Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Chelsea's Hazard, drop Man United's Lukaku

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2529004-595062.

We’ve barely had time to review the midweek Premier League action but straightaway, we look ahead to another round of Fantasy Premier League this weekend.

Arsenal take on Manchester United in the match of the while TottenhamLiverpoolChelseaManchester City and Arsenal all have decent fixtures in this Gameweek.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 15.

CAPTAIN – EDEN HAZARD | CHELSEA |10.7M

It was a bit of a disaster in midweek with Eden Hazard benched against Swansea and coming on to score only a single point in the second half. However, we’re sticking with him for the weekend.

The Belgian will be well-rested after only playing nine minutes in midweek as Chelsea host Newcastle whose comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at West Brom will have taken a bit out of them.

Hazard still has only 9.2% ownership and a double figure haul from him could see you surge up the table.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

ALTERNATIVES

MOHAMED SALAH (9.8m) didn’t start in midweek either but was given over 20 minutes to make an impact with Stoke already stretched by Sadio Mane. The Egyptian was excellent as he bagged a brace from the bench and should now be fresh when the Reds travel to Brighton.

Harry Kane (12.8m) remains an option despite Spurs’ poor form, scoring in the last two GWs. Alvaro Morata (10.7m) couldn’t score against Swansea but continues to look dangerous while Raheem Sterling (8.2m) can’t be ignored after another great performance.

BOLD CHOICE

DAVID SILVA (8.3m) was another one of the big names rested in midweek and could deliver over the weekend. Sterling may get a rest, especially if Leroy Sane (9.0m) recovers from his illness and features for City.

TWO INS

MESUT OZIL | ARSENAL  | 9.3M

Mesut Ozil is starting to play at his best. Another great performance helped Arsenal to a 5-0 win over Huddersfield. His two assists and a goal in the span of five minutes completely blew the opposition away. He’s now scored 43 points in only his last five outings, including two double figure hauls.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN | CHELSEA  | 5.4M

David Luiz is out of the picture with a knee injury meaning Andreas Christensen should be a regular starter for Chelsea who enjoy a good run of fixtures. The 21-year-old has already started in the last four GWs, keeping three clean sheets and earning one bonus point. He’s a cheap way into that Blues defence. If you haven’t brought him in already, you should.

Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen

TWO OUTS

ROMELU LUKAKU| MANCHESTER UNITED | 11.4M

Romelu Lukaku has kept ticking away all season but those double figure hauls we were expecting from him on a regular basis seems to have dried up. He’s only scored once in his last seven GWs and although he’s picked up three assists in that time, that’s still poor for a striker in his price bracket.

United face Arsenal away and City at home next while Morata and Kane both look in better goal scoring form than the Belgian. Jose Mourinho has proved reluctant to attack against the bigger sides as well which could see Lukaku blank over the next two weeks.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE | ARSENAL | 10.3M

Just as he was starting to come into a bit of form, opening the scoring against Huddersfield as well, Alexandre Lacazette has been hit by a groin injury. While he’s expected back the week after next, it could be longer than that and even then, he could well return lacking the sharpness he’s worked so hard to gain this season.

Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette

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How do Manchester City compare to the Premier League's best?

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Manchester City‘s dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday restored their eight-point lead at the Premier League summit and further enhanced their status as overwhelming title favourites.

Pep Guardiola’s sparkling team have smashed record after record since the start of the season and are currently on a 19-game winning streak in all competitions.

But how do they match up against teams who have made similarly impressive starts to a Premier League campaign?

Arsenal 2003-04 Premier League record after 14 games: W10 D4 L0 F28 A10 Pts 34

One of the most feted teams in the history of English football, Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ became the first side since Preston North End in 1889 to complete a top-flight season unbeaten.

After 14 games of the 2003-04 campaign Arsenal were actually second in the table behind Chelsea, who had flown out of the blocks under Claudio Ranieri.

But Chelsea wilted during the English winter, winning only three of their next eight games, and Arsenal, inspired by Thierry Henry, stormed past to glory.

Arsenal Invincibles

Chelsea 2005-06 Premier League record after 14 games: W12 D1 L1 F33 A7 Pts 37

Chelsea took England by storm in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager in 2004-05, finishing 12 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table, and they picked up where they had left off the following campaign.

Mourinho’s men won their first nine games and although Manchester United beat them 1-0 in early November, Chelsea were 10 points above them – having played a game more – after 14 matches.

Chelsea responded to the defeat against United with a salvo of 10 successive wins and finished eight points clear at the top despite losing their last two matches.

