The Premier League throws a curveball this weekend in the form of another Friday night kick-off – meaning an early deadline for this week’s Fantasy league.
Brighton’s clash with Bournemouth means that players now have until 7pm on Friday night to assemble and perfect their lineups for this weekend, which will almost certainly lead people to panic and, to quote Kent Brockman, crack each others’ heads open and feast on the goo inside.
Fear not, however, as we have trudged through that walking nightmare that is an early deadline to give you three players that should steer you right and bring home those sweet, sweet fantasy points.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Get him while he’s still relatively cheap. The 20-year-old Brazilian has scored four goals in his last three games – and could have had a hatful against Liverpool last weekend – as he continues to grow in stature. While he could be selected against Watford as a lone striker on Saturday (Pep Guardiola seems to prefer him to Sergio Aguero), the success of his partnership with Aguero recently makes them both deadly propositions.
Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)
Any Tottenham defender this weekend is likely to gain the six clean sheet points (no offence intended to Swansea), and while the temptation might be to select any of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen or new signing Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies is actually out-performing them and costs slightly less.
With Danny Rose still injured, the Welsh international is almost certain to deputise again – and if he utilised as a wing-back in a 3-4-3 (as seems likely), the chances of an assist )or even a goal) are heightened.
Alternatively, selecting Harry Kane (all £12.4m of him) seems a fairly safe bet too after he rediscovered his goalscoring form recently.
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
Although top six clashes can be unpredictable at the best of times, throwing Arsenal into the mix normally clears up some of that confusion. Putting Arsenal away from home in that scenario and it borders on ‘banker’ territory. THe Gunners’ away record against their closest rivals is generally pretty hopeless, and their worrying start to the new season means that can’t be expected to change at Stamford Bridge.
Morata has made a very promising start to his Chelsea career with three goals and two assists in his opening four Premier League games. With Arsenal almost certain to concede at some point, the Spanish international seems the most likely to do the damage.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we’re joined by Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy to discuss the FAI Cup semi-final draw, and look ahead to this weekend’s EA Sports Cup final between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.