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Liverpool scored a huge victory in the Premier League title race on Wednesday as the champions beat Tottenham to take a three-point lead at the top.
The Reds will look to extend their unbeaten streak in the top flight to 10 games when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah is likely to play a key role for Liverpool, while Raheem Sterling aims to set a record at Manchester City and the duo headline our Opta-driven Premier League fantasy picks for week 14.
Salah has scored in all three Liverpool games in December so far and is averaging one goal or one assist every 66 minutes on the month during his Premier League career.
It is the best ratio in any month in which you have played more than one game.
Salah already has 11 league goals this term, ranking at the top of the charts alongside Son Heung-min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
6 – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League meetings with Tottenham (five goals, one assist). Family. pic.twitter.com/Rz9Iswwlkg
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2020
Sterling created the City goal on Tuesday, with a clean cross for Ilkay Gundogan to take home his first Premier League goal in nearly a year, but Pep Guardiola’s side could only draw 1-1.
He left them eight points adrift for Liverpool who set the pace, although Sterling is well on the hunt for a club record.
The English forward has been directly involved in 148 goals for Guardiola in all competitions, and is looking to become the first player to reach 150 during the Spaniard’s time at City.
Arsenal are in terrible shape heading into Saturday’s game with Everton, who have won their last two outings, against Chelsea and Leicester City respectively.
Mikel Arteta’s team ended a three-game losing streak when they drove home to Southampton, although it is now six games without a top flight for the Gunners.
On the positive side, Aubameyang scored the equalizer against the Saints, just their third league goal of the season. He has scored four times in the same number of starts against Everton; he only has more goals against Burnley (seven) and Watford (six) in the Premier League than the Toffees.
An alternative to Aubameyang could be Wilson, who has been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals in 11 appearances for Newcastle United.
His seven goals and three assists mean that he has contributed seven more goals than any other Magpies player so far.
Newcastle face Fulham on Saturday, with Scott Parker’s team tied in their last two games, against Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Before bursting onto the Premier League scene with Tottenham, Kane spent time on loan with Leicester, and against no club has he scored more in all competitions.
Kane has scored 16 times against the Foxes, five more than against any other team.
Given that the Spurs haven’t been able to win their last two games, their talisman will be determined to continue that form and get Mourinho’s men back on track, although Leicester won’t be easy to convince.
80% – 80 percent of Tottenham’s Premier League goals in 2020-21 (20/25) have been scored by Son Heung-min (11) or Harry Kane (9). Combo. pic.twitter.com/bImMF4ip8o
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2020
Leeds United striker Bamford scored nine league goals for the season when he tied Marcelo Bielsa’s team with Newcastle on Wednesday.
The Whites won 5-2 and, since Bielsa took over Leeds in 2018, no player has scored more goals for the club than Bamford.
In 85 appearances in all competitions, the former Chelsea striker has 35 goals.
Diogo Jota’s departure to Liverpool and Raúl Jiménez’s head injury mean there is additional responsibility on the Wolves’ remaining attackers, and Neto delivered things with a last-gasp win against Chelsea last time out.
Neto has been directly involved in as many goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season (three goals, three assists) as in 29 games last season, when he scored four times and established another two goals.