EPL Fantasy Preview: Hot New Options Emerge, Ronaldo is Back

EPL Fantasy Preview: Hot New Options Emerge, Ronaldo is Back Photo: TT
Manchester City's Jack Grealish, left, and Manchester City's Bernardo Silva react after the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park

The fixtures are coming thick and fast with another gameweek upon us starting on Saturday with West Ham United hosting Chelsea. Mohamed Salah keeps dominating but we’ve got some fresh new options to suggest for your side.

New Options

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has found form lately and should be in your calculations with the champions going to Watford. The Portuguese scored against Aston Villa last gameweek and has averaged 7 points per game across the past four games.

Leicester City’s James Maddison is another who has put his name up in lights lately, becoming an intriguing midfield option following back-to-back scores of 10 and 16 with two goals and two assists and he remains nicely priced at 6.7m.

Another to consider is Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon who is having a fine season along with an excellent run of form. Reguilon has scores of 12, 9 and 5 over the past three games, with Spurs having a game in hand later on too, after their clash with Burnley was postponed.

Previous week lessons

Always captain Mohamed Salah. It’s actually been the key point throughout the entire season. The Egyptian notched up 15 points last gameweek with the Reds scoring goals at will lately.

We’ve admittedly written off Cristiano Ronaldo given his price but maybe he’s re-born with a change at manager at Old Trafford. The Portuguese star dominated their midweek win over Arsenal with two goals, including taking a penalty instead of Bruno Fernandes.

Emile Smith Rowe popped up with another goal in the same game, albeit controversial, but he keeps offering something for coaches who jumped on him, so he may not simply be a flash in the pan. Smith Rowe has averaged 7 points per game across the past six games.

On the flipside, it’s time to give up on Michail Antonio with West Ham coming up against Chelsea. The forward has not scored more than 2 points in a game in their past five games after his excellent start to the season.

Who to captain?

As per the previous category, it’s all about Salah. Liverpool make the trip to Wolverhampton, who have conceded the equal third-fewest goals this term; 12. Wolves have also not conceded in their past three games but if anyone can breach them, it’s Salah and the free-scoring Reds. Don’t doubt it.

If you don’t own him or are looking for a point of difference, Trent Alexander-Arnold is always an option, but Joao Cancelo pops up for points regularly and Manchester City go to lowly Watford.

However, a unique option could be Son Heung-Min with Tottenham hosting struggling Norwich City. The South Korean had a hand in two goals in midweek. If you don’t own him, consider him with that Spurs’ extra game to come. We’d say the same about Harry Kane, but his form is far from compelling despite his potentially high ceiling.

Injuries

Popular defensive pick Reece James has been cleared as available for Chelsea, but cheapie defender Trevoh Chalobah is out.

The aforementioned Maddison picked up a glute issue but will be “ready” according to the Foxes.

Kevin De Bruyne is ready to travel to London with the Sky Blues after COVID-19 along with Ilkay Gundogan having picked up a knock.

Danny Ings is a test with a quad issue, while Ronaldo cramped up late for the Red Devils so should be fine and start given his rich form in midweek.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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