The Premier League returned with a bang this weekend, with plenty of drama, some high-scoring games and phenomenal debuts.
Following the international week, fans who were starved from the ‘real’ football will have had their thirsts quenched after a sensational sequence of games.
From a Premier League Fantasy Football perspective, many of my predictions came true in the previews, with United scoring high against Newcastle United as expected, and Mohamed Salah continuing his reliable point scoring.
I predicted a Luke Shaw assist to Ronaldo in the preview piece and was happy to see it come to fruition.
After yet another week of fixtures, more stars have settled into the rhythm of the new season. Here is my Premier League Fantasy Football roundup;
Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham
An enthralling game and probably the biggest shock of the weekend. Tottenham were outclassed by Palace even before Japhet Tanganga’s sending off.
From an FPL perspective, I said Odsonne Edouard was worth monitoring considering his relatively low value of £6.5m and he did not disappoint. The new Palace forward delivered a breath-taking display and a high-scoring 12 points.
Gallagher is another one worth keeping an eye on. He was once again outstanding, and he is getting in dangerous areas for Palace. Another assist and eight points in the bag is making him a bargain at £5.5m.
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City
Arsenal keeping a clean-sheet was a surprise in this one. But it meant for the first time this season, Mikel Arteta’s defenders finally scored some FPL points.
With Ben White and new boy Tomiyasu in the starting XI, Arsenal certainly looked more reliable defensively, but it is hard to make a true judgement on the performance considering the opponent was Norwich.
Aubameyang took the highest points in this one after scoring the only goal of the game. However, his £9.9m value is still overpriced considering Arsenal’s poor form.
Brentford 0-1 Brighton
With both teams having strong defensive records, I predicted there would not be many goals in this one. Shane Duffy was one of my selections in my preview piece and his £4.2m value after another clean-sheet is looking better and better in terms of price as the weeks go on.
Ivan Toney, on the other hand, has not had the start to his Premier League career many expected. The Brentford forward may grow into the season, but for now, he has hit just 38% of his shots on target and is struggling to find his feet in England’s top flight.
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City
After City’s demolition of Arsenal and Norwich, and Leicester’s defeat to West Ham, some would have expected a bigger margin in this one.
In the end, it was a surprise candidate in Bernardo Silva who picked-up the highest points from the game collecting double figures with ten points and scoring the only goal of the game.
Ferran Torres and Jack Grealish struggled to breakdown a Leicester defence who looked a lot stronger with the addition of Jannik Vestergaard.
Hard to make many FPL conclusions from this one. City face Chelsea and Liverpool within the next three weeks, which will give a better idea of where the current Premier League holders stand.
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United
I predicted United would score high in this game with an electric Old Trafford atmosphere and a relatively poor opposition in Newcastle.
I said either Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes or Paul Pogba would be solid picks for captains this week and it was the trio who collected the bonus points. Ronaldo would have been the best choice picking up 13 points in a spectacular second debut. Pogba picked up nine points after adding two more assists to his tally, and Fernandes got in on the action with a goal to secure eight points for himself.
United at home, with the Old Trafford crowd fully behind them, looks formidable at the moment and always good value for captaincy picks.
Southampton 0-0 West Ham United
West Ham’s inability to find the back of the net was a surprise. But after Southampton were able to frustrate Manchester United at the St Mary’s perhaps it was a major shock.
FPL managers will have groaned worldwide after Michail Antonio was sent off towards the end of the game. The FPL phenomenon picked up -1 points from the game and he will now miss West Ham’s game against Manchester United next weekend.
From a Southampton perspective, Tino Livramento, who I’ve been impressed with so far this season is becoming a pretty good bench option. At a £4.1m he is pretty good value for money considering he is going to be a regular at Southampton. He would’ve made an astute replacement for Reece James in FPL squads this weekend, collecting six points.
Watford 0-2 Wolverhampton
After three really tough fixtures where Wolves performed amicably well, this game against Watford gave them the opportunity to get things underway with Bruno Lage.
And they did not disappoint producing a comfortable display against newly promoted Watford.
In terms of highlights, Semedo (£4.9m) and Marcal (£4.5m) both look superb value for money considering the fact that they will play pivotal roles in attack under Lage.
Hwang, who is £5.5m, might be one to keep an eye on too considering he scored on his debut and picked up eight points.
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Vila
Lukaku is looking better and better week after week and it was another formidable performance from the Belgian forward who picked up a total of 13 points. I backed him to be a solid choice for captaincy this weekend, considering Villa’s poor defensive form since the start of the season and Lukaku duly delivered.
Both his goals were sheer class, and he looks unstoppable at the moment. Every Chelsea attack is going through him. Chelsea have kept yet another clean-sheet, and it looks like Thomas Tuchel’s side are continuing their strong defensive record. They are still yet to concede from open play after the first four games of the season in the league.
Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool have been in excellent form lately, and two players are looking like absolute must haves in everyone’s FPL team.
Mohamed Salah and Alexander-Arnold are both on the higher end of the scale for value, but they repay that money with consistent performances.
Alexander-Arnold collected 12 points from the game, notching up another assist and a clean-sheet. Meanwhile, Salah inevitably found the target too, picking up eight points.
With 20 chances created, no player in the Premier League has come close to Alexander-Arnold this season. The next best is 13, which is tied by Jack Grealish and Mohamed Salah. I back Alexander-Arnold to continue this form and based on previous seasons, he is on track to hit double figures for goals and assists once again.
Liverpool are looking strong, having kept three clean-sheets and averaging 2.25 goals per game so far.
Everton 3-1 Burnley
For a long time, it seemed like Everton were not going to get the result they were looking for. Especially when Burnley took the lead.
But Rafa Benitez’s men fought back in the space of seven minutes, thanks in a large part to the influence of Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Demarai Gray’s start to the season continued with yet another goal which makes it three shots and three goals this season. I flagged him as a potential transfer in the preview for this weekend, and at £5.6m, he is becoming even more tempting.
Everton have started well under Benitez. Doucoure is another one who is looking good value at £5.5m.
With a relatively easy fixture list until November, Everton players could be worth taking a punt on.