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    George's Fantasy Football Tips: Week 12

    Back to the nitty gritty of the Premier League after the international break. Here are two games that are worth looking out for- deadline for transfers is 11.30am tomorrow!

    Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur:
    Possibly one of the most interesting North London Derbies of recent years with both sides desperate to win for different reasons. Spurs need to keep in touch with Manchester City at the top of the table and a loss could see them end the week eleven points behind the league leaders. Arsenal, on the other hand, would be just a point behind their oldest rivals if they won. If the result went the other way though, they could be six points off the top four with a considerable amount of the season already played.

    For the home side, Alexandre Lacazette (main image) surely has to start after making an immediate impact off the bench in Arsenal’s last match against Manchester City. He was also crucial in France’s 2-2 draw with Germany a few days ago, netting both goals with one a clinical finish. Against a solid Spurs defence, the Gunners may not get many chances. Players like Lacazette though only need one to make a difference. At £10.2, it might be a case of putting him or Harry Kane (pictured below) up front.

    Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League meetings with Arsenal and returns following a short injury lay off. In recent years, derbies have become much more cagey affairs with little real excitement. In a game of few chances, Kane is the one that most would turn to and, like Lacazette, he only needs a yard of space or half a chance. If pressed to decide between the two, I would argue that Kane is probably the more complete striker given his hold up play and ability to bring others into the game. I’ve seen a lot more him than the Frenchman though.

    There is little point elaborating much further as everyone is aware of each side’s key players. Just get one of Kane or Lacazette in your side for definite and then as many of the supporting cast of Eriksen, Alli (if fit), Son, Özil, Sánchez and Ramsey in as possible. Pundits and fans alike say that Spurs have overtaken Arsenal in the past few years, but this could be the game that truly convinces me. Spurs haven’t won at the Emirates in the league since 2010 but the Gunners themselves haven’t overcome their rivals home or away since a Tomáš Rosicky winner in 2014 (pictured above). A draw, which I believe will be the result, would leave the debate wide open for another season.

    Everton vs. Crystal Palace:
    Another make or break game this weekend, but involving two teams at the other end of the table. Everton have improved slightly under caretaker manager David Unsworth but the recent win over Watford still belies the danger they are actually in. Had the Hornets not collapsed and then missed a 90+10 minute penalty, Everton would be 19th. Nevertheless, they did grab the result in no small part thanks to Oumar Niasse (pictured above) who grabbed a goal and ran himself into the ground. He may well lead the line for Everton at Selhurst Park and, if he does, his work-rate will be instrumental if they grab a result. Any knockdowns will likely be snapped up by Wayne Rooney, one of the Toffees few positives from the season so far. Niasse is an absolute bargain as well at only £4.9. Even if he doesn’t play the full 90, he still offers a decent chance of grabbing goals, assists or a penalty and having him in your squad frees up a considerable amount of funds to splash elsewhere.

    Palace’s main threat is Wilfried Zaha (pictured above). Since his return from injury the Eagles have looked a different side and actually have some invention and unpredictability when going forward. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was also excellent during the international break but might not be fit enough to feature this weekend having limped off against Brazil early on. On paper Everton are strong in the centre but, with the ageing Leighton Baines and an inexperienced Jonjoe Kenny deputising for Seamus Coleman, they are exposable down the wings. With Zaha on one side and Andros Townsend on the other, or both playing as strikers drifting out wide, they have the ability to get in behind to draw fouls in the box or to set others up. Townsend is worth a modest £5.7 and, while Zaha is quite expensive at £6.8, the impact he has had since returning justifies that price tag.

    Everton have won two of the previous three fixtures at Selhurst Park with smash and grab 1-0s. That could well be the case again if the defence shores itself up but, given the threat Palace pose down the wing, it is more likely that the home side will walk away with the three points.

    Two crucial games at either end of the table… can't wait for them both to end 0-0 and any last remnants of my credibility to be destroyed. Thanks for reading!

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