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Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 14

Preview
Defending champions Manchester City visit Newcastle in the first of the latest round of Premier League fixtures. If they can take all three points, rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham will be under increased pressure when they later kick-off, respectively at home to Brighton, West Ham and Bournemouth. Burnley are also at home on Saturday, when they are visited by Crystal Palace, before Southampton host Watford in the late kick-off.

On Sunday, Norwich host Arsenal in the London club’s first match since the departure of Unai Emery, at the same time Sheffield United visit Wolves. Everton, and their under-pressure manager Marco Silva, then travel to Leicester, when Manchester United host Aston Villa.

Captain’s pick

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Sadio Mané has been particularly influential so far this season for Liverpool. His movement around the penalty area and his ability to anticipate where spaces are likely to appear make him a consistent threat against teams attempting to defend with a deep defensive line. The £12.2m forward’s pace (below), power and end product also make him similarly dangerous to press.

Graham Potter has so far demanded Brighton play on the front foot, which could create spaces for the Senegalese. His potential during transitions and pace will likely lead to him finding those spaces; even if the visitors to Brighton are cautious, his awareness can still create the spaces he will relish.

Value pick

José Mourinho’s new team has so far regularly adopted a 3-2-4-1 formation when they attack, which has involved the £4.9m Serge Aurier operating as a wide forward (below). If they continue to do so, he will likely continue to contribute both goals and assists.

Bournemouth will have to be prepared for a team that increasingly focuses on creating opportunities for low crosses and cut-backs. Attacking contributions from a defender are also, of course, particularly valuable.

Medium-term club watch

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Jamie Vardy is producing his finest football since Leicester won the title in 2015/16, but owing to a different approach to that that proved so successful. Under Brendan Rodgers they largely focus on creating chances from within the final third, and against deeper defensive blocks, their full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell can be influential when crossing from wide areas.

Vardy’s movement in the penalty area has been significant in his increased goals return, and if they encounter teams willing to be more aggressive when they are without possession, Leicester will also be able to create chances from central positions. James Maddison often excels in those circumstances.

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 14

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