On the small off-chance that any football actually happens this weekend, I’m going to give you some tips. This hasn’t taken long, there are only five matches still due to take place, and I know many won’t have a full XI to rely on, but sure let’s give it a lash.
Oh, and in true Sesame Street style, this week’s column is brough to you by the word ‘If’.
GW18 Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
I could easily say it’s only because of THAT goal.
But that would be to overlook SIX double-digit hauls in 15 starts, the NINE attacking returns and the NINE clean sheets.
If the game goes ahead, and if he doesn’t have the ‘rona and if Harry Kane continues being Harry Kane, then this is an easy pick.
GW18 Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
If this game goes ahead, and if KDB doesn’t have the ‘ronaand if he really is back to his best form, then an away game to Newcastle United is almost as delicious as your Christmas dinner.
Get stuck in!
GW18 Forward: Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa
Picked him last week and a goal, an assist and 12 points later I’m going to pick him again this weekend.
It’s only Burnley, like.
GW18 Captain: Mo Salah, Liverpool
Can you remember the last time Mo Salah didn’t score or assist in a Premier League game?
It was Saturday, August 21st in the dreaded early Saturday slot. After his annual opening day haul, the goals and assists dried up. 203,000 players decided that he was a flash in the pan and transferred him out ahead of GW3.
14 goals, 8 assists and 17 bonus points in the next 15 games have made those people look very, very silly indeed. He’s on for 375 points in the season at this pace, and a reminder that he holds the record with 303 points in a season.
This run he’s on is historic. It’s Vardy Party levels of historic, and he could beat it this weekend if the game happens and if he’s not got the ‘rona.
GW18 Outsider: Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal
So ostensibly a striker, categorised as a midfielder, taking the place of an ostracised captain, costing £5.2m, owned by less than 1% and has two goals and three assists in the last five games?