How well will Cristiano Ronaldo fare at Juventus?

As Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s greatest footballers, there has been plenty of speculation over his recent move from Real Madrid to Juventus. The switch between these two iconic European football clubs may have caused plenty of headlines, but it also gave Ronaldo one of the biggest challenges of his career.

Whilst Ronaldo managed to score a goal in his first Juventus friendly game against Juventus B, it’s clear that he didn’t face such an easy time once the Serie A competition got started. Although Ronaldo managed to score goals effortlessly in La Liga, he had to wait an agonising three games to hit the back of the net for Juventus.

Ronaldo managed to break the deadlock with two goals against Sassuolo and it will have eased the tension mounting about whether the Portuguese ace could really deliver at such a monumental Italian club like Juventus. Whilst he broke many goalscoring records with Real Madrid, it took him 28 shots to eventually get a goal with Juventus. This is probably down to the sheer amount of attention he has received from the notoriously defensive Serie A league, and the fact that he has been Juventus’ most-fouled player also shows just how tightly he is being marked.

Despite this, Ronaldo has still managed to create plenty of goals for his teammates as was seen by his help in each of the goals in the recent Juventus 3-1 win over Napoli. But how long does Ronaldo see himself playing football at the Allianz Stadium? The star is already 33 years old, and whilst he might have one more World Cup in him, he must surely be thinking ahead to how to finish his career on top.

Ronaldo has been no stranger to making money away from the pitch. He has already successfully launched his own CR7 fashion boutique and graced the cover of the FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer video games. Whilst his own video game, Ronaldo & Hugo: Superstar Skaters, is unlikely to be featured on any of the esports betting sites featured at www.esports.net/, it shows just how versatile the Cristiano Ronaldo brand name can be.

Thankfully, it looks like Ronaldo’s goal against Sassuolo will have calmed nerves, and the star can get back to the task of helping Juventus reclaim their Serie A league title. And with a pivotal Champions League match against Manchester United just around the corner, it seems as though we haven’t seen the last of the formidable skills of Cristiano Ronaldo just yet.

Who will win the Golden Boot this season?

Antonio Conte has been replaced by Maurizio Sarri, with the heavy-smoking former Napoli manager favouring an attacking approach, meaning the only side left in the top six with a defensive outlook are Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

That means the race for the Golden Boot in the Premier League this term should be wide open, something which is reflected in the current bet. Last season’s main contenders Harry Kane and Mo Salah have both suffered a slow start to the season as they look to shake off World Cup fatigue and a shoulder injury respectively, although Kane did his case no harm with a double at the weekend.

So who will finish the season as the Premier League’s top scorer? In this article we take a look at the main runners and riders.

Eden Hazard

The Belgian forward had a fantastic World Cup over the summer and has returned to Stamford Bridge full of confidence and energy. Sarri’s system gives Hazard much more freedom than the ones he has played in before with Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.

Hazard has scored 6 goals so far this term and sits top of the scoring charts at time of writing, barring injury he is likely to be sitting in the same position at the end of May.

Harry Kane

The Tottenham forward won the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, but there are clear issues with the England striker. Harry Kane has never been a clinical finisher such as Thierry Henry or Ruud Van Nistelrooy, instead what he has been is a prolific shot-taker.

Over the past 5 seasons he has taken the second highest amount of shots across Europe, an average of just under 7 per game. However, since his injury against Bournemouth last season, his shots per game have dipped to 1.8. Something’s not right with Kane, whether that be physical or tactical, it needs to be rectified if he is to finish top scorer this season. His two goals away from home at the weekend may put him back on track though.

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Mo Salah

The Egyptian took the Premier League by storm last season and finished top of the scoring charts with 32 goals in 38 games. His form in front of goal was somewhat of a shock for fans and pundits as he had been renowned for lacking composure in the box at both Roma and Chelsea.

The Liverpool forward has scored just once this season and has missed several good opportunities for his team. His early season form suggests that last season may have been a bit of a blip but time will tell whether it’s just a short-term loss of confidence.

Sergio Aguero

Without a doubt, Manchester City should be considered as favourites for the Premier League such is the quality and depth of their squad. Their talisman Sergio Aguero has notched 5 times this season (same as Harry Kane) and often proves the difference for Guardiola’s men.

Injury has plagued him since his arrival in England, something which he revealed in the recent Amazon Prime documentary on the Citizens. Those problems have harmed his chances of winning the golden boot in the past, but if he can just stay fit this season he will be a real contender to steal Mo Salah’s crown. He is currently carrying a heel injury which means he’s not 100% fit but hopes that he can shake this off during October.

Conclusion

Predicting anything in football is a tricky business, and last season we suggested that Sergio Aguero would top the scoring charts. Our logic was solid, but the emergence of Mo Salah scuppered our prediction.

This season there could be another unlikely contender for the golden boot, Danny Ings may well score buckets of goals at Southampton, Sadio Mane could replace Mo Salah as Liverpool’s talisman. Despite this, our shout for top scorer is between Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who seems to be making the step-up to the elite level of European players and Harry Kane who leads the line for Spurs.

FPL Season 2018-19 – Fixture Difficulty Ratings (gameweeks 8-12) for the top 10 clubs


The Premier League standings after gameweek 7 (source: livescore.com)

With this season’s second international break coming up after gameweek 8 this coming weekend, we’re taking a look at the list of fixtures for the next 5 weeks. By now you probably have a good idea of what the 18-19 Premier League is going to look like, which teams will be competing for the title, and which players have hit the ground running this season. As the wildcard chip might be used by more managers soon, possibly around the international break, we’re taking a look at the coming run of fixtures for each Premier League outfit in order to determine their difficulty and help you with planning gameweeks 8 to 12 in Fantasy Premier League.

In this article we’re going to look at the fixtures for the current top 10 clubs in the EPL and later this week in our follow-up article we’ll take a look at the bottom 10 teams so you can also see if any more clubs have a run of bonus fixtures.

 

Manchester City
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Liverpool (A) Burnley (H) Spurs (A) Southampton (H) Man United (H)
Shaktar Don. (A) Fulham(H) EFL Cup Shaktar Don. (H)

The reigning champions have a tough five weeks coming up, with away games at free-scoring Liverpool and a resurgent Spurs side, as well as a home game against current strugglers Man United. Add to that their important win on 2nd October away to Hoffenheim in the Champions League after their opening loss at home to Lyon, Guardiola’s love for rotation, and the imminent return of midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne, and suddenly City’s schedule looks like one of the least attractive out of all Premier League teams. If there’s one team who can come out of such a period victoriously, it’s City though, so don’t discard them straight away and keep an eye on rotation.

