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With that in mind, here are some tips on some players who could score big points this week who won’t break the bank.
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Diego Costa will miss the visit of Bournemouth through suspension and with Batshuayi the only other recognised striker in the Blues’ squad, the Belgian is odds-on to start. Although he has rarely featured of late, he did score two goals in the only match he’s played the full 90 minutes, and with Bournemouth not renowned for keeping clean sheets – especially away from home – at a paltry £11 there are plenty worse players to take a punt on as your utility on Monday.
After a slow start to the season, the Armenian was showing signs of just why United signed him from Borussia Dortumund before his injury against Spurs. However, he is due to be back in time for Boxing Day and with him averaging more than 10 ppg over his last 7 games, Mkhitaryan is very competitively priced with Sunderland visiting Old Trafford. Midfielders Ander Herrera (£17) and Michael Carrick (£14) have also been consistent scorers over the past few gameweeks.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth, £13)
An away game to the league leaders doesn’t usually scream out ‘pick a defender’ but this is against a Chelsea side who have won 4 of their last 6 games (including the last 3) by 1-0 scorelines – and those were against Middlesbrough, West Brom, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. With Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante both suspended Chelsea will finder it harder to break Bournemouth down, but even if they do Daniels has still scored well when the Cherries concede – he averages 7.4 ppg and is criminally underrated at £13.
Michail Antonio (West Ham, £20)
One of the most expensive players on this list, but with West Ham travelling to Swansea it is extremely unlikely both sides will be able to play out a 0-0 draw. With 7 goals in 19 games this season, Antonio is probably be the best value scorer (fans of the Swans’ Gylfi Sigurdsson at £21 may disagree though).
At £21, Origi may appear expensive but he is a forward in form – he has 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games, and until the cagey win over Everton he had scored 71.6 points in his previous 5 games. With a home match against Stoke on Tuesday, there is a good chance Origi, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and co could run riot in a match that has thrown up plenty of goals in the past couple of seasons.
Burnley are back in home comforts on Boxing Day and welcome a Middlesbrough side still struggling for consistency and a clinical edge in front of goal. Don’t let their 3-0 win over Swansea fool you – they still average less than a goal a game and travel Turf Moor, where the Clarets have won 16 of their 17 points this season. If you’re spending big on your attack, Heaton could well provide plenty of value in goal. At £14, teammate Stephen Ward could also be worth a punt if you’re in need of a cheap defender.
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, £17)
Arsenal’s ‘big three’ of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil may have hogged most of the headlines but Iwobi is capable of scoring big, and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain under an injury cloud and a favourable match-up at home to West Brom (the Baggies have lost their three games against Man City, Man United and Chelsea by a combined 7-0) there could be plenty of points to share around for the Gunners’ four attackers. At £17m, Iwobi comes in as the cheapest of the lot.