Premier League Fantasy Football 2013-14: Top Player Picks for Gameweek 13

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Premier League Fantasy Football 2013-14: Top Player Picks for Gameweek 13
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Tottenham host Manchester United in the weekend's most high-profile encounter.

For a plethora of fear-inducing reasons, the number 13 is known in folklore to be unlucky. Biblical, lunar or reasons pertaining to popular culture, not many footballers choose the No. 13 shirt. 

With the feast of football that this weekend proffers, the 13th round of fixtures also prove to be the banana skin which derails a number of individuals or their teams.

As reported by The Guardian's David Hytner on Tuesday evening, Tottenham's Andre Villas-Boas is apparently clinging to his job after a string of poor performances (namely conceding six away to Manchester City).

And so, as his fingertips dig into that cliff edge, now is maybe not the best time to welcome a Manchester United side, fresh from scoring five past Bayer Leverkusen, to White Hart Lane.

In addition, Chelsea welcome a Southampton team which is hurting from last weekend's visit to London, when it succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. With Chelsea low on morale after losing 1-0 to FC Basel, vanquishing points from the Blues would be the perfect remedy.

The Arsenal locomotive rumbles on. Fresh from their Champions League 2-0 win against Marseille, they travel to Cardiff in South Wales. However, the Bluebirds' confidence will be soaring after they capitalised on sloppy Manchester United defending to steal a 2-2 draw last weekend.

At the other end of the table, in the relegation mire, a Crystal Palace side invigorated by the arrival of Tony Pulis travel to Norwich. If they can inflict a defeat on their fellow strugglers, it may well consign Chris Hughton to the job centre.

From every angle, this weekend looks feisty. Let's now look at which players can be heroes and who are zeroes.

 

Football stats were procured from WhoScoredSquawka and SoccerWay.

Fantasy football stats from Fantasy Premier League.

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