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EPL Game-Week 17 FPL Player Picks

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The picks are in ahead of what might be a high scoring game week.

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We have lots to be excited about in the short term friends; it’s the holiday season which usually has most in good spirits. The Champions League group stages are over, which means we can focus on the league for a couple months. Let’s also not forget that our second wildcards are almost available, and I know a few people are itching to use it.

This week I believe your captain choice will have a great impact on your ranking as there could be big scores, so choose wisely. I hope the game week is full of cheer for you, let’s get on with the picks.

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Goalkeepers

Nick Pope (£4.7, Burnley v. Newcastle)

Pope has conceded 11 goals in his last three league games. Sean Dyche will be seeking a response, starting with tightening up at the back.

Vicente Guaita (£5.1, Crystal Palace v. Brighton)

The Eagles are the opposite of Burnley, they’ve kept three clean sheets in a row. We ride the hot hand as they say here, or should it be hot gloves?

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Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3, Liverpool v. Watford)

Take a guess how many players have more assists than the right back. It’s the number three that applies again; the clean sheets are rare but he should have many assist opportunities.

Caglar Soyuncu (£5.1, Leicester v. Norwich)

The best defense in the league faces one of the worst attacks, so the man who has fans saying ‘Harry who?’ is a somewhat safe option this week.

John Lundstram (£5.1, Sheffield United v. Aston Villa)

I tried really hard not to select him, it makes too much sense to get him in though, so here he is.

Ryan Bertrand (£4.8, Southampton v. West Ham)

Looking for a low priced player at the back who can get you some points this week? You can do worse than this left back who has two attacking returns in the last four games.

Kurt Zouma (£4.7, Chelsea v. Bournemouth)

This pick has more to do with Bournemouth than any defensive optimism I have in Chelsea. The Cherries looked like a team that’s quit last week, it will be hard to change that attitude in a short week.

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Midfielders

Anthony Martial (£7.6, Manchester United v. Everton)

The transfer I’m considering this week, out of position at a very appealing price. The French striker simply needs to stay fit and he will reward owners.

Heung-Min Son (£10.0, Tottenham at Wolverhampton)

Jose Mourinho has to find a way for Spurs to concede less, but he has gotten it right at the top end of the pitch.

Sadio Mane (£12.3, Liverpool v. Watford)

He will be the captain choice of many; hard to disagree.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2, Manchester City at Arsenal)

Completing a trio of expensive midfield signings, the Belgian gets in on reputation more than form. The Arsenal defending does not look like it will improve under Freddie Ljungberg, and KDB is the man to poke holes in it.

James Ward-Prowse (£5.9, Southampton v. West Ham)

A set-piece master, I was a little surprised to see that he has only one assist thus far. That number should grow to equal the goal output.

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Forwards

Marcus Rashford (£8.9, Manchester Utd v. Everton)

This is the player I’m most worried about not owning currently. Five goals and two assists in the last five games are evidence of his magisterial form.

Tammy Abraham (£7.9, Chelsea v. Bournemouth)

Another player who is not in my squad (no wonder I sit outside the top 1500 of the Never Manage Alone league), he has a very favorable home fixture for the blues at Stamford Bridge.

Jamie Vardy (£10.1, Leicester v. Norwich)

Scored. Eight. Games. Straight. This is the man who will probably have more captain armbands than Mane.

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No Mo Salah or Danny Ings in the picks, who else has a case to be included?

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