Hot picks on the Premier League – Fantasy Sports

The international break is over and we head back to Premier League. With no early match on Saturday, all the big fantasy competitions will be based on 10 matches, and we really like that. More options make for more fun!

The match of the round is clearly the big London derby Tottenham vs Chelsea. Spurs are clearly not in their best form, but they stumble along, and have somehow managed four straight wins. Usually, they would be the favourites against Chelsea in such a match, but the odds right now favour the visitors, even so slightly. Interestingly, Chelsea have not lost since the season started. As for picking fantasy players from this encounter, we are hesitant to do it, as we feel there are better options elsewhere.

It is all Manchester City

As usual, we have to consider Manchester City first. They are playing away to West Ham, which surely is a manageable task. In fact, at this point, it looks like it does not matter much which opponent Manchester City face. We expect goals, so who are the best candidates? The choices are plentiful! DAVID SILVA (12.9M) is in the best form of his life, and as he has retired from his National team, he got a nice rest this week, which will mean for sure he is in the starting line-up against West Ham. He is a bit cheaper than SERGIO AGUERO (14.4M), who was not selected for the Argentina squad this time either. Consequently, Aguero will be fresher than some of his teammates who were on International duty this week. We think he will start for sure. RIYAD MAHREZ (13.2M) played for Algeria against Togo on Sunday in what seems to have been an easy match for the Algerians. Mahrez scored twice, helping his National team to win 4-1, and although he played the full match, we think he will be in great shape for the West Ham. RAHEEM STERLING (14.8M) played 90 minutes against Croatia in England’s 2-1 win on Sunday, but was rested in the friendly against USA, so he should be in good shape. LEROY SANE (13.6M) however, played 80+78 minutes in the two matches Germany was involved in, so we doubt that he will start against West Ham, especially since Sterling and Mahrez seems to be ahead of him in the pecking order anyway. BERNARDO SILVA (12.8M) played a full match for Portugal, but was excused from the second match after some medical investigation. The press release did not offer any details, but as of Tuesday, we suspect he will be in the line-up against The Hammers. It is worth noting that Portugal’s final group match will have no impact for them, as they already have won the group…

Everton has impressed us lately. They got a good result against Chelsea with 0-0 at Stamford Bridge, and they played really well against Manchester United a few games back, in spite of losing 1-2. Aside from those two matches, Everton have won four times in a row in Premier League. Cardiff should be a perfect opponent, as they have let in 25 goals this season. Unfortunately, the Everton players have been priced a little bit high to our liking, but RICHARLISON (13.5M) should be considered by fantasy managers. It would be to overstate it if we said that he has been on a tear since he came back after his red card in GW3, but he has nevertheless scored three goals in seven matches, so it is not all bad.  SYLFI SIGURDSSON (12.8M) got injured 15 minutes before the end at Stamford Bridge, and is at the time of this writing in doubt for Saturday’s battle. It will be possible to check Everton’s line-up, as they are playing at 16:00, so make sure to do that if Everton players are on your list.

In the bargain bin

The last match of the round is Monday’s Burnley vs Newcastle. We suspect that an in-form Newcastle will get the better of a Burnley that looked really bad before the International break. It may pay off to gamble on SALOMON RONDON (7.8M). The former West Bromwich striker is finally fit for fight, and scored twice for The Magpies against Bournemouth. Not only that, he played really well, according to reports. One of Newcastle’s big problems is undoubtedly the lack of goal scoring potential, so if Rondon can follow up with some more goals in the next few weeks – that would be extremely popular in Newcastle. Burnley is not defending as well as they famously did last season; so far, they have conceded 25 goals – which is the second worst record on the league. Rondon played 66 minutes for Venezuela against Japan on Friday, and we hope he will not get too many minutes when they face Iran on Tuesday, but anything is possible. Perhaps there will be scoring possibilities for KENEDY (7.3M) as well. The talented Brazilian has disappointed a bit this season, but reports say he showed progress against Bournemouth.

 Debut for the 19-year-old

Wolverhampton has a nice fixture, playing at home to Huddersfield. With only one win from the last five matches, one could mistakenly deduce that Wolves are out of form, but actually, they are not. Last weekend they were leading Arsenal for 73 minutes, until Ramsey managed 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. 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 defence 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.