Chelsea star Eden Hazard in line to make first start of the season against Newcastle

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Eden Hazard is in line for his first start of the season when Chelsea head to Newcastle on Sunday.

The Belgium World Cup star has come on as a second-half substitute in both matches so far, but boss Maurizio Sarri says he is now ready to play around 60 minutes.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas looks set to miss out again with a knee problem.

Provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Moses, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi.

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Unai Emery backs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rediscover his goal scoring form

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Aubameyang has not been at his best goal-scoring form of late.

Unai Emery admits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to rediscover his confidence but has backed the Arsenal forward to hit the goal trail before too long.

The Gabon international missed two glorious chances during last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Chelsea, which condemned the Gunners to back-to-back defeats in Emery’s first two games in charge.

Aubameyang, 29, is Arsenal’s record signing having joined from Borussia Dortmund in January and Emery feels the striker requires a boost in confidence to start scoring goals this season.

“Aubameyang needs to find the confidence, then to score and score another,” he said.

“The strikers, they need, I know a lot of strikers in my career and it’s about the moment, they need (to be in) the moment, and he’s the same.

Aubameyang was guilty of wasting two chances against Chelsea.

Aubameyang was guilty of wasting two chances against Chelsea.

“But I’m sure now that Aubameyang, (Alexandre) Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, they will score more goals in here, for us, in Arsenal.”

Aubameyang certainly did not struggle in front of goal in the second half of last season as the former St Etienne forward netted 10 times in just 13 Premier League outings for Arsenal.

“Last year, Aubameyang scored goals here and for that I spoke with him more times and I have given him my confidence with his work,” added Emery.

“He is going to find goals. The first six months for him here is good and he was doing goals last year and for that I am sure he is going to do the same this time.”

Aubameyang has been preferred to fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette in Emery’s opening two games, the Frenchman coming off the bench in the losses to Manchester City and Chelsea.

But, with West Ham the visitors to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Emery does not believe it is time to send out the duo as a strike partnership.

“At the moment, no,” he replied when asked if he could be tempted to play a front two against the Hammers.

“At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside.

“After this possession, to do the attacking moments and defending moments with this balance.”

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FPL tips: Stick with Sergio Aguero as captain, Paul Pogba is Gameweek 3's bold choice

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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 2326997-532303.

It’s been a good start to the season for a majority of FPL managers, with an average score of 56 points in Gameweek 1 followed by a 60-point average last week showing that plenty of coaches are thriving at the beginning of this Premier League campaign.

And with some of the league’s star players already in top form, there are points on offer for most managers as long as they get their picks right.

Whether the next round of fixtures is about continuing a good start or turning around a poor one, there are plenty of options to make your team a winning one this weekend.

Here are our expert picks for Gameweek 3.

CAPTAIN – SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY| 11.1M

We picked Sergio Aguero for captain last week. He only went and bagged a hat-trick as Manchester City routed Huddersfield 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium. The Argentine also hit the woodwork once, and took a total of nine shots.

With form like that, there’s no reason to pick anyone else in Gameweek 3. Plus, he’s got a ringing endorsement from his manager, with Pep Guardiola insisting that this is the fittest the striker has been in a long time – a scary prospect given that he’s been one of the Premier League’s top forwards over the last seven seasons anyway.

The 30-year-old has the second-most hat-tricks in league history, with nine, behind only Alan Shearer on that particular list, and there’s every chance he can grab a few more goals this weekend with the way the champions are playing.

City face newly-promoted Wolves, and even though the fixture is away from home, the former Atletico Madrid ace will fancy his chances of racking up the goals against a defence still getting used to the Premier League. He may even hit consecutive trebles – would anyone put it past him?

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

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SADIO MANE (9.8m)

The way Liverpool have started the season has seen their players become hot property on FPL, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah especially vying for managers’ attention. With a home game against Brighton coming up, the Reds can again be expected to be on the front foot in attack, giving their forwards more chances to bring points. Mane currently has more goals, 3 to 1, and more overall points, 26 to 17, but the biggest reason to pick the Senegalese attacker is the price. Salah is listed at 13m, making Mane a much more affordable option.

MARCOS ALONSO (6.6m)

Marcos Alonso has carried on from where he left off last season, taking his perch atop the points rankings for defenders after two weeks of the new campaign. The Spaniard scored against Arsenal last weekend, and should be good for more points in Gameweek 3, when Chelsea travel to face a struggling Newcastle side. The Blues lost 3-0 in their last trip to St. James’ Park on the final day of last season, so they’ll be looking for revenge, and the nature of their attacking play should give Alonso plenty of chances to add to his points tally.

BOLD CHOICE

PAUL POGBA (8.0m)

Paul Pogba put the onus on himself after Manchester United‘s shock defeat to Brighton last weekend, saying his attitude wasn’t right in that game. He’ll want to back up his words with a strong performance, especially given United’s opponents this gameweek are Tottenham. The first significant match of the Red Devils’ season is the perfect time for the French star to come good.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

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HENRIKH MKHITARYAN | ARSENAL | 7.1M

Henrikh Mkhitaryan kick-started his season against Chelsea last weekend, scoring a goal and providing an assist in Arsenal‘s 3-2 loss. Given the Gunners’ kind run of fixtures coming up, starting with West Ham on Saturday. Their following five games include encounters with Cardiff, Newcastle, Watford and Fulham, with a home date with Everton the only tough-looking fixture on paper. It’s a run that should allow the Armenian playmaker to discover his best form.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

DANNY INGS | SOUTHAMPTON | 5.5M

Ings impressed when coming on for his Southampton debut in Gameweek 1, then followed that up by scoring in his first start for his new team last week. The Saints face Leicester City at home this weekend, and the Foxes were one of the league’s poorer travellers last season, with Ings set to benefit from his opponents’ poor away form. Southampton have a kind run of fixtures coming up as well, making the Englishman a solid option for the coming weeks.

Danny Ings

Danny Ings

TWO TO AVOID

HARRY MAGUIRE | LEICESTER CITY | 5.5M

Leicester City have three away games in their next six, a worrying fixture list for a team that wasn’t good on the road last season. And one of their home matches is against Liverpool, making the coming weeks a tough time for the Foxes, and especially for the defence. Harry Maguire hasn’t hit the heights of last season yet, and it might be too much to expect him to do so immediately given his side’s upcoming fixtures.

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire

DAVID DE GEA | MANCHESTER UNITED | 6.0M

United have let in four goals in their opening two games of this campaign – a mark it took nine games to reach last season. Not good signs for any goalkeeper behind that defence, even if that keeper happens to be David de Gea. And the Spaniard’s own form is in question, having conceded 10 times from the last 14 shots on target that he’s faced since the start of the World Cup.

David de Gea

David de Gea

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