Wolves 1-1 Man City. Boly (Moutinho), Laporte (Gundogan)
- Wolves had a go at City and had a fair few chances. From a neutral perspective fully deserving of a draw, although on another day City would have scored 3 or 4.
- Moutinho (5.4) and Neves (5.1) were impressive in the middle of the park. They’ll chip in with points throughout the season. Neves in particular could be tempting for those looking to save budget with their 4th midfield option.
- Aguero (11.2) hit the woodwork twice, would have scored a brace on another day. With Newcastle at home up next he’s a definite captain contender.
- Mahrez (8.8) and Sane (9.3) again started on the bench, neither looked great when they came on. Time to sell if you still have them.
- Bernardo (7.6) was again positioned on the right and failed to carry much attacking threat, recording 1 shot on goal and 0 chances created.
- Mendy (6.3) somehow managed to grab 2 bps without a clean sheet or attacking returns. Probably something to do with the 9 crosses he put into the mixer.
Watchlist: Neves (5.1)
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham. Arnautovic (Anderson), Monreal (Iwobi), Diop OG (Lacazette), Welbeck (Bellerin)
- Arsenal looked good going forward but left a lot of space at the back for West Ham to exploit.
- Aubameyang (10.9) was disappointing, being withdrawn on 75 minutes for Welbeck (6.5). He will start scoring goals at some point, but I wouldn’t be rushing to get him in, even with fixtures of [car, new, EVE, WAT] in the next 4GWs.
- Ozil (8.4) not in the squad due to a ‘cold’. Rumours are he had a falling out with Emery after being told he wouldn’t start the game.
- Ramsey (7.4) took Ozil’s place, and was half decent, had a goal disallowed for offside following a saved shot from Mkhitaryan (7.1), who looked decent without too much end product.
- Bellerin (5.5) got forward a lot, often to the detriment of Arsenal’s defence. If you wanted to own an Arsenal defender he would be the one to go for, although you will likely be relying on attacking returns rather than clean sheet points.
- Arnautovic (7.0) looked dangerous, having 5 shots, 3 in the box, and scoring once, however was withdrawn with injury. No reports yet as to how serious it is.
Watchlist: Bellerin (5.5)
Bournemouth 2-2 Everton. Walcott (Tosun), Keane (Sigurdsson), King (Wilson), Ake (Wilson)
- An evenly matched contest with two suspect (in my opinion) red cards. Disclaimer, I own both Richarlison and Smith…
- Richarlison (6.7) sent off for moving his head in a headbutt motion towards the head of Adam Smith (4.5), 1.5 million FPL managers annoyed. Smith sent off for pulling Walcott back when ‘through’ on goal.
- Walcott (6.7) scored with his only shot on goal. He now has 2 goals in 3 games and looks an obvious Richarlison replacement if you want to stick with Everton. The fixtures are also good with [HUD, WHM, ars, FUL] in the next 4GWs.
- Keane (5.0) went off injured following a heavy collision, and has a hair line fracture to his skull. Get well soon.
- Wilson (6.1) was again heavily involved in Bournemouth’s attacking play, having 5 shots all in the area, with 2 of those being big chances. He should have scored, but did provide the assists for the 2 goals. After next weeks fixture away to Liverpool, the fixtures also look very strong, [LEI, bur, CPL, wat] in the next 4GWs.
- King (6.4) and Fraser (5.6) also posted strong underlying stats. 4 chances created (2 being big chances) for Fraser, and 4 shots, 3 in the box for King who also scored a penalty.
Watchlist: Walcott (6.7), Wilson (6.1), Fraser (5.6)
Huddersfield 0-0 Cardiff
- A third game in a row with no goals for Cardiff, and the 2nd in a row where they’ve failed to take advantage of playing against ten men.
- I still don’t hold out much hope for either of these teams. Be sure to target heavy hitting options from teams playing either of these sides.
Southampton 1-2 Leicester. Bertrand, Gray (Iheanacho), Maguire (Albrighton)
- After posting impressive underlying stats and scoring in GW2, Ings failed to deliver this time around. He was also subbed off on 68 minutes.
Liverpool 1-0 Brighton. Salah (Firmino)
- Liverpool dominated and weren’t troubled by Brighton until Alisson (5.5) kept out Gross’ (6.9) point blank header late on.
- The Liverpool defence looks a shrewd investment with 3 clean sheets in a row, and only giving up 1 big chance so far this season. However be wary of their upcoming fixtures where they play 3 of the top 6 in their next 5GWs [lei, tot, SOU, che, MCY]
- Robertson (6.1) and Alexandar-Arnold (TAA) (5.0) still look great picks. Robertson created 7 chances and picked up all 3 bps, while TAA made 24 crosses and hit the bar from a direct free kick. TAA was also unlucky not to score from a Robertson pull back.
