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Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Players Set to Hit Hot Streak
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As Christmas is a time of giving, the festive season is a merrily jam-packed part of the Premier League schedule, with three rounds of fixtures in the next week providing the icing on the cake.

And, as a small gift to fantasy managers everywhere, we've once again gazed into out crystal ball, revealing a premonition or two regarding which players would be a wise recruit for these frigid encounters.

It may be as a result of an easy fixture list, injuries existing elsewhere in the squad or a team's overall performance improving, but the following Premier League figures all have the means to go on something of a hot streak to survive the winter cold.

All statistics and values are in reference to the official Fantasy Premier League game.

 

Juan Mata, Chelsea

Value: £9.4 million

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Juan Mata's exodus from Chelsea's hierarchy under Jose Mourinho has been a well-chronicled aspect of the Blues' season thus far, but the Spaniard is now edging his way back into Stamford Bridge prominence.

The Irish Examiner's Miguel Delaney recently commented on the strange manner of Mata's omission:

Having started in the club's last four matches, it seems Mata is a more appealing figure to Mourinho these days, having lined up both on the right flank and in a more central position.

Unless the Portuguese boss decides on another imminent shake-up of his squad, it's likely that the renewed faith in Mata will eventually result in the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year producing the results on the pitch for which he's more known.

Still yet to score a goal this season, all that's needed by the 25-year-old is consistent playing minutes before he gets back to his best, with Swansea City, Liverpool, Southampton and Hull City all coming up over the next fortnight.

 

Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle United

Value: £6.5 million

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Despite his high billing, Hatem Ben Arfa is testament to the fact that no player can live on legacy alone, and the Frenchman's poor form earlier this campaign was punished with Alan Pardew yanking Ben Arfa out of his starting XI.

The Frenchman is yet to make his way back into the starting frame, but having scored his first Premier League goal since mid-September this weekend, Ben Arfa's profile may be back on the rise.

The 26-year-old winger hasn't started a game since late October, but an impressive cameo against Crystal Palace showed glimpses of the maestro's finer points, and a recall to squad seniority could be imminent.

 

Libor Kozak, Aston Villa

Value: £6.4 million

With Christian Benteke struggling with injury of late, Libor Kozak has finally been handed his chance to lead Aston Villa's line, doing a fairly good job along the way.

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Even when fit, Benteke has been slightly hit-and-miss this term, going off the boil slightly since putting pen to paper over a new long-term deal in Birmingham this summer.

This weekend's goalscoring visit to Stoke City showed signs of Kozak's predatory instincts, and the former Lazio star is staking his claim to play a bigger role in Paul Lambert's setup, coming at a very affordable £6.4 million for now.

What's more, the Villans have a fairly preferable schedule of games coming up, with Crystal Palace and Swansea City visiting Villa Park before a trip to Sunderland presents the opportunity for more points.

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