After a week of Carabao Cup shocks, it’s back to Premier League action this weekend. FPL managers around the globe will once again try and second guess Pep Guardiola whilst there’s mixed injury news for Man Utd and Chelsea. Dave Black takes a look at the fantasy football options ahead of game week 7.
Pep roulette bit hard last week for a lot of FPL managers. Raheem Sterling was the victim this week as he sat out for the first time this season. Kyle Walker owners were left disappointed as he was subbed before the hour whilst Sergio Aguero played 90 minutes and managed a goal and an assist despite Man City racking up eight goals. It’s been that sort of season.
Man City face a trip to Everton which looks a lot less of a banana skin than it did a few weeks ago, whilst there are appetising home games for Chelsea and Tottenham. In a way, the Carabao games have given us a clue to the teams this weekend – except in Pep’s case where better men than me have tried to predict.
With that, here are five picks for the FPL weekend ahead.
1) Raheem Sterling (Man City, Midfield, £12.1m)
It’s been over a month since Raheem Sterling had an FPL return. Blanks against Bournemouth, Norwich and a non-appearance against Watford have lead to over 100,000 managers transferring the England man out of their teams. Sterling returned to goalscoring form in the Carabao Cup win at Preston but will that translate to FPL points?Embed from Getty Images
It would be unprecedented for Sterling to go four games without a goal. Everton away is far from an easy fixture for the champions but Everton’s form has been less than stellar recently. His rest last weekend should guarantee his start here and offer him a chance to make those who sold him regret their decision.
2) Harry Kane (Tottenham, Forward, £11m)
I can’t imagine Harry Kane has scored too many goals whilst facing the floor but last Saturday proved Kane really does score all types of goals. Tottenham face Southampton this weekend and the good news for Kane owners is that he absolutely loves playing the Saints.Embed from Getty Images
Kane has 7 goals in his last 5 appearances against Southampton including a hat-trick in this fixture in 2017. Spurs hammered Crystal Palace in their last league fixture at home so whilst their away form has been a little patchy in the last few weeks, there’s no reason to fear an upset here. A slightly cheaper alternative would be Son, who at £9.7m is a cheaper option from midfield but he lacks the consistency Kane offers.
3) Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, Forward, £7.5m)
It was always going to be a rush once Chelsea’s starting centre forward was established. It seems Abraham has seen off the competition with a flurry of goals, netting 7 in 3 games before his blank at home to Liverpool last weekend. He’s also relatively cheap compared to most top 6 starting forward options at just £7.5m, though that price has already increased from the opening price of £7m.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea have a very kind looking fixture list even if we are still assessing the capabilities of certain teams. Home games with Brighton (this weekend), Newcastle and Crystal Palace in the next games should be encouragement enough but a slight drawback is that Abraham has yet to play 90 minutes this season.
4) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, Forward, £7.8m)
Bournemouth are usually good for a goal at the Vitality Stadium and they’ll be confident ahead of welcoming West Ham this weekend. Callum Wilson has yet to “blank” in any fixture so far this season and he’ll be looking to add to his 6 in 6 record against West Ham.Embed from Getty Images
It’s a mixed bag of fixtures coming up for the Cherries so there might be better options longer term but right now Wilson is the form man. West Ham are coming off the back of a heavy defeat to Oxford, though it will be an entirely different defence on show this weekend.
5) Wesley (Aston Villa, Forward, £6m)
In the “punt” position this week is Wesley. The Aston Villa forward showed his predatory instincts to get on the score sheet at the Emirates last week and a home game with Burnley could give him the opportunity to strike again.Embed from Getty Images
It’s actually a reasonable next three for Aston Villa as they head to Norwich and then host Brighton. At just £6m Wesley might be worth the punt if you feel he has shown signs of adapting to the Premier League.
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Saleem is still top of the league but the lead has been cut to just two points. Captain Aguero did most of the damage but there were some big movers in the chasing pack. Paul Corbin notched 83 points thanks to the inspired selection of both Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
That’s all for another week. The deadline this week is Saturday 28th September at 11.30am. Good luck with whatever you decide to do and I’ll be back next week for a debrief.
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