All 20 Premier League teams will be in action this weekend for the first time in 2020-21, with four games on Saturday, four on Sunday and the final two of the gameweek taking place on Monday night.
Manchester City and Manchester United were given last weekend off due to their involvement in European competition abroad last month. The Citizens start their campaign away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
Here are our fantasy football suggestions for the weekend:
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Everton started the season with a 1-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend as Carlo Ancelotti handed debuts to three of his summer signings. Allan did an excellent job in protecting the back four whilst James Rodriguez created a number of chances in the opening half.
The Toffees welcome West Bromwich Albion to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime with the newly-promoted side having been beaten 0-3 at home by Leicester City without really causing any problems for the opposition. Slaven Bilic’s side may not see much better luck this weekend against an organised defence so Jordan Pickford should be a good pick between the sticks.
Defender: Lucas Digne (Everton)
Only Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Roman Saiss outscored Lucas Digne’s seven points among defenders in the opening weekend. The Everton left-back provided the cross from a free kick which Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed the Merseyside club’s winner.
The French full-back faces West Brom this weekend in a game fantasy managers can expect Everton to keep a clean sheet and create a number of chances.
Defender: Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Manchester United kick off their new Premier League campaign at home to a Crystal Palace side with a game behind them. Roy Hodgson’s side surprised a few last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Selhurst Park but face a much tougher test this weekend.
Luke Shaw is the cheapest defender among United’s back four and gets forward a lot down the left-hand side to have a chance to be among the goals.
Defender: Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)
Sheffield United were excellent in defence last season but were beaten 0-2 at home by Wolves to start their new campaign. With not many favourable defensive matchups to fantasy football managers this weekend, Enda Stevens at £1.0m could be a bargain choice away to Aston Villa.
The Villans struggled to score many goals last season and could be handing a debut to striker Ollie Watkins, who is yet to play top flight football in his career. Stevens also gets forward from left wingback so could get among the goals himself.
Midfielder: James Rodriguez (Everton)
The Colombian will set you back £11.0m in your budget but having created chance after chance in Everton’s season opener versus Spurs and missing a good chance, don’t be surprised if James Rodriguez gets among the goals when he faces West Brom on Saturday.
Midfielder: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
The Egyptian forward started his campaign with a hat-trick versus Leeds and faces a trip to Chelsea this weekend. The Blues are without first choice left-back Ben Chilwell through injury and I am not a fan of Frank Lampard’s defence. Mohamed Salah should see some chances at Stamford Bridge.
Midfielder: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Manchester City haven’t had the best of records in recent season versus Wolves but they know they can’t afford to drop points early on after Liverpool’s start to last campaign. Expect the likes of Raheem Sterling to step it up at Molineux.
Midfielder: Willian (Arsenal)
The Brazilian winger had an excellent debut for Arsenal with two assists in a 3-0 win away to Fulham, also striking the post from a free kick. That will have certainly got fantasy football players talking about Willian.
Mikel Arteta’s side host West Ham United on Saturday and have every reason to expt three points following the Hammers’ 0-2 loss at home to Newcastle United in their season opener. Don’t be surprised if the former Chelsea man is involved in the goals again.
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started his season with a goal at Fulham last weekend and should be hopeful of building on that when Arsenal welcome West Ham to the Emirates this weekend.
Forward: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Jamie Vardy’s first two goals of the new season both came from the penalty spot but is Leicester’s main man up front. The Foxes welcome Burnley to the King Power Stadium this weekend and you can expect the former England international to get among the chances and it would surprise few if he’s on the scoresheet again.
Forward: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
Manchester United start their season widely-expecting three points with Crystal Palace visiting Old Trafford on Saturday. Anthony Martial lead the line very well last season and should remain in that role for this weekend too. Although he’s a little more expensive than teammate Marcus Rashford you have to favour him getting among the goals.
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