Premier League picks for the weekend’s action


As the fights to avoid relegation and gain a spot in the next season’s prestigious Champions League campaign heat up, we take a look at the likely top performers of the Premier League’s 27th round of fixtures.

David de Gea

De Gea has arguably been the stand out keeper in this season’s Premier League, is record of 15 clean sheets currently three better than any rival.

With the Red Devils travelling to a Newcastle United that have scored just 24 goals this campaign, the Spaniard will be eager to add to this haul.

Jan Vertonghen

Arsenal may be buoyed by an emphatic 5-1 victory against Everton but their away form is nothing short of abysmal.

Factor in the way in which Tottenham have dispatched top four rivals Manchester United and Liverpool at Wembley and it is more than reason to suggest that Vertonghen could be in for a respectable haul of points this match.

The Belgian centre back has starred in the back line since the injury of his compatriot Toby Alderweireld, earning himself 42 points this campaign, thanks in large to the 11 clean sheets he has contributed to.

Federico Fernández

Fernández has grown in stature over the season for the Swans, earning 20 points thus far over the campaign.

His side face a Burnley side whose form has lagged over the January window and for whom a win is less of a certainty than it might have been earlier in the campaign.

With Swansea experience a resurgence under the tutelage of Carlos Carvalhal, Mawson and his men will be quietly confident of another victory at the Liberty Stadium this coming weekend.

Nathan Ake
Another defender capable of contributing in attack, Ake’s Bournemouth travel to a Huddersfield Town that have struggled for goals this term.

His two goals and one assist in 26 appearances have been valuable to the Cherries creep up the table to ninth position after a slow start to the campaign.

Antonio Valencia

Like de Gea, Antonio Valencia will be hoping to benefit from the gun shy nature of Newcastle United across the 2017/18 campaign.

The likely low block of the Magpies’ defence means Mourinho’s back line may also have to play a poignant role in attacking situations as they seek to overload the Newcastle defence.

With three goals helping to comprise Valencia’s 34 points, he may be the man to deliver this.

Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne has, for many, been the star of the season over the 2017-18 campaign – proving the catalyst for most of City’s best play.

With his side dropping surprise points last week at Turf Moor, the Belgian will be keen to dictate his side’s fixture against Leicester City as he seeks to add to the 73 points he has thus far claimed.

Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian winger continued a fantastic maiden season at Anfield with a phenomenal brace over close rivals Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

With his side travelling to strugglers Southampton on Sunday and he will be hoping to build upon his phenomenal 114 points from 21 goals and six assists this season.

Andre Ayew

The power winger’s return to Swansea was something of a surprise move during the January transfer window, with Carlos Carvalhal presumably believing that the relationship between the Ghanaian international and his brother Jordan could drive the team to safety from relegation.

Ayew has scored a reasonable 20 points this season during his time at West Ham, bagging three goals and two assists, and he will undoubtedly be keen to reopen his account in Wales.

Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace’s lead point scorer this season with 25 points, Zaha is one of many players to have thrived under the guidance of Roy Hodgson.

With four goals and an assist to his name in 2017/18, the Ivorian winger will be hoping he can build on a reasonable haul as the Eagles travel to a wounded Everton this weekend.

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez grabbed his first goal in the red of United last time out as he stroked home the rebound from his saved spot against an abject Huddersfield Town and will hoping to build upon that as his side travel to St James Park.

The Chilean endured a rough few months at the tail end of his time at the Emirates and as a result has managed just 31 points this campaign – something he will be looking to make amends for at his new club.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane loves a North London Derby and he will be hoping his side can heap misery on their main rivals at Wembley.

Kane leads the scoring charts this season with 22 goals in his 24 starts this season after his late penalty against Liverpool delivered his side a last gasp point at Anfield on the weekend.

He will be hoping to deliver on the big stage again on Saturday.

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