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Premier League Fantasy Picks: Burn to keep Eagles at bay, Havertz can exploit fragile Liverpool

SoccerNews in English Premier League 20 Jan 2023


As Premier League managers try and strengthen their squads you’ll need to ensure you make the right moves ahead of another weekend of action.

Amid the comings and goings in the January transfer window, finding the right formula is crucial in order to challenge for honours or start climbing the table.

Using Opta data, Stats Perform has picked out four players who can earn you some precious points.

David Raya (Leeds United v Brentford)

Raya has kept two clean sheets in Brentford’s past three top-flight games, the latest coming in a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

The Spain international has kept out the opposition entirely on six occasions this season in the Premier League and his tally of 81 saves is more than any other goalkeeper.

Leeds put five goals past a poor Cardiff City side in the FA Cup on Wednesday, but they have been wasteful in the top flight. A combination of a solid defence and Raya could frustrate them at Elland Road.

Dan Burn (Crystal Palace v Newcastle United)

If you have not got Burn in your defence, then it is a case of better late than never.

Newcastle have kept five consecutive Premier League clean sheets and Burn has been at the heart of their back four in all of those games.

Only team-mate Kieran Tripper (11) has more clean sheets to his name in the league this season than Burn’s tally of nine.

A threat from set-pieces, the towering centre-back has also created five chanes and is due a Premier League goal after finding the back of the net against Leicester City in the EFL Cup.

Solly March (Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion)

You can be forgiven if March was not considered when you were originally selecting your team ahead of the season.

The Brighton winger really ought to be in your thoughts now, though, after he tormented Liverpool in a 3-0 victory last weekend.

March scored twice against the Reds and his six goal involvements since the World Cup are more than any other Premier League player. He has scored four times and provided as many assists in an impressive season to date.

Kai Havertz (Liverpool v Chelsea)

Chelsea have been splashing the cash this month but it is Kai Havertz who you might want to be turning to ahead of the Blues’ trip to Liverpool.

The Germany international’s four goals under Graham Potter are the most by any Chelsea player since the head coach took charge and he got the winner against Crystal Palace last time out.

With Liverpool fragile at the back this season, Havertz can exploit their frailties at Anfield.


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