We are already in one of the busiest periods of the season, and naturally the Fantasy Premier League managers all over the world are worried about maintaining their positions in the respective leagues.
This week, the matches are spaced out over two days. In form Manchester City will start the proceedings against Burnley and the curtains will be drawn after a scintillating encounter between Southampton and Everton. In between, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal will be looking forward to snatch three points against weaker sides; and in Saturday night’s blockbuster, two top teams Chelsea and Tottenham will lock horns against each other.
Overall, this is going to be a happy weekend for most Fantasy Premier League managers, as very few star players will be out injured. The biggest blow, however, is probably that of Toby Alderweireld. The Tottenham defender, along with his teammate Danny Rose, are going to miss the important outing at Chelsea. On the other hand, Bournemouth goalkeeper Arthur Boruc (BOU) missed the last game and is still doubtful for the upcoming clash against Arsenal. The coach will want him desperately to stop the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Hector Bellerin (ARS), George Friend (MID) and Eric Bailly (MUN) are also injured while Winston Reid will miss one last game due to suspension. However, cheap options Jose Holebas (WAT) and Adam Smith (BOU) will be back in action.
Most of the first choice midfielders and forwards are going to be available this weekend. Gareth Barry (EVE), Dele Alli (TOT), Dusan Tadic (SOU) and Islam Slimani (LEI) should also be back in full form, however, budget pick Joe Allen (STO) will be suspended for one match. The only other significant absentees are going to be Nacer Chadli (WBA), Adam Lallana (LIV) and Santi Cazorla (ARS), who missed the last game as well. It would probably be a good idea to sell them before gameweek 13.
Tips and suggestions:
Chelsea and Tottenham, after this week’s face off, will have on and off difficult games over the next few weeks. But, in form attackers Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane deserve to be in any team. Juan Mata has also been in a good shape and scored the opener against Arsenal. He can be an effective pick at the moment, especially after establishing himself in front of a skeptical Jose Mourinho. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, on the other hand, should not face much trouble in the coming days. So, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero or Kevin de Bruyne continue to be important choices. Same can be said about the Liverpool trio of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.
On the other hand, Yaya Toure showed his attacking prowess last weekend and was probably the best player of the gameweek. Fantasy Premier League managers looking for a change in the side can surely opt for him. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud can also be called in, for speculations suggest that Arsene Wenger will hand him a starting berth soon. Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso, after being handed an advanced wingback role, has performed really well and he is another option who can return points from both ends of the pitch.
Among other budget friendly choices, we would suggest you to go with players from West Bromwich or Stoke City. Both these teams have been in a good touch of late and have some easy games to continue that streak. In particular, Eric Pieters (STO), Matt Phillips (WBA), Salomon Rondon (WBA), Bojan (STO) or Joe Allen (STO) (remember, he will miss this week, but will be back from the next one) can be valuable picks. Watford duo Etienne Capoue and Troy Deeney also returned some favour last weekend and with two back to back easy games, they can add more to their tally.
Fantasy Premier League captain:
Aguero, Sanchez or Mata can surely be fruitful as your team captain. But, our suggestions will be to go with Coutinho, Firmino or Mane. In a home game against a leaky Sunderland defense, these three can run riot and rack up a lot of points for you.
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