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.
|1||David de Gea||Sead Kolasinac||Kevin De Bruyne||Sergio Aguero|
|2||Hugo Lloris||Kieran Trippier||Eden Hazard||Harry Kane|
|3||Petr Cech||Virgil Van Dijk||Philippe Coutinho||Alexis Sanchez|
|4||Fraser Forster||Kyle Walker||David Silva||Romelu Lukaku|
|5||Nick Pope||Ben Davies||Mesut Ozil||Mohamed Salah|
|6||Lukasz Fabianski||Antonio Valencia||Christian Eriksen||Alexander Lacazette|
|7||Kasper Schmeichel||Nacho Monreal||Leroy Sane||Raheem Sterling|
|8||Ederson||Marcos Alonso||Pascal Gross||Alvaro Morata|
|9||Mat Ryan||Nicolas Otamendi||Dele Alli||Gabriel Jesus|
|10||Rob Elliot||Cesar Azpilicueta||Riyad Mahrez||Richarlison|
|11||Thibaut Courtois||Stephen Ward||Wilfried Zaha||Roberto Firmino|
|12||Jordan Pickford||Serge Aurier||Aaron Ramsey||Jamie Vardy|
|13||Heurelho Gomes||Davide Zappacosta||Cesc Fabregas||Manolo Gabbiadini|
|14||Jonas Lossl||Phil Jones||Matt Ritchie||Joshua King|
|15||Ben Foster||Harry Maguire||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Steve Mounie|
|16||Amir Begovic||Christopher Schindler||Nathan Redmond||Andy Carroll|
|17||Simon Mignolet||David Luiz||Xherdan Shaqiri||Marcus Rashford|
|18||Jack Butland||Jan Vertonghen||Juan Mata||Wayne Rooney|
|19||Julian Speroni||Hector Bellerin||Manuel Lanzini||Mame Biram Diouf|
|20||Joe Hart||Eric Bailly||Junior Stanislas||Sam Vokes|
|21||Laurent Koscielny||Dusan Tadic||Dominic Calvert-Lewin|
|22||Davinson Sanchez||Gylfi Sigurdsson||Chicharito|
|23||Kyle Naughton||Michail Antonio||Tomer Hemed|
|24||Alberto Moreno||Abdoulaye Doucouré||Joselu|
|25||Ben Mee||Granit Xhaka||Anthony Martial|
|26||Maya Yoshida||Tiemoué Bakayoko||Troy Deeney|
|27||Shane Duffy||Andros Townsend|
|28||Jose Fonte||Fabian Delph|
|29||Jamaal Lascelles||Grzegorz Krychowiak|
|30||Cedric Soares||Aaron Mooy|
|31||John Stones||Mario Lemina|
|32||Gary Cahill||Tom Cleverley|
|33||Charlie Daniels||Yohan Cabaye|
|34||Joseph Gomez||Sofiane Boufal|
|35||Chris Smalling||Jordan Henderson|
|37||Pablo Zabaleta||Bernardo Silva|
|38||Christian Fuchs||Ashley Young|
|39||Kiko Fermenia||Kevin Mirallas|
|40||Ryan Bertrand||Robbie 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: Follow @benjiwade.