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FanTeam Hot picks for Premier League GW13

The Nations League is over and the Premier League is back on FanTeam with big fantasy tournaments. On Saturday there are no early games, all the fantasy competitions will include 10 games in total, which is something we really enjoy. The more choices we get the more joy it brings!

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in action with Tottenham’s Harry Kane
Credit: Action Images/Matthew Childs

The big game of GW13 is definitely the big London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea. Spurs are not playing their best football at this moment, but they have managed to win four straight games. Normally, Spurs would be the favorites against Chelsea at home, but the odds right now tells us something else. Chelsea hasn’t lost a single game since the start of the season. As in choosing fantasy players from this game, we are doubtful to do so, since FanTeam feels there are better alternatives in other matches.

Manchester City all the way.

As in general, we have to weigh in Manchester City first. They are playing away to West Ham, which is a game that fits them well. To be honest, at this point, it doesn’t seem to matter which opponent Manchester City faces. We assume there will be goals, so who are the best contestants for your FanTeam? Here are our choices:

Manchester City’s David Silva celebrates scoring their first goal against Manchester United. REUTERS/Darren Staples

DAVID SILVA (12.9M) is in the best shape of his career and he just resigned from his National
team, he got a nice break from football this week. This pretty much ensures he will be in the starting line-up against the hammers. He is a bit cheaper than SERGIO AGUERO (14.4M), who was not chosen for the Argentina team this time either. Aguero will be in better shape than some of his teammates who were on International duty and we think he will start. RIYAD MAHREZ (13.2M) played for Algeria against Togo on Sunday in what and it was an easy match for the Algerians. Mahrez scored two goals and they ended up with a 4-1 win. Even if he played the entire game, we think he will be in great shape for the West Ham game.
RAHEEM STERLING (14.8M) played 90 minutes in their 2-1 win against Croatia but got some rest in the friendly against the USA, so he will be in good form. However, LEROY SANE (13.6M), played 80minutes and 78 minutes in the two matches Germany was involved in, so we question his chances to start against West Ham.
BERNARDO SILVA (12.8M) played 90 minutes for Portugal but didn’t play in the second game after some small injuries.
The newspapers did not give any details of the injury, so we assume he will be in the line-up against West Ham.

Everton up on The Cloud9.

Everton has fascinated us lately. They got a solid result against Chelsea with 0-0 at Stamford Bridge, and they performed really well against Manchester United a few games back even if they lost with 1-2. Before those two matches, Everton won four times in a row in Premier League. Cardiff feels like the perfect team to go up against now, as they have let in 25 goals this season.
Sadly, the Everton players have been valued a little bit high, but RICHARLISON (13.5M) should be considered by FanTeam
managers.

Everton’s Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal against Brighton. Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

 

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in action with Everton’s Yerry Mina. Reuters/Peter Cziborra

We would exaggerate it if we said that he has been in perfect form since he came back after his red card in GW3, but he has scored three goals in seven games, which ain’t to bad.
SYLFI SIGURDSSON (12.8M) got wounded 15 minutes before the end against Chelsea and is as of now in doubt for Saturday’s game. You will have to check Everton’s line-up, as they are playing at 16:00, so make sure to do that if Everton players are in your fantasy team.

Valuable picks of the round. 

The closing game of the round will be Burnley vs Newcastle. We speculate that a Newcastle in good shape will get the better of a Burnley that looked pretty poor before The Nations League. It may pay off to play SALOMON RONDON (7.8M).

Newcastle United’s Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring their first goal against Bournemouth with Ki Sung-yueng and Ayoze Perez. REUTERS/Scott Heppell

The former West Bromwich striker is back in good shape and scored two goals for The Magpies against Bournemouth. Not only that, he played really well, according to the papers. One of Newcastle’s big problems is the lack of goal scoring, so if Rondon can back up with some more goals in the next few weeks – that would give some smiles in Newcastle. Burnley is not defending as well as they did last season. This far, they have conceded 25 goals – which is the second worst record on the league. Maybe there will be scoring possibilities for KENEDY (7.3M) as well. The gifted Brazilian has failed a bit this season, but reports say he showed progress against Bournemouth.

Wolverhampton has a nice fixture, playing at home to Huddersfield. With only one win from the last
five matches, one could wrongly assume that Wolves are out of form, but actually, they are not. Last weekend they were leading Arsenal for 73 minutes until Ramsey succeeded to get the equalizer in the 86th minute. That was impressive by Wolverhampton, as it always is a tough job to play at the Emirates. They actually played quite well against Tottenham in the previous match too, especially in the last 30 minutes, when Wolves were putting a lot of pressure on Spurs.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Vinagre in action with West Ham’s Carlos Sanchez REUTERS/David Klein

They scored twice in that period, although both goals came on penalties. And they struggle a bit to score in general, so that’s why we like them for defense against Huddersfield. RUBEN VINAGRE (6.9M) is of special interest, as he will replace the injured Johnny on left-back and make his first Premier League start for the club.
The 19-year-old has however played 180 minutes for Wolves in the League Cup this season and shown a lot of talent. He is very quick with the ball; he ran away from Manchester City’s Kyle Walker at one point, starting from standing still position. He has shown some trickery too, passing to a teammate while swirling around 360 degrees! We can expect some offensive involvement from Vinagre, so he is by far the Wolves defender with the most value at this price. MATT DOHERTY (9.5M) is a proven offensive outlet and should be mandatory as well. For the third defender, all options are on the table, but perhaps RYAN BENNETT (8.1M) is first in line.

Good luck!

The author of this article has been playing fantasy football for real money extensively for several
years and is considered an expert in the field.