Gameweek 3 Recap

Most people came crashing back down to earth after their dream Gameweek 1 with a low scoring round. VAR again forcing everyone to restrain their celebrations to avoid any premature embarrassment.  Aside from Liverpool appear to be the Clean Sheet masters, but it’s not the boys in red who look a lot more vulnerable without Alisson.  Everybody wants to join the Pukki party after his hat trick against what look to be the league whipping boys (Newcastle).  KDB stakes an early claim for PFA Player of the year and Lundstrum for this season’s Wan Bissaka.  Chelsea look better with Giroud holding up play, Mount running off him and Maddison is starting to run the show for Leicester.  Finally, the Martial experiment is working for United and if it wasn’t for an absolute worldie they might have picked up another clean sheet.

 

Who did I tip?

After all the deliberating there wasn't really much in it:

Salah (3) – there was a massive debate over Salah and Sterling after the 120 minutes Super Cup exploits and I concluded that this was enough to sway me towards Sterling, which helped me to avoid a blank.

Sterling (6)– ultimately the points difference between him and Salah was pretty meh, but he does look to be the more in form player on the more attacking team, which is worth considering for the future.  He also has the assist master (no not James Maddison) KDB behind him.

Aubameyang (6) – he had the best fixture, but Burnley (in particular Pope) did well to restrict Arsenal’s attack. A well taken goal with two in two highlighted him as the perfect hokey cokey pairing for Kane.

 

What did we learn?

The Big Two – Liverpool don’t look as solid defensively without Alisson, whereas City look like a machine conceding the least shots on target and they also have the best attack in the league.

 Arsenal – actually look pretty decent this season with Ceballos running the show and Auba / Laca looking sharp. Once Pepe beds in too they’re going to cause a lot of problems and Liverpool will be their first real test.

The Contenders – Everton have alleviated any concerns about their defensive stability after losing Zouma and Gueye. Tottenham’s new signing VAR has an amazing record against City.  Chelsea and Leicester look to be bedding in, but haven’t hit their strides yet.  United look very good in defence and attack with their main weakness being the youth prospect Lingard in the #10 role, who doesn’t offer the creativity the forwards could thrive upon.

Newcastle – are already shaping up to be the whipping boy and those with Spurs assets should be excited about the potential damage that could be done this weekend.

 

Gameweek 3 Captaincy - The Fixtures

 

  • Aston Villa v Everton– Villa have impressed without picking up any points and even if Digne is out, they might struggle to breach an Everton side that has already kept 11 clean sheets in 2019.  Everton are seriously lacking in firepower though and this might be the week that Kean finally gets the chance to show what he’s got.
  • Norwich v Chelsea– Norwich only know how to play one way and Chelsea look vulnerable defensively, but they have some decent attacking options and I expect goals from both sides here.
  • Brighton v Southampton– Brighton have started the season very well and their new additions have added some real quality to the side.  Southampton put on a decent display in their last game and this should be a nice open game.
  • Man Utd v Palace – United look good and Palace look dire at the moment. This should be an easy win here and possibly another clean sheet.
  • Sheffield Utd v Leicester – this is a tough one to call, Utd are very solid defensively and Leicester are a counter attacking side who might struggle to break down a side that doesn’t attack very aggressively. This could be a cagey affair.
  • Watford v West Ham– Watford have started the season badly and they’ll see this as a chance to turn things around, West Ham were lucky to get away with a point against Brighton and this should be quite an open contest.
  • Liverpool v Arsenal – the winner of this clash will get the only 100% winning record in the league record. Liverpool are on a massive winning streak and are so difficult to beat at Anfield, but Arsenal have some serious attacking firepower and Adrian looks a bit shaky.  I don’t think Liverpool will keep a clean sheet, but I do think they’ll win.
  • Bournemouth v Man City – Bournemouth have started the season reasonably well and Harry Wilson looks like a great asset, but City are just a different level and Bournemouth don’t have the capacity to stop them. I’m expecting a high scoring game here.
  • Spurs v Newcastle – Son will be eligible for this one and hopefully he will feature to negate Sir Harry (who I am very worried about not having). Regardless of who plays, I expect Newcastle to get spanked here.
  • Wolves v Burnley – Wolves play away in Italy on Thursday, which is only three days after their recent game against Utd and this might give the first indication of how well they handle the volume of games they’ve been facing. A lethargic defence might leave some gaps for an on fire Ashley Barnes.

  

Twitter Poll

 

 

Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?

 

 

Sterling looks to be the best pick with a stellar record, his goals in 2019 show he’s stepped up another level and on the eye test he looks so threatening.  It should be noted though that only two of his eight goals were scored Away from Home.

Salah – although he has the tougher opposition, he does play at Home and three of his four goals were scored at Home.  There is the worry that he could be overshadowed by Mane but if anything, there are even more threats to Sterling’s dominance.

Mane – playing for Liverpool he has three goals and one assist in three Home games against Arsenal, which demonstrates how lethal he is at Anfield.

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