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Must-have pick – Harry Kane
He may have failed in helping Tottenham progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League, but that shouldn’t put you off Harry Kane. He is currently the joint top goalscorer in the top-flight of English football this season, netting at least once every 100 minutes on average.
If anything, Tottenham’s exit from Europe will allow them to focus more on the league. The England international remains one of the most in-form players in the Premier League with six goals in his last seven outings.
Tottenham will play against a Bournemouth team that have conceded seven goals in their last three games. Harry Kane has scored six goals in four games against the Cherries and he’s more than capable of adding to that tally this weekend.
Comeback pick – Riyad Mahrez
Having handed in a transfer request and been unsettled by Manchester City during the January transfer window, there were fears that Riyad Mahrez would become a bit-part player at Leicester for the remainder of the season.
But to his credit he has steadily managed to regain the trust of his manager and teammates with a gradual reintegration into the squad. Prior to all of this he was showing shades of his league winning form with a consistent run of goals and assists from October through to early January.
Riyad Mahrez’s dramatic injury time equaliser last weekend once again showed what he is capable of. Leicester are due to visit bottom of the table West Brom team on Saturday. The Baggies boast the worst home record this season with two wins in fourteen games. It’s just the kind of match that Riyad Mahrez needs to definitely prove that he is back to his old ways of once again delivering consistent attacking returns.
Differential pick – Theo Walcott
The form book may not be in his favour, but I think he can finally end his barren run against Brighton and Hove Albion. Of course, Theo Walcott has failed to score or assist in his last four games and this is also reflected with Everton not doing so well during the same period.
The Toffees sit seven points above the relegation zone and in some ways have become complacent as safety is gradually becoming assured. However, they need to get back to winning ways in case the teams below gradually begin to leap frog them in a tight bottom half of the table.
Aside from this, Theo Walcott will definitely be looking into putting in some good performances between now and the end of the season to give him a flicker of a chance to be considered for England’s World Cup squad. Everton will next face a Brighton team that have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight league games. I have no doubt that Theo Walcott can take advantage of this vulnerability and cause them some problems.