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How can you spark your Dream Team back into life ahead of a crucial set of games that includes the Manchester derby?

The beauty of the final few weeks of the Premier League season ultimately means every single game matters.

Every single team is now entering the home straight, with clubs like Southampton and Arsenal having the advantage of two, if not three games in hand over their rivals.

So how can you spark your Dream Team back into life ahead of a crucial set of midweek fixtures that includes the Manchester derby?


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1 Capital gains for Kane

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Kane heads home against Chelsea

Harry Kane is a relentless, goalscoring machine anyway, but in London derbies he’s nothing short of formidable.

Since 1 January 2015, when he struck twice against Chelsea in a 5-3 win, the Spurs hitman has bagged 21 times in 24 matches between London rivals, including against the Blues again at the weekend.

So who should he come up against this week? Crystal Palace and Arsenal, of course, who he’s scored seven times against in nine games.

It seems inevitable he’ll be amongst the goals again this week and he has to be a Dream Team favourite.

2 What next for Bellerin?

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Bellerin was a substitute in the FA Cup semi-final win

Better late than never, but it appears Arsene Wenger may have found a way to get Arsenal winning again just when it really matters.

A switch to a 3-4-3 formation has produced two wins, including the FA Cup semi-final over Manchester City, and kept their hopes of a top-four finish and silverware alive.

But the tactical rejig hasn’t been good news for Hector Bellerin, who hasn’t started either clash with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain preferred to the Spaniard at right-wing back.

He’s a relatively popular Dream Team pick, but if Wenger is to keep faith with his new formation then it might be worth reconsidering Bellerin’s worth to your team.

3 Rashford to emerge from Zlatan’s shadow

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Rashford is in his best form this season

Manchester United fans will have bemoaned the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s potentially career-ending injury last week.

But in every dark cloud is a silver lining, and in this case it’s the recent upturn in fortunes for Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils youngster has rediscovered his shooting boots, scoring in three of his last four games, and faces two intriguing games this week.

United go to City in the derby on Thursday – a fixture he scored the winner in last season – and then host struggling Swansea on Sunday at Old Trafford.

With Zlatan out of the frame, Rashford can continue his red hot streak.

4 Can Defoe offer Sunderland hope?

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Defoe has struggled in front of goal recently

Sunderland have made mounting a great escape from relegation their thing in recent seasons, but surely they’ve left it too late this time around.

If they are to pull off the truly unthinkable, this will be the week it happens with fixtures against Middlesbrough and Bournemouth.

Jermain Defoe hasn’t scored since he bagged two at Crystal Palace in early February, but he’ll look at these two clashes as the ideal opportunity to get back among the goals.

He’s scored 15 of the Black Cats’ measly 26 goals this season, so it might be worth considering him this week against two of the league’s struggling sides.

5 Will Benteke continue to silence the doubters?

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Benteke scored twice on his first return to Anfield

What better way to prove the haters wrong than by scoring not once, but twice at the home of your previous employers.

Benteke was a menace at Liverpool on Sunday and showed the Reds exactly what they’ve been missing this season – a clinical goalscorer.

So is there anyone currently in better form in the Premier League capable of halting Tottenham’s late title bid?

No, and Palace face Burnley at home on Saturday which means a Benteke double-header and a genuine chance of more goals.