Rating for FPL: DIFFICULT (but it is Man City!)

Liverpool
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Man City (H) Huddersfield (A) Cardiff (H) Arsenal (A) Fulham (H)
Red Star Bel. (H) Red Star Bel. (A)

Liverpool’s upcoming schedule is of medium difficulty, containing some top games as well as a few plum (home) fixtures. The main complication from an FPL point of view is the club’s participation in the Champions League, where the Reds got off to a great start by beating PSG at Anfield but a last second loss to Napoli last night on the 3rd of October means there is more pressure on both the Red Star Belgrade games, which might not allow manager Jurgen Klopp to limit his rotation when it comes to the Premier League. Like City, Liverpool has the squad depth to rotate a lot, which is rarely a good sign for FPL managers. An upside for FPL managers in regard to Liverpool is that the Reds are no longer participating in the EFL Carabao Cup.

Rating for FPL: REASONABLE

Chelsea FC
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Southampton (A) Man United (H) Burnley (A) Crystal Palace (H) Everton (H)
Videoton (A) BATE (H) Derby (H) EFL Cup BATE (A)

Chelsea have a full upcoming schedule, but not necessarily a very difficult one. The Blues, of course, play Europa League football this year, which means considerably weaker opposition compared to the Champions League. Looking at their first game away versus PAOK, there are signs that manager Sarri will take the Europa League seriously, but also that he’ll be offering chances to players who don’t regularly start in the Premier League. The Italian coach is not known for tinkering with his starting eleven a lot, which is good news for FPL managers, as the focus will ultimately be on the domestic league. Chelsea is currently in shape and Eden Hazard is showing why he’s one of the best forwards in the world, so four out of the five next games against teams from the bottom half of the table doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Rating for FPL: GOOD

Tottenham Hotspur
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Cardiff (H) West Ham (A) Man City (H) Wolves (A) Crystal Palace (A)
PSV (A) West Ham (A) EFL Cup PSV (H)

Besides the 4-2 defeat to Barcelona game in the Champions League last night on the 3rd of October and the Premier League home game against City in gameweek 10, all of the fixtures coming up for Spurs over the next five weeks could (and perhaps should) result in victories. After kind of an ordinary start to the season, Tottenham seem to be finding their form again, with 6 points from the last two games as well as three goals from star player Harry Kane. The current injuries to Eriksen, Alli, Vertonghen, Dembélé and Aurier could become a serious problem for Spurs though, as they have nine games coming up in less than a month. This reduces the risk of rotation for FPL managers, but a lack of freshness could have an effect on the team’s performances after a while, which would lower their FPL appeal.

Rating for FPL: GOOD

Arsenal
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Fulham (A) Leicester (H) Crystal Palace (A) Liverpool (H) Wolves (H)
FK Qarabag (A) Sporting Lisbon (A) Blackpool (H) EFL Cup Sporting Lisbon (H)

After a difficult start to the season, Arsenal have found their way. The last five games in the Premier League were won and the club’s Europa League opener against Vorskla was converted into three points as well. That game showed that new manager Unai Emery will be using a lot of players who don’t start in the Premier League for the international games, such as Lichtsteiner, Mkhitaryan and Welbeck, which hopefully means good news for FPL managers. Arsenal’s domestic league schedule certainly shows potential, though the European games against a strong side like Sporting Lisbon could mean that some of the usual starting players don’t appear for the domestic kick-offs in those weeks. The national and international results in gameweeks 8 and 9 will shed some more light on this topic.

Rating for FPL: GOOD

Watford
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Bournemouth (H) Wolves (A) Huddersfield (H) Newcastle (A) Southampton (A)

Watford’s sixth place in the league after seven gameweeks is one this campaign’s biggest surprises so far. The Hornets no longer compete for the EFL Carabao Cup after losing to Spurs after penalties, so their full focus is on the Premier League for the coming gameweeks. First up is another one of this season’s outstanding performers as Watford hosts Bournemouth, which, like the Huddersfield game at home in gameweek 10, looks promising in terms of goals and FPL points. With Newcastle and Southampton currently ranked among the worst five home sides, the away game at Molineux in gameweek 9 seems to be Watford’s most difficult fixture over the coming five weeks.

Rating for FPL: VERY GOOD

AFC Bournemouth
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Watford (A) Southampton (H) Fulham (A) Man United (H) Newcastle (A)
Norwich City (H) EFL Cup

With their victory over Crystal Palace last gameweek, Bournemouth have settled into 7th in the Premier League for the moment, which is impressive. With three wins and a draw out of four, the Cherries are especially comfortable in front of their own fans this season, while the three points from three away games so far is nothing extraordinary. Bournemouth are still active in the Carabao League Cup, which means gameweek 11 will be their toughest week out of the coming five, as they face United at home in the League and Norwich at home in the Cup. Three of their opponents until gameweek 12 are currently in the bottom half of the table (Southampton 16th, Fulham 17th, and Newcastle 18th) and their confidence is high enough to get a result against Watford coming weekend.

Rating for FPL: GOOD

Leicester City
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Everton (H) Arsenal (A) West Ham (H) Cardiff (A) Burnley (H)
Southampton (H) EFL Cup

It looks like manager Claude Puel got his team back on the rails just in time. The last two Premier League were won comfortably, against Huddersfield at home (3-1) and Newcastle away (0-2), and Wolves were eliminated from the League Cup after penalties in between. The return from suspension of Jamie Vardy in gameweek 6 has had the desired effect and the Foxes will be looking at the coming fixtures with confidence. Home games against Everton, West Ham and Burnley could well turn up plenty of goals, while at least one of the away games against Arsenal and Cardiff could be theirs for the taking as well.

Rating for FPL: VERY GOOD

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Crystal Palace (A) Watford (H) Brighton (A) Spurs (H) Arsenal (A)

Out of the three promoted sides this season, Wolves are definitely the best-performing one over the first seven gameweeks, with a 9th place as a result. As a matter of fact, the team hasn’t looked out of place in the Premier League for a second so far this campaign. They were eliminated from the League Cup by Leicester, which means they can fully focus on the league now. While gameweeks 11 and 12 offer up some difficult opposition, the three upcoming games against Palace, Watford, and Brighton show some potential. Palace aren’t quite comfortable at home yet (1 draw from 3 games and no goals scored), Watford perform well away from home (4 points from 3 games), and Brighton aren’t bad at home (4 points from 3 games), so these mid-table clashes could go either way.

