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Facebook Football Awards Best XI: midfielders

Dele Alli, Mesut Ozil, N'Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet, Riyad Mahrez and Willian are the six midfielders vying for three midfield spots in the Premier League Best XI at this year’s Facebook Football Awards

Ozil or Alli – who would you rather have in your team? Credit: Oulala

The awards allow you, the fans, to choose your Best XI on ITV Football's Facebook page, with the team announced live during our live awards show on May 9th.

We’ve asked Oulala to examine the key stats between the two attacking midfielders on the list – Mesut Ozil and Dele Alli – as a way of helping you decide which player deserves to be included in your team.

And the figures show that Ozil has already produced 18 assists, more than any other player in the Premier League, and twice as many as Alli, who has scored four more goals than the Arsenal star.

Ozil has also executed more key passes, created a greater number of chances and completed more successful take-ons. Alli, on the other hand, has been slightly more clinical in front of goal, with a 14% conversion rate compared with Ozil's ratio of 13%.


Dele Alli charged with violent conduct by FA

Alli has been charged with violent conduct. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

Alli's charge relates to an incident with West Brom's Claudio Yacob, in which the 20-year-old appeared to punch his opponent in the stomach during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

If found guilty, Alli could face a three-match suspension. He has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

Catching Leicester unlikely says Spurs striker Kane

Spurs slipped up against West Brom. Credit: PA

Harry Kane insists Tottenham's title challenge is not over but admits Monday's slip-up against West Brom has made catching Leicester "unlikely".

Mauricio Pochettino's side were held to a 1-1 draw by the Baggies at White Hart Lane as Craig Dawson cancelled out his first-half own-goal to leave Spurs seven points adrift in the race at the top.

Leicester need only three points from their three remaining matches to be crowned champions, meaning Claudio Ranieri's men can complete their fairytale season with a win at Manchester United on Sunday.

"Is it over? I don't think so, there's still three games left," Kane said.

"If they lose the next game you just never know the pressure. It makes it a lot, lot harder now we haven't won. It's not in our hands, it's in Leicester's hands.

"They'd have to lose two and draw one and we'd have to win all three. It's not impossible but it looks unlikely the way their season has gone so far.

"But we can't control them, we haven't been able to control them for the last few weeks. They've been doing their job, as have we, it's just a shame we didn't get the three points."

Opponents targeting Spurs star - Pochettino

Dele Alli could be in trouble. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli is becoming a target for opposition teams trying to wind him up.

Alli could face a retrospective three-match ban after the PFA Young Player of the Year appeared to punch West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach during the sides' 1-1 draw on Monday.

The 20-year-old had been upended twice in the early stages by Yacob at White Hart Lane but his reaction could see him miss the rest of Tottenham's campaign if found guilty of violent conduct.

I hear some comments but I have no time to see the action.

Sometimes the opponent find him and try to provoke, they know he has a strong character and may react.

I don't know what has happened, we will see. I have nothing to comment now but Dele has a strong character if you wind him up.

– Mauricio Pochettino


Arsenal old boy happy to help out Spurs title bid

Fabianski's Swansea face Leicester. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he has no qualms helping Tottenham's title ambitions at Leicester on Sunday.

Fabianski will be in the Swansea goal as leaders Leicester seek to steal a march in the Barclays Premier League title race by extending their five-point advantage over Spurs.

Tottenham must watch on before their home game with West Brom on Monday night, and Fabianski knows he will be in the spotlight following his seven years at Arsenal between 2007 and 2014.

"It's all right, I can't say it's tricky," Fabianski said of the position he finds himself in at the King Power Stadium.

"I don't think they (former Arsenal team-mates) would stop talking to me if we help Spurs. But if there is a favour it will be done as a team and as a club.

"We just have to go out there and do our best to get a result."

Spurs could play Champions League games at Wembley

Spurs could play their Champions League games at Wembley next season. Credit: PA

Tottenham could play Champions League home matches at Wembley next season if White Hart Lane is downsized to help build the club's new stadium.

Spurs plan to move into their £400 million home at the start of the 2018-19 campaign but have been told part of the current North Stand may have to be removed next year for the project to stay on schedule.

That would mean a reduction in capacity at White Hart Lane next season, just as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to return to Europe's premier competition, with his team second in the Barclays Premier League, nine points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.

Press Association Sport understands the club are considering staging Champions League matches at an alternative venue, and Wembley is being discussed. It is, however, only one option on the table and no decision has yet been reached.

Another possible solution would be to install temporary seating at White Hart Lane to cover the reduced capacity, which currently stands at 36,284.

Tottenham are confident they will secure Wembley as a temporary home for the 2017-18 season and talks with the FA are at an advanced stage.

Under the FA's agreement with Brent Council, the national stadium is restricted to hosting 37 events per year with a full 90,000 capacity but an unlimited number can be held when capacity is less than 50,000, which would allow Spurs to play a full season at the ground.

Spurs supporters warned by Newcastle over tickets

Tottenham fans have been warned they could be thrown out of St James' Park if they buy tickets in the home stands for the club's potentially decisive final game of the season.

Spurs fans will be eager to attend the match. Credit: PA

All the away seats for the game on May 15 have already been snapped up and the Magpies have announced there will be no general sale after already turning away Premier League title-chasing Spurs supporters on security grounds.

Steve Storey, Newcastle's head of safety and security, told the club's official website, "Away tickets have sold out for this game and we are aware that a number of Tottenham fans have attempted to purchase tickets in home areas.

"This is contrary to Premier League ground regulations and I must stress that away fans found to be in home seated areas will face the risk of being ejected from the stadium.

"Accordingly, tickets for this game will be restricted to Newcastle United members who have previously bought tickets through the club's box office."

Spurs currently sit in second place, five points behind leaders Leicester with four games remaining, while Newcastle are two points from safety at the other end of the table.

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