The EPL returns after the international break as Liverpool kick off the weekend’s action looking to maintain their 100% start at home to Newcastle United.
Manchester City travel to exciting Norwich City looking to at least maintain their two-point deficit on the Premier League leaders, whilst fantasy football managers will be looking at Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal as well for big points.
Here are my tips for your fantasy football captain this weekend:
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has previously said that his side will not park the bus this season and that could spell danger when Manchester City come to town this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side have already scored five on their travels to West Ham United and three at Bournemouth this season. The Canaries have shipped four against Liverpool and three at home to Chelsea as the German manager prefers an attacking style of football.
Sergio Aguero won’t be guaranteed to start as he was in South America over the international break and City go to Ukraine for their Champions League opener on Wednesday. So I fancy Raheem Sterling to be the best choice. The England star netted in each of his first three games this season before failing to get on the net in their 4-0 thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break. Expect Sterling to get back among the goals Saturday evening.
Arsenal travel to bottom of the league Watford on Sunday in a game they will expect to win on their travels. Unai Emery’s side started the season with back-to-back victories but a defeat at Liverpool and then in the North London derby have slowed them down. Three points will surely be in order at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets have collected just one point from their first four games of the new season and have rehired Quique Flores as their manager. The Spaniard wouldn’t have had long to get to know his players given the international disruption so his start couldn’t have been tougher. Watford at at Manchester City next weekend too. This is good news for the Arsenal attack who will all be looking to get among the goals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets the nod ahead of Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe as fantasy football captain this weekend.
With Liverpool’s front three returning from international action outside of Europe this past week and a trip to Napoli on the cards in the Champions League this Tuesday, I think Jurgen Klopp will rotate his attack. That simply means Divock Origi will start and either Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino won’t. That also means if the Reds have a comfortable lead over Newcastle United on Saturday lunchtime that Mohamed Salah could be substituted before full-time.
Prior to that I would expect the Egyptian to get among the goals against Steve Bruce’s defence. Teemu Pukki has already netted a hat-trick past Martin Dubravka this season.