Fantasy Premier League owners had to negotiate a tricky week as Aaron Ramsey took top spot, bagging 20 points, the highest since Sergio Aguero in Gameweek 5. Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a dream debut for Arsenal, notching a hat-trick of assists. Mohamed Salah and Pascal Gross also stood out for their electric performance as the Egyptian’s captaincy saved a lot of FPL managers.
Aubameyang could spark derby purchase
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an immediate impact, alongside Ramsey and Mkhitaryan as he got on the scoresheet in a dream debut, with Arsenal sweeping aside Everton 5-1.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund striker appears to have dislodged Alexandre Lacazette as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice striker and with Mesut Ozil and old teammate Mkhitaryan, he could form a potentially deadly strike trio.
Aubameyang didn’t start but he should line up from the onset against derby rivals Tottenham and he is a more useful long-term choice, than just for the derby as a home fixture against Manchester City follows the London Derby.
Post these two banana skins lie in wait Brighton, Watford and Leicester as Aubameyang and Arsenal will aim for a Champions League place. Should Arsenal’s traditional late-season charge materialise, Aubameyang will play a huge part in it.
Newbies Carrillo and Delofeu could prove to be shrewd signings
Watford pulled off a coup of sorts by signing Gerard Delofeu on loan, and the winger proved his mettle as he notched a goal and an assist against the defending champions at home.
Delofeu has never been prolific in the Premier League, two goals and nine assists his best-ever return in his second season. The winger comes up against West Ham next and a new manager bounce might do the trick for him and Watford.
Guido Carrillo was second-choice at Monaco, only managing 22 appearances in two and a half seasons in the French League, but scored 15 goals nonetheless. The Argentine, priced at 6.5, could prove useful to be a bargain signing both for the Saints and FPL owners.
With Southampton in a relegation scrap, the 26-year-old could prove to be a season-saving winter transfer window buy, as his team as Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond look to provide the ammunition for their new striker.
Ward-Prowse, Ibe, Daniels, Giroud: the differentials
From one Saints player to another, there is a new man at the top of the form charts. James Ward-Prowse has come into his own in the last four gameweeks, having bagged three goals and two assists, returning 37 points in that time frame.
With main man Callum Wilson in good form, Jordan Ibe, Bournemouth’s most expensive purchase till date, seems to have turned a corner, with three assists and a goal in his last five matches. Priced at 4.9, he could be a useful option off the bench.
Charlie Daniels and the Cherries have been on a seven-match unbeaten streak and the full-back bagged a clean sheet against Chelsea last time around. With Huddersfield having only scored one goal in six, Daniels and the rest of the Bournemouth defence could walk away with those four clean sheet points.
Alvaro Morata’s injury means that new recruit Olivier Giroud is likely to start at home against West Bromwich Albion. Antonio Conte is likely to demand an immediate response to his side’s 4-1 defeat to Watford, Giroud at 8.2, averages a goal every 100 minutes this season and could be worth a punt.
Kane, Salah, Aguero: Captaincy picks
Harry Kane redeemed himself at the very end of Tottenham’s match against Liverpool, as he missed a penalty but scored another to reward FPL owners. The Englishman has only failed to score once in all his meetings against Arsenal and could once again prove to be the difference-maker in the derby. Arsenal have not managed a clean sheet in their last eight.
We are fast running out of superlatives for Salah, as the Egyptian became the first man to shatter the 200-point barrier this season. Twenty-one goals and eight assists are beyond the wildest imagination of Liverpool fan as, incredibly, Salah has failed to register a goal or an assist on only two occasions since Gameweek 9.
That’s incredible consistency from the game’s most selected player and there’s no reason for that streak to come to a halt against Southampton.
Sergio Aguero owners were left frustrated after his blank against Burnley, but brace yourself for a Kun-tastic showing at home against the Foxes. The Argentine striker has seven goals in his last four Premier League games at home and despite a season, where he hasn’t always been first-choice, has scored 17 goals.
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Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018 13:34:57 IST