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  • Cheap and cheerful: Jamie Vardy, left, will only cost you £8.6m (Photograph by Martin Rickett/PA/AP)

    Cheap and cheerful: Jamie Vardy, left, will only cost you £8.6m (Photograph by Martin Rickett/PA/AP)


Everybody knows about Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, and David de Gea, who all lead the way in their respective Fantasy League positions, but there are still bargains to be found in the final few weeks of the season. Here are just a few names worth considering.

Goalkeepers

Loris Karius is now Liverpool’s first-choice No 1. His team have the second-best defensive record at home in the league and he is sure to pick up plenty of points in the remainder of the season. Good value at £4.8m.

Martin Dubravka played superbly for Newcastle against Manchester United a couple of weeks ago. His clean-sheet tally will only grow given manager Rafa Benítez’s pragmatic approach to defending. He looks a snip at £4.5m.

Defenders

Nacho Monreal has been Arsenal’s most consistent player this season and is outperforming more valuable defenders. He is worth considering at £5.7m.

Ahmed Hegazi is valued at £4.7m and has weighed in with a few crucial goals for West Brom. He will be vital in their battle against relegation.

Midfielders

Xherdan Shaqiri is small in stature but plays a big role for Stoke City. He is in great form and is a bargain at £6.2m.

Luka Milivojevic plays every minute for Crystal Palace and has racked up more points than a host of big-name players. He takes penalties and free-kicks, so is well worth a look at £4.8m.

Forwards

It’s a lot harder to find value in striking positions but Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is still cheap at £8.6m. He has scored more points than Romelu Lukaku, Álvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette and is millions of pounds cheaper.

Steve Mounié was magnificent in Huddersfield’s win against Bournemouth and is hitting form. He could be worth chancing at £5.7m.

11am kick-offs unless stated

Tomorrow

Leicester City v Stoke City, 8.30am

Stoke are becoming harder to beat under Paul Lambert but they have won just once away from home this season and are unlikely to improve that statistic tomorrow. Prediction: 2-0

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United

Both teams will be looking to pull away from the relegation zone with three points but are likely to have to settle for just one. Prediction: 1-1

Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City

Swansea are high in confidence after remaining unbeaten in ten matches in all competitions but may struggle to take all three points against Brighton, who are difficult to beat at the Amex Stadium. Prediction: 1-1

Burnley v Southampton

Southampton could grab a huge win in their fight against relegation against Sean Dyche’s men who have failed to win in ten league matches and seem to be coasting towards the end of the season after making a magnificent start. Prediction: 1-2

Liverpool v West Ham United

Liverpool can move into second place in the table with a win at Anfield, where they have not lost in the league this season. West Ham have done magnificently since David Moyes took the reins but this looks too tough. Prediction: 3-0

West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town

West Brom should win as Huddersfield are set to be without influential Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy through injury. If the West Brom team bus breaks down on the way to the match, I’m not sure too many taxi drivers will be queueing up to give the players a lift to The Hawthorns. Prediction: 2-0

Watford v Everton

Everton have been woeful on the road recently but can pick up a point against inconsistent Watford. Prediction: 1-1

Sunday

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur, 8am

Roy Hodgson’s men are struggling since losing Wilfried Zaha to injury and it’s difficult to see them picking up anything against a Spurs side back at full strength. Prediction: 0-2

Manchester United v Chelsea

More television cameras will be trained on the touchline than the pitch to see if the war of words between José Mourinho and Antonio Conte escalates. On the pitch, a dour display can be edged by the home team. Prediction: 1-0

Thursday

Arsenal v Manchester City, 3.45pm

One of these teams will have bragging rights over the other by the time this match is played as the sides meet at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. It’s difficult to see anything other than a Manchester City win given Arsenal’s defensive frailties. Prediction: 1-2

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Published Feb 23, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 9:41 pm)

Get your hands on these bargain buys

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