ESA Fantasy Football Update

Updated: Oct 23, 2018

This week is the last round of fixtures before the first international break of the season. That being said, a big scoring week for your fantasy football could give you bragging rights for a whole fortnight.

Last week saw Rob Leck sail into the lead with a huge 75 points. Mainly thanks to his decision to make Salah captain scoring 16 points. A clever move to have England’s Harry Maguire at the back as he was able to bag a goal against Southampton bring his total points to 220.

Elite Skills Arena’s very own Sam Freeman is able to maintain his spot in second place despite a below average score of 44 after game week 3. His highest scoring player was Trippier who Sam felt would be more suited to warming the bench against United.

The biggest scorer of the week was Matthew Parker and his team, It’s just obita fun. He managed to bag 82 points bringing him up to 15th in the table. Unlike Sam, he had the sense to put Trippier in and the likes of Hazard, Holebas, Salah and Wilson all scoring 8 or above has contributed to that huge score.

Looking forward to game week 4.

The early Kick- Off on Saturday is between Leicester City and Liverpool. Liverpool will be looking to maintain their 100% start of the season where they haven’t even conceded a goal. If you have Allison as your keeper, or Van Dijk at the back you could be in for some big points.

Everton play Huddersfield where the Toffies will be hoping for some more discipline than last week against Bournemouth. The team were 2-0 up away to the Cherries where they then saw a red card for record signing Richarlison who has picked up big points for fantasy players in the previous weeks. Make sure he's on your bench this week. Huddersfield sit second bottom of the table with just 1 point and conceding 9 in a tough start to the season as they now show the worst goal-difference in the league.

Chelsea are one of only three teams to have a 100% start to the season. New manager Sarri should be pleased with the way his team have played as they beat Newcastle, Arsenal and Huddersfield in the opening matches. They host AFC Bournemouth this weekend who sit 6th in the league with 2 wins and a draw. Wilson seems a good value player in your fantasy, but will he get the chances against an in-form Chelsea?

Champions Manchester City face Newcastle. Manchester City were humbled by new boys Wolves to a 1-1 draw last week and Pep Guardiola will certainly be looking for a bounce back after that. Playmaker, De Bruyne is still out injured which might affect a lot of Fantasy Picks but Ageuro has started brightly and scored highly. Potential captaincy against a Newcastle that have conceded 4 in 3.

The next game to focus on is Watford and Tottenham. Tottenham ran riot at Old Trafford last week scoring 3 and will be hoping to bring this form into game week 4. Lucas Moura managed a double and anyone with him in their squad might want to give him the captaincy as he comes up against a Burnley who have already conceded 7 in their opening 3 matches. Popular pick Kane has also rid himself the August blues with a couple of goals- continuing his World Cup form. Nobody can expect an easy game at Watford though. The North London side have managed to score maximum points in their opening matches scoring 7 and conceding just 2. This is the first big test for Watford and could make for an interesting match.

Southampton face Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Saints sit in 17th place as we approach the end of the first month of Premier League football with just 1 point. Crystal Palace, however sit comfortably in 10th with 3 points. Neither of these teams have found it easy scoring this season with Palace managing to net 3 goals and Southampton 2.

Brighton host new boys Fulham who has an excellent game week 3. They scored 4 past Burnley with Mitrovic getting 2 of those. Anyone with him in their squad might want to consider the the captaincy as he looks to continue his goalscoring form. Brighton were beaten by high flyers Liverpool and will be looking to regain winning ways approaching the international break.

New look West Ham play Wolves who battled to a 1-1 draw with champions, City. Wolves sacrificed a lot of possession but were able to open the scoring first with a goal from Willy Boly in the 57th Minute. West Ham were beating 3-1 by Arsenal last weekend Arnautovic got their goal first before Arsenal bounced back quickly evening the score 5 minutes later. West Ham are the only club to not have a pint after 3 matches. They have conceded 9 but as their new-look squad learns to play together, this could quickly change.

Sunday gives us Cardiff City against Arsenal. Cardiff are yet to score in the Premier League this season and anyone with a Cardiff striker in their squad might want to get them replaced before facing Arsenal. Whilst Cardiff haven’t scored many, they haven’t conceded to many either. Joint second best defence in the league as the stats suggest but Aubameyang and co. will be looking to change that.

The final game of the week is between Burnley and Manchester United. A bad defeat for United last week saw Jose Mourinho storm out of his press conference demanding “more respect” thanks to a Lucas Moura double. Manchester United haven’t had the best of starts by their standard after winning once and 2 loses but could regain points playing Burnley who are yet to win this season with many blaming their squad depth and Europa League fixture schedule.


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