Can Kane replicate his England form? Five fantasy questions answered ahead of Gameweek 12

After scoring seven for England, including two hat-tricks, is Harry Kane finally hitting form? And if so, should we be finding room for him in our fantasy sides?

With the Premier League's return just around the corner, we can finally wipe away the two-week-old dust from our fantasy teams, and start preparing our sides again for Gameweek 12.

Harry Kane was the standout performer over the international break, scoring seven for the Three Lions to bring him level with Gary Lineker, but having not achieved similar heights with Tottenham this season, is he a risk worth taking in the Fantasy Premier League?

Elsewhere, we look at who are the in-form goalkeepers after the game's most-owned keeper, Robert Sanchez, saw red to finish with minus points last time out.

And, for those looking to make transfers - or maybe even use their wildcard - we take a look at which players hit form for their countries over the last week or two.

Can Kane replicate his England form under Antonio Conte?

Harry Kane speaking to Tottenham manager, Antonio Conte

After winning the Golden Boot last year with 23 goals, Kane has only managed one so far for Spurs this season.

That's made him an easy player to ignore… or at least up until now it has. The 28-year-old was in fine form for England this week, scoring seven times.

Yes, it was only Albania and San Marino, but it's surely done his confidence a world of good, and now with Antonio Conte at the helm, could Kane make a dramatic return to form?

Well, yes is my answer. He looked uninterested under Nuno Espirito Santo, but that won't be allowed to happen under Conte. Add to the mix an extremely attractive fixture list, and Kane could be worth bringing in as soon as this week.

Leeds United are up next for Tottenham, and while Conte's first game may have ended 0-0, goals seem certain against the Yorkshire side who have been defensively dreadful this season.

And, even if Kane doesn't score too many points against Leeds, Burnley and Brentford are next in line. It seems the perfect opportunity for him to get his season back on track as Spurs start climbing the league table under Conte.

Who is the best replacement for Sanchez?

Robert Sanchez, Brighton, Fantasy football

In the last gameweek, Brighton's Robert Sanchez took down Callum Wilson late in the game to receive a red card that left his owners facing a -1.

The Spaniard was the most selected goalkeeper in the game, and even after 188,000 transfers out this week, he's still in 21.1% of teams.

With a suspension ruling him out of this gameweek, it's left thousands of fantasy managers scrambling for a new No. 1.

If you have a reasonable second goalkeeper in your squad, then it may be worth simply waiting out his suspension and adding Sanchez back to the starting XI after his ban is served. But if not, we're here to highlight some of the best replacements available.

Aaron Ramsdale is the obvious option. The Arsenal shot-stopper has been in incredible form for the Gunners since making his £30million move in the summer, and he's accumulated a remarkable 46 points between the sticks this season.

Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal, fantasy football

But, with a £4.7million price tag, some managers may struggle to find the extra cash when transferring out the £4.5million-valued Sanchez.

If so, Ben Foster seems the next option. The 38-year-old has reclaimed his spot in Claudio Ranieri's side and scored 23 points for the Hornets this season, including 11 last time out against Arsenal.

If neither Foster or Ramsdale seem suitable, then perhaps look to Alvaro Fernandez. With David Raya injured, Fernandez has stepped in for Brentford in the last two matches.

The Spaniard has only managed three points in his two appearances, but the Bees have mostly been solid at the back this season, and with NewcastleEverton and Tottenham up next, he has the potential to be a valuable differential.

Is Lukaku worth a gamble on his return?

Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku during the Carabao Cup third round match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea looked to be going perfectly after he scored just minutes into his first appearance against Arsenal.

But since then, he tailed off before picking up an injury that has ruled him out of action since Gameweek 8. However, the Belgian forward looks to be recovering well and is back in contention to start against Leicester this weekend.

Still, while it may be tempting to bring Lukaku back in based on Chelsea's incredible form at the top of the table, my advice is to give him a miss this week.

Thomas Tuchel's side haven't exactly used a focal point up top, and that doesn't suit Lukaku's game. Their goals tend to come from all over the pitch, with Reece James and Ben Chilwell leading the way in recent weeks.

Lukaku's £11.5million price tag is also a hefty fee for what is a huge gamble. Plus, there's no guarantee that Chelsea are going to beat Leicester, or that Lukaku will even start.

Brendan Rodgers' side hit a good vein of form before the break, and could well challenge for the three points at the King Power Stadium. There's better options than Lukaku at the moment, so our recommendation is to look elsewhere.

Who are the in-form international players?

Ilkay Gundogan playing for Manchester City

As we approach the Christmas period, games are set to come thick and fast, and another wildcard is handed to us in January. For those looking to play their first chip this Gameweek, we'll round up the most in-form players from the international break to help build your new squad.

Manchester City's Gundogan (£7.2million) struck three times for Germany during the break - once in their 9-0 demolition of Liechtenstein and then twice in the 4-1 win over Armenia.

Sure, the opposition was nothing to shout about, but Gundogan getting back on the scoresheet can't be bad news for City.

Pep Guardiola's side have lacked a striker this season, and have had to rely on wingers and midfielders for their goals. That boosts Gundogan's chances of getting in on the action.

To further add to his attraction, the German enjoyed a fantastic scoring spell for the Citizens this time last year. If he is to do the same this season then he's worth bringing in sooner rather than later.

The captain of the other half of Manchester also enjoyed a great week away with his country. Harry Maguire (£5.4million) has been woeful at times for the Red Devils this season, but scored twice for England in the last week.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side can start to tidy up at the back and earn some clean sheets, then Maguire has shown he still has the aerial ability to nod home headers.

However, United's inability to keep clean sheets means Maguire may be worth holding back on for now.

Che Adams (£6.8million) is another worth keeping an eye on. The Scotsman has been a major part of Ralph Hasenhuttl's plans this season, but has been outshone by strike partner Adam Armstrong.

Che Adams Scotland Mar21

However, Adams opened his Premier League account in Gameweek 10 against Watford, and has followed it up by scoring twice for Scotland, once against Moldova and again vs Denmark.

He could be a differential worth considering for those needing a low-budget forward, and he seems to be hitting form at just the right time.

Has Jota become a key differential in Firmino's absence?

Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield

After starting the season with two goals in two games, Diogo Jota has seen his playing time reduced at Liverpool since the return of Roberto Firmino.

However, the Brazilian has been hit with another injury and seems set to be sidelined until mid-December.

That opens up a space for Jota once more, and with plenty of games on the horizon, and just a £7.5million price tag, is the Portuguese a new fantasy must-have?

Well, he certainly looks like a great option, and if you're looking to invest in Liverpool's fearsome attack, Jota certainly looks like the best avenue - excluding Salah of course.

Add the African Cup of Nations to the mix, and it looks like both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could be missing from Jurgen Klopp's side throughout January.

As they prepare to play without two of their biggest stars, Klopp will be wanting to get Jota up to speed, and he could play centrally - and often - for the Reds in the coming weeks.

Arsenal, Southampton and Everton make up their next three fixtures, and as Liverpool look to maintain their title challenge, Jota gets the thumbs up as a great transfer option this week.

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