EPL Weekend Picks – Round 13

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The 13th week of the 2018-19 Premier League season sees Manchester City travel to West Ham, while Tottenham host Chelsea in one of the biggest games of the campaign so far. Let’s take a look at 11 players who you should consider for your EPL Fantasy team this weekend…

GK – Rui Patricio (Wolves)
Wolves play two of the Premier League’s lowest-scoring sides — Huddersfield and Cardiff — over the next week, so Rui Patricio is well worth considering. The Portuguese goalkeeper has 18 points so far this season.

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EPL Weekend Picks – Round 8

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The eighth week of the 2018-19 Premier League season features the biggest game of the campaign so far, Liverpool v Manchester City, while Manchester United host Newcastle. Let’s take a look at 11 players who you should consider adding to your EPL Fantasy team before the weekend.

GK – Rui Patricio (Wolves)
Rui Patricio has picked up an incredible 17 points this season — Ederson, Allison and Kepa Arrizabalaga are the only goalkeepers with more — and he could easily add to that tally in upcoming matches against Crystal Palace, Watford and Brighton.

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EPL Best XI – Romelu Lukaku leads the line

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The fourth weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League season saw Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford maintain their winning starts, while Manchester United responded to their 3-0 loss against Tottenham by beating Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor. But which players stood out to make the EPL Best XI of the Weekend?

GK: Rui Patricio, Wolves – seven points
Summer signing Rui Patricio picked up his first clean sheet as a Premier League goalkeeper in Wolves’ 1-0 win at West Ham on Saturday. The Portugal international earned seven points, moving him on to three points for the season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo can’t solve Portugal’s problems on his own

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Quite how Portugal managed to see off Morocco in their second World Cup group game is a mystery.

The current European Championship holders were dire for long periods and were it not for a flying header from Cristiano Ronaldo in the fourth minute of the game, Portugal would’ve ambled to a goalless draw at best.

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Club disunity causes World Cup headache for Portugal

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With less than 48 hours to go before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, national sides are putting the final touches to their meticulous preparations for the tournament.

The focus is on maintaining concentration on the task at hand, and ensuring that all unnecessary distractions are kept to a minimum at this late stage.

However, as is often the case in international football, players and management are affected by external club issues, that are outside of their control.

This has certainly been the case with defending European Champions Portugal, as they prepare to launch an unlikely bid to the ‘do the double’ of a European and world title in successive tournaments.

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World Cup 2018: Fernando Santos looking to Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani to recreate Portugal’s Euro 2016 glory

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Next up in our look ahead to the World Cup in Russia this summer, it is the turn of European champions Portugal to rest under the spotlight. Having surprised many by winning the Euros in 2016 after a relatively sub-par tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo and company will be hoping they can build on their momentum and carry a great showing to the biggest tournament in football. Their 35 man preliminary squad features many stars who played in that title winning campaign two years ago, including Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma, Nani  and goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Having won their previous major tournament, Fernando Santos’ men will have the expectations of a nation raised quite considerably this time around. Renato Sanches, however, misses out.

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