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The game week formally starts on Friday with Wolverhampton vs Liverpool, the deadline for the big fantasy tournaments is 16:00 CET on Saturday as always. The Friday clash is not included and neither is the early match on Saturday, Arsenal vs Burnley. With that said, the joint top scorers in Premier League right now, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah, are not available for the FanTeam fantasy managers.
Don’t miss out on Sane or Sterling
In the quest for a captain with double-digit points, Manchester City will be on the top of the list for most managers. Playing at home against Crystal Palace, it should be an easy job and perhaps a goal fest for The Blues. Palace’s defense is not amongst the worst ones in the league, but it is hard to see them keep a clean sheet against Man City. Right now we see that LEROY SANE (13.9M) is on fire. Like many Manchester City players, he has scored 5 goals in the last 10 Premier League matches, so it tough to pick a Man City player, but we really like the way the 22-year-old has been performing recently. The German was sidelined in the midweek League Cup game against Leicester and will have fresh legs on Saturday. Leroy will create a lot of danger with his pace on the left wing. RAHEEM STERLING (14.2M) played only 30 min in the midweek game, after coming on late as a substitute. Even though he tried a Panenka-style penalty that was unsuccessful, his form is astonishing, and he should be a threat on the right wing. RIYAD MAHREZ (13.0M) played almost the whole game in midweek, so we assume that he will be replaced by Sterling – although Pep Guardiola is famous for being hard to predict. GABRIEL JESUS (12.4M) only played a couple of minutes in midweek and looks like a favorite to start on top. After Jesus scored twice against Everton, he had not scored a goal in Premier League since in the middle of August. We do think he has given hints of development lately, in addition to actually scoring a couple of goals. SERGIO AGUERO (13.0M) played most of the game against Leicester. He is in good form, scoring 5 in the last 10 games, but we believe that Jesus will get the nod for this one. But listen up, the line-up will be ready well in time for the deadline, so make sure that your choice of Manchester City player is starting the game.
Will Pogba gain after the changes in Manchester United?
The big mystery this weekend is how the Manchester United players will respond by getting Ole Gunnar Solskjær as a replacement for Mourinho. Solskjær was a super-sub for United back in the day and is very popular with the fans to this day. Fun fact, Solskjær starts out against Cardiff, the club he managed in 2014 with absolutely no success. After Cardiff, he has been the manager for Norwegian club Molde. It seems like a gamble to pick him as Mourinho replacement, but for an interim coach until the summer, he might be a good alternative. We presume that quite a few players will be eased that Mourinho is gone, so the mere presence of a new manager could produce a very positive effect. We think PAUL POGBA (9.5M) could be worth to pick. He is maybe the player that was rooting the most for Mourinho to leave the club. After the removal of the Portuguese, Pogba posted a picture of himself on Instagram with a slight smile and the suggestive title “Caption this”. Even though the picture was taken down shortly thereafter, the point was already made. Fun fact: Solskjær was the manager for United’s reserve-team between 2008 and 2010, at the same time as Pogba was playing there. Additionally, Ole Gunnar stated in August, that as a United manager, he would “build the team around Pogba”. We suspect Pogba to start on Sunday, and probably giving 100 percent for the first time in a while.
Get the door – it’s Domingos!
Watford faces a tough assignment, going to London and West Ham, but it is hard to ignore the price of DOMINGOS QUINA (4.7M). While more accomplished Watford attackers like ROBERT PEREYRA (8.3M) and GERARD DEULOFEU (8.1M) are priced around 8M, we save no less than 3 million by picking Quina. The 19-year-old from Guinea-Bissau has only played 218 minutes in Premier League, but he was great against Cardiff and was amongst the best Watford players on the pitch. He even scored the 3-0 goal with a great shot from the edge of the penalty area. It is doubtful that he can score as much as the top Watford attackers, but he will for sure be much more expensive next week, so take advantage of the opportunity and get him.
Relegation competitors on the menu
Huddersfield and Southampton have both started the season on a bad note. Both of them have only won 2 matches in 17 games in the Premier League. As both are located in the relegation zone, this is a very important game, where the loser will take already existing depression to another level. We should point out, however, that both clubs have shown positive signs lately. Huddersfield actually was the best team against both Bournemouth and Newcastle, but still lost both matches. Their efforts against Arsenal were good too. Unfortunately, they struggle hard to score goals even when they have controlled the game. This is the reason we will play a Southampton defense this weekend. The team played very well in their 3-2 win over Arsenal for their new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. MATT TARGETT (5.4M) is a defender to keep an eye on. He has gotten few chances for Southampton lately, but we have seen glimpses of something very good. Consequently, we were not surprised when he got an assist after a very nice cross to Ings last week. 19-year-old YAN VALERY (5.2M) played a nice match as well. JANNIK VESTERGAARD (5.8M) was just unlucky when the ball hit his foot and changed direction, so we do not think Hasenhuttl will hold it against him. We believe the new manager will stick to most of his starting XI that took such a nice win, but we still suggest checking the line-ups, as Southampton’s defense is not traditionally set in stone.
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.