By Neil Leverett
- Chelsea host league leaders Liverpool in Premier League Gameweek 6’s main event on Sunday
- Manchester City entertain Watford, Spurs travel to Leicester whilst Everton face Sheffield United at Goodison Park
- Aston Villa travel to the Emirates on Sunday, as West Ham United host Manchester United
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – As Gameweek 6 swings into gear on Friday night, what Fantasy Premier League players are must-haves for your squads this weekend?
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The go-to player for many Fantasy Premier League managers this week, indeed a strong candidate for captaincy is Sergio Aguero. In spite of Manchester City’s shock defeat to Norwich City last Saturday, the Argentine was still on the score-sheet at Carrow Road.
Having now scored in three games on the bounce, Aguero will be looking to pull away from Tammy Abraham who he shares the top scorer slot with on seven goals, and as Watford arrive at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, City’s record scorer could be in for more favour.
Scoring five in his last three outings, Aguero netted a brace at home to Brighton & Hove Albion three weeks ago, and against a Hornets side that showed improvement against Arsenal last time out, Quique Sanchez Flores’ men still will have a tough afternoon ahead as the hosts look to bite back.
The concern of rotation will be there for a number of fantasy managers, but after Gabriel Jesus played the entire 90 minutes in Kharkiv in midweek, Aguero is set to be unleashed on a rather defensively hapless Watford.
As the second of our attacking options, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in similarly prolific form – netting in Arsenal’s last three game in all competitions – including a double in the Gunners’ nervous 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road last weekend.
With Unai Emery’s ever-growing defensive issues, his weaponry in attack looks as potent as ever, particularly the Gabonese striker, whose finishing against Watford last Sunday was at his sublime best.
Keeping in mind Alexandre Lacazette’s continued absence through injury, Aubameyang is guaranteed to remain as the lone striker and with the growing confidence of Nicolas Pepe to accompany in attack against Aston Villa, Arsenal’s number 14 is well on the way to following in former great of the same shirt, Thierry Henry.
Dean Smith’s men are not to be taken lightly here result-wise, but at the moment there seems little evidence of the Villans being able to contain Arsenal this weekend, and Aubameyang could be in for a fruitful Gameweek 6.
Following Everton’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth in Gameweek 5, this weekend sees the Toffees return to the relative creature comforts of Goodison Park to face Sheffield United. After gradually beginning to inch back into his offensive game in recent weeks, this could be the weekend Seamus Coleman shines.
In his seventh season on Merseyside, the Irishman has never really come close to eclipsing his efforts of his debut season in 2013/14 since breaking his leg, when the former flying full-back scored six goal, made two assists and kept 15 clean sheet.
As the Blades try their luck this weekend, Everton – who did not concede a goal in their opening three games – will perhaps look to tighten things up at the back, but having seen Coleman in particular inch forward into a more advanced role, Saturday might see the first spoils for Coleman.
Chris Wilder’s men proved they have what it takes on the road this season against the Cherries on opening day, but the odds are in Everton’s favour to return to winning ways. Should they do so, Coleman could be in the points.
A player who has always been on our radar, but after missing the first three games of the season through suspension, Son Heung-min is back with a bang after last weekend’s brace against Crystal Palace and firing for Spurs.
Many fantasy managers may be pondering swapping the South Korean in for Harry Kane, and if last week was anything to go by, Son could soon be grabbing the bigger points than his English skipper, at a far cheaper price.
A risky ploy that is, but Son has proved in the past for the Lilywhites, when he is form, he is one player considered must-have. Against a Leicester City that will go on the attack, Spurs looked red hot on the counter attack, and Saturday lunchtime will see the visitors trying to spring the Foxes’ trap.
Son scored home and away against Brendan Rodgers’ men last term, and with the forward fresh after little exertion in Athens on Tuesday evening, the South Korean predator could be in the goals once more.
More known to regular Fantasy Premier League players for his time at Stoke City, the addition of Erik Pieters to the Burnley defence this season has given Sean Dyche’s men a greater balance, that has seen the Clarets lose just one game to league leaders Liverpool this season.
A stalwart of the clean sheet during his years in the Potteries, the Dutchman full-back’s added value comes from his assist count, and after notching on opening day double assist tally – to go with a shut-out against the Saints at Turf Moor – Pieters will fancy adding to his points tally against the Canaries on home turf.
Norwich will undoubtedly be buoyed from their stunning win over the champions just a week ago, but Burnley present a different proposition altogether in the intimidating atmosphere of the Lancashire club’s home territory.
Daniel Farke’s men will be a threat in attack, no question, but Burnley will fancy their chances of keeping the likes of Teemu Pukki out, and at the other end – with Norwich leaving gaps in the wide areas – Pieters could be on hand to profit.
Premier League Gameweek 6 begins on Friday night, as Southampton host AFC Bournemouth in a South coast derby, kick-off 8pm UK time.
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