The 25th season of the Premier League has started with a bang, with newly promoted Huddersfield joint top of the table with serial winners Manchester United, whilst giants Chelsea, Spurs, and Arsenal have all lost one game each. With the twists and turns already occurring early on this season, who should you be looking to avoid and instead buy for your Fantasy Premier League teams in week 3?
Defender: Ben Davies
Game – Spurs vs Burnley
With first choice left-back Danny Rose currently injured and wanting a move back up north, Davies is one of the first names on the team sheet under Pochettino at Spurs. Although the hoodoo around Spurs’ record at Wembley still lingers over the North London club, last weekend’s loss to Chelsea means this match against Burnley is a must win fixture.
Burnley are a side who struggle on their travels, only winning once away last season and their freak 3-2 victory over Chelsea two weeks ago must be cast aside, leaving Spurs the firm favourites. A clean sheet is likely for Spurs, and at £5.6 million, Davies is a cheap option in defence in comparison to team-mates Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen who cost £6 million.
Midfielder: James Brunt/ Matt Phillips
Game – West Brom vs Stoke
Tony Pulis’ side have started off the new campaign in typical Pulis fashion, two solid 1-0 victories aided by two clean sheets have West Brom fans excited for a potential third win on the trot. Although Stoke battled to a hard fought 1-0 win over Arsenal last Saturday, the Potters did lose their first game of the season to Everton away 1-0 and fans are worried with the lack of quality signings Hughes has made. Two sides who will be try to tactically outwit each other, this game could end 1-0 either way, but a third win for the Baggies in front of their home crowd is likely.
The match will be won from set-pieces, so either James Brunt or Matt Phillips will be taking the dead ball deliveries; so an assist bonus and clean sheet bonus could be awarded to either player. Brunt, valued at £5.5 million, is cheaper than Phillips, who costs £6 million, but Phillips scored and assisted mid-week vs Accrington Stanley in the Carabao Cup so the Scotsman goes into this game in fine form.
Game – Newcastle vs West Ham
The club from the North East, guided under Spanish maestro Rafa Benitez, would have been expected to finish mid-table this season but instead have started off with two losses. Slaven Bilić at West Ham has also seen the Hammers fall to two losses out of two. This match is on a knife edge, but Mexican international Javier Hernandez is set to star again this week.
After losing 3-2 against Southampton last week, conceding a 93rd minute winner from Charlie Austin, Hernandez scored twice to give the East Londoners a life line. Against a Newcastle side currently playing players out of position, with Chancel Mbemba, who is typically a centre back filling in at right back. This Geordie back line can be exploited so Hernandez at £7.1 million is just the man to secure points for your front line.