After Manchester United’s bus parking masterclass at Anfield last weekend, Manchester City’s demolition of Stoke and Crystal Palace’s return to form we are surely in for a busy weekend of action starting on Friday evening as West Ham take on Brighton.
With nine goals being scored at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Kevin de Bruyne ran riot racking up huge FPL scores for proud owners.
The standout fixture this weekend sees Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs take on Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
Outlined below are this weekend’s top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
David de Gea – Man Utd:
United’s seven clean sheets in eight gameweeks shows the sheer resilience of the Old Trafford outfit under Jose Mourinho this season. The £5.6m-priced Spaniard produced a stunning save against Liverpool last weekend and offers a safe route into the in-form United rearguard as they travel to goal-shy Huddersfield.
Jack Butland – Stoke City:
Having conceded seven goals last weekend at the hands of Man City, Mark Hughes’ Stoke side will be looking to get back to basics at home to Bournemouth this weekend. Stoke played a defensive 4-4-1-1 formation but should revert back to 3-4-2-1 this weekend as Joe Allen returns from the injury he sustained during Wales’ loss to Ireland in Cardiff last week.
– West Ham:
As West Ham welcome Brighton to the London Stadium this weekend, £4.4m-priced Joe Hart has a good chance to add to his clean sheet tally. Only Spurs have managed to score against the England number one so far this season at home in the league and he was the first goalkeeper to record an assist last weekend against Burnley.
Nicolás Otamendi – Man City:
While all the talk of Man City this season has been for their attacking options, the defence has produced five clean sheets in seven. They entertain Burnley at home this weekend and Otamendi at £5.7m, who has already scored once this season in the Premier League, offers goal threat and strong bonus points potential.
Virgil van Dijk – Southampton:
The £5.4m-priced centre-back has reclaimed a starting position in the heart of Southampton’s defence and has been cleaning up in the air ever since, according to the CBI index (clearances, blocks and interceptions). Standing at six foot four inches tall, the commanding Dutchman welcomes West Brom to St. Mary’s this weekend.
– Swansea City:
Four clean sheets for Paul Clement’s Welsh outfit already this season after a tough opening fixture list is an encouraging sign for fantasy investment. Swansea’s budget-priced Frederico Fernandez at £4.5m has scored six bonus points and played all 720 minutes ahead of a home clash with an out-of-sorts Leicester this weekend who have just sacked Craig Shakespeare.
With ownership still under 5 per cent at the time of writing the £10.6m-priced Belgian looked electric in the Champions League game midweek where he scored two quality goals in the 3-3 draw with Roma. As Antonio Conte’s Chelsea look to get their league challenge back on track Hazard will be crucial to an upturn in form at home to Watford this weekend.
Raheem Sterling – Man City:
It’s now six goals in six games for Man City’s English winger on the back of an extremely impressive fifteen FPL points. Sterling racked up the monster haul courtesy of a goal, two assists and maximum bonus at home to Stoke last weekend. He scored again against Napoli in midweek and surely has to start at home to Burnley this weekend to keep the momentum going and bring further returns to his fantasy owners.
– Stoke City:
Choupo-Moting has fired more shots inside the box than any midfielder at home this season, as was evident when the £5.6m budget-friendly midfielder scored twice at home against Man United. This weekend’s visitors, Bournemouth, have provided as obliging opponents this season and the 28-year-old Cameroon international will be looking to capitalise.
– Man United:
While Mourinho’s approach to the Liverpool game last weekend and Benfica match in midweek may raise some concerns for FPL managers ahead of a tough run of games, the £11.8m-priced striker looks like he will be a popular captain pick this weekend. The Belgian has produced returns in six of the first eight gameweeks with seven goals and one assist to his name already this season.
The Spanish record transfer signing has only played 488 Premier League minutes so far this season, yet he has scored 49 points. Six goals and two assists outline his potential and as he returned to action against Roma in midweek he should be back to lead the line against Watford in the early kick off on Saturday.
Tammy Abraham – Swansea City:
With Wilfred Bony struggling to fit back in at Swansea, Tammy Abraham has hit the ground running following his loan move from Chelsea. At £5.7m he is a serious budget option to consider with some very nice home fixtures on the horizon if you are looking to free up some cash to invest in Man City’s midfield options.
Upcoming Fixture Watchlist:
Southampton: West Brom (H), Brighton (A), Burnley (H), Liverpool (A)
Chelsea: Watford (H), Bournemouth (A), Man United (H), West Brom (A)
Stoke: Bournemouth (H), Watford (A), Leicester (H), Brighton (A)
Arsenal: Everton (A), Swansea (H), Man City (A), Spurs (H)
Huddersfield: Man United (H), Liverpool (A), West Brom (H), Bournemouth (A)
Man United: Huddersfield (A), Spurs (H), Newcastle (H)