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Official FPL: Options at both ends of the pitch

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It’s that time of the week and we’re already looking ahead to matchday 12 as the Cherries take on Newcastle at St James’ Park.

It’s been a good few days for Eddie Howe and his side, after recording a 1-0 win over Manchester United and moving up to seventh in the Premier League table.

But who has shone in a side performing well? And who are the best options for your Fantasy Premier League team?

We’ve got you covered below!

Goal King

Joshua King’s winner last week has seen him rise to become the third highest scoring Cherries player on the game this season, behind only Callum Wilson and Aaron Ramsdale.

He is also a cheaper option up front, costing just £6.3 million, however a good performance last week has meant that he is now owned by 9.5% of players on the game.

King bagged seven points after the win over Manchester United, while double figures have been attained in the games against Everton (10) and West Ham (12).

What’s also worth noting is that the frontman also takes penalties and in the last fixture against Newcastle, a 2-2 draw at Vitality Stadium in March, the Cherries were awarded a penalty which he went on to score.

Additionally, for the last two games, King has reverted to his usual role up front, as opposed to on the wing, where Howe has been opting to play him for the majority of the 2019/20 campaign.

Cook in form

Steve Cook is a man bang in form and has led the Cherries to three straight clean sheets in the Premier League.

Last week’s against Manchester United was arguably the most impressive, shutting out the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for 90 minutes.

It’s also no coincidence that Cook, who has worn the armband for the majority of the season, has featured in 49 of the club’s 51 Premier League wins, his influence in the side proven in that stat alone.

The centre-back will cost you just £5 million and only 0.4% of users in the entire game own him. Additionally, in the last three weeks, Cook has picked up nine, six and five points, backing those users who have trusted him.

Centre-midfield options

With Jefferson Lerma out of this weekend’s game with Newcastle through suspension, after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in the win over Manchester United, it opens the door for another individual to make their mark and reward their owners.

Philip Billing is yet to miss a game in the Premier League this year, so stats suggest that he is likely to occupy one of the central midfield roles in Howe’s side at St James’ Park on Saturday. But who could partner him in that position?

Lewis Cook had a stormer in his first game back from rupturing his ACL. He started, in Lerma’s place, ahead of the 3-1 win over Everton in September, and could be in line to do the same on Saturday.

The 22-year-old costs just £5 million and isn’t owned by anyone on the game, meaning a big week for him could give any side an advantage against its opponents.

Another alternative is Dan Gosling, who has been back in training with the Cherries after a spell on the sidelines. Howe admitted that he was getting closer in last week’s press conference and, should be start, he’ll cost you just £4.9 million.

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