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Stats Perform’s Premier League Fantasy Picks: Matchweek 25

By: Stephen Creek

Liverpool seem invincible at Anfield and will be expected to brush Southampton aside on Saturday with the help of two of this week’s fantasy picks, which are powered by Stats Perform’s Opta data.

Joining Reds duo Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah in our group of players expected to be among the points are top performers from Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal, all of whom face tricky away fixtures this week.

Read on to find out which players we recommend you transfer into your side ahead of another round of Premier League action.

Dean Henderson of Sheffield United celebrates during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and West Ham United at Bramall Lane on January 10, 2020.

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)

Sheffield United may be eighth in the Premier League table going into their clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, but they have one of the division’s top-performing goalkeepers in Henderson.

The 22-year-old concedes an average of one goal every 104 minutes in the league this season. He will come up against opponents who have managed to score just once before half-time at home in the league. Could a ninth clean sheet be on the cards?

Defender: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Van Dijk may be imperious in defence, but the centre-back has also developed a reputation for his effectiveness in the opposition penalty area, too.

The Netherlands international has scored four Premier League goals this season and also managed nine clean sheets – more than any other defender in the division in both categories.

Defender: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Pereira provided the assist for the Foxes’ first goal in their 4-1 home win over West Ham, then scored their second goal himself.

The full-back has three goals and two assists to his name this season, putting him third among Premier League defenders for goal involvements.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on January 29, 2020.

Midfielder: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah has scored 10 Premier League goals in 959 minutes at Anfield this season and Southampton will try to stop him from adding to that tally on Saturday.

No player in the top flight has scored more goals at home this term, and only Robbie Fowler can match Salah’s record of hitting double figures for home goals in three consecutive campaigns.

Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

One of the most reliable sources of fantasy league points in Premier League history, De Bruyne has laid on 61 assists in his 143 appearances in the competition.

That averages out at one every 180 minutes – the best ratio of any player with 20 or more assists in the history of the Premier League. He will be aiming to further add to his tally when the reigning champions travel to Tottenham on Sunday.

Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Arsenal face Burnley on Sunday and Aubameyang will be hoping to add to his tally of seven goals in four Premier League appearances against the Clarets.

Aubameyang averages a goal every 51 minutes of top-flight action against Burnley. And the only player in the division’s history with a better record after 300 minutes or more against an opponent is Luis Suarez, who scored every 45 minutes against Norwich City (12 goals in 534 minutes).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring his team’s winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton FC on December 28, 2019.

Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Calvert-Lewin’s efficiency in front of goal has improved since Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Everton as the striker has scored five goals in 540 minutes under the Italian.

That is as many goals as Calvert-Lewin managed in 953 minutes under Marco Silva and Duncan Ferguson earlier in the season, so he should be feeling confident against lowly Watford on Saturday.