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!
Stoke City v Leicester City
An entertaining encounter at the Bet365 stadium opened GW11, with plenty to discuss from a Draft Fantasy Football perspective. Xherdan Shaqiri was the main man for Stoke, as a goal and an assist continued his good start to the season. The Swiss international is an essential pick up if one of your fellow managers lost faith in his in recent weeks. The same can be said for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who gained another assist to keep himself ticking over. Another noteworthy mention – Jese Rodriguez failed to even get off the bench for the second week in a row. It’s time to ditch the flamboyant winger if you are still holding him. Another stellar performance from Demarai Gray keeps him at the forefront of our thoughts in terms of the Leicester assets. Despite not gaining any attacking returns, he looked very dangerous. Elsewhere, Harry Maguire gained another assist, which keeps him as the top prospect among the Leicester defenders. Rotation continues regarding The Foxes strikers, so steer clear of anyone not named Jamie Vardy!
Huddersfield Town v West Bromich Albion
A determined Huddersfield side edged out their opponents despite being relegated to ten men for much of the second half. Jonas Lossl again returned a great points score, providing three saves, and a bonus point, to add to his clean sheet. The Danish goalkeeper is worth a look if you’re in the market for a back-up. Rajiv Van La Parra scored the only goal of the game, and could go on to establish himself in the side after his wonderful strike. Elsewhere, Florent Hadergjonaj gained two bonus points, and Laurent Depoitre continued as the lone striker as Steve Mounie attempts to regain his fitness. Another poor display from West Brom means we would strongly recommend ditching any assets you are currently holding from The Baggies. Two tough fixtures are upcoming for Tony Pullis’ men; it may be time to re-consider once these games are out of the way.
Newcastle Utd v AFC Bournemouth
Bournemouth sneaked a somewhat surprising 1-0 victory at Newcastle. It was The Cherries’ defenders who stole the headlines, with Steve Cook scoring the goal to take home the three points. With five favourable fixtures in a row now for Bournemouth, it may be time to consider picking up Cook, or the likes of Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels. Callum Wilson made his first start of the season, and could be worth a punt as Jermain Defoe continues to struggle for form. Newcastle’s attacking assets continued to disappoint, with Jacob Murphy a potential replacement for Christian Atsu after the international break. Jamaal Lascelles succumbed to an injury which could see him sidelined for a sustained period; if this is the case, this would severely dent The Magpies’ chances of gaining clean sheets.
Southampton v Burnley
A second consecutive 1-0 victory for Burnley, again highlighted how solid Sean Dyche’s team really is. If you haven’t picked up a Burnley defender yet, you really need to address this. The Clarets’ fixtures continue to be strong, and the likes of James Tarkowski or Matt Lowton may still be free agents in Draft Leagues. Elsewhere, Chris Wood returned from injury to start the game, although Sam Vokes came off the bench to score the winner. Expect Wood to keep his place in the side after the international break, however. Southampton’s decline as a Fantasy Football force continued. The Saints have failed to impress despite an extremely kind fixture list to start the season. The fixtures take a turn for the worse now, so it could be time to look at replacements for the likes of Nathan Redmond, Dusan Tadic, or Manolo Gabbiadini. It may be worth hanging on to their defenders for now though, as the boring style of Mauricio Pellegrino may still bring the odd clean sheet.
Swansea City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Another impressive victory for Brighton, as Glenn Murray grabbed his fourth goal in three games. The big Englishman is an essential signing in Draft Fantasy Football if he’s currently a free agent. Anthony Knockaert provided the assist, and gained three bonus points. He’s a great alternative to the devastating Pascal Gross, and could provide further returns over the coming weeks, as Brighton’s opponents concentrate on stopping Gross. A clean sheet for The Seagulls provided Shane Duffy with one bonus point, as he looks the pick of the bunch among their backline. Worth a look if you’re after a fifth defender. A bad day at the office for Swansea, and nothing really to report on from a Draft League perspective. Paul Clement will be looking for some of his key players to return from injury over the upcoming break, but we wouldn’t recommend investing at the moment.
West Ham Utd v Liverpool
Liverpool destroyed West Ham in the late kick-off on Saturday, which turned out to be the final game in charge for Slaven Billic. In terms of Draft Fantasy Football assets, there were goals for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip. The Ox doesn’t look like a worthwhile investment considering the midfield competition, and the returning Adam Lallana about to enter the fray. Matip could be a decent option as Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures will potentially bring returns. Joe Gomez is another defender option, as he has now started six consecutive games. For West Ham, Manuel Lanzini scored their only goal, with the assist coming from Andre Ayew. We wouldn’t recommend investing in any of The Hammers’ just yet, as they start the search for a new manager. If you’re currently holding their best players – Javier Hernandez, Antonio, and the aforementioned Lanzini – be patient and see how things pan out over the next few weeks.
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
Not much to report on here, as an expected victory and clean sheet came the way of Tottenham and their highly owned assets. Paulo Gazzaniga was the surprise choice in goal, as Michel Vorm succumbed to an injury of his own, after being fancied to replace the stricken Hugo Lloris. Gazzaniga also gained two bonus points, but doesn’t have much of an appeal in the short term as Spurs visit Arsenal in GW12, and Lloris should be back to full fitness after that. For Crystal Palace, Mamadou Sakho returned to the starting eleven, and he will be key to The Eagles’ chances now that their fixtures take a turn for the better. Andros Townsend and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are ones to monitor for attacking slots in the coming weeks.
Manchester City v Arsenal
It was the usual suspects picking up the points for both sides, during this exciting afternoon fixture. On the Manchester City side of things, Fernandinho gained another attacking return, so he is definitely one to consider for a midfield slot in your Draft Fantasy Football team. He’s likely to be a free agent, and picks up good returns due to the fact that The Citizens score so many goals! A one game suspension for Nicolas Otamendi could open the door for a returning Vincent Kompany – as outlined in our ‘Injury Watch‘ feature, Kompany should be back very shortly. For Arsenal, Per Mertesacker missed out due to injury, with a returning Shkodran Mustafi set to end his short term appeal.
Chelsea v Manchester Utd
The most noteworthy aspect of this huge Premier League game was in Chelsea’s defence. David Luiz was dropped from the squad entirely, as Andreas Christensen took his place in the centre of their back three. A clean sheet was gained by Antonio Conte’s men, which could give the Danish international a chance to stake a claim in the heart of the defence. Elsewhere, Davide Zappacosta earned another start, but was replaced shortly after the hour. It remains to be seen if Conte trusts the Italian wing-back. Willian and Pedro look out of favour, and it certainly looks time to move on if there are better options available in your Draft Leagues. Manchester Utd started with a back three once again, which promotes Chris Smalling’s value slightly; there’s a risk Jose Mourinho could revert back to a flat back four after this defeat however. Ashley Young also retained his start, but a lack of attacking returns so far this season dents his appeal.
Everton v Watford
The final game of the weekend brought a bit of a goal-fest, as there were five second half goals, and a missed penalty! Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse each bagged a goal for Everton, as they gained a much needed win. Both could be a decent short-term solution as a third striker, but the ongoing speculation about who will take over as the new manager puts us off slightly. Leighton Baines also bagged a goal and an assist, so he could be a good option if one of your fellow managers decided to drop him during The Toffee’s shocking run of form. For Watford, there were assists for Andre Gray and Jose Holebas, who could be good pick ups in Draft Leagues. Holebas gained his assist from a corner; he could be good value is he continues taking ‘Set Pieces‘.
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