Leicester City have plenty to play for in the coming weeks and Timothy Castagne stepped up last matchweek with a strong display and a goal. It’s no secret his teammate Kelechi Iheanacho is on fire too, although he’s actually sustaining it which makes him far more tempting.
Christian Pulisic is compiling some good form for Chelsea, including scoring in the UEFA Champions League and is worth considering.
Chris Wood netted a hat-trick for Burnley last time out, although we wouldn’t overly advocate that, but worth acknowledging him!
Previous week lessons
It’s hard to draw too much from the last matchweek at this stage but there were a few noteworthy occurrences outside of the league, with Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane both playing the League Cup final after injuries.
In fact, De Bruyne played and scored in Manchester City’s midweek Champions League win in Paris, although they may manage their squad ahead of the second leg.
Bruno Fernandes was another one to produce something noteworthy in Europe, scoring two goals and providing two assists in Manchester United’s 6-2 rout of AS Roma. He’s back.
Who to captain?
It’s a full matchweek with 10 matches featuring all 20 clubs but European commitments may preclude the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal from fielding their absolute best line-ups, so be wary.
United takes on Liverpool too, which doesn’t bode well for big points from Fernandes. You cannot trust City either, but if De Bruyne is in the starting line-up away to Crystal Palace, he represents a prime option.
De Bruyne and Kane were the big concerns recently but both have played in non-league action recently so should be right to go. John Stones is suspended for City after his red card last time out.
Harvey Barnes has been ruled out for the rest of the season after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.