Rating for FPL: REASONABLE

Manchester United
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Newcastle (H) Chelsea (A) Everton (H) Bournemouth (A) Man City (A)
Juventus (H) Juventus (A)

Manchester United are in disarray and their upcoming fixture list isn’t exactly forgiving. The Red Devils were kicked out of the Carabao League Cup by Frank Lampard’s Derby County, so FPL managers can at least forget about that as far as United is concerned, but the remaining schedule is still far from easy. After beating Young Boys in the first Champions League game followed by an away 0-0 draw on 2nd October against Valencia leaves a double meeting with favourites Juventus next. United will need to field their strongest eleven in Europe, which could have effects on their line-ups and performances in the Premier League, where they’re currently 10th. There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club and manager José Mourinho might not be at Old Trafford anymore by the time we get to gameweek 12. All of these factors make United’s immediate future hard to predict. The coming gameweeks could be the perfect way for United to avoid a complete crisis situation, or to plunge them right into it.

Rating for FPL: DIFFICULT

Later this week we will publish our review of the fixture list for the bottom 10 clubs in the current EPL table.

Who will win the 2018/19 Champions League?

With the Champions League group stages underway, it’s already shaping up to be yet another thrilling footballing contest. We’ve already seen some surprise results like Manchester City being beaten by Lyon, and Liverpool beating Paris Saint Germain, and so it’s time to look ahead to see who could win the 2018/19 Champions League.

Whilst Real Madrid won the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, it seems that many bookies aren’t fancying their chances this year. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spanish team have been suffering mixed form in La Liga, although their recent 3-0 Champions League victory over Roma shows that Gareth Bale can be counted on to deliver important goals when it counts.

Many football fans were surprised to find that Manchester City are still the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Champions League this year. Pep Guardiola’s team certainly didn’t start their campaign in style with a dismal 1-2 home defeat against Lyon, but with what should be straightforward games against Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk, most resources like www.bettingtips.net still think that Manchester City could be worth a bet.

But it’s Barcelona who represent perhaps Manchester City’s biggest challenge. The Spanish side thrashed PSV Eindhoven 4-0 in their opening Champions League game, and with Lionel Messi looking in rare form, it’s easy to see Ernesto Valverde’s team going all the way.

However, we can’t forget the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus and have helped the Italian side win their opening seven games in the Serie A. With a decent 0-2 away win against Valencia and further matches against a shaky Manchester United and the relatively unknown Young Boys, we think that Juventus could be in with a good chance of winning the top-level European club tournament for the first time since 1996.

What’s surprising is the fact that many bookies have Paris Saint Germain at relatively long odds to win the current Champions League. Despite having the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani, the team managed to make a mess of their opening Champions League game against Liverpool. This is why Liverpool have managed to creep up the rankings and could be a good outside bet for Champions League success this year. But with other top European teams like Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the running, it’s going to be virtually impossible to predict who will win this coveted football tournament.

FPL Season 2018/19 – Gameweek 7 Preview

Aaron Ramsey celebrates his goal

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It’s week 7 in the Premier League and Liverpool are leading the pack with a flawless 18 points from this campaign’s first six games, followed by Man City and Chelsea with 16 points each. Last weekend saw a few interesting results, of which Chelsea’s away draw at West Ham was probably the least anticipated by FPL managers around the world. The Blues saw their 5-game winning streak ended by a 0-0 draw against a resilient Hammers outfit, who’ll be hosting a struggling Man United this weekend. Other interesting fixtures include surprise package Watford visiting the Emirates, Chelsea hosting Liverpool for a second time in four days, and Man City welcoming a travel-sick Brighton (missing popular FPL players, Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross from midfield due to injury). Recent injury news affecting the rather less interesting Newcastle v Leicester match is that Demarai Gray has a leg injury keeping him out for Leicester for 3 to 6 weeks whilst recent Newcastle purchase Salomon Rondon misses out with a thigh injury.

Some observations ahead of Gameweek 7

Thanks to a Harry Kane penalty, a second-half strike from Erik Lamela, and a crucial save from Paulo Gazzaniga in extra time, Spurs ended a three-time losing streak with a tough away victory against Brighton. Kane stated that it had been the first game in which he was truly satisfied with his all-round performance, and with games against Huddersfield (away), Cardiff (home) and West Ham (away) coming up next, there may be more good news on the way for Spurs fans and FPL managers with Spurs assets alike, although Christian Eriksen will be missing this weekend due to a minor abdominal injury (along with Serge Aurier and goalkeeper Michel Vorm with Gazzaniga likely to deputise again as Hugo Lloris may not quite be fully fit).

We warned about owning Burnley players last week (other than stand-out performer James Tarkowski), but after their 4-0 demolition of in-form Bournemouth, we should probably have another look at the Clarets. Manager Sean Dyche is not the panicky kind and there was always a possibility that he’d get his team going again, but that he’d do it quickly, this big, and against a Bournemouth team on fire was kind of unexpected. With Cardiff away and Huddersfield at home up next, it’ll be interesting to see whether it was a one-time exception or a sign of Sean Dyche getting his ducks permanently in a row again.

Thanks to their surprise draw at home versus Chelsea, West Ham United are now placed 17th in the league, just two points above the drop zone. It looks like the Hammers are gaining some composure though, as the weekend before they took home three points from Goodison Park. Manager Manuel Pellegrini seems to have found some of the defensive stability that he’s been so desperately looking for since the start of this season. With home games against United and Spurs over the next three weeks, the expectations aren’t high at West Ham, but their last two games and the expected return of star player Marko Arnautovic who was missing last weekend due to a knee injury are reasons for some confidence.

After a surprise loss at the Etihad to Olympique Lyon in the Champions League, all eyes were on Man City to see to what extent their confidence was affected. The answer came loud and clear: to no extent. Pep’s men strode into Cardiff, lined up for a game against the local football team, and thrashed them 0-5 with some top class goals. Job done, Brighton’s next.

