Massive thanks to Jerome for filling in for Chris this week!
While Chris is off on his international break, I’m taking over at least for this week. Just don’t get used to Lukaku not being number one.
We’ll have a go at a different format this week while our man is away. Let’s go over the options…
Harry Kane vs Everton (A)
So now that August is over, Kane can once again be seriously considered. He faces as interesting trip away to Goodison Park where he has scored just the one goal in three attempts. What is interesting to note is that he did bag two against them (at home) last season. We all know Harry Kane is a beast, he didn’t score in August last year yet still ended up with a golden boot. He’s also fresh off two goals (both against Malta) from the international break so he looks to have gotten back into the swing of things.
I’m backing Kane in, I’ve brought him in on the back of my wildcard and I’m fully expecting a return this week.
Jesus/Aguero vs Liverpool (H)
Let’s pray Man City release the team sheets slightly early, so at least these owners can have some peace of mind. Last week against Bournemouth neither of the two looked at their dominant best, Aguero did only have 24 minutes on the pitch and had two shots at goal which is an encouraging sign. Now, there’s every chance that both of these two could get on the scoresheet by the end of the game as they both are prolific strikers, but I’m tipping against it. Liverpool have had the wood over City since Klopp has taken over, with the Kloppites coming into this week with a huge 9-3 aggregate over six games in the premier league. Aguero scoring two of City’s three goals.
City on a whole have been underwhelming while Liverpool on the other hand have been on fire. Much has been said about Liverpool’s defence, but aside from a couple of hiccups against Watford they have been pretty solid. Captaining any City assets at all would be risky. In saying that, I think Aguero gets on the scoresheet this weekend IF he starts, I wouldn’t go captaining Jesus though.
Lukaku vs Stoke (A)
Lukaku has netted three in his last four against Stoke and three in his last three for United this season. He also bagged four goals in his two international games (to be fair, three were in a 9-0 rout against the not-so-mighty Gibraltar) so he definitely looks like a prime candidate for captaincy. He comes up against Stoke who have conceded just the one goal this season, and are building a tidy defence who are even further protected by Joe Allen and Darren Fletcher. Stoke will be tough to break down and I expect a similar approach to the one they took against Arsenal – defend, defend, defend and absorb the pressure until an opportunity arises. However I think United will be too strong though and will score two (maybe more) and I’m backing Lukaku to be a part of that.
Sanchez vs Bournemouth (H)
Alexis Sanchez is an out-and-out machine, 30 goals and 17 assists all competitions last season says it all, he is an animal. He also has three in his last three against Bournemouth. Usually when Arsenal put in one of these insipid performances, they bounce back, and bounce back hard. I can smell goals for Arsenal this weekend and Sanchez should be a part of that. He sits at just 2.5% ownership, so he would be a HUGE differential, especially if he can get onto a double figure score, which is highly possible. He’s a professional and I think he can put last weeks transfer saga behind him and make a statement. SPOILER: He’s my number one this week.
Morata vs Leicester (A)
Probably an option quite a few of us underestimated, thinking he would take time to adapt to the Premier League. He certainly hasn’t needed it! Two double figure returns in two weeks is awesome stuff, his owners must be laughing. Leicester are also in terrible defensive form, conceding 4 goals to Arsenal and 2 goals to United. Great news for Chelsea and Morata owners alike! Morata seems to have adapted well to the league so far and is relishing having a consistent starting spot. So far all his returns have come at home but I’m tipping that to change this week.
Salah/Firmino/Mane vs Man City (A)
Throw a blanket over these three, Liverpool look deadly at the moment and these three are basically left to do as they please up forward. Liverpool will score, how many is the question, another question is who will do the scoring? Does Mane score for the fourth consecutive game? Will Salah continue to shine in his second chance in the EPL? With Firmino on penalties, does he get pole position? Who bloody knows, not me, that’s for sure.
Picking the best scorer out of these three each week will be impossible, if you’ve got two and can’t decide – flip a coin; if you’ve only got one, and don’t have Sanchez – why not? As I’ve said before, Liverpool have been huge against City in recent times, scoring above three goals in two their six games and you wouldn’t be crazy if you backed them to do it again, they look that good in front of goal. Captain them while they’re hot!
Lacazette vs Bournemouth (H)
He didn’t start last week, will he this week? Most probably, the £52 million man won’t be left on the bench two games in a row. I can tell you that much, what I can’t tell you is how he will react. Unfortunately, there’s no real form history for us to go on in the Premier League and we covered his potential and history during the pre-season. In saying that, I think there are ‘safer’ options this week, his mate Alexis looks a better option.
1. Sanchez – I know this seems gutsy given his lack of form and unrest at the Gunners, but both Alexis and Arsenal should get back on the winners list this week and history suggests Sanchez will be amongst the points.
2. Salah – It seems a bit unorthodox to captain someone against City but games between the top six can get real fiery and the Liverpool boys are in some ripping form. I’m backing Salah to do some major damage to the Sky Blues on the counter.
3. Lukaku – I mean, Chris would kill me if he wasn’t in the top 3. It was hard to split him and Morata for the third position. Lukaku got it based on his form and history, however I couldn’t have him at number one until we see some more away form.
Wilfried Bony – He finally gets to start again (if deemed fit) and what better way to start his season off with a goal or two on his return to the Liberty Stadium where he truly made a name for himself. It is a fairly wild choice but I’ve got a very strong inkling he will get on the scoresheet against Newcastle. At 6.0m, you couldn’t do much better! I suppose there’s a chance he will be eased back into things given his lack of football, but it’s a punt for a reason!!!
There you have it, league football is here again and I can’t wait to get back into it after what feels like an eternity. Hope you enjoyed what I’ve splurged out. Let’s just hope at least one of these guys score so I can continue to sleep at night.
To those who have wildcarded, good luck, to those who haven’t – even more! Good luck for Gameweek 4 everyone!