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Domestic football makes a welcome return with many a fantasy asset showing what they could do had they featured in your team. With Lacazette, Kane and Raphina all turning in returns last week, it was a reasonable showing for the selections. With the gameweek average being a lowly 25 there was potential to climb the ranks with an astute move or three with Veltman/Trossard fulfilling their fantasy potentials and Lingard carrying in some impressive confidence/form as he continues his Hammers renaissance.
Skimming the fixtures, Chelsea face West Brom in the early KO, Leeds take on the managerless Sheffield (who were worryingly more inept than any of their previous showings) Manchester United and Spurs have potentially appealing games against Brighton/Newcastle respectively and there are big names facing off as Leicester face Man City and Arsenal take on Liverpool.
My © will be Bruno
Vice – Kane
I think a good case can be made for any of the four below so go with your gut if you are unsure.
Chelsea do look really appealing but I believe in the Saturday early kick-off curse so I rarely pick from there.
Bamford – TSB ~ 48% – Sheffield United
In the previous gameweek, he managed to rack up a goal and an assist despite not being fully fit against what had been one of the tighter defences in the league of late. Next is Sheffield United whose first managerless game was an abysmal watch, a far more appealing prospect. Three weeks later they are no closer to bringing someone in and are in serious doubt to put up a fight as the drop looks inevitable. Should a goal drop in early for Leeds this could well be another 5-0. Whilst Raphina does have that flair factor, with such a high goal involvement Bamford should be your man here. Probably the last chance to sensibly captain a Leeds player over the next four weeks with MCI/LIV/MUN to follow.
Kane -TSB ~ 45% – Newcastle
With goals in his last fixture and over the IB, many will hope that Kane continues this as Spurs visit the Toon with Spurs looking to continue their resurgence on their London Rivals occupying the 4th/5th (European spots) and both within a win. A win here will help no doubt and whilst Moura has been stepping up in Bale’s disappearance of form and Son’s creativity when injured, it will always come down to one man in white. I thought last week Newcastle would show some fight for the PL but they look as abject as Sheffield do and so I would think this should be a good fixture for Spurs/Kane to attack.
Bruno – TSB ~ 56% – BRI
After Brighton’s strong showing in 29 and 2 wins on the trot, I think Brighton are due for a reality check as Manchester United come around. With many focusing on the upcoming Euros I think we can expect a highly motivated Manchester United squad here and whilst Bruno has never really needed that encouragement to perform I think he will benefit given his high % goal involvement. Also, high ownership plus penalties – I’m sure there are many other factors involved but he is my gut pick.
Jota ~ 5.0% – ARS
In theory, this shouldn’t be an open fixture, but Arsenal have yet to really convince anyone that they are consistently good enough to be taking on teams like Liverpool.
Liverpool have been on a bit of a shocker, but some of their players look quite invigorated by the International Break, as such, I’d be tempted by a punt on Jota due to his low ownership, price and effectiveness in the Liverpool attack earlier this season.