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DEFENDERS

Marc Cucurella (Chelsea)

No Chelsea player has registered more assists than Cucurella (2) in the Premier League this season.

The Spaniard ranks third for key passes of defenders in the Blues squad, with the injured Reece James one of the two ahead of him.

Manchester United have conceded the fourth-most away goals so far this season.

Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

It’s worth considering a defender for any team facing Nottingham Forest, who haven’t scored in 255 minutes of football.

Steve Cooper’s side have recorded an xG of just 0.91 in their last three games, with their attack not functioning at all.

Gomez is a cheap, solid pick in Liverpool’s defence.

MIDFIELDERS

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah looks back to his old self, backing up a hat-trick against Rangers and goal v Man City with five shots and an xG of 0.54 against West Ham.

He has scored 2+ goals in 26 matches since signing for Liverpool in 2017.

Forest have conceded the second-most goals and second-worst xG against in the Premier League so far this season.

Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)

Bowen ranks 10th for xG in the Premier League so far this season, moving up to third since the beginning of September.

The forward has scored in all of his last four matches, including against Fulham and Wolves in the Premier League.

Bournemouth have conceded 23 goals in 11 games this season, 18 of which have come in five away games.

FORWARDS

Erling Haaland (Man City)

Haaland has scored the first goal on five occasions this season.

He has notched 15 overall in the Premier League, leading the way for xG and shots per game.

Brighton have conceded two, three and two goals in their last three away games.

Patrick Bamford (Leeds)

Only Danny Welbeck has a higher Premier League xG without scoring this season than Patrick Bamford.

Only Rodrigo has had more shots for Jesse Marsch’s side, despite Bamford having played limited minutes.

Fulham have the fourth-worst xG against record away from home in the Premier League.

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