Aguero, Kane, Lacazette.
Aguero – After delivering a hat-trick against Watford, King Kun reminds us that Aguero is still relevant. Bookies have him as a 4/1 favorite to win the golden boot at this point trailing behind Kane (7/2) and Romelu (3/1). This week’s matchup against Palace should be straight forward. With Aguero not included for the mid-week clash, we think his odds of starting are vastly improved. What we’ve generally seen is Pep has played Aguero for the full 90 minutes in domestic matches while choosing to sub off Jesus during the 60 minute mark. In continental and less important games, this is the opposite, Aguero plays less and is usually subbed. In the post-match interview Pep almost admittedly acknowledged that Aguero is world-class to the point where he almost sounded defeated/and or finally warming to the idea that Aguero can be dangerous. With United chasing City and City set to face Chelsea the week after, we think Pep will take few chances and play a much similar side to the Watford matchup.
Kane – A disappointing week yet again with Harry unable to find the back of the net. Bookies still have him as second best odds for winning the golden boot but the slow start and high price tag has many FPL managers worrying about production. Tottenham looked distracted and failed to capitalize on bouts of flashiness. Kane & Co. saw their best chances in the second half (Kane struck the crossbar) though failed to deliver and only managed to walk away with a point. Heading into West Ham, playing away almost gives Tottenham a boost. They’ve played better away so far this season than they have at home. West Ham continue to sit uncomfortably at the bottom of the table but do not look nearly as bad as they did in the first 3 weeks of the season. West Ham are still tinkering with their formation (Carroll+Hernandez as a two upfront strategy?) which leaves them vulnerable to a Spurs side which is established in their ways.
Lacazette – This week we think Lacazette could be a sneaky good captain given 1) lack of ownership at just over 10%, 2) relatively easy fixture with WBA at home, and 3) the potential for Sanchez and Lacazette to share pitch time given the Welbeck injury. While Lacazette’s performance last week was so poor he was subbed off for Sanchez, Wenger is strapped for choice after Danny Welbeck picked up an injury which will keep him out for weeks. We envision a start with Lacazette up top followed by Sanchez/Iwobi closesly behind. Arsenal have one of the better match ups this week of all power teams.
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