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5 Players To Pick in Your Fantasy Premier League Team This Weekend

It's the last gameweek before the international break (yes, another one already!), and tough decisions lie ahead for Fantasy Premier League managers everywhere. It's also a time when you begin to wonder if you should use your wildcard, if you haven't already. 

The highlight of this gameweek's Premier League fixtures is undoubtedly the match-up between the top two as unbeaten leaders Liverpool welcome reigning champions Manchester City to Anfield.

But who to pick and who to drop? Will Salah score or Sterling? You can't have them all!

However, here are five players you CAN have.

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1. Jamie Vardy, (£9.4)

Last weekend, Jamie Vardy became the first player to score 10 Premier League goals this season. He has scored eight goals in his eight starts against Arsenal, who he faces this gameweek. It's a no-brainer to have him in your team this week.

The Leicester City forward is also a solid captain choice owning to his record against Arsenal and has been selected by over 239,000 new FPL managers. So, whether you decide to play your wildcard, or a Free Hit, or even take a -4 to bring the Foxes' striker in, it's an investment that is bound to pay off!

2. Sadio Mane, (£11.9)

If you have a choice between Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane this week, pick the latter. 

Mane's been the standout fantasy player of late. He scored and assisted at Aston Villa last weekend, he takes shots (11 in the past four games), creates chances (nine in the past four) and has the extra motivation of Guardiola suggesting (before backtracking) he might dive now and again.

Salah (£12.3m) has struggled for output recently, with only one goal in his last five appearances.

3. Raul Jimenez, (£7.3m)

The forward's equaliser in last weekend’s draw at Arsenal continued his return to form for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jimenez has totalled 28 points over the last four Gameweeks, after also scoring against Southampton and providing a pair of assists at Manchester City in that run. The numbers also show the Mexican has been among the standout strikers over Gameweeks 8 to 11.

His totals of 13 shots and six chances created both rank third among forwards. Wolves face Aston Villa in Gameweek 12, who have conceded 11 goals in their five away league games so far this season.

4. Tammy Abraham (£7.9m)

Tammy offers strong form and definite captaincy credentials. The Chelsea striker is the fourth top-scoring player in the game on 73 points. He scored his ninth goal of the season against Watford, and the striker will be looking to bag a goal or two at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea play Crystal Palace who have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road this season, conceding 9 goals in 5 away matches, which ranks them joint 12th.

5. Dele Alli, (£8.4m)

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is owned by just 0.7 percent of FPL managers ahead of his side's home encounter with Sheffield United, but Dele Alli has returned strongly for Spurs. He picked up two goals in Tottenham's mid-week Champions League fixture, and has scored two in his last three Premier League appearances.

Spurs are at home to Sheffield Utd in Gameweek 12 and have scored 10 goals in their first five home games so far this season. However, with his more advanced position and greater explosiveness, Heung-Min Son (£9.6m) might be an option in place of Alli.