Best XI Picks for the Premier League Weekend

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Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)
Manchester United host Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Jose Mourinho will be expecting three points and a clean sheet from his side against the relegation threatened side who were thrashed 3-0 at home by Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup before the international break.

Defence: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)
Newcastle United play host to Huddersfield Town on Saturday in a game where three points would be huge to either side in their battle to avoid relegation. Rafa Benitez’s side have picked up six points from their last two home games, keeping a clean sheet on both occasions, including a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Meanwhile Huddersfield have failed to score in their last three Premier League outings so the Magpies could fancy their chances of another shut out. Jamaal Lascelles is also a goalscoring threat from corners.

Defence: Matthew Lowton & James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Burnley are flying high in seventh and travel to bottom of the league West Bromwich Albion this weekend in a game that Sean Dyche’s side may fancy all three points. A big part of their success their season has been their tight defence so don’t be surprised if they keep a clean sheet at the Hawthorns. Matthew Lowton and James Tarkowski are both good value for money.

Midfield: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Arguably the best player in the Premier League this season, Mohamed Salah scored four goals on Liverpool’s last outing as they demolished Watford before the international break. Liverpool kick off the weekend’s action at Crystal Palace Saturday lunchtime and don’t be surprised if Salah helps himself to a couple more goals versus former Reds boss, Roy Hodgson’s side.

Midfield: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)
Not among the priciest midfielders, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had a couple of good games since joining Arsenal in January. The Armenian could well be in for another one when the Gunners host struggling Stoke City on Sunday. Mkhitaryan is both a goalscorer and a playmaker meaning he could easily be among the goals with this weekend’s matchup.

Midfield: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth)
Junior Stanislas scored in each of Bournemouth’s last two games before the international break and has every reason to be confident of making it three in a row this weekend as the Cherries travel to Watford. Javi Gracia’s side shipped eight goals in their final two games combined before the break and with the attacking style of football Bournemouth play then Stanislas should see some sights on goal.

Midfield: Bernardo Silva & Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
There are many Manchester City attacking players to consider this weekend when they travel to Goodison Park in Saturday’s evening game. Pep Guardiola’s side should be looking to get at the hosts’ slow defence and two players who are more than capable of taking advantage of that are Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane. They’re both quick, both play out wide and both have been among the goals of late.

Midfield: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United)
A battle of two teams desperately out of form takes place at the London Stadium this weekend as West Ham United play host to Southampton. With both teams desperate for three points and neither defending well we could be in for a treat in terms of the number of goals. One player who has been seeing sights on goal in recent weeks is Marko Arnautovic. Listed as a midfielder in fantasy football he actually plays a very attacking role in David Moyes’ side so don’t be surprised if he’s among the goals on Saturday.

Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
It’s been said this season that Romelu Lukaku is not prolific in front of the top eight Premier League sides. If that’s true he could be in luck this weekend as Manchester United are hosting Swansea City. Although the visitors have improved under Carlos Carvalhal we are expecting three points for United. Lukaku scored a brace midweek for his country and should be capable of continues his goalscoring run this weekend too.

Striker: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Liverpool are expected to score a couple at Selhurst Park on Saturday and if that’s the case then Roberto Firmino is bound to be involved. The Brazilian is really shining in the New Year and will fancy his chances in Southeast London no doubt.

Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Returning from scoring England’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Italy on Tuesday night, Jamie Vardy and Leicester City are at Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend. Chris Hughton’s side have two centre-backs who lack a bit of pace and with the off the ball runs that Vardy makes I expect him to see a couple of one-on-ones at the AMEX Stadium.

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Words: Barrie Stevens

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