We’re back to a normal gameweek with 10 games scheduled to go ahead, with no side on doubles and no talk of postponements, yet, touch wood!
Previous week lessons
It’s worth noting first and foremost that three of the top five scoring defenders were on single games last gameweek, with perennial premiums Andy Robertson, Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold going large. Two of those three need to be in your side.
Is Bruno Fernandes back to his best? Maybe there’s not enough evidence yet but he dominated United’s double with two goals in the first game and two assists in the second game for a bumper score. It may be worth monitoring his performance against a tougher opponent in West Ham.
If you’re thinking about shuffling Mohamed Salah still during AFCON a potential similarly-priced midfielder is Kevin De Bruyne whose price tag is hard to justify but his winner against Chelsea suggested he may be back to his elite levels. It’s worth noting, there’s only one more gameweek before the AFCON final, so you’ll likely only be without Salah one more time, barring injury.
Can we put Harry Kane back on the radar? Spurs’ double got halved with another postponed fixture but the England forward delivered for those who put faith in him with a goal and an assist against Leicester City. With Tottenham’s backlog of fixtures, he needs to be considered for the run home.
There were also some cheap forward options put their hands up which may free up some cash. Norwich’s Adam Idah and Watford’s Joao Pedro both scored last gameweek.
Who to captain?
We endorsed Fernandes last gameweek although we’re tempered this time against the fourth-placed Hammers. Instead, we like Liverpool’s match-up at Crystal Palace with Diogo Jota in good form. The aforementioned Alexander-Arnold is worth consideration too.
Manchester City have an excellent run of fixtures coming up, starting with a road trip to Southampton so Joao Cancelo is a decent option too.
The AFCON crew are still out, including Salah, Edouard Mendy and Nicolas Pepe, but Algerian pair Said Benrahma and Riyad Mahrez could be back early after their premature elimination.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min remains out with injury so hold the trigger on him, while popular cheap Brighton defender Shane Duffy has an ankle issue and will likely miss.