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Must-have pick – Romelu Lukaku
With four goals and two assists in his last seven Premier League games, Romelu Lukaku is on a similar run of form that he started the season with. The Belgium international may be lagging well behind the likes of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah in the race for the golden boot, but don’t let that dissuade you of his viability.
Manchester United sensationally beat their arch rivals last weekend to deny Manchester City the chance to clinch the title in quick fashion, even if he didn’t score. Of course, the Red Devils won’t win the Premier League. However, they are well placed to finish second and will do everything possible to achieve that.
United are currently averaging more than two league goals per game at home since August. On Sunday, they are due to entertain a West Brom side that has the worst away record in the league. It’s just the kind of match Romelu Lukaku needs, against his ex-club, to add to his tally of goals.
Comeback pick – Alvaro Morata
After netting a goal and providing an assist in his last two games it may be worth looking again at Chelsea’s main striker, Alvaro Morata. Having started his Chelsea career so sprightly, his personal form has echoed his team’s form as a whole – burning out fast and then becoming inconsistent at best.
In fact, the reigning Premier League champions will struggle to secure a Champions’ League spot unless the teams above them falter between now and May. Chelsea will also need to count on Morata to score more. One thing of note is that he’s beginning to look more threatening in front of goal.
For instance, in his last three competitive games he registered ten shots on goal. Prior to this, it took him almost eight games to register his previous ten shots on goal. Based on this improvement alone, it appears that there’s more to come from him.
Chelsea are due to play Southampton during Saturday lunchtime. The Saints have lost their last four encounters against them and are currently struggling for relegation, which should bode well for Alvaro Morata.
Differential pick – Riyad Mahrez
There’s no denying that Riyad Mahrez should have done far better on the attacking front in his last two league matches. It’s been over a month since he last scored or assisted in a Premier League match. But for all intents and purposes, looking at his long term performances, this poor run of form should be temporary.
After all, he has already scored ten goals and provided eleven assists since August, which is far more than what he achieved last season. Leicester are due to travel to Turf Moor on Saturday. Don’t be fooled by Burnley’s supposed bastion of defensive invincibility.
The Clarets have only kept one clean sheet in their last eleven league games. The match against Leicester will play a key part in determining the race for finishing seventh. Surely Riyad Mahrez can team up with Jamie Vardy and add some much needed attacking impetus to this match?