The Gameweek 17 Selection

With a quick turnaround into Tuesday’s fixtures, we put together a short selection of our favourites.

 

Up top: Morata, Kane (c), and Firmino are our favorites for strikers this week. Despite Chelsea’s loss over the weekend, they head to face Huddersfield which should be a one sided affair. Huddersfield have only 1 win in their last 5 matches, conceding 13 while only scoring 3.



We think Morata is still a fair pick going into the weekend, noting that he has been involved with 13 out of 28 of Chelsea’s goals this season in the Premier League, scoring 9. Kane makes it to our squad after scoring a brace last weekend while going into a favorable Brighton fixture.

Harry seems to be only scoring braces or blanks with each performance and we hope for the former. Tottenham looked like their old-selves again after snapping a 4-game drought. Son also looked sharp though his inconsistency with regards to starts keeps us cautious.



Firmino is the last of our forwards this week. Though Liverpool only managed a draw vs. Everton, underlying statistics probably paint a score line closer to 3-0 or 4-0. Liverpool were dominant yet failed to convert. Everton were lucky to draw a penalty late in the session. We think Firmino’s start on the bench will imply a start this week against WBA, which saw themselves vulnerable to Swansea.

 

In midfield, we’ve included Salah, Sane, Ritchie, and Tadic. Salah has become a staple of every side. Week to week performances have pretty much left him at the top of this season’s best transfers. His selfish nature along with better-than-Mane finishing, keeps him in our side for weeks to come. Our single concern is the potential for rest which wouldn’t surprise us given the early substitution from Klopp during the Derby.




Sane has been very quiet and irrelevant past couple fantasy weeks. In contrast, Sterling has been on flames. City into Swansea could not be more one sided. This presents the old problem of “guess the Pep” which could take various forms. Having beaten United this weekend, it would not surprise me if Pep employed a drastically different side during the midweek, with the likes of Bernando, Gundogan, Zinchenko, etc starting.

 

Tadic and Ritchie are our midpriced picks. With Chaz Austin back on firing mode, Southampton have rediscovered the back of the net. We think this is a huge positive to Tadic’s potential value as a key attacking/center midfielder. Ritchie and Newcastle are eager to reverse their recent poor run of form. We think playing Everton at home should be a fairly decent matchup.


In defense, there are several good matchups this weekend. Pretty much all mega-clubs are up against teams which lack scoring ability. Liverpool against WBA screams clean sheet. City taking on Swansea away is also a good shout for Otamendi. United vs. Bournemouth and Tottenham vs. Brighton are easy picks for clean sheets.

 

Chelsea have failed to put two cleans together but Huddersfield away should be easy. Finally, Arsenal play West Ham which normally should be an easy fixture but the Hammers seem to have found some life and are clicking.




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