It’s been a long two weeks since we last enjoyed Premier League football. A lot has happened in that time – England won the league, Germany were relegated and Brazil played at Milton Keynes. Nevertheless it is a relief to turn attention back to club football as we assess Fantasy Premier League for the weekend ahead.
It’s a tricky week of fixtures with FPL favourites Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea all facing away trips in London whilst there’s an all top 6 clash as Bournemouth welcome Arsenal. Whilst the International break seems to have been problematic for left backs with Paul Dummett, Benjamin Mendy and Jonny all facing spells on the sidelines, we’ve also had one managerial casualty as Fulham replaced Slavisa Jokanovic with Claudio Ranieri. Are we expecting a honeymoon period for the Italian?
Here are our 5 picks for gameweek 13 this weekend:
1) Richarlison (Everton, Midfield, £6.9m)
As the fixture list is a bit of a tricky one this week there’s an unusual name in the number one spot. Everton welcome Cardiff to Goodison Park and Marco Silva will certainly be looking for his side to win the game. That brings Everton’s attacking players into the reckoning and Richarlison ticks many FPL boxes.Embed from Getty Images
A midfielder playing as a striker is an immediate plus – any goals scored will be worth 5 points rather than 4 – and wirh three goals in 5 games, or 33 points in 5 games, the Brazilian seems like a safe selection. Whether you really push the boat out and captain him is probably the question of the week.
2) Anthony Martial (Man Utd, Midfield, £7.6m)
There’s no doubt that Martial is the man in form at the moment with six goals in the previous five league games. Like Richarlison, he is a midfielder in the FPL game so his goals are worth more points than you standard striker. With Crystal Palace being the visitors to Old Trafford they may well be an ideal opponent for the Red Devils, especially with Sakho, Tomkins and Wan-Bissaka all doubtful through injury. A slight caveat is that Martial himself missed France duty with a minor complaint but early reports suggest he will be fit for this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
3) Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham, Forward, £6.6m)
As mentioned in the intro, Claudio Ranieri is in at Fulham and no doubt the powers that be at Fulham are hoping for a honeymoon period. Three of Fulham’s next five games are at home against mid table and below sides and that starts with Southampton at home this weeekend. Southampton of course have had their own problems and only just sit outside the bottom three, so I’m expecting Fulham to impress their new manager and that should be good news for Aleksandar Mitrovic.Embed from Getty Images
The Serbian scored five goals in his first six but then zero in the next six so whilst club form is not with him, he kept up his excellent International record with a couple of goals for his country. If Fulham are going to turn this around you’d expect Mitrovic to be at the fulcrum of it and his reasonable price tag makes him an appealing option in a week like this.
4) Mo Salah (Liverpool, Midfield, £13m)
It seems almost foolish to do an FPL suggestions article and leave out Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea. With that in mind I have caved and put forward my usual suggestion of Mo Salah. Whilst it’s hardly left field, Salah scored 5 goals against Watford last season and you fancy him to score in most games, truth be told. I’ve overlooked Man City players due to the usual Pep rotation issues, plus West Ham will no doubt park the bus like they did against Chelsea. I don’t think Watford have that in them so I think Liverpool will score and Salah has as much chance as anybody of being the man to do it.Embed from Getty Images
5) Raúl Jiménez (Wolves, Forward, £5.8m)
Wolves had tailed off a little but gave a great account of themselves in securing a draw at Arsenal in the last game before the break. Forward Jimenez has been involved in 8 goals this season with 3 goals and 5 assists and his acts as the pivot in the Wolves front line. Huddersfield are the opponents at Molineux this weekend and their form away from home has been poor at best, so Wolves will certainly start as favourites. Whether the absence of left wing back Jonny will disrupt what has been quite a settled Wolves lineup remains to be seen but as a cheap third striker option, Jimenez looks quite appealing this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
In the OffsideRulePod league, Derek retained his lead through it was cut down by 10 points. Derek was left disappointed by captain Sterling and was grateful to Robertson and Alonso for providing 20 of his 46 points. He still holds a 22 point lead though.
That’s all for this week but I’ll be back next week with more. There’s no Premier League break until January for the FA Cup so there’s no escape from me until then. Good luck with your teams for this week!
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