Our review of every game from the Premier League weekend… Get the lowdown on all of the action from the eyes of a Draft Fantasy Football expert!
West Ham Utd v Brighton and Hove Albion
Many thought this would be an easy win for West Ham, but Brighton were the ones celebrating a famous away victory. Goals from Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo put The Hammers down, and both are surely now on the radar of Draft Fantasy Football managers. Murray should fend off competition from the returning Tomar Hemed after his brace, which also confirmed him as the designated penalty taker. Four out of the next five fixtures could bring further returns for The Seagulls. On the other hand, the much fancied West Ham defence failed miserably, and their attacking players looked lost for ideas. In particular, Marko Arnautovic had a particularly bad game.
Chelsea v Watford
Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford, with two goals from potential Draft League prospect Michy Batshuayi. A subdued performance from Alvaro Morata could open the door for Batshuayi. Elsewhere, it was the usual suspects picking up attacking returns for Chelsea. Antonio Rudiger started in a back three, with Ceasar Azpilicueta moving out to right wing-back. The two Watford goalscorers, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra, are both under the radar players who could really take advantage of Watford’s upcoming schedule. Troy Deeney started up front, with Andre Gray relegated to the bench. With penalties on his side, Deeney could push on as a Draft Fantasy prospect.
Huddersfield Town v Manchester Utd
This was the shock of the season so far, with Huddersfield Town beating title contenders Manchester Utd. Despite this wonderful result, its only really Aaron Mooy who looks to be an asset to our Draft Fantasy Football sides. Laurent Depoitre notched again, but looks set to share his game time with the returning Steve Mounie. Elsewhere, Tom Ince grabbed an assist, for his first returns of the campaign. For Manchester Utd, Jesse Lingard made a rare start, but failed to impress despite playing the full game. Phil Jones succumbed so an injury when the scores were level, opening the door for Victor Lindelof – he did not inspire. Chris Smalling started again in the absence of Eric Bailly, and if Jones’ injury is serious, he could be a great Draft League pickup.
Manchester City v Burnley
Manchester City cruised to another fine win, with Bernardo Silva perhaps the only player to feature who could potentially be a free agent in Draft Leagues. Bernardo gained an assist for the opening goal, via a controversial penalty incident. None of Burnley’s players shone, which was to be expected. The main news comes on the injury front, with Chris Wood forced off with a hamstring injury after twenty minutes. After his fine start to the season, everyone will be hoping the injury is nothing serious. This could bring Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes into our thinking.
Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace
A late goal from substitute Mikel Merino was enough to gain the three points for Newcastle, launching them up to an impressive sixth in the table. Matt Ritchie gained another assist, and the Newcastle defence notched another clean sheet. Rob Elliot and Jamaal Lascelles look the best options here. Joselu and Christian Atsu failed in their searches for attacking returns. For Crystal Palace, Andros Townsend again put in a notable performance. Attacking returns are surely just around the corner now The Eagles’ fixtures turn for the good.
Stoke City v Bournemouth
An inspiring performance from Junior Stanislas propelled him into our thinking ahead of a good run of fixtures for The Cherries. A goal and an assist brought Stanislas his first returns of the season, and with Jermain Defoe and Joshua King struggling for form and fitness, the Englishman could really profit. Benik Afobe gained an assist on his return to the starting eleven. For Stoke it was another defeat, but also another goal for the heavily fancied Mame Biram Diouf. As outlined in our GW9 ‘Punting For Gold‘ article, Diouf looks like an under the radar route to Draft League goals.
Swansea City v Leicester City
Michael Appleton gained three points in his first game in charge of Leicester, with Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki providing the attacking returns. Mahrez is likely to be taken in most Draft Leagues, but Okazaki may still be a free agent despite his improved accuracy in front of goal. Alfie Mawson scored Swansea’s only goal of the game, with Jordan Ayew gaining the assist. Mawson continues to look dangerous from corners, and Ayew will provide solid returns if you’re in the market for a third striker who plays every game.
Southampton v West Bromich Albion
A quite frankly dire game between these two graced our screens as the early evening Saturday kick-off. Southampton gained the victory via a stunning solo goal from Sofiane Boufal, who is almost definitely going to be a free agent. It remains to be seen if Boufal can establish himself in the starting line up, but this will surely put in in with a shot at starting from the off next weekend. Elsewhere, a solid clean sheet for The Saints, but their defenders are likely to have already been snapped up. For West Brom, injuries to Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson were noteworthy, as well as an encouraging performance from Nacer Chadli. However, a super tough upcoming schedule means staying away from Tony Pullis’ men would be wise.
Everton v Arsenal
Another shocking display from Everton provided Arsenal’s attacking players with the opportunity to fill their boots. It was mainly the usual suspects providing the goals and assists, with Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere the only players likely to be free agents. Per Mertesacker started once again, in the absence of Shkodran Mustafi. Oumar Niasse scored again for Everton after coming on as a substitute, but other than that we’d advise steering well clear of The Toffees!
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
An entertaining game at Wembley concluded GW9, with the attacking returns coming from strong Fantasy Football options. Son Heung-Min notched a goal for Tottenham, and he may be a free agent in your Draft League. Worth a punt considering he usually delivers if he does indeed start from the off. Nothing to note from a Liverpool perspective, other than their shocking defensive display. If you do own any of their defenders, we’d recommend looking elsewhere.
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