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!
A very disappointing performance from Arsenal, who were missing several big names during the defeat to Bournemouth. With Alexis Sanchez absent from the squad as speculation continues surrounding his future, and Mesut Ozil struggling with an injury, The Gunners were lacking in attacking threat. Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi started the game, but didn’t make the most of their opportunity. Aaron Ramsey returned to action after a recent injury lay off. If Sanchez does exit, his replacement could provide a new attacking midfielder for Draft Fantasy Football managers to pounce on.
A stunning victory for The Cherries against Arsenal, with several Draft Fantasy Football prospects on display. Callum Wilson – who featured in our GW23 Punting For Gold selections – bagged a goal and an assist, and is making the most of the injury to Jermain Defoe. Jordan Ibe scored his first goal for the club, and he makes our Hot List for the first time after some encouraging performances. Ryan Fraser grabbed an assist, and he could be one to watch also. Joshua King and Junior Stanislas have returned to training, but didn’t feature at the weekend.
Brighton & Hove Albion
A disappointing defeat away to West Brom, as Brighton failed to score away from home yet again. We backed The Baggies in our GW23 Calculating The Cleanie article, and Brighton’s attacking players failed to deliver once again, as expected. Pascal Gross therefore continues his decline.
Burnley suffered a disappointing loss away to Crystal Palace, with not much action to discuss. Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes both earned starts in the absence of Chris Wood and Scott Arfield. New loanee Georges-Kevin N’Koudou could provide a decent midfield option over the coming months, as he produced a lively cameo performance.
A hugely disappointing draw for The Blue, as Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata were misfiring. Perhaps a good idea to stay away from any attacking Chelsea assets other than these two – hopefully their class will shine through soon. There was another clean sheet for Draft managers holding Chelsea defenders though. Gary Cahill was withdrawn due to an injury, although apparently it isn’t serious.
Palace gained a good win at home to Burnley, despite struggling with plenty of injuries. Bakary Sako scored the goal, assisted by Christian Benteke. Sako could be a good short term option, after Andros Townsend was ruled out for around a month. James Tomkins has been putting in some good performances, but The Eagles’ fixture list is fairly tough.
A heavy defeat for Everton, as they struggled massively against Tottenham. The Toffee’s are ranking extremely low for shots on target, so we wouldn’t recommend signing any of their assets at the front or back at the moment. We backed Cenk Tosun in our GW23 Punts; he could be one to pick up if he’s still a free agent, despite the limited attacking potential of the team.
Huddersfield were easily brushed aside by West Ham on Saturday afternoon, and their prospects aren’t looking great beyond the GW24 fixture against Stoke. Aaron Mooy gained an assist, and new signing Alex Pritchard could be one to monitor. He’s a creative player who will chip in with the odd goal; one to watch.
Leicester gained a very good point away to Chelsea, with clean sheet returns for those holding their defenders. Harry Maguire remains high on our Hot List, and has a good run of home fixtures. Away from the usual suspects, Marc Albrighton started yet again, and good make good use of his upcoming fixtures. Looks to be a better prospect than Demarai Gray at the moment.
Liverpool ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season, after a fascinating game at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane were all on the scoresheet, but it was the performance of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that caught the eye for Draft Fantasy Football managers. The Englishman put in a great performance, and looks set to be the one to profit from the departure of Philippe Coutinho. Sign him up if he’s a free agent!
The Citizens finally lost a game, despite a late comeback against Liverpool. There were two players on the scoresheet that may be of interest in Draft Fantasy Football. Ilkay Gundogan gained a goal and an assist, as he’s now started four out of the last six games. He’s made our Hot List, and is one to monitor over the coming weeks – looks to have found his fitness. Bernardo Silva also scored a late goal, and could be worth a punt despite his lack of starts – he’s scored or assisted off the bench many times this season. Elsewhere, an injury to Fabian Delph could open the door for Danillo to nail down a regular starting place.
United blitz through the struggling Stoke side, with a comprehensive 3-0 win. The heavily backed Jesse Lingard – who features high on our Hot List – failed to gain any attacking returns, as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial took centre stage. Antonio Valencia bagged a goal and a 15 point return as he started for the first time this year. We backed Luke Shaw in our Calculating The Cleanie article as a potential route into the Manchester United defence, and he duly delivered his six points.
Newcastle drew at home to Swansea, which was a disappointing result for The Magpies. Joselu scored the goal, assisted by Ayoze Perez – who we highlighted as a potential route into the Newcastle attack in our Punting For Gold article. Christian Atsu was disappointing though, having failed to gain an attacking return since his double figure haul in GW19. Karl Darlow continued in goal, despite a return to fitness of Rob Elliot.
Southampton gained a decent draw away to Watford, but will be kicking themselves for giving up a two goal lead. James Ward-Prowse scored both the goals for The Saints, with Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis gaining the assists. We wouldn’t recommend any Southampton Chaps at the moment to be honest… hopefully they will bring in a striker to give Draft Fantasy Football managers another option up top.
Stoke got smashed again away at United, but with the appointment of Paul Lambert, things could be changing. Certainly not the most exciting of appointments, but Lambert will surely strengthen the backline and increase their clean sheet prospects. If you’re still holding onto Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting or Xherdan Shaqiri, we’d recommend hanging onto them for now and seeing how the change in management impacts Stoke’s attacking play.
The Swans gained a decent point away from home, with a 1-1 draw with Newcastle. Our boy Jordan Ayew picked up the goal for Swansea – we backed him in our GW23 Punting For Gold article. He now has two goals in three games, and would be a decent shout for a third striker with Wilfred Bony and Tammy Abraham both struggling.
Tottenham demolished Everton on Sunday, with the usual suspects getting on the score sheet. Heung-Min Son continues to put in great performances; he’s now made our Hot List. Look to trade him in. Serge Aurier started at right back, and gained a clean sheet and an assist, but if you’re looking at Spurs’ full backs, Ben Davies is the one to sign up. Danny Rose is currently injured, so Davies will continue in the side unopposed.
Watford came from behind to gain a draw at home to Southampton, but they really should be winning games like this. Andre Carrillo disappointed after we picked him in our Punts, although Troy Deeney returned to the side to gain an assist. We highlighted him as a potential attacking source. Andre Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure got the goals for The Hornets, as the later continues his stellar season.
West Bromich Albion
Alan Pardew’s men gave us what we all wanted – a clean sheet!! We backed The Baggies in our Calculating The Cleanie article for GW23, and they delivered the goods. Craig Dawson and Jonny Evans both scored, so there could have been additional returns for anyone who jumped on a West Brom defender for the game against Brighton. Jay Rodriguez and Chris Brunt gained the assists, and both could be options if you need a player who starts, and will chip in with the odd attacking return.
West Ham Utd
David Moyes is really doing the business at West Ham. A 4-1 win away to Huddersfield provided plenty of Fantasy Football points. Marko Shit Hot Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini brought home double figure returns – look to try and trade in either of these assets. Elsewhere, Javier Hernandez’s decline continues, and Andy Carroll hasn’t been seen since scoring a brace against West Brom in GW22.
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