This is another one of those gameweeks in which some teams aren’t playing, so there are only six games. It’s always hugely important to manage your team effectively during these gameweeks, and luckily the Best Picks guide is here to help you do just that. Part two will focus on midfielders and forwards that can help you separate yourself from your rivals.
Budget Option: Matt Ritchie (5.4m)
As I mentioned in part one, Newcastle are a team that nobody has really been talking about, and Ritchie is a player that has flown under the radar all season. The midfielder has three goals and seven assists during this campaign and the fact that nobody else will likely be considering him as a regular starter makes him a good differential, especially this week. The Magpies get a clash with Everton, who have leaked 54 goals so far.
Premium Option: Mohamed Salah (10.5m)
Surely now the front runner for the Player of the Year award, Salah has been truly phenomenal this season. 30 league goals makes him the top scorer and a game against bottom of the league West Brom should allow for the perfect opportunity to add to that tally. The Baggies have conceded a whopping 52 goals and don’t have much hope of survival, meaning that Liverpool should be able to feast this weekend.
Budget Option: Ashley Barnes (5.4m)
Burnley have been the surprise package of this season and they have been buoyed by the remarkable recent goal scoring exploits of Ashley Barnes. The big striker has netted five times in his last seven games, which makes him a hugely prolific forward option. The Clarets get to take on a Stoke side that has conceded a ludicrous 64 goals this season, making them the worst defensive side in the league. Barnes is a great option this week at an incredibly cheap price.
Premium Option: Gabriel Jesus (10.0m)
With Manchester City having won the league already it could be an even scarier time for opposing teams as they will likely play with even more freedom and confidence. Jesus is the primary forward option for Pep Guardiola as Sergio Aguero is side-lined, so the Brazilian should take centre stage with a host of talent behind him. At £10.0m he is one of the cheaper premium options and has a great matchup against a struggling Swansea side this weekend.
Premium Option: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (10.7m)
Another thing I mentioned in part one was how little I trust Arsenal this season. They are scoring goals however – 10 in their last four league games to be exact – and January signing Aubameyang has been getting a few of them. The Gabon international has five in his last five Premier League matches and should grab at least one more against a West Ham side that has leaked 59 goals this season. The Hammers are bad, and as bad as Arsenal have also been, they are going to get goals in this game.
With some teams not playing this week it is important that you stock up on the top names that are going to feature. Don’t go overboard however as there is no point losing points by forcing a whole host of transfers. Be smart and establish which players you think are most important.
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