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!
Manchester Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
A big clash opened GW10, as Manchester Utd hosted Tottenham Hotspur. Chris Smalling kept his place in the side, despite the return to action of Eric Bailly, as Mourinho fielded a back three for the first time this season. Smalling has a chance of becoming a Fantasy Football asset if a back three becomes the preferred option. Elsewhere, Juan Mata continued with his recent fall from grace, as he didn’t even make it off the bench. The Spaniard has only played 45 minutes over the last three gameweeks. Time to ditch! The standard Tottenham full back rotation continued, causing issues for Fantasy Football managers across the globe. Davinson Sanchez was also benched for the first time since entering the first team. In the absence of Harry Kane, Fernando Llorente was still limited to his usual role coming off the bench. Harry Winks played a fourth consecutive 90 minutes, although he’s yet to gain any attacking returns.
Arsenal v Swansea City
Arsenal came back from an early scare to record another home victory. Most of their assets are likely to be taken in Draft Leagues, with Per Mertesacker a potential route into The Gunners’ defence. A clean sheet failed to materialise though, and Shkodran Mustafi may be back after the international break. A potential injury to Saed Kolasinac may provide Mertesacker further opportunities however. Sam Clucas grabbed his first goal for Swansea, but other than that there wasn’t much to report. Paul Clement will be hoping Martin Olsson is fit enough to return to the starting lineup for the crucial GW11 clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Crystal Palace v West Ham Utd
There were plenty of differentials on display at Selhurst Park, with one in particular catching the eye. As outlined in our ‘Punting For Gold‘ article, Andre Ayew stepped up to score in his return to the Premier League starting eleven. After scoring three goals in two games, could Ayew now step up and become a Fantasy Football prospect once again? Elsewhere for West Ham, Aaron Cresswell gained an assist, but was withdrawn at half time, Manuel Lanzini again failed to gain attacking returns, and a fifth yellow card of the season for Pablo Zabaleta means he’ll be suspended for GW11. For Crystal Palace, there were attacking returns for Luka Milivojevic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Andros Townsend. Perhaps Loftus-Cheek is the best option from this bunch, as he’s now back to full fitness and in the starting eleven. The Chelsea loanee could really push on as a Draft Fantasy Football option now that The Eagles are finding the back of the net.
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town
An impressive victory for Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, with attacking returns coming from several under the radar Fantasy Football players. There were goals from Daniel Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum, and James Milner gained an assist. All three of these players will struggle to hold a regular place in the starting lineup though. Perhaps Milner is the best option, as he may be worth a gamble as he boasts an out-of-position prospect. Joe Gomez continued at right back, and may be the best option from the Liverpool backline. He didn’t gain bonus points, but led the way among the defenders on the bonus points system. For Huddersfield, Jonas Lossl managed to gain a solid points return due to his first half penalty save from Mo Salah. There are no real Draft Fantasy Football prospects in The Terriers’ first eleven at the moment.
Watford v Stoke City
Watford failed to live up to expectations on Saturday, as they limped to a defeat at home to a struggling Stoke side. Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure were heavily backed as Fantasy Football options this weekend, but gained just a single point each. Troy Deeney earned a second consecutive start, which would suggest he may have ousted the struggling Andre Gray from the starting eleven. A potential retrospective ban for Deeney does dampen his short-term prospects however. We also outlined Watford had potential to gain a clean sheet in out ‘Calculating The Cleanie‘ article, but this failed to materialise. Darren Fletcher was the unlikely hero for Stoke, although his Fantasy Football prospects remain low. It may be time to take a look at Stoke’s defence though, with Ryan Shawcross now back in the side. Kevin Wimmer and Kurt Zouma picked up the bonus points, and all three look solid options for a fifth defender. Jese Rodriguez’s stock continued to fall, as he failed to make it off the bench.
West Bromich Albion v Manchester City
Much of the same for Manchester City, as all of their attacking assets are not likely to be Draft Fantasy Football free agents. One chap who is likely to be unattached though, is Fernandinho. He gained a goal and an assist and three bonus points, to rise up the midfield rankings. Despite his lack of flair, the Brazilian could be worth a look simply because he starts every game for The Citizens, and they score an incredible amount of goals. For West Brom, Gareth Barry was the unlikely Fantasy Football hero as he gained two assists for the Birmingham club. Elsewhere, Jay Rodriguez notched his first goal since GW3, and could well be a free agent in Draft Leagues. The Baggies’ schedule remains tough however.
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
It was the usual suspects taking the limelight for Chelsea, with Alvaro Morata providing the assist for Eden Hazard. Ceasar Azpilicueta once again ranked top of the bonus points among the defenders. Perhaps the most noteworthy news was a return to the starting eleven for Davide Zappacosta; could he cement a regular place at right wing-back? For Bournemouth this was a disappointing display, and an injury to Junior Stanislas only exacerbated the issue. Jermain Defoe returned to the starting eleven, Joshua King missed out again, and Callum Wilson made his long awaited return as a late substitute. With Bouremouth’s upcoming schedule looking strong, it may be time to pick a Cherry.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton
Brighton came back to earn a point at home to Southampton, with Glenn Murray once again heading in from a Pascal Gross cross. That’s now three goals in two games for the big striker, as he looks to take advantage of Brighton’s improved fixtures. The Seagulls were unable to make it a second consecutive clean sheet however. Steven Davis pounced on the rebound from James Ward-Prowse’s free kick to prod home his second goal of the season. The Saints’ lineup featured two players who are looking to establish themselves in the starting eleven. Sofiane Boufal started on the left wing, and Wesley Hoedt ousted Maya Yoshida from the backline. Keep an eye out for these two potential differentials.
Leicteser City v Everton
The ‘perfect’ start for Claude Puel, as his Leicester side eased to victory over a once again poor Everton side. Our ‘Punting For Gold‘ article outlined Riyad Mahrez as an essential pick-up if he’s a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football League. The Algerian was fielded behind Jamie Vardy, and bagged an assist this time out. Demarai Gray produced a goal, making the most of a rare start. Gray has the potential to really push on as a Fantasy Football asset if he can keep his place in the team. An assist and three bonus points has improved the prospects of Christian Fuchs, who could be a good alternative to Harry Maguire in The Foxes backline. Elsewhere, Ben Chilwell was fielded as a left winger, which could provide a great out-of-position prospect. Nothing to note on the Everton side of things – another shocking display. David Unsworth did start the game with two wingers, but withdrew both at half time and changed the system. A lack of width and pace is really hurting The Toffees this season.
Burnley v Newcastle Utd
A goal from Jeff Hendrick was enough to settle the Monday night game, as Burnley recorded a win to move them up to seventh in the league. As outlined in our ‘Calculating The Cleanie‘ article, Burnley gained their clean sheet with relative ease. Ben Mee, Matthew Lowton, and Nick Pope picked up the bonus points in order to reward their managers even further. Elsewhere, Hendrick looks to be a decent fifth midfielder for Draft Fantasy Football squads, as his fixtures remain decent and he’s usually fielded in the number 10 role. With Chris Wood failing to return from injury, it was Ashley Barnes who led the line. His prospects remain low however, with Wood, Sam Vokes, and Nahki Wells all returning to full fitness shortly. For Newcastle there wasn’t much to report. Joselu once again fluffed his lines, and Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu failed to make an impact. Jacob Murphy and Dwight Gayle were late substitutes, but will need to do more if they want to break into the starting eleven.
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