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CRYSTAL BALL

Predicting which three players will score the most points in Game Week 12

Come on then, let’s dig the crystal ball out of the crate and try predict which three players will score the most points this coming Game Week.

The first thing to consider is which assets have two rolls of the dice in the form of a European game after the weekend’s Premier League commitments.

Logic suggests those who play two games have a greater chance of scoring more points than those with just a solitary league fixture.

With that in mind, could this be the week Harry Kane (£7.2m) explodes?

Has Kane turned a corner?

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Has Kane turned a corner?

The 28-year-old filled his boots and then some in England colours, taking Albania and San Marino for seven goals in just 126 minutes.

His club campaign has been defined by a malaise born from his non-transfer to Man City in the summer – he’s scored just one league goal in ten appearances.

However, Antonio Conte is not one to tolerate dossers and so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kane, buoyed on from his international exploits, exhibit a greater hunger going forward.

If he can shake off the events of the summer and focus on the task at hand under one of the world’s best coaches then Dream Team bosses can expect healthy returns once more.

Game Week 12 is a particularly appealing juncture because, not only will be enjoying the afterglow of consecutive England hat-tricks, he’s up against Leeds and NS Mura – he scored a 19-minute hat-trick against the latter in the reverse fixture.

There’s a good chance the following statement will be rendered extremely foolish: we’re not going to back Mohamed Salah (£7.9m) for huge returns this Game Week.

To be clear, this isn’t because we think he’s suddenly lost his golden touch, it’s just that Liverpool have already qualified for the Champions League round of 16 and so there’s a chance Jurgen Klopp may rest his key man against Porto midweek.

The Reds always seem to score five goals against the Portuguese club and so maybe Salah will insist on some fun but the fixture represents an opportunity to spare the Egyptian some unnecessary minutes – time will tell.

Mr Inevitable

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Mr Inevitable

Swerving Salah means we don’t feel guilty about identifying the other option that could be deemed ‘too obvious’.

Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.7m) has plowed on nobly despite Man United’s unconvincing results – the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has amassed 39 points in his last five outings.

Following recent match-ups against Liverpool and Man City, the Portuguese superstar has a much more favourable league fixture this weekend in the form of Watford away – it’s hard to imagine him leaving Vicarage Road with a blank, isn’t it?

Then in midweek it’s Villarreal in the Champions League, who have already been Ronaldo’d this season and currently find themselves 12th in La Liga.

Even if you don’t have faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side right now, the stage looks set for more individual brilliance from their No7.

To complete the podium, we’ve earmarked Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) for more joy in the coming days.

The ex-Juventus full-back played like a man possessed before the international break, dishing out assists like pasteis de nata.

Don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it… CANCELO CULTURE!

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Don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it… CANCELO CULTURE!

Only Reece James (£5.9m) has more points than Cancelo’s tally of 91 among defenders at this stage and with Man City due to host Everton this Sunday, the Chelsea man may struggle to retain to spot.

The Toffees only win in their last eight fixtures came against Norwich – not the form you want to take to the Etihad, where so many teams leave comprehensively thrashed.

A clean sheet, an assist and a 7+ rating would give Cancelo ten points, a perfect platform to build upon Wednesday night when Pep Guardiola’s men welcome PSG to Manchester.

The Parisians won the reverse fixture 2-0 thanks in part to a Lionel Messi wondergoal but they were outplayed by City in both legs of last season’s Champions League semi-final.

PSG’s superstar forwards don’t do much defending at the best of times which could allow Cancelo plenty of possession to work his magic.

There you have it, Kane, Ronaldo and Cancelo to go big in Game Week 12.

Still, the best-laid plans of mice and men and all that… cue a Salah hat-trick.