Premium picks

In defence, Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) could be raking in the points over the next few weeks. Tottenham haven’t been in great form yet this season, especially not defensively with just one clean sheet in six, but things might be taking a turn for the better for the Spurs. As the effects of the World Cup are finally wearing off, Tottenham’s mostly Belgian-English defence (2 semi-finalists in Russia this summer) should start to regain some its reliability. With Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham coming up, Spurs are facing teams that have scored 3, 3 and 5 goals respectively in this season’s first 6 games. Add to that Trippier’s threat from set-pieces (and Eriksen is not playing this weekend) and open-play centres, and his hefty price tag suddenly looks justified.

Despite hauls of 10, 8, and 6 FPL points in his last three Premier League games, Man City’s Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) is still owned by just 3.3% of all FPL managers. His high price and perceived rotation risk might explain this, but the Englishman looks like one of Guardiola’s surest starters. His 35 minutes against Oxford in the Carabao Cup this week indicate that he’ll likely be featuring against Brighton at home coming weekend. The Seagulls have scored just two and conceded five in three away games so far this season. Even though Brighton are usually not an easy nut to crack, you wouldn’t be surprised if Man City crack them wide open this weekend.

Up front, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) is worth a mention as a potential premium pick. It looks like he’s cemented his place as the starting number nine in Unai Emery’s team, as Arsenal are slowly starting to find their form. With 2 goals, 2 assists, and a total of 25 FPL points in the last three gameweeks, The Frenchman could be on the way to something of a hot streak. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see him add to his totals over the coming weeks, with Watford (home), Fulham (away), Leicester (home) and Palace (away) coming up next.

A differential pick or two

Richarlison (£6.6m) isn’t really a differential in terms of the percentage of FPL teams in which he sits (16.8% currently), but that takes into account the many inactive teams for which he was selected at the start of the 18-19 campaign (3.4% of teams still own Kevin de Bruyne). Many active managers got rid of the explosive forward after his red card in gameweek 3, followed by an away game at the Emirates last weekend. The Brazilian dribbler is still great value, though. He still looked dangerous and fired at goal four times against the Gunners and if he continues being such a threat, he might well hit the target against Fulham this weekend.

After Burnley’s somewhat surprising 4-0 home victory against Bournemouth last weekend, why not jump on the wagon straight away? Johann Berg Gudmunsson (£5.9m) was one of the stars of the afternoon against the Cherries, assisting two goals, making two attempts at goal, and taking all three of Burnley’s corners. The Icelandic international provides a crucial creative spark to Sean Dyche’s otherwise rather sober team and while it remains to be seen if Burnley have definitely left their early-season woes behind them, Gudmundsson could well be up for some points against Cardiff away and Huddersfield at home over the coming two gameweeks.

The captaincy

Owners of Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) know what they have to do. When in form, Kun is probably the best striker in the Premier League, and he’s in form right now. He scored “just” one goal against Cardiff last weekend and he was taken off after an hour, but that was understandable considering the 0-3 scoreline. Besides his goal, the quick Argentinian fired no less than six shots in the box, three of which were on target. At home against Brighton this weekend, Aguero’s likely to bring home a decent points haul for his backers, although FPL Managers will be wary of Pep resting star players ahead of the must-win Champions League match for Man City on Tuesday in Hoffenheim, Germany.

Meanwhile, Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (£7.0) continues to defy all expectations. Admittedly, captaining him would be quite a punt, but the Serbian striker has scored 5 goals and provided 1 assist already this season. Last weekend, he scored a very subtle equaliser against Watford and he could’ve had the winner as well, had it not been for the bar. Only Aguero has made more attempts at goal as a striker than Mitrovic and he’ll certainly get opportunities to score against an unsettled Everton defence that has conceded 11 goals in just 6 games so far this season.

Or if you have an Arsenal attacker (Lacazette who scored a great goal last weekend or Aubameyang who was lucky to score) in your team then as the visiting team, Watford, need to reorganise their defence due to missing Janmaat, this could be an opportunity to make up lost ground on the teams ahead?

Keep your eye on the FPL GW7 Captain Poll for further insights into who to choose for your captain this weekend.

La Copa del Rey Odds

Barcelona are the most successful team in Copa del Rey history and they are bidding to win it for the fifth time in a row this season. There are some fascinating games to look forward to in this tournament in October, including Zaragoza v Cadiz and Almeria v Reus. But the Copa del Rey will not begin in earnest until Lionel Messi and co begin their campaign in the later rounds.

The bookmakers listed on Oddsmarket make Barcelona the favourites to go on and win the tournament, but odds of 11/8 are still extremely compelling. Real Madrid are the second favourites at 15/8, but they have not lifted the trophy since 2014. Next up are Atletico Madrid at 7/1, and that might appeal to some punters as they are a strong Cup team, having won the Europa League next season. But you can pretty much write everyone else off, from Sevilla at 20/1 to Levante at 200/1. As for the teams playing in October, Cadiz are 750/1, Zaragoza are 500/1, Almeria are 1000/1 and Reus are also 1000/1.

These teams will play out some fascinating games, but they are no-hopers when it comes to actually lifting the trophy. The big three teams dominate in Spain and out of them Barcelona are currently very much in the ascendancy. They won La Liga and the Copa del Rey last season, losing just once in domestic competition, and that came after they had already wrapped up the title. They have made a blistering start to the current campaign, and they currently sit top of the table, with Messi in typically sensational form.

Betting on Ernesto Valverde’s men has become extremely popular of late and at odds of 11/8 they are certain to attract a lot of attention from bettors in the Copa del Rey. Watching a game featuring players like Messi and Luis Suarez, or Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, or even Jorge Pombo and Alex Fernandez – who will lock horns when Zaragoza host Cadiz in the third round – is a thrilling occasion, but that is ramped up significantly when you have money riding on the outcome.

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FPL Season 2018/19 – Gameweek 6 Preview

19 Merci Arsène - Celebrating Iwobi's goal
“Will Arsenal’s Aubameyang be adding to his only goal this season so far?” (CC by 2.0) by Ron Macdonald

With the 2018-2019 European football campaigns kicking off this week, a whole new dimension of unpredictability has been added to FPL. Man City, Man United, Spurs and last year’s Champions League finalists Liverpool, are all present in the group stages of the Champions League, while Arsenal and Chelsea will be competing later today in the Europa League. All the managers of the respective clubs will be looking to guide their teams through the groups as efficiently as possible, which means more rotation, more injury risks and more uncertainty every weekend for FPL managers. Following the previously mentioned clubs during their international duties could well give you the edge in your mini-league(s).

