After a week’s break for the FA Cup, the Premier League is back with a full round of fixtures this weekend – in fact, some teams have midweek games too.
As such, fantasy football managers turn their attention back to team selections, transfers and captain choices.
Using Opta data, Stats Perform has picked out four options that might be worth your consideration…
Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest v Leicester City)
Forest endured a pretty brutal reality check upon their long-awaited return to the Premier League, but things have started looking up in the past few weeks.
Henderson has undoubtedly been a shrewd addition between the posts and his recent form reflects Forest’s general improvement.
Four of his five Premier League clean sheets this term have come in his seven most recent appearances, while Forest have collectively restricted their opponents to two or fewer shots on target in four of their past five outings.
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Sven Botman (Newcastle United v Fulham)
Newcastle have excelled in many areas this term, hence their position in the top four. Defensively they have been solid, and Botman has more than played his part.
Eddie Howe’s men have kept a clean sheet in each of their past four league games, with Botman playing at least 87 minutes in all of them.
Only four players have contributed to more clean sheets than his seven this season, and another will see the Magpies record five successive top-flight shutouts for the first time.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United v Manchester City)
Granted, Fernandes is not exactly an “out there” selection, so this is more of a reminder of the value he can represent.
For starters, he is in good form having provided an assist in each of his past two league games, and for the season only Kevin De Bruyne (41) has created more chances in open play (40).
While he only has three assists, his 4.3 expected assists is the third best in the division, suggesting his team-mates have not fully made the most of his craft.
But with Marcus Rashford in such form and a big game against City – following by a midweek trip to struggling Crystal Palace – up next, Fernandes will be a leading candidate to be decisive.
Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool)
From a slightly obvious pick to a real wildcard, but bear with us.
Ferguson has made a big impact at Brighton over the past few weeks. The 18-year-old has been involved in three goals across his past two games (two goals, one assist).
If he gets another goal against Liverpool at the weekend, he will be the youngest player (18 years and 87 days on Saturday) to score in three consecutive Premier League games since Michael Owen (18y, 12d).
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