Title-chasing Manchester City travel to relegation scramblers Everton in the pick of Sorare’s Premier League fixtures this weekend, as Gameweek 371 gets under way.
The Toffees grabbed a valuable win last week to brighten their chances of staying up but must overcome Pep Guardiola’s City to keep that going, while fellow strugglers Leeds host Newcastle and Nottingham Forest travel to Chelsea in two further crucial games.
The gameweek offers some enticing opportunities for Sorare players to make use of the most in-form players in the game that might not have been a first-pick this time last week, so 101 Great Goals have looked at the data to see which players you should consider picking for the week ahead.
We have analysed the most in-form players judging by their last five average scores and looked at who each player is to come up against in the next gameweek to suggest who you should pick in your latest Sorare Premier League side.
The Brentford goalkeeper has been a consistent performer all season, but more recently he has performed even better with talks of a summer move to one of the bigger clubs on the cards. Having been in and out of the team earlier in the campaign, Raya struggled for consistency but he has shown signs more recently of a return to his best form, with scores of 65 and 74 among his last five (L5) average rating, which gives him a very respectable 51. While this is not an outstanding score, a home tie against West Ham represents a good opportunity for a decent outing for the Brentford back line so he could be worth a punt.
Aston Villa have been one of the real success stories since the World Cup break, and the defensive form of Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa has been crucial to that. Mings was in and out of the Villa side under Steven Gerrard, but under Unai Emery he has gone from strength to strength, resulting in his scores improving the more recent they get. For example, his L5 of 58 is better than his L15 of 57, which is then better than an L40 of 53. He is a player who has frustrated with consistency at times but is just getting better under current leadership, and with a home tie against out-of-form Tottenham to come, Villa will fancy their chances.
While Leicester’s struggles continue and relegation looms ever nearer, James Maddison continues to enjoy one of the best season’s of his career. With 19 goal involvements so far this campaign - one that has been interrupted by injury - it is second only to last season’s total of 20 goal involvements, and he already has more assists than last year. Not only has his output improved, but his recent form show that he will not take relegation easily. His L5 of 69 marks him out as one of the in-form midfielders in the league, while an L40 of 61 is staggering and only a blip a few weeks ago sees his L15 drop to 57. His last three performances have seen him score 82, 71 and 80, suggesting that Dean Smith is finding new ways to make the most out of his undisputed talent.
A home tie with Liverpool will not be an easy one, but Maddison undoubtedly likes the big occasion and will be keen to show his best against one of the better sides around.
Riyad Mahrez has become the classic case of Guardiola’s rotation policy. While he is rarely put in the starting XI for big games such as the Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, it means he is likely to play in the weekend’s Premier League action as Guardiola prioritises the fitness of his squad members. In preparation for Tuesday, Mahrez was given a start against Leeds on Saturday and responded with a couple of assists on his way to a score of 95, and with two previous scores of 82 and 75 he has a very strong L5 score of 70. Although a playing percentage of 80% in that time, for this weekend he is almost a sure thing to start given the nature of the games either side of the Everton clash.