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It’s the Manchester Clasico week!

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Will Marcus Rashford continue his hot-form against Manchester City?
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It’s been all fast and furious for fantasy managers this week and the tires keep on rolling for more to come. The combo of goals and clean sheets have been essential, and now as we try to achieve this duo yet again, it is important to pay attention to players and teams who have played twice in the past week.

In the midst of all of this action-packed football, we should be mindful to select those who are well-rested for Week 16. The month of December can be the pivotal point in our fantasy journey, and it’s better now to play it safe and keep most of our life-lines for the later stages.

The Premier League presents the Manchester Derby this week, with Liverpool hoping for the Citizens to surrender while Leicester aim to grab their eighth consecutive win, so let’s choose our players wisely in Week 16.

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Goalkeepers

Nick Pope (£4.7, Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur)

Despite facing Tottenham this week, Pope can be utilized well for the next four matches bringing a good chance at a run of clean sheets.

Vicente Guaita (£5.0, Crystal Palace at Watford)

The Palace goalkeeper has a decent amount of backup in front of him, faces last place Watford and has no ‘big six’ teams on the schedule in the next six games.

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Defenders

Serge Aurier (£4.9, Spurs v Burnley)

Aurier has been vital for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham team down the right flank as he supplied an assist against Manchester United, and should provide attacking points at home against Burnley.

Caglar Söyüncü (£5.1, Leicester City at Aston Villa)

Soyuncu’s dominance has been so obvious for the Foxes that nobody misses Harry Maguire, as the centre-back has helped his side achieve three clean sheets in their last four away fixtures.

John Lundstram (£5.1, Sheffield United at Norwich City)

After a shock defeat against Newcastle, Lundstram will bounce back to with a clean sheet against a Norwich team that has zero confidence as the Pukki party has waned.

Fikayo Tomori (£4.9, Chelsea at Everton)

Chelsea should find its winning momentum and after the sacking of Marco Silva, Everton will still struggle to find any ground. Expect a clean sheet for Tomori.

Martin Kelly (£4.1, Crystal Palace at Watford)

With Palace centre-backs injured, Kelly has started and has kept two clean sheets in previous two matches. Bottom side Watford have no ammunition moving forward which is why Palace has a good chance of keeping another in this one.

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Midfielders

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Dele Alli is another star enjoying a purple patch.
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Dele Alli (£8.6, Spurs v Burnley)

Alli has been Mourinho’s favourite and is top of the world when it comes to his form. With three goals and an assist in the last three games, the English midfielder will look to continue his momentum.

Ayoze Perez (£6.2, Leicester at Aston Villa)

Perez has been involved in plenty of Leicester’s goals this season and has been a great summer signing for them. After a recent dip in form the previous two games, Perez will look to bounce back to his best and should be a valuable asset in the next two fixtures as well.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2, Liverpool at Bournemouth)

With Fabinho out, and Chamberlain not playing against Everton this week, he will start for his side and can provide good amount of points as there is no stopping Liverpool from scoring goals so far.

Joao Moutinho (£5.3, Wolverhampton at Brighton & Hove Albion)

Since Game Week 11, Moutinho has scored once and provided three assists for his team and has been vital for Wolves when it comes to creating chances.

Wilfried Zaha (£6.7, Crystal Palace at Watford)

Zaha has not been on his top form this season so far, but when facing a bottom side such as Watford, this game will be the perfect opportunity to grab a goal or an assist to his name.

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Forwards

Raul Jimenez (£7.7, Wolves at Brighton)

Jimenez has the most shots inside the box (17) in the last four matches, and will look to put one in the net for a Wolves side that haven’t lost in the previous seven fixtures.

Tammy Abraham (£7.9, Chelsea at Everton)

Many fantasy managers decided to drop Abraham this week due to his injury concern but he looks fit to play against Everton, and he has scored seven goals with two assists in seven away fixtures this season.

Danny Ings (£6.2, Southampton at Newcastle United)

Ings has been on top of his form by scoring in four straight games, putting him up to eight goals already, and a game against Newcastle’s shaky defense can help him slot another one into the net.

Marcus Rashford (£8.8, Manchester United at Manchester City)

Rashford has a tremendous record when it comes to scoring against the top sides, and with his recent hot-form — he’s been involved in 14 goals already this season — the English striker will look to put one behind Ederson in the big derby.

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What players are you planning to pick or drop? Are you all-in with your bench boost chip for this week or triple captaining anybody? Who is worth risking in fixtures such as the Manchester derby? Please let us know in the comments below!