Did you back Chelsea strongly at the start and are now floundering early? Fear not, because your Fantasy Premier League season can still be saved!
First thing’s first though, take out the Chelsea players. They’re away at Tottenham this weekend and that doesn’t tend to go well for them. Chelsea’s only saving grace is that Spurs weren’t very good at Wembley, so we shall see, but I wouldn’t be counting on them.
In the meantime, given the events of last week and the fixtures this weekend, here are three players you’d be wise to put your imaginary Premier League money on.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
The party is back in full swing, as evidenced by his two goals in last week’s 4-3 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. The result may have been cruel on the Foxes in the end but they did have some positives to take from it – not least the England international’s brace.
Vardy seems to have returned to something approaching his 2015/16 form since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri at the King Power (his five goals last April were a prime example) and what’s more, Leicester this week face newly-promoted Brighton, resilient against Man City last week but still finding their feet in the division.
Regardless of whether Leicester end up beating Brighton, Vardy finding the net again is an extremely strong possibility.
Joe Hart (West Ham United)
Granted, Hart and West Ham didn’t enjoy the best of games at Old Trafford last week, but they travel to Southampton this weekend who haven’t scored at St. Mary’s in around two years (or six matches if we’re insisting on being all “accurate” about it), and despite West Ham’s lousy performance on Sunday, Slaven Bilic has made some decent signings there.
With question marks around Manolo Gabbiadini’s fitness (assuming he even plays) Southampton look a bit of a soft touch up front – Hart could have the chance to get that first clean sheet in West Ham colours.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Picking a Liverpool defender is probably the ballsiest thing you can do in Fantasy Premier League – yeah they win most of their matches but how often do they keep a clean sheet? Bear with me on this one.
Crystal Palace’s recent record is very good – three wins from their last three visits good – but last week against Huddersfield exposed some big teething problems with Frank De Boer’s new system, and although Christian Benteke terrorised the Reds’ defence in this game last season the new tactics that they are playing are less….Sam Allardyce-y.
At £4.5m, the 18-year-old is probably the cheapest guaranteed starter in a top six defence this weekend, and given the right-back’s strong set-piece ability (shown not just from his free-kick against Hoffenheim in midweek but his corner-taking skills also) there’s the potential bonus of an assist in there too.