Fantasy Premier League is back in full swing, as are the ups and downs that come with it, and after two matches a few things have begun to take shape.
Predictably, favourites Manchester City and Liverpool look as dangerous as ever going forward. Less predictably, Everton are the only side that have managed to keep a clean sheet in both games so far!
… but what does this weekend have in store for us?
As always, we’ve done extensive analysis on every Premier League game to help answer that question and provide some of the best fantasy football tips for gameweek 3.
FST Gameweek 3 Line-up
GW2 Points: 43
Overall Points: 120
Overall Rank: 1,272,523
Total Players: 6,302,058
GW3 Fantasy Football Tips
Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £11.5m)
Sadio Mane has been in top form in 2019 and is back in our plans since returning to the Liverpool starting XI over their last two games. Mane caught our eye in the Super Cup match in Istanbul against Chelsea, where he scored both of the Reds’ goals in the 2-2 draw. He then started again against Southampton last weekend, producing a goal, an assist and 3 bonus points for a 13 point haul in a 2-1 win. We feel that a home encounter with Arsenal will give Mane another chance to extend his recent streak of form.
Liverpool have scored 12 times in their last three home matches against the Gunners, with the Senegalese international finding the back of the net in each! Notably, Mane has also scored in nine of his last eleven Premier League outings – his 22 goal total for 18/19 was his best-ever record. His average of three shots on goal per game last season isn’t far off that of Mo Salah’s numbers either, so with Mane found in only 17% of squads compared to the Egyptian’s 41%, he could also prove a decent differential.
Kevin de Bruyne (Man City, £9.6m)
Kevin De Bruyne looks to be back to his best after an injury-hampered 18/19 campaign. He’s already registered three assists in City’s opening two games, two of which were in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham. He created a massive nine key passes – a pass which leads to a shot on goal – against Spurs and his total of twelve key passes since the start of the season is four more than any other play. Such numbers have seen him awarded an extra 4 bonus points in 19/20 so far.
De Bruyne is the engine that runs Pep Guardiola’s unstoppable machine and he looks more capable than ever of beating his 21 assist total from the 16/17 season. He’ll no doubt add a few goals to that too and make a mockery of his £9.6m price tag – his cheapest in three seasons. Manchester City’s upcoming fixtures also add to his potential. First off, the Citizens head south to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. After that, they face Brighton, Norwich and Watford over their next three games. City face no ‘big six’ side until November.
Anthony Martial (Man Utd, £7.7m)
Anthony Martial had a very successful summer – no Man United player registered more minutes in pre-season than the Frenchman – and he’s shown plenty of positives over United’s opening two games. He’s played all 180 minutes of the season so far, with both of his appearances being in a fluid centre-forward role alongside England forward Marcus Rashford – much to the delight of Man United fans.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have much reason to make any changes ahead of a game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Martial finding the back of the net against both Chelsea and Wolverhampton. He looks a cracking price at just £7.7m and, more importantly, as he’s listed as a midfielder, he’ll collect one point more per goal than forwards. There’s also an outside chance he could take a penalty going off United’s recent ‘earn it, take it’ antics.
Teemu Pukki (Norwich £6.8m)
It didn’t take long for Norwich’s Teemu Pukki to make his mark on the Premier League. Just over an hour into his first top-flight outing, he found a way through a stubborn Liverpool rearguard, and then in Norwich’s first home game of the season, the 18/19 Championship top scorer (29 goals) bagged a hat-trick at home to Newcastle. Pukki’s party has well and truly started and he looks by far the best option for a forward under £7m right now.
Pukki is another player who’s underlying stats show exactly why he’s so important to Norwich. He fired 127 shots inside the penalty area in 18/19, more than double his nearest Norwich team-mate, Onel Hernandez, and also converted around 20% of his scoring chances. He faces a vulnerable Chelsea side at home on Saturday, who have conceded five goals over their opening two outings, after which he plays a West Ham side that have let in six. He should have more success to come yet in August.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man Utd, £5.6m)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was arguably the cornerstone of the Crystal Palace defence in 18/19, so signing him was always going to be good for Manchester United’s clean-sheet prospects. United managed just five clean sheets in 21 matches under Solskjaer last term, while the English right-back helped lead Palace to twelve. Key to his defensive strength has been his tackling. Wan-Bissaka won 90 tackles last season, which was 24 more than any other defender in the Premier League.
Tackles contribute towards getting bonus points, something he earned a fair few of in 18/19, so with 15 tackles won in his opening two games this term, it’s no surprise that he earned already has some bonus points on the books. Not only do we fancy him for more against an out-of-sorts Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this weekend – the odds of a United clean sheet are around 50% according to bookmaker odds – but he also faces just two of the ‘big six’ between now and December.
More GW3 Fantasy Football Tips
Todd Cantwell (Norwich, £4.6m) vs Chelsea (H)
Marcus Rashford (Man Utd, £8.6m) vs Crystal Palace (H)
Daniel Ceballos (Arsenal, £5.6m) vs Liverpool (A)
Raheem Sterling (Man City, £12.2m) vs Bournemouth (A)
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham, £9.5m) vs Newcastle (H)
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