It was a high-scoring Gameweek 19 but to our misfortune, the three hidden gems – Dusan Tadic, Andros Townsend and Michail Antonio all failed to make any significant contributions with the latter cruelly denied an assist owing to Andre Ayew’s failed attempt from the spot. Not further ruing about the bad luck, we move onto Gameweek 20 which also marks the commencement of the second-half of the season. To help you begin with it in the best possible way, here are our three Hidden Gems for your Gameweek 20.
Fixture: Stoke City (H)
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Available for a measly £5.3mn, the Belgian is quickly establishing himself as a reliable cut-price forward option. Depoitre’s equaliser against Southampton meant that with 3 goals and 2 assists in last three league appearances, the forward has racked up 27 points in the process.
Owing to his ongoing purple patch, Depoitre should line up against Stoke City who happens to have the league’s most fragile backline. The Potters’ defensive woes are summed up by the fact that they have kept a league-low two clean sheets so far this term – the last one coming way back in Gameweek 10. Goals look inevitable in this tie and Huddersfield’s top-scorer could be netting a few of those.
Fixture: Burnley (H)
The Argentine has featured four times in the league so far but with injuries piling up in the backline for the Red Devils, Rojo is expected to be handed a start on Boxing Day versus Burnley. The Clarets have amazed many by their swashbuckling start to the season but like their hosts, injuries/suspensions to some of their key personnel have started to take a toll on their performances of late. The Turf Moor outfit hasn’t scored in their last two league outings and have also failed to find the back of the net in three of their last four away games.
United’s defensive solidity has helped them garner a league-high 10 shutouts and seven of those have come at Old Trafford. Provided the status quo regarding injury to defenders remains unchanged and Rojo doesn’t pick another yellow which would warrant him a one-match suspension, expect the centre-back to get an extended run in Manchester United’s starting eleven.
Fixture: Arsenal (H)
Another Belgian forward who makes into this list, Benteke discovered his form at a time when the search for forward differentials has intensified among managers. The lanky forward served a one-match suspension against Swansea City but should be restored to the Eagles’ line up for the visit of Arsenal.
The Gunners have been prolific at home but their away form has been a huge cause of concern despite a third of Arsenal’s 9 cleansheets coming on their travels. Palace’s last six home league games have witnessed them score exactly twice in each of them. With the hosts on the rise coupled with the visitors’ rising anxiety in defence of late, Benteke could well thrive once more provided he keeps his finishing on point.