If it’s up to Manchester City’s fans, Kyle Walker would be England’s new number one. Wait. What? You didn’t watch Champions League this midweek? Let us give you the most recent news about the English clubs and the impact of their action in the European cups while we are previewing GW12 for the Weekly Monster Fantasy Football tournament on Fanteam with a guaranteed prizepool of 61,500€!
Liverpool – Manchester City
This game is by far the highlight of GW12 and will take place on Sunday in the late afternoon. Before we head into the analysis of value Picks, let’s take a look at both teams midweek action in the Champions League.
It was a remarkable match in Italy for the Citizens as they started dominating the first half and finished a beautiful combo for the opening goal by Sterling. Ederson had to be replaced after the break because of some muscular problems and the 36-year old Bravo took his place. As the first goalkeeper in the history of the Champions League, Bravo received a red card as a substitute and full back Walker took on the Goalie gloves. He rescued the 1:1 final result with some saves and citizen fans were singing “Kyle Walker – Englands new number one!”. It’s unclear who will stand between the posts at Anfield against Liverpool but another cameo of Walker as a goalkeeper is highly doubtful, even though the Man City promo team listed him as a goalkeeper in their twitter feed. Ederson is being assessed right now and we probably won’t know if he will be fit for Sunday before the tournament registration closes. But who wants to pick a goalie against Liverpool in Anfield anyway?
The reds dominated Genk in their home match on Tuesday but the victory wasn’t always safe. With 27 to 6 SOG the final result of 2:1 doesn’t reflect a lot of success in front of the goal.
So who are the valuable players in this match, fantasy-wise? This is one of the rare occasions where we can draft salah, sterling and co for prices under 10m. As Ederson will probably sit out on Sunday and Bravo’s performance was everything but convincing, we choose affordable premium picks from Liverpool: Salah (9.8m), Mané (9.4m) and Firmino (9.2m) as the latter two were spared and did not start on Tuesday.
Leicester – Arsenal
The Gunners didn’t show their best game in Portugal against Guimaraes and we’re outshot 16:7 with a final result of a 1:1 draw in the Europa League. Their downtrend seems to continue and with an offensive extremely dangerous Leicester, we focus on possible goalscorers/assistants in the Foxes’ squad. Vardy (11.2m), Maddison (10.8m) and the finally inform Perez (9.9m) have a high ceiling and we expect at least two goals of the home team here!
Newcastle – Bournemouth
The Magpies are tough to beat at home and their defenders tend to come forward when it comes to set pieces. In addition to that, Bournemouth’s offense lacks of relativity as of late. Lascelles (6.3m), Yedlin (5.2m) and Clark (5.2m) are cheap, have clean sheet potential and are good for a goal after a corner so we choose those guys for a budget relieve.
Manchester Utd. – Brighton
Brighton is sitting before Manu in the league standings, though the Red Devils are the bookies clear favourites here. We think that the 0:1 defeat against Bournemouth showed that ManU is not there where they would like to be right now, but this is a valuable Matchup and we pick Martial (10.8m) as he is listed as a midfielder on Fanteam but plays as a striker most of the time. Nobody really knows how, but McTominay (8.3m) just manages to score frequently so we pick him as an affordable asset. To make our ManU stack complete, Wan-Bissaka (8.3m) joins our squad with offensive potential and a chance for a clean sheet bonus.
Southhampton – Everton
Southampton is winless across six matches but showed great team spirit against Man City last weekend. A last minute goal shuttered their dreams of at least one point against a top club and a win against Everton is a must right now. We are not sure if Hasenhüttls team can cope with the pressure and choose Everton’s offensive pack. As Sigurdsson (8.4m) is about to return to the starting eleven, we pick him as one of the most famous fantasy picks of last season, speculating he starts a comeback now. With Richarlison (8.8m) this seems to be a nice stack. If you want to gamble, pick Tosun (5.8m) as he is eventually starting over Calvert-Lewin and comes at a ridiculously low price!
Other players to watch:
McNeil (9.0m), Burnley: A high priced midfielder for a high chance of scoring. McNeil is leading Burnleys scorers with 3 assists, 1 goal and has an xA of 1.74. He should at least bring 5 points to the table and has a good ceiling with West Ham struggling defensively as of late.
McGinn (6.6m), Aston Villa: Even though the Wolves defense showed strong performances in the last matches, Aston Villa offensive picks definitely have value. McGinn is a bargain in a matchup, that can go either way.
Aurier (8.9m), Tottenham: The Spurs are very hard to predict right now but against a very defensive playing Sheffield side, there shouldn’t be much pressure on Tottenhams goal this weekend (sorry Lundstram owners..). Aurier is a nice pick for clean sheet points and should at least bring home 6 fantasy points while also having some offensive potential with an xA of 0.3.