The Fantasy Premier League season continues to give us plenty to ponder. Clean sheets were a premium in Gameweek 3 with only Aston Villa, Southampton and Newcastle United able to keep their opponents at bay.
An average score of 44 was just three better than GW2 while Raheem Sterling and Teemu Pukki continued to their fine start to the Premier League campaign. Sergio Aguero also got in on the act though while Mohamed Salah was the top-scorer with 16 points.
This weekend, Manchester United and Liverpool face tricky trips to Southampton and Burnley respectively while Chelsea host Norwich. Manchester City have the most appealing fixture as they play Brighton at the Etihad.
Here are a few tips to help guide you.
CAPTAIN – RAHEEM STERLING | MANCHESTER CITY | 12.2M
Having been a consistent threat this season, there’s no reason to doubt Sterling. He’s just one point behind top-scorer Pukki so far and boasts an ICT Index (Influence Creativity Threat) of 50.8 which is the highest in the game.
With five goals already, Sterling looks well on course for another superb season and at home to Brighton is just the kind of game where he could yield massive returns. He’s had 10 shots from inside the box which is exactly the kind of volume you want to see from an attacker.
In the last six home games, Sterling has managed six goals and an assist – better returns than any other City player.
TEEMU PUKKI (7.0m) is no longer a ‘bold’ pick. He’s a legitimate captain candidate. With 35 points so far, he’s the top-scoring player in the game. Only Ashley Barnes has had more shots than his 12 this season and all of those efforts have come from inside the box with nine of them on target. He faces West Ham who have conceded 13 big chances so far, more than anyone else in the league. The Pukki party continues!
SERGIO AGUERO (12.0m) is something of a differential at the moment with an ownership of less than 20 per cent at the time of writing. He’s scored in each of the opening three games this season and really came alive with a brace at Bournemouth in GW3. Gabriel Jesus’ injury saw him play the full 90 minutes and with the Brazilian still out of action, that could well happen again.
JAMES MADDISON (7.0m) is continuing to be one of the best creative forces in the Premier League. He’s a bold pick though because of Leicester’s midweek excursions in the League Cup where they defeated Newcastle on penalties. That said, Maddison did score from a free-kick and converted during the shootout with a panenka.
ONE TO GET
TODD CANTWELL | NORWICH CITY | 4.7M
Only Sterling, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Mason Mount have scored more points from midfield than Todd Cantwell. He was our bargain buy last week and delivered with a goal against Chelsea to add to his two assists so far. He’s made eight key passes this season and faces the Hammers this time around who are proving to have a weak defence.
ONE TO AVOID
GYLFI SIGURDSSON | EVERTON | 7.8M
Everton have some superb attacking options on paper but Marco Silva is struggling to fit all the pieces together at the moment. Gylfi Sigurdsson is clearly the central figure in that number 10 role but hasn’t been effective.
He’s struggled to create chances and Everton as a whole haven’t looked threatening going forward. It’s time to get rid of the Iceland international as he’s losing value fast. The midfielder has dropped by 0.2m already and there are far too many good options within his price range to consider keeping patience.
MARTIN KELLY | CRYSTAL PALACE | 4.1M
The value of a 4.0m defender playing every week can’t be overstated. Martin Kelly has surprisingly proved to be just that. Even with Gary Cahill coming into the side in GW3, Kelly kept his place and has seen his price rise to 4.1m.
He’s still great value and a means to an end when it comes to bolstering your squad in other areas. He’ll pick up his share of clean sheets as well so provided you use him wisely, he could deliver some decent returns even though that’s not what he’s there for.
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