With only goal difference separating the two sides in the table, Manchester United and Tottenham find themselves gasping at redemption following unexpected losses. But Spurs lost a 4th round league cup tie to an altogether intergalactically surprising second half performance from West Ham. United, however, were run off the pitch by Huddersfield Town and haven’t played a lick of good football since September. So, I’ll say it: Mourinho reminds me of Mourinho, trotting out antiquated and cynical tactics, throwing his players under the bus, and looking generally scared. If you squint hard enough, you’ll see the same Special One who cut bait on Chelsea players that Conte turned quickly into champions. PSG on line 1.

Pep and the Citizens face a familiar refrain this weekend when they journey to the Hawthorns, their third fixture in a row where the opposition sets up a fortress behind the ball. For Tony Pulis, however, ugly football is his raison d’être so I speak for all sane neutrals in hoping that City cuts apart the West Brom White Walkers.

Let’s get started.

  • Studs: Despite the goal and assist-dependency, ride the good form of Pascal Gross while it lasts. His work rate has been tireless and in all 9 premier league games, he’s lined up as either a number 10 or a second striker. Take away his goals and assists, however, and you have…read on.
  • Duds: Until further notice, I’m done with Robbie Brady. He’s hardly a dribbler despite playing on the wing, he’s at #57 with 1.3 shots per game, only three of which have been on target this year, and he looks more likely to put in a few tackles than notch his first assist. If not for set pieces, Brady is certifiably useless.
 GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards
1David de GeaSead KolasinacKevin De BruyneSergio Aguero
2Hugo LlorisKieran TrippierEden HazardHarry Kane
3Petr CechVirgil Van DijkPhilippe CoutinhoAlexis Sanchez
4Fraser ForsterKyle WalkerDavid SilvaRomelu Lukaku
5Nick PopeBen DaviesMesut OzilMohamed Salah
6Lukasz FabianskiAntonio ValenciaChristian EriksenAlexander Lacazette
7Kasper SchmeichelNacho MonrealLeroy SaneRaheem Sterling
8EdersonMarcos AlonsoPascal GrossAlvaro Morata
9Mat RyanNicolas OtamendiDele AlliGabriel Jesus
10Rob ElliotCesar AzpilicuetaRiyad MahrezRicharlison
11Thibaut CourtoisStephen WardWilfried ZahaRoberto Firmino
12Jordan PickfordSerge AurierAaron RamseyJamie Vardy
13Heurelho GomesDavide ZappacostaCesc FabregasManolo Gabbiadini
14Jonas LosslPhil JonesMatt RitchieJoshua King
15Ben FosterHarry MaguireHenrikh MkhitaryanSteve Mounie
16Amir BegovicChristopher SchindlerNathan RedmondAndy Carroll
17Simon MignoletDavid LuizXherdan ShaqiriMarcus Rashford
18Jack ButlandJan VertonghenJuan MataWayne Rooney
19Julian SperoniHector BellerinManuel LanziniMame Biram Diouf
20Joe HartEric BaillyJunior StanislasSam Vokes
21Laurent KoscielnyDusan TadicDominic Calvert-Lewin
22Davinson SanchezGylfi SigurdssonChicharito
23Kyle NaughtonMichail AntonioTomer Hemed
24Alberto MorenoAbdoulaye DoucouréJoselu
25Ben MeeGranit XhakaAnthony Martial
26Maya YoshidaTiemoué BakayokoTroy Deeney
27Shane DuffyAndros Townsend
28Jose FonteFabian Delph
29Jamaal LascellesGrzegorz Krychowiak
30Cedric SoaresAaron Mooy
31John StonesMario Lemina
32Gary CahillTom Cleverley
33Charlie DanielsYohan Cabaye
34Joseph GomezSofiane Boufal
35Chris SmallingJordan Henderson
36Antonio RudigerChoupo-Moting
37Pablo ZabaletaBernardo Silva
38Christian FuchsAshley Young
39Kiko FermeniaKevin Mirallas
40Ryan BertrandRobbie Brady

This season, our weekly fantasy Premier League ranks are a one-man affair, with Benji Wade taking over the mantle. You can find him on Twitter: .