2015-2016 Fantasy Football Premiership Gameweek 9 Preview
Massive game to kick off this weekend’s football, as Jürgen Klopp makes his Premier League managerial debut. The excitable reaction to Klopp’s appointment from the red half of Merseyside was predictable, but it’s a real coup for Liverpool to persuade him to cut short his managerial sabbatical when bigger clubs would surely have been approaching him in the summer. He faces a tough assignment in his first match in charge though, with a trip to White Hart Lane to face a Tottenham team who’ve found some form. They’re unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season, and demolished Man City 4-1 in their last game at the Lane. Liverpool have just 1 win from their last 9 away games in the league, and are likely to be without captain Jordan Henderson and big money singings Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke due to injury, so those expecting Klopp to instantly work his magic may be in for disappointment. With this in mind Spurs’ Bamidele Alli (£4.9m) and Christian Eriksen (£8.3m) are players to look out for this weekend. Eriksen has 3 assists and 2 goals from his last 4 matches, and is always a danger from set pieces. Alli has forced his way into the starting line up and indeed the England squad with his performances this year, and he has a goal and 2 assists from his 414 Premier League minutes this season.
Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disastrous few weeks, and there can’t be many more inviting fixtures for them to do this than Aston Villa at home. Villa have lost their last 4 Premier League games and since the opening day win against newly-promoted Bournemouth have gained just 1 point from 7 matches. In the last 6 seasons Chelsea have won their home matches against Aston Villa by an aggregate score of 24-8, and both teams have recorded only 1 clean sheet each this season in the league, so goals should be on the cards. Eden Hazard (£11.3m) scored in both games during the international break for Belgium, and has 2 assists and a goal in his last 3 Premier League matches. Plenty of Fantasy Managers will be putting their faith in him this week, especially those with funds freed up from the sale of the injured Sergio Agüero. A cheaper option to consider though is Willian (£6.8m). He has scored Chelsea’s last 3 goals, and also bagged a brace for Brazil in their World Cup Qualifier this week against Venezuela.
Manchester City have more injury concerns than most after the internationals, with Kolarov, Touré, Silva and Agüero all major doubts. Even without those City should be too strong for Bournemouth at the Etihad. Wilfried Bony (£8.2m) is expected to lead the line, and will almost certainly get chances to score his first goal of the season, so could be a good temporary option up front. Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m) is the obvious choice in midfield. He’s scored in each of the three matches that he’s completed 90 minutes in for City in the Premier League, and they’ll be looking to him for creativity in the absence of David Silva at the weekend.
Elsewhere, another game that promises goals is Everton v Manchester United at Goodison Park. The Toffees are undefeated in their last 7 games in all competitions, but haven’t kept a clean sheet at home yet this season. United have also had problems at the back recently, with only 1 clean sheet in their last 5 league games. There are plenty of attacking options to consider for this match; for the home side Romelu Lukaku (£8.3m) has 3 goals and an assist from his last 2 Premier League games and Ross Barkley (£6.9m) has been in fine form so far this season, whilst for the visitors Juan Mata (£8.9m) has racked up 50 Fantasy Football points already and Anthony Martial (£8.4m) has made an instant impact.
In the evening kick-off Alexis Sánchez (£11.12m) will be looking to carry on his fine form as Arsenal travel to Watford. Sánchez has 5 goals from his last 2 league games, following up a hat trick at Leicester with a brace against Man United. Those performances helped him to a Fantasy Football total of 36 points from the 2 matches, and few would bet against him scoring at Vicarage Road. Theo Walcott is also in good shape, and is finally getting regular games at the focal point of the Arsenal attack. He has 2 goals and 2 assists from his last 4 Premier League games, and at £8.6m could be a great addition to your midfield. For the home side Odion Ighalo (£5.3m) has adapted well to life in the Premier League and scored again in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth to take his total to the season to 5. He has the fourth-highest points total of any attacker in the league, and at the price is well worth a look.