Some observations ahead of Gameweek 6

Few active FPL managers will have many Burnley assets left in their squads by this point. The Clarets have had an abysmal start to the new season, both in the Premier League and internationally. Their Europa League adventure has come to a very premature end and last weekend’s defeat away to Wolves was the fourth successive loss in the league. There’s no man overboard at Burnley yet, but FPL managers better stay away from the Clarets for now, although Tarkowski has provided a good return contributing at the other end of the pitch and with a reasonable run of fixtures coming up he’s a hold for now.

At the top end of the table, Bournemouth are keeping up their excellent start to the 18/19 campaign. With 10 points out of a possible 15 so far, the Cherries are performing way above expectations. Their outstanding form is somewhat overshadowed by Watford’s even more outstanding form (12 out of 15 points), but Bournemouth are just as impressive so far. With a decent series of fixtures coming up, there’s no reason to think they won’t keep it up for a while longer. Ryan Fraser has the 4th highest points so far this season (39) and he was one of our 3 team picks in our club season preview and the main strike force of Wilson and King (who is on penalties) both have at least 25 points so if you have 1 or more of these players you’ve made a smart decision and Bournemouth’s run of fixtures coming up look promising.

Speaking of Watford, the Hornets suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, at home to Manchester United. After four successive victories, the home team suffered against the Red Devils, but a point was definitely on the cards, were it not for a brilliant De Gea save in the dying minutes of the game. With an away game at Fulham coming up, Watford could very well pick up where they left off before last weekend and Holebas is the 7th highest scorer overall with 34 points, closely followed by Pereyra (30 pts) who we picked out in our Watford season preview.

The two in-form teams of the moment are Chelsea and Liverpool, the top 2 respectively in the Premier League. Both teams play an exciting brand of attacking football and they’ll be meeting twice before the end of the month. Those are the games to look forward to. Assets from both outfits are hot in FPL at the moment, though it should be noted that the Blues have a much less complicated series of fixtures coming up in comparison to the heavy opposition the Reds will be facing the coming weeks. Hazard (47 pts) and Alonso (46 pts) occupy the top 2 positions in the overall FPL scorers, whilst Mane (41 pts) and Robertson (34 pts) are 3rd and 6th respectively – so we can see now that they were the 2 players to pick from each team! Many FPL managers are considering whether it is worth Salah taking up a lot of their budget given his indifferent start to the season and again in the Champions League victory against star-studded PSG he looked off-colour. Salah still is the 13th highest points scorer (with 29 points) and is listed as a midfielder even though playing in Liverpool’s 3 pronged attack. After Saturday’s home match against Southampton, ‘Pool are away to Chelsea and home to Man City so two matches as tough as they come.

Premium picks

When a quality player is in form, he should be very popular with FPL managers. Eden Hazard (£10.9m) is certainly in form under Maurizio Sarri and seems like an absolute must-have. We mentioned the Belgian forward last week as both a premium pick and a prime option for the captaincy, and did he deliver. A whopping three goals and three bonus points, resulting in 20 points, and that’s more than enough to recommend him again this week, especially away at West Ham. The Hammers have shipped 11 goals in 5 games, while the Blues have scored 14 in 5, the most in the league together with City. Sarri has kindly given him time off for good behaviour and omitted him from today’s squad in the Europa League away to PAOK, leaving him in London whilst the squad travelled to Greece. Hazard should thus be fresh for the London match on Sunday although his team mates won’t be so fresh-legged.

When a player scores 3 goals in his last two games and he’s then facing Wolves (home), West Ham (away) and Newcastle (home), he deserves a mention. Enter Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m). Despite United’s disappointing start to the season, the big Belgian striker already has 4 goals to his name, as well as 9 shots on target. Only Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic statistically shoots with more accuracy. Somehow, Lukaku is still passing somewhat under the radar so far, perhaps due to his high price, but it would be no surprise to see him on the score sheet again coming weekend at home to Wolves. We said this last week and he came through with a goal and 6 FPL points. His main rival for the striker position, Rashford is currently banned which also helps Lukaku’s value.

In defence, the stand-out option and the most obvious recommendation is Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (£6.8m). The Spanish left-back was unlucky not to bring home a clean sheet last weekend against Cardiff, while none of his four shots inside the area resulted in attacking returns for his backers in FPL. This was actually the first time this season that Alonso blanked, but with an away game at West Ham on the cards he might just compensate for that this weekend. He is, after all, still the second-highest point scorer behind team mate Hazard in the official game, thanks to 1 goal, 5 assists, and 9 bonus points in the season’s first five games. Whilst he played in the 1-0 win against PAOK in Greece tonight he was subbed after 66 minutes with Azpilicueta coming on in his place so as not to over-tire Alonso.

A differential pick or two

Last week we took a punt on a couple of defenders and came up trumps with Doherty who was the joint 4th highest scorer of the week with 12 points. This week we’re putting the focus back on attacking players.

Due to a red card and a subsequent three-match ban, Everton’s Richarlison (£6.6m) quickly went from one of FPL’s hottest assets to one of the most transferred out players over the past few weeks. The Brazilian forward scored 3 goals and brought home 5 bonus points in the first two games of the season, while he lit up his debut for the Brazilian national team with 2 goals over the international break. Expect him to start at the Emirates this weekend and it’s possible that he’ll simply pick up where he left off a few weeks ago. The Arsenal defence is still shaky under Emery, having conceded 9 goals in just 5 games, and Richarlison will be looking to take an advantage of this.

Joining his team mates in our recommendations this week is Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud (£7.8m). While Alvaro Morata is so far failing to convince Maurizio Sarri, Giroud stepped up last weekend against a resilient Cardiff defence with two very good assists. The Frenchman is in only 2.6% of the teams in FPL, so he could quickly develop into a huge differential points scorer, if Sarri continues to confide in him as his starting number nine. Keep an eye out on developments and news from the Chelsea camp, because a starting striker at a price of just £7.8m at the Premier League’s current leading club is practically unheard of. Giroud has only played 10 minutes tonight in Greece, coming on for Morata near the end which indicates he’ll start ahead of Morata on Sunday.

