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EPL Fantasy Preview: Time to Trade in Liverpool Defenders?

EPL Fantasy Preview: Time to Trade in Liverpool Defenders? Photo: TT
Everton's Lucas Digne

Two of the best performing Fantasy sides meet this weekend in Tottenham and Chelsea creating a unique dilemma for coaches, while Liverpool’s return to clean sheets might lead to a raft of transfers in.

New Options

Liverpool’s return to clean sheets presents plenty of viable defensive options, led by Andy Robertson who got an assist to boot. The Scotland international is good value still after Liverpool’s leaky start to the season.

Likewise, goalkeeper Alisson Becker remains a very good option in between the sticks and is at a good price. With trepidation, the Reds should be able to keep a clean sheet at Brighton.

We flagged Tammy Abraham last week and he backed up with another goal, meaning the Chelsea forward is starting to move in value. The Blues play Tottenham, so it’s probably not the ideal time to pull the trigger on it but get it on your radar.

Likewise, Son Heung-Min’s value is slipping, despite scoring again in last weekend’s win over Manchester City. He has been one of the best performing Fantasy players this season and if he fails to produce big points against Chelsea, which is plausible, his value will arguably never be more affordable. Watch this space.

Previous week lessons

If you’ve traded out Dominic Calvert-Lewin thinking his form was temporary, maybe you mistook that for class. The Everton striker bagged a double against Fulham and continues to be one of the best Fantasy players this term.

While DCL is going well, Bruno Fernandes is the hottest player in the Premier League right now, with his midweek Champions League double meaning he’s scored five goals in three games. He’s also getting assists, but his value is going through the roof. If you’ve got him, cherish this run.

On the contrary, Kevin De Bruyne isn’t the reliable points scorer of 2019-20, with the Belgian midfielder unable to fire against Tottenham last round. He was often a steady captain/vice-captain option last season. This campaign not so much.

Back to Liverpool’s defence, if those clean sheets start to return, there’s a bunch of options you need to consider ASAP.

Who to captain?

Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton all play on Saturday, giving you viable vice-captain loophole options in the form of Mohamed Salah who is available again following his positive COVID-19 test. Could you trust De Bruyne as VC? The other one is the aforementioned Calvert-Lewin who’s worth a punt against Leeds, who’ve been leaky defensively at times.

If that doesn’t work out, we’re going to ward off Harry Kane for once, as Tottenham play Chelsea. Likewise the same applies to Son Heung-Min and Timo Werner.

The two we really like are Fernandes, given his form, despite United having a tough trip to Southampton, with our pick being Jamie Vardy when Leicester host Fulham, who have conceded the most goals in the league. Vardy also scored a late equaliser in the Europa League in midweek.

Injury front

Salah’s availability is most notable, particularly if you opted to hold him last weekend. The Egyptian played in the UEFA Champions League in midweek and is free to play again.

On the flipside, De Bruyne didn’t play for City in their midweek game away to Olympiacos but it’s understood he was simply rested. Maybe a big score is brewing.

Lucas Digne scored well last round for Everton but was injured in training in midweek and will undergo ankle surgery, while Leicester’s Timothy Castagne is close to returning after injury.

Trent Alexander-Arnold looks set to be still out with his calf issue, while there’s no official word on Jordan Henderson who didn’t play in midweek.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha is the latest player to go down with COVID-19, while Wolves defensive pair Conor Coady and Romain Saiss have also tested positive to coronavirus forcing them to self isolate. Their absence may open up more chances for well-owned pair Max Kilman and Rayan Ait-Nouri.

Ben somerford
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