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Arsenal’s meeting with Wolves being called off means popular picks like Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka go without a game this week, as do the likes of Raphinha and Ollie Watkins after Leeds’ clash with Aston Villa was also postponed.
Eight matches do, however, go ahead, and here are the players we think you should be considering from them…
Hugo Lloris | Tottenham | £5.4m
Tottenham’s new-found defensive solidity under Antonio Conte saw Lloris pick up a clean sheet in the Boxing Day win over Crystal Palace and there’s every chance of another as they head to Southampton.
Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool | £8.3m
Plenty of managers will have used a free-hit on Boxing Day and as such will likely have their Liverpool assets back in the fold after their game against Leeds was postponed. Alexander-Arnold remains a must-have as the Reds return to action.
Antonio Rudiger | Chelsea | £6.2m
Reece James owners were let down by the full-back’s unfortunate own goal on Boxing Day but Rudiger remains a solid way into the Blues’ backline and will surely be spared any rotation after Thiago Silva’s injury.
Joao Cancelo | Man City | £6.9m
A defender in name only these days, the Portuguese continues to deliver as an attacking threat and will be hoping to take advantage of a Brentford side struggling with injuries in defence and midfield.
Diogo Jota | Liverpool | £8.1m
Another popular Liverpool asset returning to action after a Boxing Day rest and with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane off to the AFCON soon, the Portuguese is one to get in your team now if he’s not already.
Conor Gallagher | Crystal Palace | £6.1m
Bar a 15-point haul against Everton, Gallagher has actually struggled to match up to his early-season scoring in recent weeks but a home match against struggling Norwich represents the perfect chance to get back on song.
Mo Salah | Liverpool | £13.0m
Surely, managers did not take Liverpool’s lack of a Boxing Day fixture as cause to sell by some distance the highest scoring player of the game? The Egyptian will be most people’s idea of captain material against a Leicester side who conceded six against Man City 48 hours ago.
Lucas Moura | Tottenham | £6.5m
The Brazilian has been among the Tottenham players to benefit most from Conte’s arrival and represents a cheaper way into the Spurs attack than either Harry Kane of Heung-min Son.
Romelu Lukaku | Chelsea | £11.5m
The Belgian came off the bench to score for Chelsea last time out and his instant impact suggests he could be about to hit top form after a stop-start few months because of Covid and injury.
Harry Kane | Tottenham | £12.1m
This might be stretching the budget but for those managers about to sell Mo Salah when AFCON begins, then Kane must surely come into the equation - the England captain has two-in-two and could be about to embark on one of his prolific spells.