Week 3 Premier League action hits this weekend following the exciting first two weeks of matches. The unfortunate part is that this will be followed by first annoying international break. The only hope that I have for these matches is that nobody on my FPL teams returns injured.
After two full weeks of matches there is still very little to go on. There are several surprises in the Premier League table with Huddersfield, West Brom, and Watford holding down positions 2-4. This will almost certainly be a short lived top four, but it is always interesting to see teams expecting to finish near the bottom starting out by playing above their expectations.
Week 3 Predictions:
|Saturday, August 26|
|7:30/12:30||Bournemouth||1||v||3||Man City|| 1 – 2
|10:00/15:00||Crystal Palace||1||v||1||Swansea City||0-2|
|10:00/15:00||Huddersfield||0||v||0||Southampton||0 – 0
|12:30/17:30||Manchester United||2||v||0||Leicester City||2 – 0
|Sunday, August 20|
|8:30/13:30||Chelsea||2||v||1||Everton|| 2 – 0
|8:30/13:30||West Brom||0||v||0||Stoke City|| 1 – 1
Week 3 FPL Tips
I still plan to captain Romelu Lukaku in Manchester United’s home match versus Leicester City. Leicester has already allowed 4 goals to start this season and Lukaku has scored 3, which looks like a favorable matchup. The bigger issue up front is what to do with Harry Kane. If ever there was a time for Kane to finally score in August in the Premier League, it is certainly at home to Burnley. Kane did look better in last week’s match against Chelsea, with 2 chances created and 3 shots on target. I’d expect him to do more against Burnley who have allowed 3 goals so far.
If you are looking for attacking options, then Liverpool is probably your best bet for midfield and an additional forward, although, you will have to choose between Lukaku (11.7) and Kane (12.5) if you want a Liverpool forward like Firmino (8.5).
At this early point in the season, I’m still sticking with my relatively cheap defenders. I have yet to pick him up, but have considered going in for West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi who is at just 4.5, but leading the scoring for all defenders with a massive 23 points. His selection percentage is certainly increasing and he has jumped to second most owned defender with 20.2% ownership behind David Luiz at 25.7%.
If you are looking for more of a differential, I would recommend Burnley’s Stephen Ward. He is just 4.5 and has a 4.3% ownership while picking up a total of 9 points despite Burnley giving up 3 goals already. Even in their 0-1 loss to West Brom he managed to pick up 2 points. Burnley aren’t going to win a lot of games, but he looks like a player that could pick up some points this season and is a 4.5 defender.
That wraps up my week 3 Premier League predictions along with week 3 FPL tips. Hopefully your FPL season has kicked off well and you’re enjoying yourself. Good luck and have fun!