Michael Baddeley is back from holiday just in time to give you the low down on who you should add into your FPL sides this week!
We are back! Sorry for missing last week’s installment in the FPL Tips series, I would have loved to help you guys out but I was a little busy sitting on a beach in sunny Greece! Anyway, let’s get straight into it!
Chris Wood – £6.5m
The first player on our watchlist is Burnley’s Chris Wood. The Clarets new boy has only played 120 minutes of Premier League football this season but still has two goals to his name. As you should all know the New Zealand international faces Liverpool this weekend, and with our defensive record he could cause the Reds’ defence a massive headache.
Being priced at £6.5m would give us freedom to use money elsewhere and with home games against Huddersfield, West Ham and Newcastle in the following five games, he could be a real bargain.
Leroy Sané, £8.2m
I have to admit myself, this would be a very,’ very big risk. I expect Pep Guardiola to rotate his players this weekend due to the midweek away game vs Feyenoord, if he does rotate then Sané has every chance of playing.
The young German will be raring to go and will be eager to take force his way into the first team. If last week’s phenomenal cameo against Liverpool is anything to go by, then the starlet may well take that opportunity with both hands.
Jamal Lascelles, £4.5m
Last but not least, the Newcastle captain is a guaranteed starter for Rafa Benitez’s Magpies who have kept clean sheets in each of their last two games.
Newcastle face Stoke at home this weekend followed by Brighton (A), Liverpool (H), Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Burnley (A). The Liverpool game might be very tough, however, he certainly stands a good chance at keeping a clean sheet in the other games and at £4.5 and with 2.1% ownership, the skipper could be a real differential for managers.
In net, we have opted for Newcastle’s Elliot, the Geordies have improved defensively and face Stoke at home. It was a tough call, but we didn’t fancy doubling up on West Brom’s defence so Elliot has been given the nod ahead of Foster.
This week all our defenders have a home game which is obviously very favourable. First up we have Hegazi who faces West Ham, then we have Cedric who faces Crystal Palace and finally Ben Davies who faces Swansea at home.
West Ham have failed to score in two of their three away games this season and Pulis will be looking for his defence to put a better performance in than last week’s. Cedric is the one risk as Crystal Palace will probably have a case of new management syndrome. Davies is the nailed on one here in my opinion, which probably means he will concede and not get any attacking returns now!
Moving on to the midfield, we’ve had two forced moves this week, Mané’s red card and Pogba’s injury means the two make way for players from the same teams, Salah and Mkhitaryan.
Klopp and his Reds will be looking to bounce back from two poor results with a win and without Mané expect Salah to become the main man. Mkhitaryan already has five assists this season and has every chance of adding to that tally. Everton have conceded in the last three, add that to the the travelling to and from Italy for the Europa League, it could be a recipe for disaster for the Blues.
Eriksen is possibly the most inform midfielder in the league this season and like Davies faces Swansea at home, if he’s on song this weekend then we could see goals and assists from the Dane.
Aaron Mooy is our last midfielder and to be perfectly honest I don’t expect him to be amongst the goals as Huddersfield play host to Leicester City. The games he faces after aren’t easy either and we will probably be looking to replace him next week!
Lukaku is the first of our strikers this weekend as he faces a tired Everton defence at home. Will the big-man score against his old side? He’s already scored ten goals in eight games for club and country this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if he added to that great start.
Chicharito is our second striker and like Mooy, he is possibly on his last week. He’s been in the side for two weeks and has done nothing in either game, he’s really starting to test my patience and at £7.1m, I can’t really justify keeping him if he can’t score.
Our final pick and captain for the week is Harry Kane. The Spurs striker seems to have realised where the net is in the last few games and is on fire at the moment. He has five goals and one assist in the last two games for his club and faces a poor Swansea side this weekend, for these reasons we couldn’t really look much further than the Hurrikane himself!
There you have it, my three players to watch and our XI for the week. Good luck FPL managers!