Domestic football is back after the international break and the EPL kicks off this weekend with Jose Mourinho taking charge of Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in Saturday’s early kickoff at rivals West Ham United.
The most-anticipated game of the weekend comes in the last game on Saturday as Manchester City play host to Chelsea. Before that, Arsenal will be looking to close the gap on the top four at home to Southampton, and Leicester will be looking to strengthen their chances of finishing in the top four away to Brighton & Hove Albion.
High-flying Sheffield United host Manchester United in the only game on Sunday, whilst Aston Villa and Newcastle United meet at Villa Park in Monday night football.
Here are my suggestions as your best choices for fantasy Premier League captain this weekend:
Arsenal host a Southampton team who have taken just one point from their last seven Premier League outings and in desperate need for a win themselves. Surely Unai Emery will get it right this weekend and help the Gunners push for a top four finish.
Alexandre Lacazette has started the past couple of games as he looks to be back to full match fitness now. He lines up as the central striker in Arsenal’s front three and is a cheaper option than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who lines up on the left when the French international starts. Aubameyang is another solid choice to make your captain this weekend, but I feel Lacazette is both better value for money and in a better position to score.
Southampton only recently shipped nine at home to Leicester City and are looking hopeless at the back, so expect Arsenal to net a few goals on their way to three points this Saturday, making their striker a good choice as fantasy football captain.
I am expecting Manchester City versus Chelsea to be a shootout on Saturday evening. It should be a thrilling encounter with Pep Guardiola’s side coming out on top.
Sergio Aguero should start this game, despite coming back from South America over the international break. I simply feel the boss has to go with his best players in this game because three points is the only thing that will keep their feint hopes of defending their Premier League title, alive.
With support from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and go, Aguero should be among the goals, if not scoring a brace or more. Chelsea have not looked good defending and rarely keep a clean sheet. They’re up against one of the best attacks this weekend so I would expect Kepa to have a very busy game.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker enjoys scoring against rivals West Ham United and I expect Jose Mourinho to send his side out to attack the Hammers’ defence that has been leaky in recent weeks.
Supported by the likes of Son min-Heung, Christian Eriksen and co, the England captain should see a few opportunities in this game in which he’s bound to get among the goals.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the hosts conceded a penalty too with some of their defenders.