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 Leicester
As outlined in our GW13 Punting For Gold article, Manuel Lanzini was our pick to bring attacking returns for West Ham on Friday night. The Argentinean duly delivered an assist to kick off our weekend predictions. Jamie Vardy gained the Leicester assist, and despite an average spell of form, his Draft Fantasy Football value remains. The goalscorers for both sides are likely to be free agents in Draft Leagues; Cheikhou Kouyate and Marc Alrighton, but we wouldn’t recommend taking a gamble on either of these players.
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Again one of our Putting For Gold predictions came in, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek notching his first Crystal Palace goal. Definitely one to pick up if he’s a free agent. Mamadou Sakho scored a last minute winner, with Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend taking the assists. Townsend may be one to monitor if Loftus-Cheek is already taken. Xherdan Shaqiri continued his fine run of form for Stoke City, but our Punts pick Ramadan Sobhi was disappointing.
Manchester Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion
A Lewis Dunk own goal was enough for Man Utd to bring home the three points, with Ashley Young providing the assist. Young may be worth a gamble if you’re after a consistent fifth midfielder; that’s now nine starts in a row, which has brought home three assists. Chris Smalling was outlined in our Calculating The Cleanie article, and he indeed brought home the clean sheet. Props to you if you took the gamble on this somewhat inconsistent Draft Fantasy Football prospect. Brighton take on rivals Crystal Palace in GW14, so look out for their assets in that one.
Newcastle Utd v Watford
Yet another of our Punts came in, with Will Hughes bagging his second consecutive goal for The Hornets. The short term schedule looks tough though, so may be one to monitor for in a few weeks’ time. Marvin Zeegelaar gained two assists, and put in another strong performance on his second start for Watford. Andre Gray gained an assist, but Troy Deeney is due to return for GW14. Newcastle struggled massively without Jamaal Lascelles – stay away from their players until he returns, they look a shambles without his organisation from the back.
Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth
A bore-draw in this one, but our Calculating The Cleanie Top Tip came home, with a clean sheet for Bournemouth. Good on you if you picked up the likes of Nathan Ake or Steve Cook. The next two games for The Cherries could well bring further clean sheets. Callum Wilson disappointed what was sure to be a number of new owners in Draft Fantasy Football, but his prospects remain strong. Swansea have Tammy Abraham ineligible for the GW14 fixture against Chelsea, so stay away from The Swans for that one.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromich Albion
Gary Megson’s West Brom side shocked the FPL community on Saturday – they managed to score a goal! Salomon Rondon was the scorer, but otherwise we’d still recommend steering well clear of The Baggies. The usual suspects were on show for Spurs, with Harry Kane bagging their only goal. Danny Rose and Serge Aurier look set to take the full-back berths for GW14 for anyone sticking with these rotation players.
Liverpool v Chelsea
Liverpool and Chelsea played out an entertaining draw to close out the action on Saturday. Willian scored after coming off the bench, and he could earn a start for GW14. Cesc Fabregas was benched, so he looks set to return to the starting eleven for the next one. Andreas Christensen kept his place at the heart of defence, but with the fixtures coming thick and fast, he could suffer from rotation. The main talking points from the Liverpool side of things come from the substitute’s bench, with Saido Mane and Roberto Firmino dropping down. They now look certain to start GW14 if you’re holding either of these. Adam Lallana made his long awaited comeback as a late substitute – worth a punt if he’s free in your Draft League.
Southampton v Everton
Southampton scored four goals in the same game! Yes, you did read that correctly!! Charlie Austin marked his first start with a brace; could he become a Draft Fantasy Football favourite once again? He may just might. Dusan Tadic gained a goal and an assist, and considering his poor attacking returns so far this season, he may well be a free agent. Steve Davis and James Ward-Prowse also gained returns, and are likely to be free agents. For Everton, it just keeps getting worse! They are in free-fall. Dominic Calvert-Lewin gained an assist to make it four out of five for our Punts though.
Burnley v Arsenal
Not much to report on from a Draft Fantasy Football perspective, with some of the usual Arsenal suspects picking up the points. Shkodran Mustafi gained a clean sheet, as outlined in our Calculating The Cleanie article. If he’s still a free agent in your Draft League, sign him up immediately. Elsewhere, with Mesut Ozil now ruled out for The Gunners’ GW14 fixture, Alex Iwobi could be worth a punt. Burnley came so close to yet another clean sheet. With another strong defensive performance, their assets are essential signings if available. The next five fixtures could well bring clean sheets for The Clarets.
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
Huddersfield came very close to gaining a point against Pep Guardiola’s men, with a late Raheem Sterling goal stealing the three points for The Citizens. Vincent Kompany started his second consecutive Premier League game, but it remains to be seen if he can play mid-week too. Still well worth a pick-up considering the long-term injury to John Stones though. No Fantasy Football assets stick out for Huddersfield, despite this strong performance. Christopher Schindler is worth a look if you’re looking for a real differential.
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