We head into another dreaded international break after an action packed Gameweek 7. I talk about the major talking points to take into the break.
Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Gameweek 7 kicked off as Spurs duly thumped Huddersfield 4-0, continuing their rich vein of away form. Harry Kane scored a brace, while Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko netted one each. Kieran Trippier assisted Kane twice, while Davies also got an assist.
Spurs continued to throw up points of Fantasy contention by the tonne. Kane scored his 3rd brace in the last 4 away games. His away form continues to throw up astronomical numbers, having now scored 16 goals in his last 7 games. The way he’s playing it seems like just a matter of time before the so-called Wembley curse ends. He showed that he could make even a big haul look like child’s play and it seems impossible to even consider not having Kane in your team in this form, regardless of fixtures.
Things aren’t as clear cut with other Spurs assets, though. Davies may have continued his incredible run of form with a gigantic 15-point-haul, but there are reports that Danny Rose could be back as soon as this month. With Spurs’ fixture list as congested as it can get, there is a risk of rotation too. I wouldn’t sell Davies for those who already own, but I wouldn’t scamper to get him in. Trippier may have almost matched Davies with a 14-point haul, but his position is even more contentious, with Serge Aurier returning from suspension next week. In the midfield, Dele Alli’s 1.5 million owners may also have their knees jerking. Alli has now only produced more than 3 points in one of the last 4 games. But with Bournemouth at home up next, it may be prudent to give him a final hurrah.
Huddersfield looked a few classes below the mark. With fixtures getting tougher for the Terriers, their honeymoon period appears to be over. Get rid of their assets while you can.
Stoke 2-1 Southampton
In a mid table clash, Stoke reigned supreme over Southampton courtesy goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch, while Maya Yoshida scored for Southampton. Xherdan Shaqiri (£5.9m), Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting (£5.6m) and Shane Long were amongst the assists.
Stoke provided for some enticing budget midfield options. Shaqiri continued his good vein of form. He now has 1 goal and 2 assists in the last 4, with the only blank coming against Chelsea. He seems like a top choice in the <£6.0m bracket. Choupo-Moting may have flattered to deceive owners so far, but he finally chipped in after his brace against Man Utd. He has been getting into good positions and looked sharp again. With good fixtures on the horizon for Stoke after GW8, both represent good options.
As far as Southampton are concerned, their defenders may have disappointed. But with very easy fixtures till GW12 – NEW (H), WBA (H), BHA (A) and BUR (H), I would hold on to them. And if you still own Southampton attackers, you’re playing Fantasy Football wrong.
Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester City
Bournemouth were frustrated as despite dominating the game for large parts, they were unable to break the deadlock against a stubborn Leicester.
Leicester’s fixture list for the next 4 reads WBA (H), SWA (A), EVE (H), STK (A). They should fetch a few more clean sheets during this period. Harry Maguire (£5.1m) is the top option from the Foxes rearguard. Having scored once and assisted twice so far, he provides threat on both ends of the pitch. Kinder on the budget is Danny Simpson (£4.5m), who may not have the attacking threat but is in a cheaper bracket. Jamie Vardy (£8.5m) may have fired a blank, but with the fixture list he may also be worth keeping for now, unless you have funds to upgrade to a premium striker.
Bournemouth have mixed fixtures up ahead. The club is still recovering from its dreadful start and I would wait before considering their assets.
Man Utd 4-0 Crystal Palace
Man Utd continued their fantastic start of the season, destroying whipping boys Crystal Palace 4-0. Marouane Fellaini (£4.9m) scored twice, Romelu Lukaku (£11.8m) scored yet again after Juan Mata netted the opener. Marcus Rashford (£7.6m) assisted twice, while Ashley Young and Anthony Martial got one assist each.
Lukaku continued his incredible start to the season, scoring his 7th in as many games. He has now scored in every single game but one. With his remarkable consistency, and an ownership above 60%, he is becoming a Fantasy must-have every passing day. Same is not the case with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, though. The midfielder has now only scored once in the last 4 games, providing no assists. With United’s fixtures stiffening – they play Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea in the next four – he may have served his lifespan, and owners should consider alternatives.
Managers must be considering Rashford and Fellaini after their performances. Both are laden with risks, Rashford perhaps more so. With Anthony Martial breathing down his neck, the winger’s game time is not assured. With the tough fixtures, he may prove to be a waste of a valuable forward slot. Fellaini has started every game since Pogba’s injury. At £4.9m, he may well prove to be a great enabler. Considering he is a defensive midfielder, he won’t score braces every week – keep your expectations low and he’ll serve you well, until he elbows someone and gets suspended.
As for Crystal Palace, the less said the better.
West Ham 1-0 Swansea City
West Ham nicked a late win over Swansea with a goal from substitute Diafra Sakho, assisted by fellow substitute Arthur Masuaku.
The Hammers continued their upturn in defensive form with their 3rd clean sheet in the last 4 games, following their switch to a 5 at the back formation. Wing-back Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) came home with 8 points, amassing 2 bonus points. He has provided the most crosses in the league so far, so surely attacking returns are on the horizon too. With BUR (A), BHA (H), CRY (A), LIV (H) and WAT (A) in their next 5, he could be a great value pick in defense.
Don’t be too discouraged with the Swansea rearguard either – they were only a couple of minutes away from a shutout. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) and wing-back Kyle Naughton (£4.6m) are proving excellent value for their price. With HUD (H), LEI (H), ARS (A), BHA (H), BUR (A) and BOU (H) in the next 6, they only have one considerably tough fixture. If you still have Tammy Abraham (£5.5m), you may as well give him a shot for this run of fixtures.