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Fantasy football tips: Can Arsenal finally end their Stoke hoodoo?

Will Kevin De Bruyne continue his red hot form? And which poor unassuming teenagers will Jose Mourinho throw into the limelight?

Arsenal could finally end a remarkable record at Stoke on Saturday in their bid to remain hot on Liverpool’s heels in the race for the top four.

The Gunners haven’t won in the Potteries for six games (three draws, three defeats) but head there knowing a win puts all the pressure back on Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead of their trip to West Ham on Sunday.

Amazingly after a 3-1 win in the reverse fixture between the sides at the Emirates in December, Arsenal went top of the Premier League.

How times change.

But enough about that – here are five tips to help you smash fantasy football this weekend…

1 Josh King v Sam Vokes – who you got?

Josh King has been brilliant this season

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Josh King has been brilliant this season

King has been one of the stories of the season at Bournemouth, scoring 15 Premier League goals and only Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku out-firing him so far in 2017.

But Vokes is just as much of a goal threat at the moment, scoring twice in Burnley’s 2-2 draw with West Brom last weekend.

Games involving the Cherries usually mean goals so either striker should get plenty of chances, but we reckon King gets the not given it’s at the Vitality Stadium.

2 Pick Manchester City and Leicester defenders at YOUR PERIL

Leicester defenders might be in for a tough day at Man City

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Leicester defenders might be in for a tough day at Man City

Given Leicester are neither going down nor challenging the league’s elite you’d forgive them for going down the ‘already on the beach’ route.

But they aren’t, and their surge away from trouble has actually liberated a lot of their players into playing their best stuff this season.

City though are purring again after the respective returns of Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus from injury and looked sensational against Crystal Palace last weekend.

We reckon both sides are likely to score – so drop those defenders like flies.

3 The longest clean sheet streak in the league belongs to… West Ham

Manuel Lanzini all but ended Tottenham’s title bid last weekend

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Manuel Lanzini all but ended Tottenham’s title bid last weekend

Does that surprise you a bit? Maybe, given the shambles that were occurring on a weekly basis in the first half of the season.

The Hammers not only boast the longest clean sheet run in the league, they can also lay claim to the longest unbeaten one too after going five games without defeat.

Klopp’s Liverpool side head to east London on Sunday in patchy form and not creating chances, so we reckon the Hammers can keep up their recent resolve at the back with another clean sheet.

Winston Reid and Jose Fonte are both worth keeping an eye on.

4 Xherdan Shaqiri’s time to shine

Xherdan Shaqiri has the credentials to make life very difficult for Arsenal

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Xherdan Shaqiri has the credentials to make life very difficult for Arsenal

While Arsenal certainly have the capacity to clinch a top four spot again, perhaps the last place they’d want to go to towards the end of a season is Stoke.

Their recent record, as mentioned earlier, is terrible there and they come up against two players who are more than capable on their day.

Shaqiri and Mark Arnautovic are both luxury players but we reckon they’ll relish a chance against loftier opposition.

Both attacking midfielders like it at home too…

5 Whatever you do – don’t rely on Jose Mourinho to dictate your choices

Jose Mourinho will ring the changes for Manchester United's trip to Tottenham

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Jose Mourinho will ring the changes for Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham

Manchester United sneaked into the Europa League final on Thursday night which means, if he’s allowed to, Mourinho will happily field a mixture of their Under-12s and OAPs at Tottenham on Sunday.

For that reason we implore you to remove any United defenders you might have lingering in your team, especially with Harry Kane and co. waiting for them in Spurs’ final game at White Hart Lane.

Considering they’re unbeaten there this season, we reckon Tottenham will go out in style.

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