aurier (58₵, Nottingham): After first Tottenham and then Villareal didn’t renew his contract, the 30-year-old was out of contract last summer but was then signed by promoted Nottingham and is doing really well at right-back. He is also scoring a lot of points at SPITCH with very few passes, as Nottingham have the least possession on average in the Prem. League. Playing against the ball, however, he can do and regularly manages to score over 250 points with his strong 72% tackling rate.

Wout Faes (81₵, Leicester): He could benefit from the possession-shy Tricky Trees, as Leicester are one of those teams that like to hold the ball at times and he can score a lot of easy +2s as a result. He has also been scoring solidly in recent games and, apart from his disastrous match against Liverpool on Matchday 18, has always scored over 200 in his last five games.

Ethan Pinnock (90₵, Brentford): The Jamaican is one of the strongest defenders in the Prem. League and has intercepted by far the most balls in the last five games, nearly 30 more than Tyrone Mings who has intercepted 40. He has failed to score in the green only once in his last eight games and has great scoring potential again against Bournemouth.

Thiago Silva (150₵, Chelsea): The Blues’ captain is one of the most consistent players and you can actually line him up in any game, but he could be particularly convincing against Palace, as Chelsea average over 12% more possession than the Eagles and he could score safe points with his near-perfect 95% passing rate in his own half and also shine with his strong 76% tackling rate. Chelsea may not yet be managing to get going under Graham Potter, but they have won each of their last ten games against Crystal Palace and will be looking to continue that run.


Christian Norgaard (69₵, Brentford): The Dane has been allowed to start from the start in the last three games and managed to make a Fantasy assist in each one and collect exactly one shot on goal each. Brentford also didn’t lose any of the games he started in and against Bournemouth they could continue that streak.

Youri Tielemans (92₵, Leicester): After a dry spell for the Belgian, he really impressed in the last game, scoring an outstanding 597 points. He could once again shine with his all-round qualities, as he shoots on goal once per game on average, has a strong passing rate of 85% and wins 68% of his duels. Against Nottingham, he could surpass these already very good rates and score heavily due to the amount of possession the Foxes are expected to have.


Danny Ings (55₵, Villa): There are many rumours curing that the striker might leave the club and because of that he often has to come off the bench, but he is really in a very strong form at the moment. In his last seven Prem. League games he scored five times, as many as in his previous 32. Of those seven games, he was in the starting eleven four times and averaged over two shots on target in those, scoring four goals. So should he be allowed to start from the start again against Leeds, the 30-year-old should be one to keep an eye on.

Harry Kane (180₵, Tottenham): Spurs host Arsenal this weekend and even though the Gunners are in captivating form, it will be a very interesting game as Tottenham are unbeaten at home against Arsenal in their last eight games and Harry Kane scored in seven of those eight games. Overall, Harry Kane, with 14 goals in the North London derby, is the highest scoring player of all time, in this fixture. In addition, Kane is in excellent form and is the second highest goalscorer in the Prem. League and has a huge scoring potential with 3.6 shots on goal per game.

Ivan Toney (73₵, Brentford): Toney is also in very good form but picked up an injury against West Ham on Matchday 18, however he has been outstanding in his last three games, scoring four goals, shooting at goal seven times and providing one assist. He should be fit again against Bournemouth, but if not, teammate Bryan Mbeumo is also an interesting option.

Riyad Mahrez (120₵, Man. City): The Algerian has played his way back into Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven after the World Cup and has been in the starting line-up in four of five games across all competitions. In those four games he scored four times and set up two goals. During the week he was on the bench in the surprise 2-0 defeat against Southampton but is expected to be allowed to start again at the weekend. Man. United are in good form, yet the Red Devils are one of the Citizens’ favourite opponents and in the last three meetings alone Man. United conceded a total of 12 goals. We can be curious to see how the game develops, but Mahrez could definitely become a key player.

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Other players to keep an eye on are James Tarkowski (110₵, Everton) who is showing strong games, Casemiro (92₵, Man. United) who could make the difference in the Manchester derby and Rodrigo (103₵, Leeds) who is essential for Leeds and scores 40% of their goals alone.

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