It was perhaps the weirdest Gameweek in the history of FPL, we are not kidding, and it was actually the Gameweek with most goals in a week since the game started! Everton’s beautiful performance against West Brom was perhaps the best they have looked since Ancelotti took over, they really controlled the midfield and Rodriguez was pretty much everywhere on the pitch with Dominic Calvert Lewin scoring a pretty unorthodox hat trick. We would actually look at a couple of games this week to actually understand if the recent results of the respective teams have any hidden gems that can help you climb the ranks this week.
Arsenal vs West Ham United:
Arsenal won 2-1 against West Ham, but the score line is unable to reflect on the difficult performance they had despite winning. Arsenal definitely dominated the possession but were unable to gain any territory where they could actually pose as a regular threat to a pretty weak West Ham defense. West Ham despite not being the best team defensively posed a good threat upfront with Michail Antonio trying to find as much space as he could and assisting his right side players to create some clear chances for the team.
Another important takeaway from the game is that Arteta could be the new Pep, for FPL managers , Arteta is not afraid to make critical changes during the game and it could be seen when he subbed off the goal scorer Lacazette for a rookie like Nketiah who ended up scoring the winner for his team. Here are the players that you should avoid and the players you should keep an eye on from this match:
Southampton vs Tottenham:
A game filled with goals, Spurs outscored Southampton by 3 goals thanks to the heroics of Son Heung Min and Harry Kane, but in no way Southampton was an easy walk for them in the park, if I am being honest during the first half it actually looked like Southampton would take something away from this game. Danny Ings scored a beautiful goal and then another late penalty to give a good return to the managers that trusted him to carry on his last season’s performance.
An important thing to look at was Kane playing as sort of a primary playmaker with both wingers running towards the goal, similar to how Firmino plays in the Liverpool front three but Kane is a far superior player than Firmino and could keep playing in this system if Jose feels it can work against teams with deep blocks. Harry Kane used to actually play as central midfielder during his time in academies and his coaches felt like he can become one of the world’s best if he can actually use his physical traits along superior read of the game through different positions on the pitch and we can see it worked out well for him. Here are the important players from the game:
Player to Watch for Gameweek 3
P. Aubameyang (11.9):
You would think that having a goal and an assist to your name in two matches would be good enough for FPL managers but Aubameyang owners actually took him out this week in huge numbers which ended up decreasing his price by 0.1. In my personal opinion it is not a very well thought out decision by so many of you, Arsenal has been amazing against teams that want to play on similar footing with them since Arteta took over and Aubameyang plays a crucial part in that, and with them facing Liverpool and Sheffield next, he is bound to be the focal point of Arsenals attack and could still give some big points especially against a struggling Sheffield.
Michail Antonio (6.4):
Antonio is a FPL favorite since the end of last season and an option worth considering for many FPL managers if they are looking for a premium midfield and a budget option upfront but with some really difficult fixtures coming up in the next four gameweeks, avoid him at any cost. West Ham have too much going wrong for them right now unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation and it would not be a good choice to include any of their players right now.
Harry Kane (10.5):
Kane is bound to return points for those who have faith in him, with his next few fixtures being against Newcastle, Brighton and West Ham, we are sure he would prove to be a big point scorer in all of these gameweeks and a must have for your team.
Matt Doherty (6.0):
Doherty is still to register his first CS or Assist this season, but we saw glimpses of his time from Wolves this game as he actually landed a beautiful assist to Kane which ended up being offside. Mourinho still is playing through the right side but with the arrival of Reguilon, things could change for how Spurs play through the left side and you should in no circumstances include Ben Davis in your team now.
Che Adams (5.9):
There were so many managers who included Che Adams in their Gameweek 1 teams due to his good preseason performances but it is clear that he is not good enough to rely on week in week out and it would be better if all of the managers try to bring in Bamford instead of him who is proving to be one of the most reliable players out there this season.
Players to have in your team if you could:
James Rodriguez (7.6):
The Everton playmaker looks like one of the best options to have in the midfield this season and his creativity could prove to be a big problem for Crystal Palace this week since Palace have conceded almost ten shots from set pieces in two games and paired up with Lucas Digne, you can bet that he would be a constant threat from corners and free kicks this week apart from the killer passes he play in for Richarlison.
Reece James (5.1):
The Chelsea full back was amazing against Brighton last week and pretty unlucky this week due to a late red card for his team in the first half against Liverpool. I am expecting him to carry on from the same point and with West Broms primary Left Back missing this week due to a red card, Reece can cause all sorts of problems with Ziyech coming back this week.
Kevin De Bryune (11.6):
KdB created six chances and landed four shots against a resilient Wolves this week and saw his price jumping 0.1 from the very first game he played. He is one of the few players in this world that can create something out of nothing and there should be no fixture assessment to have him in your teams since we all know he will give points week in week out. If you have this guy in your team, you can make him the Captain this week too!
Mason Greenwood (7.5):
Greenwood had an excellent outing for a few mins he was on the pitch against Luton in midweek clash for Carabao Cup where he registered his first goal and assist of the season. Greenwood would be looking to do the same this week but have a difficult task with Tariq Lamptey matching up against him on the right side. I expect him to come out on top due to his excellent out of the box shots and if he gets a few yards away from Lamptey he could look to cross for Martial or try his luck from the distance. I am expecting United to give a strong performance to silence their critics this week and Greenwood should be at the center of it all.
Jack Grealish (7.0):
Fulham have conceded 7 goals in their last two games and look a mess at the back. You can bank on Grealish’s creativity to pick apart the Fulham defenders who look lost at times. Grealish could face some problems due to Harrison Reed marking him the whole game but all it takes is one moment of magic from the Aston Villa playmaker and I expect him to come out on top this week.
Players to keep an eye on:
Eric Baily (5.0):
There is absolutely no explanation in this world that justifies Lindelof playing ahead of Baily in United’s defense except the constant injuries he face. Baily had an excellent outing against Luton and arguably was the heart of the defense but it is too early to add him to your FPL teams even though Ole has indicated that he would be going for him regularly now and should wait until he starts for full 90 mins in the Premier League.
James Tarkowski (5.5):
Tarkowski is the focal point of Burnley’s strong defensive performances since a long time but he is still facing a toe injury that could prevent him starting against Southampton this week and with lack of match fitness, I am afraid Danny Ings could cause some problems for them even if he starts. You should keep an eye out for any announcements regarding his fitness nevertheless since they soon face a struggling Newcastle.
My team this week:
Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy (SOU)
Defenders: Tyrick Mitchell, (CRY), Matt Doherty (TOT), Reece James (CHE) and Walker-Peters (SOU)
Midfielders: Aubameyang (ARS), Greenwood (MUN), Kai Havertz (CHE) and James Rodriguez (EVE)
Forwards: Harry Kane (TOT) and Anthony Martial (MUN)
Bench: Steer, Bellerin, Saint-Maximin and Brewster
Captain: Harry Kane
As you can see I hit a roadblock with Dele in my team and there is no straight way for him back in the team right now, I have opted for Greenwood in his place this week and would keep assessing what the situation with Alli is because with the arrival of Bale, there could be some changes in how Spurs play the game. I hope you have a great Gameweek and bring some amazing points this week!