Chelsea 2005

Manchester United 2006-07 Premier League record after 14 games: W11 D2 L1 F30 A7 Pts 35

Having been left for dead by Chelsea in the previous campaign, there were few expectations United would become front-runners, but Alex Ferguson’s side took the title race by the scruff of the neck with 11 wins in their first 14 games.

United’s early-season form showcased the nascent partnership between Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose goals would fire the club to three successive Premier League titles and Champions League glory in 2008.

United finished the 2006-07 season six points clear of Chelsea, who suffered the indignity of having to offer their rivals a guard of honour when they hosted Ferguson’s men on the season’s penultimate weekend.

Manchester United 2007

Manchester City 2011-12 Premier League record after 14 games: W12 D2 L0 F48 A13 Pts 38

The only team to have outscored Guardiola’s City at this stage of a Premier League season, Roberto Mancini’s side made a blistering start to the campaign, averaging 3.43 goals per game in their first 14 matches.

The centrepiece of that run was a seismic 6-1 victory away to defending champions Manchester United in the October, which was their derby foes’ worst home defeat since February 1955.

It left City five points clear of United at the top of the table, but a spring surge by United took the title race right to the wire. Mancini’s men ultimately prevailed on goal difference courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s immortal stoppage-time goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day.

Manchester City 2012

Manchester City 2017-18 Premier League record after 14 games: W13 D1 L0 F44 A9 Pts 40

Guardiola’s City are the first Premier League team to have amassed 40 points in their first 14 games, their sparkling sequence of victories featuring a 6-0 win at Watford, a 7-2 annihilation of Watford and 5-0 thrashings of Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Spearheaded by Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, they have not dropped points since a 1-1 draw with Everton on August 21.

Eight points clear of Manchester United, the title seems to beckon and if they win their next two games – at home to West Ham United and away to Manchester United – they will set a new record for successive victories within the same English top-flight campaign.

Manchester City 4

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Rooney's superb strike for Everton and five great Premier League long-range goals

Tom Allnutt 30/11/2017
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Wayne Rooney added to the Premier League pantheon of long-range goals on Wednesday after his stunning strike for Everton against West Ham.

Rooney, from inside his own half, capitalised on Joe Hart’s rushed clearance at Goodison Park by hammering the bouncing ball first time into an open net.

The goal completed Rooney’s hat-trick and contributed to Everton’s 4-0 victory over West Ham.

Here’s a look at five more of the Premier League’s best long-range strikes.

DAVID BECKHAM, August 1996

When talk turns to halfway-line goals, thoughts immediately go to Beckham’s for Manchester United against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.

The then 21-year-old propelled himself to stardom when he lined up a shot from just inside his own half before chipping Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

The ball was perfectly weighted, brushing the back of the net without a single bounce, and Beckham, mauled by his team-mates, never looked back.

MAYNOR FIGUEROA, December 2009

Figueroa may not have gone on to enjoy Beckham’s glittering career but his strike for Wigan against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium was just as good.

Wigan won a free-kick a couple of yards inside their own half and as both teams shuffled back into position, the quick-thinking Figueroa came darting towards the stationary ball.

The Honduran then rifled it with his left foot over the scrambling Thomas Sorensen and into the corner of the net for one of the league’s greatest ever goals. 

CHARLIE ADAM, April 2015

Adam’s talent for striking the ball is well known but even he must have been surprised by his piece of brilliance at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s attack had broken down and as Stoke countered, Adam received possession midway in his own half.  The midfielder took a touch so that when he unleashed his shot the ball was just short of the tip of the centre circle.

It soared over Thibaut Courtois, who tried to palm the ball out but could not keep it from hitting the net.

XABI ALONSO, September 2006

Alonso had already scored from the halfway line nine months earlier against Luton in the FA Cup and the Spaniard showed his technical excellence once more against Newcastle at Anfield.

Charles N’Zogbia lost possession and Alonso looked left and right to start a counter-attack.

With no obvious option, he instead drilled a shot from just inside the centre circle and while goalkeeper Steve Harper slipped as he rushed back, even on his feet he would have been unlikely to stop a supreme finish. 

LUIS SUAREZ, April 2012

Suarez’s lob against Norwich was perhaps not the longest-range shot in this list, coming as it did around five yards into his opponents’ half, but it was no less impressive.

The Uruguayan bustled past Elliott Ward on the halfway line and scampered forward before driving the ball perfectly beyond John Ruddy and into the Norwich net.

Like Rooney, the goal completed Suarez’s hat-trick at Carrow Road and in the most spectacular fashion.

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