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    You could be forgiven for thinking the lines between reality and fantasy had blurred into one this week with the seemingly doomed experiment of the European Super League.

    But fans of actual fantasy football can rest assured we have still scoured the best prospects to help you in your quest to top your private leagues and earn bragging rights among your pals.

    With Premier League leaders Manchester City not in action due to playing the EFL Cup final against Tottenham this weekend, there are sure to be a few transfers needed in several teams.

    That being said, take a look at our hand-selected picks, powered as always by Opta data…

    ROBERT SANCHEZ

    Brighton and Hove Albion have a poor record against teams in the Premier League's bottom three, winning only four of 24 such games – the 17 per cent win rate representing the lowest return of any team in the competition to have played a minimum of 10 such games.

    However, Sheffield United are the lowest scorers in the division this season (17) and have failed to score in 18 different games, a league worst.

    Moreover, Brighton's Robert Sanchez has eight Premier League clean sheets to his name in 2021. Only Ederson (10) has managed more.

    VLADIMIR COUFAL

    West Ham have won three of their last five home league encounters against Chelsea and another victory would significantly boost their chances of a top-four finish.

    Hammers full-back Vladimir Coufal could well be a valuable source of fantasy points this weekend.

    Coufal has four home assists in the Premier League this season, which represents the best in the division among defenders.

    TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

    Dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate for the latest round of international fixtures, Trent Alexander-Arnold has responded in impressive fashion.

    The dangerous full-back has been involved in three goals in Liverpool's last three fixtures (two assists, one goal) – as many as he managed in his previous 24 games in the competition.

    With Liverpool unbeaten in 24 home matches against Newcastle United, Alexander-Arnold is sure to feature heavily in many fantasy sides this weekend.

    JESSE LINGARD

    Another player for Chelsea to be extremely wary of this weekend, Jesse Lingard has been in the form of his life since moving to West Ham on loan from Manchester United in January.

    The attacking midfielder has been involved in 12 West Ham goals so far in the Premier League (nine goals, three assists) to become a key component in their battle to qualify for the Champions League.

    Only Mick Quinn (Coventry City), Les Ferdinand (Newcastle United) and Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) have had more goal involvements in their first 10 appearances for a club in the competition (all 13).

    MASON GREENWOOD

    Mason Greenwood has found form at an ideal time as he aims to be a part of Southgate's England squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020.

    And fantasy football fans perhaps should be looking to make room for a player who has scored four goals across his most recent three top-flight appearances for Manchester United.

    Not since Francis Jeffers in the year 2000 has a teenager managed to score in four consecutive Premier League games. Can Leeds United stop the Red Devils' own fox in the box?

    WILFRIED ZAHA

    Crystal Palace have beaten Leicester City eight times in the Premier League, earning more wins than they have achieved against any other side, while their four away victories against the Foxes is also a joint-high for them in the competition (also four at Everton).

    Leicester are also a side who Eagles dangerman Wilfried Zaha has traditionally flourished against, so a trip to the King Power Stadium could be up his street on Monday.

    The tricky forward has been involved in six goals in his last six appearances against Leicester (five goals, one assist). Palace won three of those games with Zaha scoring in each.

    JAMIE VARDY

    On the flip side, Leicester have their own reasons to be optimistic against Roy Hodgson's men.

    Jamie Vardy's record against Palace is very favourable, with the experienced striker involved in six goals in his previous nine versus the Eagles (five goals, one assist).

  • Concacaf announces host cities and stadiums for 2021 Gold Cup Concacaf announces host cities and stadiums for 2021 Gold Cup
    Concacaf has announced the nine stadiums in six US metropolitan areas that will host group, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. The 16th edition of Concacaf’s flagship men's international competition will crown the best men's national team in the region. 

    This announcement comes after Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, NV) and DRV PNK Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, FL) were confirmed as the host venues for the Final (August 1) and the Prelims (July 2-6), respectively.  The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup is a key part of the Confederation’s 60th-anniversary celebration and a vibrant summer of football, which will also include the Concacaf Nations League Finals in June. 

    “The announcement of these outstanding venues moves us a step closer to what is sure to be a great Gold Cup this summer,” said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani. “It is fitting that in our 60th anniversary year we will use a number of stadiums with a rich history of hosting Concacaf football, while also making history with new venues that will host Gold Cup matches for the very first time.”

    “I am also extremely pleased that we have enhanced the Gold Cup format so that all the final group stage games will be played simultaneously. This will add to the competitive intensity of the tournament and provide an even more compelling spectacle for fans. Alongside the introduction of a first-ever Gold Cup Prelims and a new format in the knockout stage this is another example of our football first approach at Concacaf,” added Montagliani.

    The nine stadiums that will host group and knockout stage matches of this year’s edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup are, in alphabetical order by stadium name (previously hosted Gold Cups):
    • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2017)
    • BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX (2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019)
    • Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS (2011, 2015, 2019)
    • Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX (1993)
    • Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL (first-time host)
    • NRG Stadium, Houston, TX (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2019)
    • Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX (first-time host)
    • State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ (2009, 2015, 2017, 2019)
    • Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX (2015, 2017, and 2019)
  • Simeone warns leaders Atleti 'cannot relax' in LaLiga title race Simeone warns leaders Atleti 'cannot relax' in LaLiga title race

    Diego Simeone warned Atletico Madrid must not relax in a "complex" LaLiga race after a 2-0 win over Huesca moved them back to the top of the table.

    Angel Correa's deflected first-half strike and a Yannick Carrasco goal 10 minutes from time at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday sent Atleti three points clear of Real Madrid at the summit.

    Atleti thrashed Eibar 5-0 last weekend after picking up only one point from the previous two games against Sevilla and Real Betis.

    Simeone knows there can be no let-up from his side in the battle to be crowned champions, with six games to go including a trip to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

    Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Cadiz on Wednesday had temporarily nudged Atletico down to second place.

    Atletico boss Simeone said: "LaLiga is very complex, we cannot relax, tomorrow we will take care of the Bilbao game."

    He added: "There are four teams close to being able to close a great season, Sevilla are doing well, Madrid responded well yesterday and Barcelona are playing now.

    "We are to think game by game and we are not going to change now. We think about the next game and we will try to move it forward."

    Barcelona won 5-2 against Getafe in Spain's late match on Thursday, after Simeone held his post-game news conference, and Ronald Koeman's side remain very much in the title frame, with a game in hand and a home fixture against Atletico to come next month.

    Simeone praised his players for the way they have reacted to slipping up against Sevilla and Betis.

    "After Betis I said that the team was in a moment of resistance and is growing after that game," said the former Argentina midfielder.

    Simeone reiterated that Atletico's withdrawal from a proposed European Super League was the right decision.

    "The day before the decision was made, they already told us what was going to be discussed, it seems like a great decision to me." he said.

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