The Premier League returned last weekend with one hell of a bang! 13 goals in the opening two matches, red cards, controversies and plenty more goals. From an FPL perspective it was a mixed bag as hotly tipped players such as Lukaku, Salah and Firmino performed well, while others (come on Harry, you need to silence those who continually say you start slowly) did not.
But we must always look ahead and now GW2 is already nearly upon us, so who should you be looking at this weekend?
Best – Southampton (West Ham, Huddersfield, Watford, Crystal Palace, Man United, Stoke)
Starting at home against the hapless Hammers this week, Southampton have an excellent fixture list that only includes one of the title challengers.
Worst – Everton (Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Man United, Bournemouth, Burnley)
Everton play three of last year’s top 4 in a row, then Man United. Three of those matches are away from home. Sell, sell, sell!!!
Romelu Lukaku (FWD, 11.6m, Swansea away)
Lukaku was brought into the fold by Mourinho to help convert some of those pesky home draws of last season into victories. He did the job in front of the Old Trafford crowd and now they go on the road to Swansea, who have just lost their key player. I’m fully expecting Lukaku to bring home the bacon.
Mohamed Salah (MID, 9.1m, Crystal Palace at home)
Liverpool have built a fairly comfortable lead in their Champions League qualifier (2-1 away from home) so I would expect Klopp to bring out the big guns for their match at home against Crystal Palace. They stumbled against Watford and cannot afford to drop any more points so early on! Salah has slotted in well and showed that last weekend with a goal and an assist.
Harry Kane (FWD, 12.5m, Chelsea at home)
‘How can Harry Kane be a gamble pick!?’ I hear you ask. This is more of a gamble for your armband should you fancy it. He is playing the reigning champions, he has never scored a Premier League goal in August and his record at Wembley for Spurs is below average. However, that stigma should drive him to challenge his doubters, his record in London derbies is unparalleled and Chelsea are in utter disarray after last week!
James Ward-Prowse (MID, 5.5m, West Ham at home)
Southampton started slowly last weekend with a draw at home to Swansea, but this is to be expected after another summer of upheaval. This week they welcome West Ham, who were roundly thrashed by Man United, to the south coast and they will be hoping to kick on their season with a win. JWP is on set pieces and created more chances than any of his teammates. Eventually someone will stick one in the back of the net!
Cedric Soares (DEF, 5.0m, West Ham at home)
For the same reason as JWP, Soares is a solid pick for this week and the weeks to come. He is Southampton’s first choice right back, he should pick up plenty of clean sheets and he will chip in with an occasional assist.
Phil Jones (DEF, 5.0m, Swansea away)
It almost seems surprising to recommend Jones, but he was on top form against West Ham. Admittedly, United’s defence weren’t challenged too much and there’s no guarantee he’ll stay as Mourinho’s first choice, but while he is playing, he is a cheap route into a solid defence.
Victor Lindelof (DEF, 5.4m, Swansea away)
From one Man United defender to another, Lindelof was not very impressive in the Super Cup and was dropped for the opening league fixture. If he’s not playing then he’s not worth having and is already being cast aside by FPL managers. Drop him quickly before his value falls again.
David Luiz (DEF, 6.0m, Spurs away)
It seems odd to discount a starting Chelsea defender, but all of them are worth avoiding for the next few weeks. They have lost Cahill for 3 matches and their midfield is also looking sparse with Bakayoko injured and Fabregas suspended. Luiz is a liability when unchecked and could go walk about, leaving gaping holes in the defence for Kane to exploit.
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