The 2019-20 EPL season is find its stride as Liverpool look to maintain or extend their five point lead at the top this weekend with a trip to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Sunday.
Defending champions Manchester City will be looking to close the gap the day before when they host bottom of the league Watford at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal host Aston Villa in another key game that fantasy football managers will have a keen eye on.
Here are my tips for your fantasy football captain this weekend:
Manchester City will be coming back from Ukraine where they were 3-0 winners at Shakhtar Donetsk. The FA have been a little unkind to Pep Guardiola’s side for making them play on Saturday instead of giving them an extra day’s recovery time. However, the Citizens will be widely-expected to win and win big when they welcome Watford to Greater Manchester.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played the striker’s role for Arsenal against the Hornets last weekend and bagged himself a brace, so I fancy Sergio Aguero to be the best choice for the home side in this one. The Argentine was an unused substitute midweek so there’s no reason why Gabriel Jesus would get the nod ahead of him in this one. David Silva and Bernardo Silva are both fresh to create chances for the front man too.
With Alexandre Lacazette sidelined for several weeks, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will move into the striker’s role during the Frenchman’s absence. The Gabon international will relish this opportunity and was the joint-Premier League Golden Boot winner last season on top of scoring two goals at Watford last weekend.
Yes, he did start at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the Europa League but he’s a professional footballer so I expect him to have plenty of energy to beat an Aston Villa backline that have shipped three goals against Tottenham Hotspur and two at home to Bournemouth already this season.
Stamford Bridge should be in for some entertainment on Saturday when two of the Premier League’s highest-scoring sides clash. Chelsea may have hit Wolverhampton Wanderers for five last weekend but they will find it much tougher to break down the Liverpool defence this Sunday.
The Blues have looked very vulnerable at the back under Frank Lampard, still without a clean sheet. In fact, Leicester City are the only side not to put at least two past Kepa Arrizabalaga in Chelsea’s opening five matches. You can be sure Liverpool will score at least two and I expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to come away with all three points. The hosts don’t have a great defensive left-back so Mohamed Salah can cause them real problems down that side of the Liverpool attack.