Headliner – Harry Kane (BOU)
Kane headlines the ‘Top Five’ this week after a strong performance against Everton in gameweek 18 where he notched two goals and an assist while taking a whopping eight shots, five of which were shots in the box (SiB). As the Fix Custom Stats Builder table shows, over the last six gameweeks no forward has scored more goals than the Englishman’s five, and he also tops the table for shots (21) and shots on target (SoT) with nine. He also notched two assists and only Rashford managed more amongst forwards with four. No team has scored more goals than Spurs 17 in this period, and only Man. United (39) and Liverpool (41) managed more SoT than Spurs’ 36. With the golden boot race well and truly on, Kane will be relishing the prospect of going up against a Bournemouth defence that has conceded 12 goals in the last six matches, only Cardiff (13) and Everton (13) have conceded more. Cardiff (58) and Burnley (65) have allowed opponents more SiB than the Cherries’ 56, and only seven teams have conceded more ‘big chances’ than their 12. Our Fix Algorithm expects Kane to get on the scoresheet again with a projected score of 6.6
Mohamed Salah (NEW)
With 39 points in the last four gameweeks Salah is showing signs that he is rediscovering the form of last year and will be looking to keep Liverpool top of the table as they welcome former Liverpool boss Benitez back to Anfield. As the Fix Custom Stats Builder table shows, no midfielder landed more SoT than the Egyptian’s 8 during this period and only Richarlison took more shots in the box (SiB) with 11 versus his 10. He also attempted 11 assists and only Seri (12), Hazard (12), Maddison (13) and Snodgrass (15) created more. He also tops the table for 'big chances' with four. No team took more shots (79), SiB (45), scored more goals (12) or landed more SoT (31) than Liverpool in this time. Only Southampton (101), Brighton (108), Fulham (117) and Burnley (130) have allowed opponents more SiB on their travels than Newcastle’s 87 and the Magpies appear to have been fortunate to only have shipped eight goals on the road. Our Fix Algorithm expects Salah to get attacking returns at Anfield with a point score of 7.1.
Marcus Rashford (HUD)
Huddersfield are the first visitors to Old Trafford since Solskjaer’s appointment and the Red Devils' striker is our budget forward pick for this week. Over the last four gameweeks no forward has fired more SoT than Rashford’s nine or taken more shots than his 13. He has also created more chances than any other forward with six. No team has scored more goals than Man. United’s 12 over this period and only Liverpool (31) have landed more SoT than their 29. The Terriers must be dreading the task ahead of them having conceded 17 goals in their eight away matches as well as allowing opponents 20 ‘big chances; averaging over two a game in both metrics. In fact, no team has conceded more ‘big chances’ than the Terriers’ 13 over the last four gameweeks, and only Palace (eight), Cardiff (11) and Everton (12) have conceded more goals than their seven. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 3.2 for Rashford.
Anthony Martial (HUD)
Another Man. United asset finds himself featured in this week’s ‘Top Five’ as the Red Devils endeavour to bring back attacking football to Old Trafford. As the Fix Heatmaps feature shows, the Frenchman has averaged 8.1 points per game, attempted 21 assists, and scored eight goals in just fourteen appearances, four of which were as a substitute. The Man. United midfield has taken 20 shots with 17 SiB. Averaging 47 minutes per chance created and 46 minutes per goal attempt under Mourinho’s defensive philosophy one can only imagine Martial improving on these numbers under new management. The injury to Mooy has been a big blow to Huddersfield’s tactical plans and they have conceded four goals in their last two matches. They have also allowed opponents seven ‘big chances’ in those and 11 SoT in those two games alone, and it is worth highlighting that those two games were against Southampton and Newcastle, who are not free-scoring sides. Our Fix Algorithm expects the Frenchman to breach the Terriers' defence with a point score of 6.1.
Andrew Robertson (NEW)
Liverpool welcome the Magpies to Anfield in gameweek 19 as they look to build on their impressive defensive record. Over the last six gameweeks Robertson has attempted eight assists, and only Targett (10), Kolasinac (13) and Digne (15) have attempted more amongst defenders. No team have conceded fewer goals (two) or SiB (26) over the same period, and no team has kept more clean sheets than their four. The Reds have also conceded just two goals in their eight home matches which is four fewer than second placed Spurs with six. They have also allowed fewer SoT than any team on home turf with 16. Gameweek 19 opponents’ Newcastle have only scored seven goals in their eight away matches and only Fulham (six) and Cardiff (five) have scored fewer. The same two sides have also had fewer SiB than Newcastle’s 45. Our Fix Algorithm predicts a 71% chance of a Liverpool clean sheet and a point score of 5.9 for the Scot.