The Reds will look to extend their unbeaten run in the top flight to 10 matches when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah is likely to play a key role for Liverpool, while Raheem Sterling is aiming to set a record at Manchester City and the duo headline our Opta-powered Premier League fantasy picks for matchweek 14.
Salah has scored in all three of Liverpool’s games in December so far, and is averaging a goal or assist every 66 minutes in the month across his Premier League career.
It is the best ratio in any month in which he has played more than one match.
Salah already has 11 league goals to his name this term, sitting top of the charts along with 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). Familiar. pic.twitter.com/Rz9Iswwlkg
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2020
Sterling created City’s goal on Tuesday, with a neat cross for Ilkay Gundogan to sweep home his first Premier League goal in nearly a year, but Pep Guardiola’s team could only draw 1-1.
It left them eight points adrift of pace-setters Liverpool, though Sterling is well in the hunt for a club record.
The England forward has been directly involved in 148 goals under 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 dismal form heading into Saturday’s contest 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 drew at home to Southampton, though it is now six matches without a top-flight win for the Gunners.
One positive is that Aubameyang netted the equaliser against the Saints – just his third league goal of the season. He has scored four times in as many 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 he has contributed to seven more goals than any other Magpies player so far.
Newcastle take on Fulham on Saturday, with Scott Parker’s team having drawn their last two games – versus 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 netted 16 times against the Foxes – five more than against any other team.
With Spurs having failed to win their last two games, their talisman will be determined to continue that form and get Mourinho’s men back on track, though Leicester will be no pushovers.
80% – 80 percent of Tottenham’s Premier League goals in 2020-21 (20/25) have been scored by either Son Heung-min (11) or Harry Kane (9). Combo. pic.twitter.com/bImMF4ip8o
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2020
Leeds United forward Bamford moved onto nine league goals for the season when he drew Marcelo Bielsa’s team level with Newcastle on Wednesday.
The Whites went onto win 5-2 and, since Bielsa took charge of Leeds in 2018, no player has scored more goals for the club than Bamford.
In 85 appearances across all competitions, the former Chelsea forward has 35 goals.
Diogo Jota’s departure to Liverpool and Raul Jimenez’s head injury means there is extra onus on Wolves’ remaining attackers, and Neto delivered the goods with a last-gasp winner 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 he was in 29 games last season, when he scored four times and set up another two goals.
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