With the busy festive season approaching and the games coming thick and fast, some Premier League managers may step up their squad rotation policy.

This of course, makes things a lot more difficult for their FPL counterparts, who cannot afford to see their expensive selections miss out.

Some sides however, will rotate more than others and those who have not experienced the increased fixture load of European action, look good bets for continuity.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool for example, are likely to press on with the sides that have served them well so far.

One player though, didn’t feature for Liverpool much early on in the season but has now come to the fore and with Philippe Coutinho still injured, it might be a good time to bring him in.

Divock Origi has come into Jurgen Klopp’s forward line and has netted on his last three starts.

At just £6.7 million he is much cheaper than his attacking team-mates and looks excellent value in a goalscoring team, even if they have faltered slightly since Coutinho’s injury.

Another man to break into a high-profile starting XI has risen from seemingly miles down the pecking order but was highlighted a couple of weeks ago by NMO as a coming force.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks to have the ability to answer the prayers of Manchester United fans but is highly priced at £8.9m.

The ankle injury picked up at the end of his strong showing against Spurs, also makes him a doubt for the next week or so.

United beginning to turn the corner, has also been helped by improvement at the back and while clean sheets had not been forthcoming until last Sunday, their defence has been much more rigid since it’s mauling at Chelsea.

Phil Jones (£4.7m) and Marcos Rojo (£5.2m) have formed an unlikely partnership in Jose Mourinho’s backline and a promising average FDR of just 1.8 between now and the New Year, means both could rack up points.

Rojo is the more expensive option but will Mourinho be tempted to rest the injury-prone Jones now that Eric Bailly is fit?

At Southampton meanwhile club record signing Sofiane Boufal (£6.8m) could be set to make a similarly delayed impact on the campaign to Mkhitaryan.

The Moroccan’s abysmal points total of 16 so far shows how little he has featured but he has offered fleeting glimpses of pure talent and got his first league goal at the weekend.

It’s all very similar to Mkhitaryan but has been much lower profile. Charlie Austin’s injury should see Boufal enjoy a run in the side and the Saints upcoming fixtures look largely winnable.


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