It has been a long international break with the usual trials and tribulations of supporting any of the home nations.
Luckily, there’s been no major injury crisis with any of the early front-runners in FPL so there hasn’t been a mad scramble to drop anybody in the past two weeks.
FPL managers have not had an easy few weeks, but that will improve after the break and those big hitters that are yet to come good (looking at you Harry Kane) will fire.
Best & Worst Fixtures
Best: Swansea City
Newcastle (H); Tottenham (A); Watford (H); West Ham (A); Huddersfield Town (H); Leicester City (H)
Swansea may have lost two of their best players -Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson-, but the blow will be softened by that fixture list.
Four home games in the next six and Tottenham are the only team from last year’s top half!
Worst: Crystal Palace
Burnley (A); Southampton (H); Manchester City (A); Manchester United (A); Chelsea (H); Newcastle (A)
Crystal Palace are struggling, their new manager is already under fire and there are rumours of discord in the dressing room.
What they really don’t need now is four away games in the next six and three matches against last year’s top six. Avoid any Palace players!
Paul Pogba (MID; 8.2m; Stoke City [A])
Manchester United have scored 10 goals, conceded none and won all three of their opening games and Paul Pogba has played a part in four of those 10 goals!
I’ve gone for the young Frenchman over Romelu Lukaku this week partly because I’m bored of picking Lukaku, but also partly because Stoke will present a physical challenge to the Belgian so I expect he will battle for every ball, whereas Pogba should dominate that midfield and have plenty of chances for points.
Alvaro Morata (FWD; 10.1m; Leicester [A])
It shows how slim the pickings are this week that I’ve picked two players away from home as the main options. However, like Man United, I expect Chelsea to return home with all three points and Alvaro Morata will be key to that.
Two goals, two assists and five bonus points in three matches is a strong argument and Leicester’s defence will struggle to contain him.
Alexandre Lacazette (FWD; 10.5m; Bournemouth [H])
Arsenal are falling apart at the seams according to some commentators. It might not be so drastic, but there is tension in North London.
They are Arsenal; they are playing at home and they face a Bournemouth side yet to keep a clean sheet or even pick up a point this season. Lacazette should start up front despite being dropped against Liverpool and Arsene Wenger will count on him to help turn Arsenal’s season around.
Richarlison (MID; 6.0m; Southampton [A])
Watford could be this season’s surprise package with Marco Silva at the helm, and Richarlison could be the new must-have cheap midfielder.
He has already scored once, assisted once, formed a good partnership with Andre Gray and he’s taking plenty of shots which is a sign of good things to come.
Kyle Naughton (DEF; 4.5m; Newcastle [H])
As mentioned above, Swansea have some tasty-looking fixtures coming up, not least their match against Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium this week.
Kyle Naughton has nailed down a starting place at right back, and in the past three games, he has two clean sheets and an assist. Not a bad return for 4.5m!
Kevin De Bruyne (MID; 9.9m; Liverpool [H])
As FPL managers lined up their teams in pre-season, de Bruyne was tearing it up as part of a Man City that looked like it could take on anybody. Since then he has been playing deeper than Fernandinho in Pep’s ‘master plan’.
For 10m you would expect at least one goal or assist in the opening three games, but there’s been none! Come back when he’s playing further up the pitch.
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