By Neil Leverett
- Liverpool and Arsenal headline Gameweek 3 with Saturday evening clash at Anfield
- Manchester United host goal-less Crystal Palace, whilst Chelsea travel to Norwich City
- Unbeaten Brighton host Saints in South coast derby, as Spurs entertain ragged-looking Newcastle United
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – With Gameweek 3 upon us, who are this weekend’s must-have picks to get the best points haul from your Fantasy Premier League team?
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Liverpool and Arsenal meet once more this weekend, which means a plethora of Fantasy Premier League points are up for grabs. In eight of the last ten Premier League meetings between the two sides, at least four goals have been had, and with the attacking talent on show on Merseyside this Saturday should be no exception.
Whilst Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are players that will be amongst the points almost certainly, Sadio Mane gets the nod from us. Having returned to training late after the summer’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the Senegalese has began the season sluggishly, but after netting in back to back games, looks sharp again.
The Gunners’ defence may have been strengthened by the addition of David Luiz, but the Brazilian look no more sure at the back, and given Arsenal’s laissez-faire approach to keeping the opposition out, Mane will get space – and chances aplenty – here.
With Ainsley Maitland-Niles still leaving much to be desired also in his defensive game, Mane will be prowling the left flank this weekend, and a goal – at least – could be on the fantasy cards.
An must-have for your team this week – on paper at least – is Harry Kane. Having been starved of the ball against Manchester City in Gameweek 2, the Spurs hitman will be looking to get back amongst the goals, after his brace against Aston Villa a fortnight ago.
With Newcastle United rolling into North London, the Lilywhites will be eyeing a glut of goals against Steve Bruce’s side, who have looked ragged in their opening two league games this term.
Taken apart by a free-flowing Canary attack last time out, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could see the Tynesiders on the end of another heavy defeat and for Kane at least, the England skipper will be licking his lips at the prospect.
The return of Son Heung-min from suspension could be a key factor for Kane, as with the South Korean fresh and raring to make his first mark of the 2019/20 campaign, the forward’s runs that have signified the uprising of Mauricio Pocchetino’s men, could curry wealthy favour for Kane’s owners this weekend.
Manchester United, scorned by many after their summer of relative inactivity in the summer, has silenced many of the doubters and but for an errant Paul Pogba penalty at Molineux on Monday night, could be sitting joint top of the league standings after two games.
The Red Devils’ attack looks in fine fettle after the departure of Romelu Lukaku, and Marcus Rashford in particular looks set to be the main heir to the throne – aside from Anthony Martial.
Having netted a double against Chelsea two games ago, Rashford was denied taking the spot kick against Wolves, but against Crystal Palace this weekend, both Rashford and United will be looking to advantage of the Eagles’ shaky start.
Without a goal in 180 minutes thus far, Roy Hodgson’s men have not shaken off Wilfried Zaha-gate, and arriving in Manchester could be exposed to an uncomfortable afternoon courtesy of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges.
Rashford and Martial have formed to combine a potent and rapid partnership up front this term, and as Englishman and Frenchman come together again here, United might be eyeing a goal-fest.
Chelsea remain without a league or cup win in their opening three game of the domestic season, and whilst a trip to Norfolk to face Norwich may not give them their first victory of the new campaign, the host’s defence could still give the chance for the Blues to improve their goal tally.
As we have seen in their return to the top flight, Norwich will not be one for the defensive purists, but going forward Daniel Farke’s men will indeed be easy on the eye. That could play into Chelsea’ hands this Saturday lunchtime, with Christian Pulisic the beneficiary.
The absence of Eden Hazard has left question for the West Londoners to answer – so far without a positive response – but the American has shown fleeting glimpses of his ability on the left flank in the Premier League.
Saturday at Carrow Road could be the first real opportunity for the former Borussia Dortmund winger to showcase his true talents, and any Fantasy Premier League owners considering Pulisic’s sale may want to think again, given the cavernous gaps that are likely to appear in the host’s back line.
Our outsider tip for Gameweek 3 has been on Britwatch’s Fantasy Premier League radar since the beginning of the campaign, and after the impressive start to the term Brighton & Hove Albion have made defensively, Dan Burn is our man this weekend.
Since signing from Wigan Athletic in the summer, Burn has become part of back three for Graham Potter’s Seagulls, which has tightened up a Brighton back line that looked increasingly shaky, during the latter stages of former steward Chris Hughton’s tenure last season.
As a man who has looked a threat from set-pieces – an area the East Sussex outfit have had rich success in since their promotion to the top flight, Burn was robbed of an assist last week, when Leandro Trossard’s opener against West Ham was ruled out for infringement.
This weekend however, as the Saints make the trip across from Hampshire, Brighton will look to expose a defence that has shipped five goals in their opening two league games this term, and who conceded three away to Burnley on opening day. A clean sheet is also in the offing for Potter’s men.
Burn (4.5), as a cheaper alternative to both Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk by 0.5 and 0.6 respectively, is certainly worth due consideration for GW3, and just like John Egan last weekend, the 6’7′ centre-back could supply the goods.
Premier League Gameweek 3 begins on Friday evening, as Aston Villa host Everton at Villa Park, kick-off 8pm UK time.
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