Fantasy Focus: Time to bank on the in-form midfielders this week
Premier League football returns after the mid-week UEFA Champions League action, and as the competition is now five games old, we have a pretty decent idea about who to pick in the fantasy teams. Some exciting rounds of games await, and we believe these five names will bring you a lot of luck this week:
Player: Jack Grealish
Team: Aston Villa
Match: Aston Villa vs Leeds United
Aston Villa’s scorching start to the new Premier League season is largely owed to a brilliant form of their captain and midfielder Jack Grealish. In four appearances this season, the 25-year-old has contributed in as many as six goals (three goals and three assists). Riding high on confidence, Grealish’s Villa welcome Leeds United on Friday night (Saturday midnight as per IST). Leeds have had a decent start to the season, but kept a solitary clean sheet so far, and with Villa banging in goals left, right and centre, expect Grealish to be the focal point.
Player: Sergio Aguero
Team: Manchester City
Match: West Ham United vs Manchester City
With several first-team players out nursing injuries, Pep Guardiola is certain to rely on his striker Sergio Aguero when they take on West Ham United on Saturday. West Ham have scored 16 goals in their last five appearances in all competitions but managed to keep their goal clean on just two occasions. City, on the other hand, have rightly been wobbly, but scored in all of their games so far this season. As far as Aguero is concerned, he scored in his last outing - a 3-1 win over Porto in the Champions League - and will be hoping for more of the same on Saturday.
Player: Bruno Fernandes
Team: Manchester United
Match: Manchester United vs Chelsea
The fact that Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances for Manchester United (11 goals, 8 assists) represents a significant worry for Chelsea. Like Manchester City, United have been extremely unpredictable but their record against Chelsea gives them an edge. Fernandes is arguably United’s most influential player and he has continued to dominate the proceedings. In his four Premier League outings, the Portuguese has bagged three goals and two assists, and one can expect another stern performance from the former Sporting man.
Player: Sadio Mane
Match: Liverpool vs Sheffield United
Liverpool take on Sheffield United on Saturday night (Sunday midnight as per IST) with a hope of extending their unbeaten Premier League run at Anfield to 62 matches. And one man who can have a big say in it is Sadio Mane. Sheffield are one of the four teams that are yet to win a game this season, and the fact that their defence has conceded seven goals works well for Mane and Co. The Senegalese has scored four goals in his last four appearances, including a brace against Chelsea, and he is highly tipped to do the same against the Blades.
Player: Son Heung-Min
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Match: Burnley vs Tottenham
Tottenham blew their 3-0 advantage against West Ham United last time out but on Monday night (Tuesday midnight as per IST), they are likely to come out with all three points as they face Burnley away from home. And as one can expect, Son Heung-Min is going to be extremely integral. The South Korean has bagged seven goals and two assists in five Premier League games, and the number is only expected to be on the rise from here on. Given Burnley’s defensive frailties, the 28-year-old will be looking forward to piling further misery. A must-have in your team.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Alex Pantling