The highlight of this weekend’s games will undoubtedly be the Manchester derby, but from an FPL perspective, investing in players in a top four match-up could prove costly. Liverpool v. Man Utd only saw one goal and before that Man Utd hosted Chelsea at Old Trafford for a goalless draw – not quite the fantasy thrillers. After perusing the fixtures, the matches that immediately catch my eye are Liverpool v. Southampton, Newcastle v. Hull City and Arsenal v. Stoke. All home teams have favorable fixtures with three of the hottest players in the game looking to continue to add to their point tallies.
Who’s hot and “in-form?”
One tool that I like to use frequently is the statistics tab located on the far right when logged in. You can sort players by virtually any statistic out there, but the one that I tend to use the most and find most beneficial is the ‘form’ option. This will sort the current most in form players at the moment, making your job as manager that much easier when it comes time for your weekly team selection or captain decision.
Who to watch this week
Spurs midfielders: Most notably, Eriksen and Sigurdsson. It all depends on how AVB will rotate and who will make-up his starting midfield, which makes it a risk considering the options at his disposal and their congested fixture schedule (something he has already brought to our attention). The Dane (Eriksen) had a fine debut, assisting on a goal and having a hand in another while providing a clean and effective creative spark in the attacking third of the pitch. He followed up by notching a goal last night during their Europa League opener. Sigurdsson reminded us of his eye for goal by grabbing a brace last weekend out and if he continues to remain in favor on the left flank, can prove to be a nice cut-price option in midfield.
Sessegnon: His new manager already emphasized how important his contribution could prove for the Baggies this season as he looks to kick-start his campaign with a home debut against his former club. I would be very surprised if he didn’t at least have a hand in a goal or two this weekend.
Lukaku: Looking to make his debut in another blue shirt after having to sit out against his parent club last weekend, the young Belgian is out to prove a point and I doubt it will be long before he begins where he left off last season, on the score sheet. Roberto Martinez’s patient yet full-flowing and attacking style of football might suite Lukaku, provided that he should get a lot of chances up front.
Frazier Campbell: Having failed to score in his last two matches, but already having accumulated two goals and an assist in four appearances, he will look to be among the goals again as Cardiff host a tough Spurs side in what looks to be a great match up.
Berbatov: Having been so close to scoring last week, only to have two goals called back due to offside, the silky smooth striker will be itching to open his account in the West London derby – provided he can shake off a tight hamstring.
‘Peyman’s Picks’ of the week:
Def: Toure, Coloccini, Gibbs
MF: Michu, Ben Arfa, Eriksen, Ozil
ST: Giroud(VC), Sturridge (C), Benteke
Bench/Alt. options: Walcott, Nolan, Coleman, Ivanovic.
Other recommended #FPL resource sites:
www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!
www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.
Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!
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