Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle
- A game to forget. Both sides set up to be difficult to break down. Cardiff don’t look like they have enough going forward to stay in the league even at this early stage. Even when Newcastle had a man sent off they didn’t look to go and win the game.
- Kennedy (5.0) was lucky not to be sent off for kicking out at Camarasa, but has escaped a retrospective ban so need to sell if you own him. He also missed a penalty.
- I’d avoid investing in these teams. Newcastle defenders may become of interest when their fixtures improve in GW9.
Everton 2-1 Southampton. Walcott (Schneiderlin), Richarlison (Walcott), Ings (Lemina)
- Richarlison (6.7) carried on his good run of form with another goal. More points looks likely over the next three GWs [bou, HUD, WHM], so it may be time to bite the bullet and get him in if you don’t already own him.
- Danny Ings (5.5) is looking like the perfect 3rd striker option. He fired 6 shots, all in the box, scoring one and hitting the crossbar from 6 yards. His XG was 1.39 top for all strikers including Aguero, who hit a hatrick (XG 1.37). With upcoming fixtures of [LEI, cpl, BHA] what’s not to like.
- Everton still can’t defend, conceding more shots (15) than any team who didn’t face top 6 opposition.
Watchlist: Ings (5.5)
Leicester 2-0 Wolves. Doherty (OG), Maddison (Pereira)
- Wolves were a bit unlucky here, hitting the woodwork twice and having a shot cleared off the line before giving Leicester the lead through an own goal. For the second time in 2 weeks Wolves played against ten men for a decent period of the game, but failed to make the extra man count.
- Maddisson (6.5), off the back of a good performance against Man United last week, grabbed a goal from his only shot. Still only one to watch for me, I wouldn’t buy him just yet.
- Vardy (9.0) was sent off and is now banned for 3 GWs. Time to get rid if you own him.
- Jota (6.5), a pre-season favourite, was quiet and got subbed off at half time. It’s probably time to move him on if you have him in your team.
- Jimenez (5.5) looked lively up front, and could be worth a look when Wolves find some form.
Watchlist: Maddison (6.5)
Tottenham 3-1 Fulham. Moura, Mitrovic (Sessegnon), Trippier (Alli), Kane (Lamela)
- Spurs dominated possession and deserved the win
- Kane (12.5) looked a bit more like his old self, with 4 shots in the box and an XG of close to 1.0. He also broke his August curse. However his next 3 fixtures are [mun, wat, LIV], so I would hold off on considering buying him until GW6 when he has a run of [bha, hud, CAR, whm]. An entry strategy for Kane is something to think about over the next few weeks, just in case he looks like he’ll knock in a hatrick every game.
- Eriksen (9.5) blanked again and was creatively unusually quiet, only creating 1 chance, although he did have 5 shots on goal. It will be hard for owners to hold onto Eriksen with other options at his price point scoring well.
- Ben Davies (6.0) also blanked again but had strong underlying stats with 4 shots on goal and 3 chances created. On another day he would have got a double digit haul. However, again with Mendy (6.2), Robertson (6.0) and Alonso (6.6) scoring well it will be tempting for owners to sell.
- Mitrovic (6.5) had another strong game stats wise, netting a goal and having 4 shots on goal, with an XG of 1.07. Another 3rd striker option with [BUR, bha, mcy, WAT] in the next 4GWs.
Watchlist: Kane (12.5) in preparation for GW6, Mitrovic (6.5)
West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth. Arnautovic (Chicharito), Wilson (Cook), Cook (Fraser)
- West Ham dominated the ball but couldn’t find the equaliser once Bournemouth scored two goals in 6 minutes.
- Wilson’s (6.1) goal was excellent, taking on 5 West Ham defenders, he also should have scored another when clean through. He looks the pick if you want a Bournemouth striker.
- Cook (4.5) got a goal and assist for 14 points. He won’t do that every week though, so don’t buy just off the back of that.
- Brooks (5.0) looked lively and had a couple of good chance. One to watch, although I’d go Fraser (5.5) if choosing a Bournemouth midfielder as he’s on set pieces.
- Arnautovic (7.0) was a threat with 4 shots and 2 on target, and is also on penalties. West Ham play 4 of the top 6 in the next 7GWs though.
Watchlist: Wilson (6.1), Fraser (5.5)
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal. Pedro (Alonso), Morata (Azpilicueta), Mkhitaryan, Iwobi (Mkhitaryan), Alonso (Hazard)
- Neither defence turned up, the Arsenal defence was particularly poor in the first 20mins. Both sides getting used to the new systems from their new managers. I would avoid investing in these defences just for clean sheets
- Alonso (6.6) is looking like an absolute beast from left back, netting 1 goal and 2 assists in the first 2GWs, recording 6 shots and 3 chances created. The fixtures are also looking good for more returns [new, BOU, CAR, whm] in the next four.
