Premier League returns with some midweek action as all the teams brace themselves up for a decisive week in the context of the season.
Another title favourite could well bid adieu to their title hopes when fourth-placed Liverpool host leaders Chelsea tonight in what's a do-or-die match for the hosts. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United would be looking to make the most of their favourable fixtures while Manchester City could well be in for a tricky night when they face West Ham away at the Olympic Stadium. Champions Leicester City will be aiming to stop the rot away at fortress Turf Moor versus Burnley and the same applies for Sam Allardyce's men when they travel to the south coast to lock horns with AFC Bournemouth.
We have made 4 picks as usual ahead of Gameweek 23 who could provide you with some hefty returns. Take a look:
The veteran shot-stopper has played every single minute of Baggies' league campaign so far making him an ever-present cog of their backline. Foster has made 80 saves in 22 appearances – a record outdone only by Tom Heaton. West Brom travels to the Riverside tonight to take on relegation-threatened Middlesbrough. The Tony Pulis managed outfit have astonishingly kept just 4 shutouts this season and one of those came against the Riverside outfit earlier this season in Birmingham.
Aitor Karanka's men are the league's least proficient side when it comes to finding the back of opponent's goal as they have struck just 18 times – 10 of those coming at home. Boro haven't won a Premier League game for 45 days now and find themselves just 4 points above the relegation zone. Neither history is in their favour ahead of this vital clash as they have failed to score in each of their last 5 league meetings with West Brom. With form and history in visitors' favour, an outlay of £4.7m on 'Big Ben' certainly doesn't look likely to backfire.
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The Ecuadorian's £5.5m price tag might be a barrier considering the cheaper alternatives United have in the offing in their backline, but having played the most minutes of all United defenders coupled with his attacking forays down the right side of the pitch makes him a safe bet if you're desperately seeking for a defender from the Red Devils' rearguard. Even though he has just a single assist to show up for all his contribution in the final third, this column could be set for some further improvement when Manchester United host a lowly Hull City tomorrow night.
The Tigers have the second-worst defence in the top-flight with a total of 47 goals shipped by them. 26 of those have come in their 11 matches on the road which's the worst defensive record of all the teams on their travels in the division.The situation is equally worse on the other end of the pitch as well with Hull City being the joint second-lowest scorers in the league with 20 goals of which a paltry 6 have been scored away from home. United have never even drawn a game with Hull at Old Trafford let alone suffer a loss and with the visitors' precarious situation on and off the pitch, Valencia could end up having a field day.
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The league's most in-form player has endured a purple patch during the last 6 game weeks that have seen him rack up 65 points courtesy of 8 goals and an assist. More than half of the 127 points accrued by the £8.8m-priced midfielder have come in the aforementioned time interval and this upturn in fortunes has resulted in Alli paving his way into a fourth of FPL teams. The Spurs midfielder is the most 'transferred in' player ahead of Gameweek 23 as more than 117,000 managers have brought him into their side (at the time of writing) to benefit from his poaching instincts.
And they could be well in for a treat when Tottenham play rock bottom Sunderland tonight. The Black Cats have shipped a whopping 42 goals and a third of it have come in last 5 league matches alone. Interestingly, Alli (5) has scored more Premier League goals than Sunderland (3) in 2017 and expect him to extend this haul tonight against a penetrable Sunderland backline that has conceded as many as 37 goals from inside the box this campaign.
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Aguero has cut a frustrated figure ever since his return from the ban with just a solo strike to his name in last 4 league appearances. But those who have been around FPL for long are well aware of the fact that the Argentine needs a goal or two to hit his stride and could be more than a handful on his day. Probably this is the reason why he still finds himself in a fifth of FPL teams as managers remain in the hope that 'Aguero Magic' might be just around the corner.
Up next for City is a trip to London to face West Ham. The Hammers seems to have finally adjusted to life at their new home but surprisingly are yet to defeat any of the nine teams currently above them in the league table this season. West Ham have conceded 36 goals this campaign of which 25 have been shipped against the aforementioned Top 9. Aguero, in particular, loves playing the Hammers boasting an impressive record of 6 goals and 2 assists in 9 Premier League appearances against them. He also scored in the 5-0 thumping by the Citizens in FA Cup at the same venue earlier this month. This could well be the game where the Argentine may turn the corner.
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