We bring you the best of the FPL Gameweek 3 Saturday matches and what they mean from a Fantasy Premier League perspective as Michail Antonio rewards those who captained him with a double-figure score.
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FPL Gameweek 3 Saturday Match Reports
Man City 5-0 Arsenal
Goals: Gundogan, Torres x2, Jesus, Rodri
Assists: Jesus, Silva, Grealish, Torres, Mahrez
Red card: Xhaka
If Manchester City do not sign a striker by next week, Ferran Torres (£7.0m) could prove extremely popular in FPL ahead of Gameweek 4. The Spaniard logged an 18-point haul courtesy of two goals and an assist from his role up front.
Ilkay Gundogan (£7.3m) also punished sellers with an early goal, with Gabriel Jesus (£8.5m) earning his third assist in two gameweeks from a right-wing position.
The striker added a goal before half time against a ten-man Arsenal, as Jack Grealish (£8.0m) recorded an assist. Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) was benched for the second time in two gameweeks but did return again once on the pitch.
Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo. Laporte, Dias, Walker (Zinchenko 45); Gundogan, Rodri, Silva (Sterling 57); Grealish, Torres, Jesus (Mahrez 60).
Arsenal XI: Leno; Kolasinac, Holding, Chambers; Tierney, Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Cedric; Odegaard, Aubameyang (Lacazette 58), Saka (Elneny 45).
Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford
Goals: Toney // Buendia
Assists: Jansson // Ings
Ivan Toney (£6.4m) got off the mark in Gameweek 3, having fallen in price ahead of Saturday’s deadline. The striker managed two shots, one inside the box, against Villa.
Emi Buendia (£6.4m) was another player to open his account, converting from a Danny Ings (£8.1m) pass.
Tyrone Mings (£5.0m) was absent for Villa due to injury, while John McGinn (£6.0m) and Jacob Ramsey (£4.5m) are isolating due to Covid-19.
Ezri Konsa (£5.0m) left the field late on due to injury. Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) made his return from the treatment table as a late substitute.
Frank Onyeka (£5.0m) missed out for the Bees due to a positive Covid test.
Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Targett, Tunazebe, Konsa (Hause 89), Cash; Douglas Luiz, Chukwuemeka (Nakamba 63); El Ghazi, Buendia, Young (Watkins 79); Ings.
Brentford XI: Raya; Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer; Henry, Ghoddos, Norgaard, Janelt, Canos; Mbeumo, Toney.
Brighton 0-2 Everton
Goals: Gray, Calvert-Lewin (pen)
Assists: Allan, Coleman
Despite protestations from team-mate Richarlison (£7.6m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.2m) took and converted a second penalty in as many weeks.
Richarlison wanted to take the penalty but Coleman needed to tell him it's DCL's. Richarlison not happy at all
— Phil Kirkbride (@philkecho) August 28, 2021
“With the penalty, (Dominic Calvert-Lewin) is the first taker, Richarlison knows he’s the second one. The main thing is that he scored, we won. We have to compete in training to see who scores more penalties but at the moment Dominic is the first one.” – Rafa Benitez
Not long after, the frontman – who has been carrying a toe problem – was subbed off due to injury.
Demarai Gray (£5.5m) scored his second goal in as many weeks, highlighting his value as a budget enabler in midfield.
Joel Veltman (£4.4m) made his first appearance of the season from the bench, coming on at half time as Brighton trailed 1-0.
Brighton XI: Sanchez; Dunk, Duffy, Webster; Gross, Bissouma, Lallana (Welbeck 59), Moder (Richards 72); Trossard, Maupay, Mac Allister (Veltman 45).
Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Holgate, Coleman; Gray (Andre Gomes 81), Allan, Doucoure, Townsend; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Iwobi 70).
Newcastle 2-2 Southampton
Goals: Wilson, Saint-Maximin // Elyonoussi, Ward-Prowse (pen)
Assists: Murphy, Fraser // A Armstrong
Callum Wilson (£7.5m) kept his goal account ticking over with his second strike of the season against Southampton, though was taken off with 20 minutes to go.
After Saints equalised, it looked as though Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.5m) had won it late on for the Magpies. However, a third penalty concession in as many games saw Newcastle pegged back in injury time. Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) was fouled for a spot-kick converted by James Ward-Prowse (£6.5m).
Tino Livramento (£4.1m) made his third consecutive start for the Saints, with Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.9m) brought in at left-back in place of Romain Perraud (£5.0m).
Livramento was denied an assist when Moussa Djenepo (£5.5m) missed a massive chance from six yards out.
Newcastle XI: Woodman; Ritchie, Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar, Murphy; Willock (Fraser 84), S Longstaff, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Wilson (Joelinton 69).
Southampton XI: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Salisu, Stephens, Livramento; Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Diallo 88); Elyonoussi, Djenepo (Redmond 58); A Armstrong, Adams (Broja 71).
Norwich 1-2 Leicester
Goals: Vardy, Albrighton // Pukki
Assists: Pereira, Vardy // Lees-Melou
Brandon Williams (£4.0m) made an immediate debut for Norwich, displacing Dimitris Giannoulis (£4.5m) at left-back. It was his mistake after eight minutes that allowed Ricardo Pereira (£5.5m) to sweep down the right before crossing for Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) to finish.
Pereira was immediately substituted after seemingly hurting his hamstring in the build up to the goal.
“It sounds like it’s a hamstring injury. A scan will show the full extent.” – Brendan Rodgers on Pereira
Vardy also picked up the assist for Leicester’s second as he netted a double-figure haul, though the Foxes were largely unimpressive over the 90 minutes.
Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) made it three consecutive blanks to start the season, as he was once again hooked in the second half.
Norwich XI: Krul; Williams, Gibson, Hanley, Aarons; McLean, Gilmour (Idah 79), Lees-Melou (Rupp 74); Cantwell, Pukki (Sargent 74), Rashica.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Thomas, Soyuncu, Amartey, Pereira (Castagne 10); Ndidi; Barnes (Iheanacho 67), Maddison (Dewsbury-Hall 86), Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy.
West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace
Goals: Fornals, Antonio // Gallagher x2
Assists: Antonio, Cresswell // Benteke, McArthur
Michail Antonio (£7.8m) carded a third consecutive double-figure haul in Gameweek 3, delivering 11 points for his legion of captainers.
The striker totalled five shots, all of which were inside the area but only one found the target. He also tallied four key passes.
Said Benrahma (£6.3m), on the other hand, posted a first blank of the season but new owners are likely to be unperturbed considering West Ham’s medium-term fixtures.
Conor Gallagher (£5.5m) scored an unlikely brace for the Eagles, bagging all three bonus points in the process.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Fornals (Yarmolenko 87), Benrahma, Bowen (Lanzini 79); Antonio.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Andersen, Guehi, Ward; McArthur (Schlupp 88), Kouyate, Gallagher; Zaha, Benteke, Ayew.
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Goals: Havertz // Salah
Assists: James // Mane
Reece James (£5.6m) had an eventful evening at Anfield, having assisted Kai Havertz‘s (£8.3m) opener from a corner before seeing red for a handball on the Chelsea goal-line.
The defender will now miss Gameweek 4, barring a successful appeal of the sending off.
Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) duly converted the spot-kick, handing Sadio Mane (£11.9m) an assist in the process.
Liverpool, however, failed to break down a stubborn 10-man Chelsea in the second half.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson (Tsimikas 86), Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson (Thiago 74); Mane, Firmino (Jota 42), Salah.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Jorginho (Chalobah 87), Kante (Kovacic 45), James; Havertz (Thiago Silva 45), Lukaku, Mount.
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