We are at the penultimate gameweek of the Premier League fantasy football season and a slab of fixtures means double matches for Aston Villa, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Everton.
Balancing between premium players and those who can provide particular value could be the difference at this time of the season, whether you need to consolidate or make up ground.
Stats Perform has you covered with some Opta-powered recommendations below, so here are our suggestions for this week’s picks.
ROBERT SANCHEZ (Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion)
While only one of these teams will have something significant to play for, Brighton come to Elland Road in good form, winning four of their past six Premier League matches.
Brighton shot-stopper Sanchez has claimed more clean sheets this season (11) than over the previous term (10), with shutouts achieved in Brighton’s past two matches.
The 24-year-old has been a big contributor in that regard, with a save rate of 68.4 per cent from shots in the penalty area, trailing only Alisson, Jose Sa and David Raya.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD (Southampton v Liverpool)
Setting aside Saturday’s FA Cup final on Saturday, Liverpool need to win to keep their Premier League hopes alive, and they will likely have the majority of the ball against Southampton on Tuesday. Expect crosses and dead balls.
Alexander-Arnold has been involved in more goals among defenders than any other in the Premier League this season, with 12 assists among 14 goal involvements.
While the Reds right-back trails Reece James (1.92) from chances created in open play per 90 minutes (1.53) this term, among defenders he leads the competition for chances created per 90 overall with 2.74.
Go behind the scenes from Tuesday’s comeback win at Villa Park
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 12, 2022
SON HEUNG-MIN (Tottenham v Burnley)
Seeking to back up Thursday’s critical win over arch rivals Arsenal, there can be no let-up from Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League spot.
Spurs have leaned on Son for goals this season and he has obliged, already beating his best tally for goal involvements in a single Premier League season of 27, with 28 for the term so far.
The 29-year-old has 21 goals, only trailing Mohamed Salah’s 22. Among players with 10 or more goals, Son leads the competition for shot conversion at 27.3 per cent. His seven assists have also come in handy.
Well worth another watch…
Highlights: Spurs 3-0 Arsenal pic.twitter.com/XezNve6stm
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2022
DANNY INGS (Aston Villa v Crystal Palace, Burnley)
Aston Villa’s next two opponents are Crystal Palace and Burnley, against whom Ings has scored a combined nine goals.
With five goal involvements (goals and assists) against both clubs respectively, Ings has only had more goal involvements against Everton (eight) and Norwich City (six) in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has the most goal involvements for Villa this season, with seven goals and six assists.
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