- Salah (13.0) took his goal well and had 6 shots, 5 in the box, as well as creating 6 chances. He tops the charts amongst midfielders for shots (16) and chances created (12) and is well worth the 13.0 investment as a captaincy option
- Firmino (9.5) looked far more threatening than he had in the past two games, and was unlucky not to score with a close range header that was well kept out by Ryan (4.5). He had 5 shots, 2 on target, in comparison to his 2 shots, 0 on target in GW1-2
Watchlist: Alexandar-Arnold (5.0)
Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace. Pereyra (Capoue), Holebas (Janmaat), Zaha (Meyer)
- Watford continued their impressive start to the season with their 3rd win on the bounce. Foster kept them in the game early on with two point blank saves.
- Pereyra (6.2) scored his 3rd goal in 3 games and posted decent stats with 4 shots on goal. However with [TOT, MNU] in the next 2GWs, it’s probably best to avoid Watford assets for now.
- Holebas’ (4.6) goal was a fluke (it was a cross), however he’s not the worst option for a budget defender, as he came in 2nd for crosses into the box for the GW with 10.
- Zaha (7.0) is very much Palace’s main man, however only had the one shot resulted in his goal. I own him, and will keep for his upcoming good fixtures, however will likely get rid when I wildcard.
Fulham 4-2 Burnley. Seri (Vietto), Hendrick, Mitrovic (Cairney), Mitrovic (Vietto), Tarkowski (Mee), Schurrle (Mitrovic)
- Fulham absolutely dominated Burnley here, having 64% possession, and 25 shots on goal (12 on target), to Burnley’s 12 shots (2 on target).
- Burnley’s European exploits looks to be catching up with them, their defence was pretty watertight last season, but they have already conceded 7 goals in 3 games this time around.
- Mitrovic (6.6) delivered on his strong underlying stats from GW1-2 with a huge 16 point haul. He now sits second behind Aguero for total shots with 15, and has an XG of 1.97. his fixtures are fairly decent too with [bha, MCY, wat, eve] in the next 4GWs
- Seri (5.4) scored a worldie for Fulham’s first, he won’t be doing that every week.
- Schurrle (5.9) was a threat throughout, topping the midfielder charts for shots on goal with 11 (5 on target). He got the goal he deserved for Fulham’s 4th.
- Sessegnon (6.4) surprisingly started from the bench
Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea. Hazard (Alonso), Joselu (Yedlin), Yedlin OG (Alonso)
- Newcastle ceded a massive 81% possession to Chelsea over the 90 minutes, and were very much set up to not concede, offering very little going forward in first 80 minutes or so. They almost succeeded too.
- Not that it’s relevant FPL but Jorginho (5.1) managed 158 completed passes, a Chelsea record in the premier league and second only to Gundogan who set the record with 167 passes for Man City vs Chelsea last seaosn.
- Hazard (10.6) looked sharp and at his best, he’s on penalties too, taking and scoring one earned by a foul on Alonso. Jorginho took one in GW1 when Hazard wasn’t on the pitch.
- Alonso (6.7) is starting to look like a must have, not only is his average position one of a left winger, but he also gets himself into the box when Hazard goes and collects the ball outwide. He rewarded his owners with another double digit haul (his 3rd in a row) as he was felled for the penalty, and his shot in the 87th minute was deflected into his own net by Yedlin. He also picked up 3 bps. The fixtures aren’t bad either [BOU, CAR, whm] in the next 3GWs.
- Pedro (6.6) retained his starting place alongside Hazard behind Morata (9.0), but failed to make much of an impact, being subbed off for Willian (7.5) on 69 minutes.. Morata also failed to impress and came off for Giroud (7.9) in the 65th minute.
Watchlist: Alonso (6.7), Hazard (10.6)
Man United 0-3 Tottenham. Kane (Trippier), Lucas Moura (Eriksen), Lucas Moura (Kane).
- A strange team selection by Mourinho saw Herrera played as a right sided centre back in a 3-4-1-1, which was punished as Eriksen got in behind for Spurs’ 2nd goal.
- Bailey (5.5) wasn’t in the squad after his calamitous display last week, with Sanchez (10.3) and Rashford (6.9) on the bench, the latter not getting on even when United needed to score.
- Lukaku (11.0) missed an open goal in the first half at 0-0, had that gone in things could have been different as the game was quite end to end until Spurs scored the opener and then started playing on the counter attack.
- United just don’t look right at the moment. I’ll be avoiding investment for the foreseeable future.
- Kane (12.5) looks to be slowly getting back to his best, scoring a good header from a corner as well as notching an assist. I would advise having a plan to get him in GW6 or 7 for fixtures of [bha, hud, CAR, whm].
- Eriksen (9.4) was quiet only creating 2 chances, although one of those was an assist. There’s definitely more to come from the Dane
- Lucas Moura (7.1) exploded into our thoughts with a brace, he looks to have nailed down a place in the Spurs attack. Could he be an ideal replacement for the suspended Richarlison? For me he’s one to consider bringing in GW6 or 7 alongside Kane for Spurs’ good fixtures
- Annoyingly for his owners Davies (5.9) was benched in favour of Rose (5.9), even more so because Spurs kept a clean sheet. Davies came on for a 1pt cameo. Trippier (6.0) was also subbed off for Aurier (5.9) with a knock. Rotation amongst Spurs full backs looks set to continue moving forward.
Watchlist: Kane (12.5), Lucas Moura (7.1)