€20,000 Guaranteed on the Premier League – Fantasy Sports

This weekend is the last chance to win one of the big tournaments before Christmas. Do you have what it takes to top the €20,000 guaranteed €10+1 buy-in main event? With an expected first prize of 2,000 euro, it would make a nice Christmas present!

Although the gameweek officially starts on Friday with Wolverhampton vs Liverpool, the deadline for the big fantasy tournaments is 16:00 CET on Saturday as usual. The Friday clash is not included and neither is the early match on Saturday, Arsenal vs Burnley. In other words, the joint top scorers in Premier League right now, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah, are not options for the fantasy managers.

Sane and Sterling our favourites

In the search 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 win and perhaps a goal fest for The Blues. Palace’s defence is not amongst the worst ones in the league, but it is hard to see them keep a clean sheet in this encounter. For the moment, we like LEROY SANE (13.9M) best. Like several of his teammates, he has scored 5 goals in the last 10 Premier League matches, so it is a close call, but we really like the way the 22-year-old has been playing lately. He was rested in the midweek League Cup match against Leicester, and will be fresh on Saturday, for sure taking the place on the left wing. RAHEEM STERLING (14.2M) played only half an hour in midweek, after coming on late as a sub. Even though his attempt on a Panenka style penalty was unsuccessful, there is nothing wrong with his form, and he should appear as right wing. RIYAD MAHREZ (13.0M) played most of the match in midweek, so we expect him to be replaced by Sterling – although Pep Guardiola is famous being hard to predict. GABRIEL JESUS (12.4M) only played a few minutes in midweek and looks like a favourite to start as striker. Until he scored twice against Everton, he had not scored a goal in Premier League since mid-august! We do think he has shown signs of improvement lately, in addition to actually scoring a couple of goals. SERGIO AGUERO (13.0M) played most of the match against Leicester. He is in good form, scoring 5 in the last 10 league matches, but we suspect that Jesus will get the nod for this one. Either way, the line-up will be ready well in time for the deadline, so make sure that your favourite Manchester City player is starting the match.

Things are looking up for Pogba

The big question this weekend is how the Manchester United players will react to 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. Interestingly, he starts out against Cardiff, a club he managed in 2014 with absolutely no success. Since then, he has been manager for Norwegian club Molde. It seems like a gamble to pick him as Mourinho successor, but for a temporary solution until the summer, he might be a good choice. We suspect that quite a few players will be relieved that Mourinho is gone, so the mere presence of a new manager could induce very positive effect. We think PAUL POGBA (9.5M) could be worth a punt. He is perhaps the player that was rooting the most for Mourinho to leave town. After the departure 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 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 expect to see Pogba in the line-up on Sunday, and probably giving 100 percent for the first time in a while.

Get the door – it’s Domingos!

Watford faces a tough task, travelling 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 amazing 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 box. 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 candidates battle it out

Huddersfield and Southampton have both started the season very badly. Both teams have only won 2 matches in 17 attempts! As both are placed in the relegation zone, this is a very important match, 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 are dominating a game. This is the reason we will gamble on a Southampton defence 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 watch out for. 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 recommend checking the line-ups, as Southampton’s defence is not traditionally set in stone.