Last week was a very interesting one as many managers played their wildcards. There was the season’s first hat-trick, and form was continued – both the good and the bad. Things are starting to take shape, so let’s take a look at the players who have impressed already and those could well earn a great deal of points in the forthcoming gameweek.
Gameweek Three Review
There was a surprise as Manchester United were held at home by Newcastle, with another blank from Rooney that has seen over 200,000 managers drop him from their team. It is also a third straight clean sheet for The Red Devils however, meaning that grabbing players from the United defense is becoming a must have. Crystal Palace showed again that their points can come from anywhere as Scott Dann got a goal and an assist in their victory over Aston Villa, for whom Adama Traore should make his way onto managers watch-lists with his assist in just 22 minutes.
Riyad Mahrez continued his fantastic form with another goal against Spurs while Jamie Vardy and Nacer Chadli earned an assist each to keep them in managers’ thinking. Norwich and Stoke also played out a 1-1 draw with Nathan Redmond registering another assist but Jack Butland was the real hero, being in inspired form for the visitors. A third 1-1 draw took place between Sunderland and Swansea with Gomis and Lens scoring more points while Pantilimon made an incredible 8 saves.
The big story of the weekend was Callum Wilson scoring a hat-trick away to West Ham, driving his side to a thrilling 4-3 victory. Max Gradel notched up two of the assists while five different players scored points for the home side. On Sunday, debut boy Pedro made an immediate impact with a goal and an assist away to West Bromwich Albion, while the Baggies’ hero was James Morrison who got a brace. Costa and Hazard also earned points which will interest non-owners in fantasy football land.
Manchester City continued their great start to the with 2-0 away victory against Everton. Alex Kolarov; a real fantasy football favourite when he plays, got himself a goal. Touré continued his return to form with an assist and Sterling picked up his first points with an assist also. Watford continue their unbeaten start with a 0-0 draw against the Southampton with Gomes picking up all the bonus points, Southampton getting their first clean sheet of the campaign also.
The big game of the weekend was at the Emirates as Arsenal hosted Liverpool. Despite being quite an entertaining game where Coutinho and Sanchez both squandered great chances, it finished 0-0. Both goalkeepers also starred but I think the real fantasy football prospect looks to be Joe Gomez who put in a fantastic performance against Alexis Sanchez.
Gameweek Four Preview
Newcastle United kick off the weekend again, this time at home to Arsenal. The Geordies put in a good defensive display against Manchester United last time out but I expect Arsenal to be too much for them. Alexis Sanchez £11.0m got into some really good positions against Liverpool and I reckon he will get himself a goal this weekend. Aston Villa take on Sunderland and both sides come off the back of scoring a bundle of goals in the midweek Capital One Cup fixtures, but Jeremain Lens £6.5m is continuing to look a class above his team-mates and I imagine he will again against Villa.
Bournemouth take on Leicester City in what could be a very high scoring game. The points could well come from anywhere with Wilson and Mahrez both in good form but to be a bit different, I imagine Jamie Vardy £6.0m will around the points again either with a goal or an assist, perhaps making him a big earner for you. Chelsea are at home to Crystal Palace and the new man on the block Pedro is currently at £9.5m and is already the top scoring Chelsea midfielder, but don’t expect a Chelsea clean sheet against Pardiola’s Palace.
Liverpool take on West Ham United in what could potentially be a fairly routine win for the Merseyside outfit. Coutinho £8.1m caused all sorts of trouble for the Arsenal defence and will surely punish a West Ham side who conceded four at home to Bournemouth. Man City take on Watford who; despite being undefeated, are expected to take a fairly harsh beating here. I imagine that most managers will go for Aguero to captain the side if they have him but again to be different, I am going to suggest Kolorov £5.7m. He can offer attacking and defensive returns in this sort of game and is becoming a must-have at the back.
Stoke City take on West Brom, a match in which the impressive record of Mame Diouf £6.5m could well be the difference in what will no doubt be a tight game as he keeps knocking in some important goals for the Potters. Spurs play Everton in the late kick off in a match where anything could happen, but Nacer Chadli £7.0m is going about his business picking up points and it is hard to see where else their attacking threat comes from at this moment in time.
Only two games are to be played on Sunday this week, the first being Southampton against Norwich City. I find this a hard game to call especially with Southampton playing on Thursday night. I expect goals and Nathan Redmond £5.6m will almost definitely be involved in most of Norwich’s positivity. The game-week ends with what should be a great game between two good sides as Man United play Swansea. A hard game to call but I just have a funny feeling Garry Monk has a game plan and they will nick a win but if not, secure a clean sheet so I am going with Neil Taylor £5.0m who is the same price as Ashley Williams but has a lot smaller ownership.
Like I previously mentioned, Aguero is the one to have here but even someone like Kolorov could offer an alternative if Manchester City do manage to keep a clean sheet. If you are lacking in options for Pellegrini’s men, then you will most likely have Hazard, Pedro or Costa and they are a safe bet. It could be a make or break week around Aguero, if he does well and you don’t have him you could be in trouble, but if he doesn’t and you captain someone else who does well then expect a big green arrow on your fantasy football updates.
Obviously you need to get John Terry out of your team. Look at Liverpool and both Manchester clubs for premium defensive options while it is maybe best to go cheaper further forward as Leicester have really good fixtures approaching. It is though all about City this week and if you are bringing in a player in the coming days, make it Aguero, Silva, Toure or Kolorov. Good luck everyone.
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