The Premier League returns in midweek, after a weekend of cup action that saw top-flight teams deploy heavy squad rotation, often with disastrous consequences.

The changes would indicate that most of the league’s top-performing players this term, will return to their respective starting lineups on Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

Looking for potential high scoring players in game week 23, sees the eye drawn to three of the division’s top six in particular.

Manchester United were in free-scoring form at the weekend without the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.7m).

FPL’s second highest scorer this term will be invigorated by his short rest and looks like an imposing prospect as United eye not only Hull on Wednesday but also Leicester, Watford and Bournemouth in the next four weeks, with all but one of the games being at Old Trafford.

FA Cup commitments mean the Manchester derby has been postponed and that gives Zlatan a mouth-watering run. FPL players could do worse than selecting the forward as captain for the entire month of February.

Elsewhere in the United side, the offloading of midfield options by Jose Mourinho, offers little clues as to which of the supporting cast will start behind the big Swede.

The only certainty would appear that Michael Carrick (£4.3m) and Paul Pogba (£8.5m) will be re-instated after the pair were rested on Sunday.

Marouane Fellaini though, against the odds, refuses to vanish from the picture with Mourinho never afraid to deploy the robust Belgian as a “plan B”.

Fellaini is far from a guaranteed starter but his effectiveness cannot be understated and at just £5.8m, could be a way for FPL managers to amass some sneaky points via the back door.

Similarly at Arsenal, runaway points leader Alexis Sanchez (£11.9m) appears to be the only guaranteed starter among the front six in Arsene Wenger’s formation.

The finishing of Welbeck and Walcott, £7.3m and £7.4m respectively, will have given the manager food for thought but will it be enough to displace the on-form Olivier Giroud (£8.7m)?

The Gunners face struggling Watford this week and everyone among their attacking talents will be keen to get in on the action. The only man certain of a chance at this stage though, appears to be Sanchez.

Tottenham were another side to rotate heavily at the weekend as they scraped through a thrilling encounter with Wycombe Wanderers.

Dele Alli (£8.8m) was required to appear from the bench as part of a rescue operation but he and fellow high scorers Eriksen and Kane (£8.7m and £11.2m) were rested ahead of what looks like a good opportunity for them to consider their fine form against Sunderland’s leaky rearguard.

Spurs also have three of their next five games at home, meaning any of their main danger men look like a good bets to keep the points coming for FPL bosses.


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