EPL Fantasy Preview: Ronaldo's Return, Son in Doubt

EPL Fantasy Preview: Ronaldo's Return, Son in Doubt Photo: TT
Tottenham's Son Heung-min, center, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford

Fantasy Premier League returns following the international break with some new options led by Cristiano Ronaldo, while there’s injury and availability hiccups galore after chaos in South America.

New Options

Cristiano Ronaldo lobs in the Fantasy Premier League as one of the most expensive options but his international form suggests he may be worthwhile. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he “will definitely play” against Newcastle in some capacity. But can you afford it?

Mason Greenwood has sustained his scoring form for United, while Michail Antonio keeps on delivering for West Ham and appears still well under-priced.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya looms as a popular choice after a decent start at a good price, while Ferran Torres is also in form at Manchester City.

Previous week lessons

Arsenal players cannot be trusted, even after the international break and against a lowly opponent this round in Norwich City. Rob Holding, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka are all among the players to lose most value this season.

A lot of coaches jumped on Liverpool full-back Konstantinos Tsimikas in pre-season but his spot was taken by the fit-again Andy Robertson. It’s time to sell Tsimikas.

West Ham’s under-priced pair Antonio and Said Benrahma can still score big points even if the Hammers don’t win as they drew 2-2 at home with Crystal Palace.

What’s going on with Ben Chilwell at Chelsea? He’s fallen behind Marcos Alonso at left-back so he may not get a reprieve even if Reece James is suspended and Thiago Silva unavailable.

Who to captain?

Captaincy looms as a tough call this gameweek, with Ronaldo’s potential impact on Bruno Fernandes, particularly taking penalties and set-pieces. United at home to Newcastle is tempting though.

Mohamed Salah looks like a decent option as Liverpool go to Leeds United on Sunday, with the hosts missing a few players due to COVID-19.

Harry Kane may be a good choice too as Tottenham go to Crystal Palace with doubts around Son Heung-Min.

Injury front

Indeed, Son Heung-Min is a well-owned option but a chance to miss this gameweek due to a calf complaint, with Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo saying they will “wait and see”.

Another popular pre-season choice, Ben White, is available again for Arsenal, while Kevin De Bruyne should play for City after an ankle issue.

Virgil van Dijk is likely to play despite an ankle worry on international duty but Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in doubt with a tight quad.

There’s a long list of absentees from the South American situation including Emiliano Martinez, Ederson, Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
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