Welcome back to the Premier League break, where International footballers return to their clubs for pointless games for a couple of weeks before they return back to their International teams…. Or is it the other way around? Hard to tell.
The biggest tip I can give you is don’t read anything at all into this break, it doesn’t matter that Hazard scored against a team of bakers, he’s not a must have now. It doesn’t matter if Jordan Henderson is Englands only centre midfielder, he’s still a terrible footballer. We can’t all rely on Tim Cahill or Leo Messi to get us victories in our head to heads.
We can however all laugh at The Netherlands and United States. Now, on with the show.
Alexis Sanchez Vs Watford (a)
Will he be benched for jet-lag? I would doubt it, Arsenal need to play their best player. Sure, he did get benched this time last year then exploded, but Arsenal were looking much better than they do now.
A case could be made here for Lacazette, but Sanchez is THE man, and at this point Lacazette will only be allowed the scraps that Sanchez doesn’t want. Alexis had 8 shots last gameweek, his head is in the game, and if you’re one of the growing number of people to have brought him in, you’ve done so because you can stick the ‘C’ on him in games like this.
Watford have never even managed a draw against Arsenal at home, and with their troubles at the back I’d be expecting at least a victory by 2 goals.
Eden Hazard Vs Crystal Palace (a)
Ok Ok… above I said he’s NOT yet a must have because he scored against a team of bakers. Then I saw he was playing Palace, who isn’t as good as a team of bakers. He won’t make my top 3 but with Morata out, Hazard is primed to play just behind the striker, will be on penalties and everything will go through him… Going to be scary.
Palace on the other hand couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat which brings me onto…
Alonso vs Palace (a)
Chelsea will keep a clean sheet here. There’s a guaranteed 12 points if you throw the ‘C’ on Alonso. We also can’t forget how damn good he is away from home; he’s twice scored two goals away from home in the past year and Crystal Palaces wing backs are laughable. Palace will defend, and when that happens Alonso will be given a licence to roam.
Harold Kane Vs Bournemouth (h)
England’s very own Tim Cahill comes up against the team who are 2nd last on the ladder – Check
England’s new Alan Shearer has scored 3 braces already this season – check
England legend Harry Kane has a home fixture – NOPE
Nope… We’ve been down this path before. He plays his most fantasy relevant games away from home; all of his braces are away from home so you can’t safely have him. You really, really, REALLY want too, but you can’t. Look, I know you all will… Hell, I’ll probably do it, but we need to stand strong together.
The one you want is Eriksen, who is scoring for fun this year, under the radar and actually has fantasy returns at home.
Closer each day, Home & Away.
Romelu Lukaku Vs Liverpool (a)
For all Liverpool’s attacking prowess, at the back they resemble a baboon’s anus, barely functional, and fascinating to watch because it’s both intriguing and disgusting… The same reason people watch ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, or midget porn, or why I’ll likely watch my wife give birth.
Sure, there’s a very good chance that Liverpool score 4, but who really cares when Lukaku could score 5? The very worst case scenario would be that Romelu does exactly what he does every bloody game, and score only 1. Job done.
A Man City player vs Stoke (h)
Let’s forget this nonsense about City being average at home. They’ve won their last 4 matches with a goal difference of +17… and Stoke have skeleton staff in defence at the moment.
Let’s also forget the heartache a lot of us felt when this fixture took place in a double game week last year, and ended 0-0.
Who do you go with though? Jesus is the obvious pick, their only top drawer striker in Agueros absence, but travelled and could well be rested… because he’s their only real option.
Raheem Sterling is another choice, he’s scoring, is part of a front three and being the confidence player he is, could excel. Sterling is no Leroy Sane though, Sane is better, also scoring for fun and seems the one likely to get the nod up top if Jesus doesn’t play. Is he the best option though?
Answer: No. David Silva is. He’s the one attacking threat that plays most minutes by a mile, has 6 assists in 4 games and received 2 bonus points in each game. He will thrive in a game like this.
3. Marcos Alonso
2. David Silva
1. Harry Kane (yep, I’ve broken already)
1. Alexis Sanchez
1. Harry Kane – definitely Harry Kane, with warning.
No point of difference this week, because there is plenty above… But if I had to choose one, then Jamie Vardy at home to West Brom is my pick!
Who will you go with, let us know below! Good luck