- Pedro (6.6) scored again and looks good value having recorded 7 shots in the last 2GWs. However, Hazard (10.5) will soon be restored to the starting XI and will replace one of Pedro or Willian (7.0). If you think Pedro retains his place then he’s a good option with the fixtures to come.
- Aubameyang (11.0) missed two sitters and should have finished with a double digit haul. If you own him I would keep with fixtures of [WHM, car, new, EVE] in the next four and excellent fixtures up until GW10.
- Mkhitaryan (7.0) also recorded strong stats with 3 shots and 5 chances created. A good option for a 3rd / 4th midfield spot with kind fixtures to come.
Watchlist: Alonso (6.6), Pedro (6.5), Mkhitaryan (7.0)
Burnley 1-3 Watford. Gray (Deeney), Tarkowski (Gudmundsson) , Deeney (Doucoure), Hughes)
- Burnley only conceded three time at home once last season to Spurs. Is conceding three time to Watford the signs of the effects of the Europa league. Watford did take their chances well though to be fair.
- Deeney (6.0) was a handful throughout and Will Hughes (5.0) looks an interesting pick for the 4th midfield slot, however Watford play [TOT, MNU] in GW4-5 so probably best to monitor for now. GW8 is when Watford’s fixtures get good.
Man City 6-1 Huddersfield. Aguero (Ederson), Jesus, Aguero (Mendy), Stankovic (Mounie), D.Silva (Aguero), Aguero (Mendy), Kongolo (OG) (Sane)
- As expected City dominated and comfortably saw off Huddersfield.
- Rumours Aguero (11.1) was to be benched turned out to be false as he hit a hatrick. Lesson here is to only trust a source when they have proven themselves to be reliable.
- Mendy (6.2) looks to be a must have, essentially playing as a left winger. He now has 4 FPL assists from 2GWs, recording 5 shots, 16 crosses and 5 chances created. With fixtures of [wlv, NEW, FUL, car, BHA] I would advise transferring him in.
- Sane (9.4), Sterling (11.0) and Mahrez (9.0) were all benched. For me none of these are options while there is this level of rotation threat
- With the return of D.Silva (8.4), B.Silva (7.6) was pushed wide right and was not involved as when he plays centrally, frustratingly blanking for his owners.
- D.Silva was immense creating 6 chances (2 big chances) and scoring a sublime free kick. If he looks like he’s going to start every week he’d be in my team. One to watch.
- Walker (6.5) was also surprisingly benched, showing no-one is truly free of the risk of rotation, except for probably Ederson.
Watchlist: D.Silva (8.4)
Brighton 3-2 Man United. Murray (March), Duffy (Knockaert), Lukaku (Shaw), Gross, Pogba (Fellaini)
- United were poor, Brighton were excellent in the first half.
- Bailey (5.5) had a shocker, at fault for two of the goals, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dropped for GW3.
- Pogba (8.1) didn’t have his best game but still got a goal as he’s on penalties. At 8.0 he is a good price with good fixtures from GW4-8 [bur, wat, WLV, whm, NEW].
- Shaw (5.1) popped up with another assist. If he were nailed on I’d probably be looking to get him in for GW4, but there’s a big risk he will be dropped when Valencia gets back.
- Brighton don’t have the best fixtures for the next 5 GWs, but from GW8-16 they take a turn for the better. If they keep playing like they did in the first half against United, Gross (7.5) could be worth a look in GW8.
Watchlist: Pogba (8.1), Shaw (5.1)
Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool. Milner (Salah), Mane (Salah)
- A professional performance from Liverpool, controlled the game well and neutralised the threat of Zaha.
- Salah (13.0) looked ‘less fast’ than usual but still managed to get two assists and draw the foul for the sending off. He’ll likely be my captain in GW3 vs Brighton.
- Mane (9.8) scored in the last minute to hit his second double digit haul in 2GW. With [BHA, lei, tot, SOU] there will likely be more points to come. He also now has an ownership of 32%, every attacking return he gets will be painful for the ranks of non owners. One to prioritise transferring in if you don’t already own.
- Despite Firmino’s (9.5) work off the ball being second to none, he’s lacking goal threat at the moment, he only recorded one off target shot against Palace, with no chances created. The midfield double up of Salah and Mane still looks the best option.
- Liverpools defence looked solid, restricting Palace to two shots on target, both well dealt with by Allison (5.5). Robertson (6.0) is still the pick of their defenders for me due to his attacking threat, although Alexandar-Arnold (5.0) offers a cheaper alternative and seems to have made that RB spot his own.
- The Palace defence was also pretty impressive against a potent Liverpool attack, only conceding to a penalty and a break away goal when down to 10 men. They’ll likely keep clean sheets against the lesser teams.
- Wan Bissaka (4.0) kept Mane quiet for large periods of the game before being sent off. He’s only out for one game so no need to transfer him out if you own him. There isn’t a better option at 4.0.
Watchlist: Van Aanholt (5.5)