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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. (AP Photo / Luca Bruno)

This week of play we’ve got a Merseyside derby, a bottom-of-the-table clash and Man United v Arsenal to look forward to, but fantastically it’s Watford v Chelsea that seems like the most one-sided game.

Below, we pick the top captain picks behind Mo Salah, discuss who’s hot, who isn’t, and who to watch out for. Follow @ Gameweek38 on Twitter for more information on Fantasy Football.

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This week’s transfer deadline is Tuesday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan (Photo: PA)

With four goals and an assist in four Europa Conference League games, Kane is used to playing on Thursday nights and should be well rested after Sunday’s postponed game against Burnley. Kane remains the club’s best shot and receiver despite his slow start to the season.

Ilkay Gundogan (£ 7.2million) v Aston Villa (A)

Captain’s pick: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo: PA)

A look back at this time last year. It was week 13 and Gundogan had ten goals and two assists in twelve games – he loves winter! The weekend’s 13 points were his first double comeback of the season, which begs the question of whether he can start over.

Diogo Jota (Liverpool, £ 7.8million)

With Roberto Firmino sidelined with a hamstring injury, Diogo Jota’s place in Liverpool’s starting lineup looks secure for a considerable future. He scored his first brace of the season this weekend in a matchweek week where no player in the league had more shots.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester, £ 10.6million)

Despite being shutout for four straight weeks before his brace against Watford on Sunday, Vardy is the league’s second-highest scorer and just two goals behind Mo Salah. He has a fantastic game to look forward to as Leicester then face Southampton, Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea, £ 5.3million)

Although he hasn’t scored or assisted since Matchweek 9, no Chelsea player has created more chances in the last six matchweek than Callum Hudson-Odoi – and that includes a game in which he did not play. He has started six of Chelsea’s last seven league games and made his left post his own.

Said Benrahma (West Ham, £ 6.2million)

Benrahma’s slippage is well documented but it is his playing time that is starting to run out of steam. The Algerian has failed to complete a game since matchweek seven and was pulled out after 63, 70 and 58 minutes in the last four match weeks. West Ham have lost their last three games, so David Moyes might be tempted to mix up his starting 11 by putting Benrahma on the bench early on.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United, £ 12.3million)

When managing RB Leipzig in 2016, new Man United manager Ralf Rangnick was asked if he would ever sign Cristiano Ronaldo, to whom he replied “absolutely not” because “he is too old”. If the selection of the Man United squad on Sunday was influenced by Rangnick, we could continue to see Ronaldo on the bench.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, £ 9.8m)

The Gabon international has failed to score in the last four weeks of the game and heads north to face Man United at Old Trafford on Thursday. During his drought, Nuno Tavares had as many shots as he did and Saka and Smith-Rowe took more shots and created more combined chances.

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Jadon Sancho (Man United, £ 8.9million, 2.1%)

Since Solskjaer’s departure, Sancho has made back-to-back starts and scored goals in both matches. New Bundesliga manager Ralf Rangnick’s experience could also work in his favor, as suggested by his 37 goals in 38 games last season for Borussia Dortmund.

James Maddison (Leicester, £ 6.6million, 4.7%)

Leicester’s previously mentioned fantastic run coincides with Maddison’s turnaround in form. Sunday’s victory was his first assist of the season and only one player in the league created more chances. If he can keep that momentum positive it will be a steal at £ 6.6million.

Marc Guiehi (Crystal Palace, £ 4.5million, 0.9%)

With four consecutive returns in a row, Guehi is one of the league’s in-form players. In those games he has kept two clean goals and scored two goals – against Leeds you wouldn’t pass up to handle either of those games again. Leeds continue without Patrick Bamford at the front and Ayling and Koch at the rear.

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