The captaincy

The “problem” with Momo Salah (£13.0m) at the moment is that many of us are comparing his current performances to last season’s performances. Despite not blowing away every defence that comes in his way this season, the Egyptian winger is still having a great start to the 18-19 campaign. Over the first five weeks of this season, Salah scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists, which is more than decent. Of course, his price tag weighs heavy and only encourages FPL managers to expect crazy magic from him every game, but his underlying statistics warrant more optimism. Besides his goals and assists, Salah has also created six big chances and made 23 attempts on goal in five weeks. He also had a tap in goal ruled out against PSG due to a very late referee decision. At home against Southampton this weekend looks like an excellent fixture for him to improve his FPL points, so if you’re deciding to keep him (for at least 1 more week) then consider giving him the armband. All his team mates (and Manager) will be willing him to get back on the goal trail.

Despite mentioning him as premium pick and captaincy option, and this week as premium pick again, we feel we simply can’t ignore Eden Hazard‘s (£10.9m) captaincy potential this week. The Belgian attacker is in excellent shape, something he underlined last weekend by scoring a hat trick and taking home 3 bonus points, and there’s absolutely no reason to assume that he won’t continue his streak against West Ham. We don’t want to say that another hat trick is on the way, but a goal or two from the little dribbler would surprise very few people.

Liverpool Combined XI infographic

It’s easy to see why we love fantasy football – whether your team has just lost to the side bottom of the league, or your big-money goalkeeper has thrown one into his own net, fantasy football provides an escape from the drudgery of supporting an actual, perennially-disappointing club.

But it’s not always a chore to support your club. There are highs among the lows, and Liverpool experienced the highest of them all back in 2005, on that night in Istanbul. More than a decade on and it’s still one of the most incredible games of football to have been played, one that lives long in the memory of anyone who saw it regardless of club affiliation.

The Liverpool players of 2005 became heroes to their supporters, no doubt. How do they stack up to today’s crop, though? Jurgen Klopp has built a Liverpool side that looks the most likely to challenge for silverware as any since Rafa Benitez’s heyday.

Klopp’s blossoming team got Betting.net wondering – what would an XI made up of the squad that lifted the Champions League and today’s domestic and European contenders look like? It’s a different kind of fantasy football, but an intriguing one none the less.

Some of the inclusions are easy enough – the 2005 midfield of Dietmar Hamann, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard is just about perfect, and so is today’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. But in defence? In goal? It’s much more debateable. Alisson could eventually surpass Jerzy Dudek, and Virgil van Dijk might out-do Sami Hyypia, but for now, the nod went to the Champions League winners.

And what about in the dugout? Klopp’s side is more exciting than Benitez’s ever was, but the Spaniard delivered trophies. Maybe in time this would be an XI dominated by current day players, with the current day coach, but for now, the 2005 vintage wins out. Either way, this team would be a contender for every trophy – the onus is on Klopp to make the fantasy a reality.

FPL Season 2018/19 – Gameweek 5 Preview

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

“Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris who, along with Alli, is expected to miss the home vs Liverpool due to injury in this weekend’s top match” (CC by 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

With the arrival of gameweek 5 starting tomorrow, this season’s first international break has come to an end, which means it’s time to start seriously looking at our FPL squads again. Most of the FPL teams will feel the effects of the break in one way or another. Some popular players got injured over the break, including not just the two Spurs players mentioned above but also Man United’s Luke Shaw (concussion), Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (knock), Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (groin) and City’s Raheem Sterling (back), whilst other players either found or continued their form while representing their country, including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Everton’s Richarlison and Man United’s Romelu Lukaku.

Some observations ahead of gameweek 5

Some of the most unpredictable moments in FPL take place just after the international breaks. It’s hard to know whether a player’s performance for his country is representative for the coming gameweek, while factors like travelling (particularly to South America), playing position and the team’s playing style all have an influence as well. Managers will be hoping their players are not rested and only sent on for the last few minutes which is what happened to the likes of Keita, Mkhitaryan and Kompany last gameweek meaning a miserly 1 point only and no chance of an automatic substitute.

In Brazil’s away game against tiny El Salvador, Everton’s Richarlison made his debut and did in so in style. He scored two goals, one of them a beautiful right-foot curler, to help Brazil to a 5-0 victory. He’s suspended for one more game in the Premier League, but if you still have him in your team, you’d probably do good to keep him.

Burnley crashed out of European football before the break against Greek giants Olympiakos, so their focus will be on the league now. They’ve performed below par until now, but with no European football to distract them from now on, it would be logical to see their results improve over the coming weeks. Do beware that the Clarets host United and play away at Arsenal in the coming three weeks.

Crystal Palace have become (too) dependent on Wilfried Zaha. Without their talisman, the Eagles lost at home to Southampton last gameweek. As a matter of fact, the last ten games in which Zaha failed to feature, Palace didn’t book a single victory. Keep an eye on his injury status if you have Palace players in your squad.

Finally, Manual Pellegrini is finding it difficult to field a competitive squad at West Ham this season, despite spending almost £100m on new players this summer. With zero points and just three goals scored after four games, their season start can be called disastrous. Coming up in the next five weeks are games against Everton (away), Chelsea, United and Spurs (all at home), so things aren’t looking to good for the Hammers.

Looking at the FPL statistics, the players that managers are currently bringing in most include Mitrovic, Moura, Pedro, Holebas, Hazard and Alonso (all with over 250,000 transfers in this gameweek) whilst those players on their way out of squads (all with about 100,000 or more transfers out this gameweek) include Zaha (injury), Walcott (injury), Salah (can the money be better spent elsewhere?), Mkhitaryan (after his drop to the bench with Ozil returning for GW4), Richarlison (ban), Firmino (even after finally getting amongst the goals in GW4) and Daniels (see our ‘differential’ comments below about Rico).

Premium picks

Eden Hazard (£10.7m) doesn’t seem to be too phased by the international break. The Belgian scored a penalty against Iceland in the Nations League, whilst he also scored in his last two Premier League games, amassing 19 points in the process. Hazard seems to feel comfortable in his role under Sarri and a home game against a sturdy Cardiff side could provide the perfect opportunity to continue his hot streak. The forward has shot at goal and created big chances 20 times in total (only Salah was more active) and Chelsea has scored at least two times in every league match up until now. With an ownership of just over 20%, Hazard could even be something of a differential captain.

