- Champions Liverpool host Arsenal in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 3
- Manchester City entertain Leicester City, Brighton face Manchester United, as Wolves travel to West Ham United
- Goal machine Leeds United play Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield United, with Spurs meeting Newcastle United
PREMIER LEAGUE, ENGLAND – With two weeks in the books for the new season, who do you need in your Fantasy Premier League squads for Gameweek 3 this weekend?
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Kevin De Bruyne
Two games into the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League season, managers now have a better indication of who and who won’t be the players to cast their eye over this season. With Gameweek 3 in mind, Kevin De Bruyne appears not to have skipped a beat.
As Manchester City finally got their season under way against Wolves on Monday night, Manchester City were hugely impressive against a side who will almost certainly challenge for the top six.
De Bruyne in particular shone and grabbed a goal and assist to open his account for the season.
Notching from the penalty spot also, the Belgian has now fully established himself as the Citizens’ number one spot-kick taker, and as Leicester City travel to the Etihad on Sunday, City’s talisman will again be eyeing centre stage.
The Foxes themselves look refreshed with a number of wide recruits, particularly in the full-back area.
As a side however, who will take on their hosts this weekend, De Bruyne could be rubbing his hands in anticipation.
Well we said Leeds United would be fun this season.
After a second successive seven-goal thriller at Elland Road against fellow promotees Fulham, the Whites look like a side who will continue to rack up the goals, even if their defence may leak goals aplenty.
Though far from the complete package, striker Patrick Bamford has begun the season in explosive fashion with two goals and two assists, making a mockery of his now 5.7 price-tag – and rising.
Rodrigo was handed his debut from the start for the first time last time out, but after being subbed at half-time, the Spaniard may have to wait some time before being given the lone striking role.
As Sheffield United welcome their free-scoring Yorkshire neighbours to Bramall Lane, the Blades have lost their opening two games of the campaign which could see the hosts attempt to tighten the ship defensively.
That is easier said than done however, and with an arsenal of attacking weaponry in midfield at Leeds’ behest, Bamford has already been on hand to join the dots in front of goal and could so again in Gameweek 3.
If we learnt anything from Gameweek 2, it is that Manchester United looked rusty to say the least. As the Red Devils travel to the AMEX Stadium versus a team in Brighton & Hove Albion who they have struggled against recently, Neal Maupay could be the beneficiary.
In his second season on the South coast, the Frenchman has began the season in rare form and his double against Newcastle United was a display of opportunism.
Gameweek 3 sees the Seagulls’ striker try his luck against a visiting side who shipped three times at Old Trafford last weekend, and though they beat Brighton last time out, lost on the road 3-2 the season before.
United’s goalkeeping situation remains decidedly unclear also and with pressure mounting on both personnel and manager, Maupay will be sensing blood.
As Wolves continue to balance the books with impudent ease, the Black Country side if anything look a more dangerous side this term and Daniel Podence is proving the latest canny recruit to Molineux.
In a move that largely went under the radar last January, the Portuguese winger’s arrival from Olympiacos looked a curious one.
However, in light of departures of recent weeks, Podence looks a real threat in a roaming berth in attack and could underline his importance to fantasy managers in Gameweek 3.
With an assist in each of his first two games to begin the term, the forward could have netted against Manchester City on Monday night, but despite spurning his chance, portrayed his goal threat in what looks like becoming a 3-5-2 formation for Wolves.
A trip to the London Stadium could then, be the perfect stage for Podence to showcase his full talents and as West Ham show no signs of having learnt defensively from last season, Podence may be in for a points haul and at a steal of 5.6 too.
Punt of the week: Tyrick Mitchell
Our punt for Gameweek 3 goes with Tyrick Mitchell, who has quietly impressed deputising at left-back for Crystal Palace to start the campaign.
The 21-year-old defender is the cheapest active player in the game at a remarkable 4.1, but already the Brentford academy product is becoming a fantasy hit, with close to 24% of owners.
The Eagles have started the season strongly with two wins from two, and at home have become hard to score against.
Their opponents this weekend in Everton may have netted five versus West Bromwich Albion last time out, but the hosts here will be in no mood for such charity, and kept out Southampton on the opening day a fortnight ago.
With a decent distribution also, Mitchell could see opportunities for points at both ends of the fantasy spectrum this weekend.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 3 deadline is Saturday at 11:00 UK time.
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