This weekend’s game at Bournemouth will be marked by the return of Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) after a three-match suspension as the result of a red card. The attacker no longer features for England, so his international break was quite calm. Bournemouth has started the season in impressive fashion, but only their first game, at home against Cardiff, resulted in a clean sheet. Vardy will be raring to go against the Cherries and attacking returns could well be on the cards for him. In the 92 minutes he played this season so far, spread over two games, he did manage to score a goal. Young teammate James Maddison is developing into Leicester’s chief creator in the midfield and has impressed many pundits and Vardy might well be benefiting from Maddison’s urge to constantly feed the attack.

Our next suggestion could be considered somewhat of a slot game, but hear us out. Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m) has largely been flying under the radar so far this season, despite his three goals in four matches. The negative atmosphere that currently seems present at the club might have played a role in this. Nevertheless, Lukaku had a good international break, scoring two goals in Belgium 0-3 victory over Iceland. Add to that the fact that the Belgian is a guaranteed starter for José Mourinho and that the next four games are against Watford (away), Wolves (home), West Ham (away) and Newcastle (home) then Lukaku’s potential for points over the coming suddenly becomes a lot more obvious. With a current ownership of just 7.9%, the big striker could even function as an strong differential this weekend.

A differential pick or two

After picking out a joint top scorer in GW4 (Glenn Murray) and the 2nd best scorer in GW3 (Lucas Moura) the odds are against us in picking three in a row, particularly as we’re going for defenders this time!

With 5 points from 4 games, newly-promoted Wolves have had a decent start to the 18/19 campaign and right wing-back Matt Doherty (£4.4m) started each of those four games. In Nuno Espirito Santo’s system, Doherty is allowed plenty of freedom to roam forward and support the attack where possible, which should translate to attacking returns at some point. Wolves are relatively tight at the back though, with one clean sheet against West Ham, and next up is a still out-of-sorts Burnley outfit. The Clarets have scored just two goals so far in away games this season and with major Burnley threats Gudmundsson and Brady out injured, the home team might book a valuable result with points for Doherty a very real possibility and he’s only held by 0.8% of managers.

We’re going with another defender next, namely Bournemouth’s Diego Rico (£4.5m) who is only held by 0.1% of FPL managers. The Spaniard came over from La Liga side Leganés and made his first start for the Cherries last gameweek. Despite losing 2-0 to Chelsea, Rico showed a tremendous amount of quality at left-back and it wouldn’t be surprising if he’d remain there for the rest of the season. He wasn’t able to play in the 1st three games of the season due to a red card ban from his previous club but was always expected to take over from Charlie Daniels at LWB, although this was made easier for the Manager in GW4 due to a knee injury for Daniels. Apart from forming part of a Bournemouth defence that looks sturdier than ever, he also took six corners against Chelsea and created two big chances. With games against Leicester (home), Burnley (away), Palace (home), and Watford (away) in the next four weeks, the Spanish left-back might be in for more returns. Those still holding Daniels (which is about 11% of Managers) should consider swapping for Rico asap.

The captaincy

We mentioned it earlier, but Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (£10.7m) is a principal candidate for the captaincy this gameweek. With two goals and two assists the Belgian attacker has delivered attacking returns in each of his Premier League games so far, and it would be surprising if he didn’t make it five consecutive gameweeks this weekend against Cardiff at home. If you’re not captaining Aguero or another attacking City player against Fulham coming weekend, Hazard is probably the best option you have. Cardiff has conceded two and scored none so far in home games, against Newcastle at home and Huddersfield away. Chelsea is of another calibre and Hazard might well be the one to demonstrate that.

We know that we’ve suggested captaining Aguero (£11.3m) on two previous occasions already, both of which ended up in disappointment, but a home match against an attacking Fulham side is too good to pass on. Just look at this statistic: City has scored the most goals at home so far this season, namely eight, and Fulham conceded the third-most away goals, namely five. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Saturday’s game turns out to be a goal-bonanza and, if it does, Aguero is more likely to be among the goals than not.

Keep an eye on the FISO FPL GW5 Captain Poll on our forum over the next 24 hours. At the moment Aguero has 87% of the votes followed by Hazard (6%) and Alonso (4%).

FPL Season 2018/19 – Gameweek 4 Preview

Brighton - Amex Stadium - Jan 2014 - Stand or Fall For Sussex by the Sea

“Can Brighton continue their form at the AmEx against Fulham after the home victory over United 2 weeks ago?” (CC by 2.0) by Gareth Williams

The high weekly FPL points averages keep rolling in this season, as gameweek 3 ended with an average of 50 points. The outstanding point scorers in FPL were Spurs winger Lucas Moura, who was one of our 2 ‘differential’ picks last week and who scored two goals taking home 15 points, and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored twice and provided one assist at Craven Cottage to delight his owners with 16 points. Defenders Marcos Alonso (2 assists vs Newcastle) who was one of our 3 Premium player tips and Trippier who was also highlighted last week (1 assist and a clean sheet against United) followed with 11 points both.

Some GW3 observations ahead of GW4

In Son Heung-min’s absence, Brazilian forward Lucas Moura has made a blistering start to the 18/19 campaign, playing the full 90 minutes in the last two games and bagging three goals in the process, as well as 22 FPL points. Seeing as Son and his South Korea just made it to the final of the Asian Games (coming Saturday), which Son has to win if he wants to be exempted from 21 months of mandatory military duty in his homeland, Lucas is expected to retain his starting place and rightfully so after his performances.

Meanwhile, Burnley’s less-than-optimal start to the season keeps dragging on as the Clarets lost 4-2 away to promoted Fulham after losing the first leg of their Europa League qualifiers against Olympiakos (3-1). As a result, Burnley have taken just one point from the first three Premier League rounds. They welcome a Manchester United in crisis this weekend and their fixtures after that are attractive as well, on paper, but Burnley remains an unusually unpredictable side for now. Manager, Sean Dyche, will no doubt be working with the team to rediscover their defensive capabilities so don’t be surprised if they reel off some clean sheets again despite leaking goals in their last two EPL matches, particularly if tonight’s Europa qualifying game is their final European Cup distraction.

The frequent criticism of Liverpool’s defence last season seems to have been listened to at Anfield, as the Reds have yet to concede a goal this season. The first step was the signing of Virgil van Dijk last January, followed by the acquisition of Roma’s goalkeeper Alisson this summer and the impressive development of Alexander-Arnold at right-back. With stronger opposition facing them over the coming gameweeks, the Liverpool defence will be put the test, but one that the Reds can look forward to with full confidence. ‘Pool have played with more steel and determination this season enjoying plenty of possession thanks to the addition of more quality and confidence at the back and have shown that they could be the defensive team of the season.

Don’t let Man City‘s unexpected 1-1 draw when playing at Molineux versus Wolves be any reason for despair. Pep Guardiola’s men didn’t take home the three points, but they played their usual game. City hit the woodwork twice (Kun and Sterling), took 18 shots of which 6 ended up on target, had 72% of the possession, and made 644 passes with an accuracy of 89%. As we predicted last week, Wolves’ luck in front of goal was due to change in GW3 and they did indeed score a lucky goal against Man City.

In Northwest London, Watford are enjoying a simply magnificent start to the season, with 9 points from 3 games and a current fourth place as result. Winger Roberto Pereyra is the man in form at the moment (who we highlighted in our Watford preview), with 3 goals in 3 games, while Ben Foster, José Holebas, and Troy Deeney are interesting differential targets as well. Do keep in mind that the Hornets have had a relatively easy start to the season and that the coming five gameweeks include home games against Spurs and United, and an away game at Arsenal.

Premium player picks

Last week, one of our top recommendations for both a transfer in and the captaincy (if you didn’t have Salah) was Kun Aguero (£11.3m), after his hat-trick performance a week earlier during the 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield. City and Aguero somewhat disappointed in gameweek 3 away at Wolves, at least in terms of the result. A 1-1 draw against a promoted side is never sufficient for the reigning champion, but the Cityzens played their usual free-flowing football and the Wolves goal came after a clear handball. This weekend at home against Newcastle will likely be a return to normality as City will control the ball and attack at will, a situation in which Aguero thrives. It’s worth giving him another chance after blanking last weekend, after all he’s still the player with most shots on target (16) in the league after three rounds and you can’t expect the man to score a hat-trick every week.

Chelsea visited Saint James Park for gameweek 3, which is never an easy fixture and even less so with Rafa Benitez at the Newcastle helm. The Blues were faced with a tight Newcastle defence, and the occasional danger on the counter or from set-pieces, but they eventually got the victory, largely courtesy of an in-form Eden Hazard (£10.3m). The Belgian forward was unstoppable against the Magpies, combining with his team mates at will and dribbling past his markers for 90 minutes, and he got on the score sheet as well after converting a penalty won by Alonso. Sarri’s Chelsea looks to be improving every week, and with matches against Bournemouth, Cardiff (both at Stamford Bridge), and West Ham (away) coming up, Hazard might bring his owners more attacking returns in the coming weeks.

Considering Arsenal’s ongoing defensive frailty, it might seem odd to mention one of their defenders in this list, but we’ll do it anyway. Hector Bellerín (£5.5m and owned by about 12% of managers) is the starting right-back for Unai Emery and the manager gives him the freedom to bomb forwards when possible, which is when the Spaniard is at his best. After back-to-back losses (0-2 against City and 3-2 vs Chelsea), the Gunners picked up their first three points of the season against West Ham last weekend. Bellerín got an assist in the game and for the next game Arsenal are visiting Cardiff, the only Premier League outfit yet to score this campaign. With a League-low 2 shots on target per game so far, Cardiff away looks like an ideal moment for Arsenal’s first clean sheet of the season.

A differential pick or two

After 3 goals and 23 FPL points in the first two weeks of this season, Everton sensation Richarlison greatly disappointed his owners by being shown an admittedly somewhat harsh red card against Bournemouth. Those who are looking to replace the Brazilian straight away don’t have to look very far for an interesting option. Theo Walcott (current ownership has already increased to 14%) has been flying a bit under the radar as a result of Richarlison’s explosive start at his new team, but the English winger has started all of Everton’s games so far. In his last two games, Walcott scored two goals and provided one assist, accruing 20 points in the process. At a price of just £6.7m, and with home games against Huddersfield, West Ham, and Fulham in the coming four gameweeks, a simple like-for-like swap for Richarlison might provide your team with a major differential asset.

We probably would’ve mentioned Lucas Moura here next, had it not been that he was already highlighted last week, so we’re going with Brighton’s Glenn Murray (£6.5m) instead this week who is only owned by 1% of managers. Admittedly a personal FPL favourite, Murray has started the 18/19 season relatively well. He has played 90 minutes in every game so far and he already has a goal to his name, as well as 9 FPL points. What needs to be taken into account is that Brighton’s first three games were against surprise package Watford, Man United and Liverpool. The Seagulls are now welcoming Fulham, who have conceded 49 shots and 7 goals in three games already this season, before visiting a rather colourless Southampton after the international break. With a price tag of £6.5m in FPL, Murray looks like a stand-out option with potential for the third or even second striker spot in your squad. Managers are tending towards Fulham’s Mitrovic (£6.6m) instead as his ownership is now up to just over 12% or Callum Wilson (£6.2m) of Bournemouth at 14% but they both have harder fixtures in the next two gameweeks.

The captaincy

Our reasoning for including Aguero as a captaincy candidate after already mentioning him earlier on and last week as well, as both a premium pick and a captain, is the same as it was for including him in this week’s premium picks. The Argentinian striker blanked last weekend against promoted Wolverhampton, after scoring a hat-trick at home against Huddersfield a week earlier, but he could’ve easily enjoyed attacking returns last weekend as well, as it rained chances as usual. At home versus Newcastle is not likely to be a walk-over, but it wouldn’t be odd to see Aguero score a goal or two. Keep an eye on the situation in regard to Gabriel Jesus to be sure, but Kun should be starting and captaining him would be logic.

The other captain pick has also been mentioned earlier, namely Eden Hazard, another of this week’s premium picks. The Blues are welcoming an in-form Bournemouth team with an unusually tight defence, but Hazard looks set for another Man-of-the-Match performance nevertheless. The Belgian forward was excellent at Newcastle and, in fact, the player with most touches in the opposing penalty area over the last gameweek. He scored his first goal of the Premier League season last weekend (and shown he is the number 1 penalty taker and not Jorginho) , adding to his two assists from the earlier two gameweeks. With two home games against Bournemouth and Cardiff coming up, and an FPL ownership of just 14.6%, Hazard could be a points magnet, a great differential and a good candidate for captains armband for the near future.