The FPL Gameweek 3 Snapshot!

Hello all! So we have 2 game weeks in the books, and while my data gathering for the Fantasy Points Against stuff I write about is taking shape, I’m sat twiddling my thumbs. After a monster GW1 with 89, I fell back to earth with a 37, leaving me just outside the top 1 million on 126 points. The metric team is 30 points behind that, but I’m relaxed about that for now.

So, I’m spreading my wings in terms of articles and coming to you with something new – a bit of a Snapshot of the Gameweek ahead. There is so much good content out there already, but much like Using Fantasy Points as a Metric, I don’t see anything out there similar to what I’m writing today.

This article will preview each game of the upcoming gameweek, and target certain areas. Among others things, we’re going to look at:

  • Positional matchups, such as the wingers vs the fullbacks for FPL relevant players.
  • Fantasy Points Against and Player Form
  • Key stats, such as Shots, xG, xGC, Big Chances created by teams/conceded by teams
  • Saves, shots faced etc

All stats will be courtesy of both Fantasy Football Hub and Fantasy Football Scout.

Let’s dive in…

Brighton vs Man United

Goalkeepers:

Mat Ryan (£4.5m) has got off to a reasonable start. 1 clean sheet from 2, 3 goals conceded. Unfortunate to concede a Reece James worldie and a deflected goal against Chelsea, he didn’t have too much to do. Of the 5 shots on target he’s faced, he’s saved 2. I get the impression he could be a bit busier against United though, with 17 shots in their first game, albeit only 4 on target. David de Gea (£5.5m) saved 2 of the 5 shots on target he faced in the 3-1 defeat to Palace. Brighton are averaging 13 shots a game after their first 2 and Neal Maupay looked great against Newcastle. United as a whole didn’t get off to a great start and looked rusty. You’d bet on them to bounce back though, so I’d expect this to be a high scoring game.

Defenders:

Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) has got off to a fantastic start bombing down the wing for Brighton, even finding himself the furthest player forward in a particular attack against Newcastle. He’s had 2 shots in the box with 1 on target, 2 assists already and 1 big chance created. He’s coming up against Luke Shaw (£5m) who conceded 3 crosses and 2 chances on his flank against Palace. Where Lamptey gets so far forward however, Brighton themselves have conceded an average of 3 chances per game down their right flank, so if Rashford and Shaw can get forward it could be a good battle. I still think Lamptey could have a bit of success this week. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) should be back this week and you’d like to think he’ll offer some attacking threat down United’s right hand side as well. After the restart he only created 1 big chance and 2 assists though, so I think we need to see how he settles first. Brighton have only conceded 2 chances down their left flank.

Midfielders:

Leandro Trossard (£6m) has started the season brightly, with a goal and assist in his first 2 matches. 4 shots, all outside the box, with 2 on target. He’s also created 2 big chances. United did look rusty against Palace so if that continues, I’d bet Trossard plays a big part in their downfall. Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) underwhelmed much like the rest of the United team this week, and looked to play even deeper when van de Beek came on. I’d keep an eye on this as that could potentially hurt his value going forward. He had 3 shots, 1 on target with an xG of 0.18. Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) looked good in midweek for United’s cup tie and is the most accessible player in terms of price points. In his 45 minute cameo he had 3 shots and 1 big chance, so if United do kickstart their season against Brighton he could be a shrewd buy. Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) seemed pretty ineffective as well, so for me United are still on the wait and see list.

Forwards:

Neal Maupay (£6.5m) has got 2 goals and an assist in his first 2 games and looks sharp. 3 big chances, 5 shots, 3 on target and 3 in the box. He’s coming up against Maguire and Lindelof who dont fill you with confidence, so he could continue his good form. Anthony Martial (£9m) had 1 shot (off target by the way) against Palace, so will need to improve going forward. You’d assume it’s just a matter of time for United though, so if you have him, stay patient.

Crystal Palace v Everton

Goalkeepers:

Vincente Guaita (£5m) has got off to a great start, topping the Save charts with 8, from 9 shots on target faced! With 4 big chances conceded, Palace could be busy again this weekend, with Everton looking bang in form. Jordan Pickford (£5m) isn’t doing too badly, with 7 shots saved from 9 shots on target faced. Prior to the sending off, West Brom were giving them a game however. Palace have also started this season well, so this could be a really interesting game

Defenders:

Lucas Digne (£6.1m) has already made 6 key passes and has one assist to his name. He’ll be coming up against the right flank of Andros Townsend and Joel Ward (£4.5m), who have given up 6 chances in 2 games (Sheffield U highest with 11). Everton have only conceded 2 chances down their left flank but Digne won’t want to be caught to high up the pitch with Townsend around. Seamus Coleman (£5m) doesn’t offer as much attacking threat but has looked good and could be a cheaper route into this defence. He’ll be up against Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) who has made a good start himself and is a popular enabler, and Wilfried Zaha who you’ll see mentioned below. It could be a tough day at the office for Coleman.

Midfielders:

Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) is in great form heading into this match, with 3 goals from 3 big chances, 6 shots (5 in the box) and 4 key passes. Playing as an “Out of Position” player by playing upfront, he could continue his good form. James Rodriguez (£7.6m) has also hit the ground running with a goal and assist against West Brom. There’s no doubt that he’s a class asset and with 7 key passes (the most of Midfielders £8m and under) and 2 big chances created already, I think he’ll be highly owned this season.

Forwards:

We have to start with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.2m) don’t we? 4 goals already and level at the top with Mitrovic for shots on target, he’s seeming a must own even after 2 games. Richarlison (£8m) has already had 12 shots (10 in the box) and despite only 2 of those being on target, I’d guess it’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring. He already has 3 assists too, so I think plenty of FPL returns are just round the corner.

DCL has got off to a sensational start (Source: Evertonfc.com)

West Brom vs Chelsea

Goalkeepers:

Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) was heralded as a bit of a save magnet before the season started, for his penalty heroics and based on the previous season. However, he’s only saved 6 shots from the 14 shots on target he’s faced, and you can’t see that improving when Chelsea come to town. Kepa (£5m) hasn’t covered himself in glory either, continuing on from last season. Chelsea have moved quickly to plug this gap though, by signing Edouard Mendy (£5m) from Rennes. I’d expect to see Kepa or Caballero in goal this weekend however.

Defenders:

Reece James (£5.1m) has looked bright in his first couple of games and was rested in the League Cup game against Barnsley, giving me the impression he will start against West Brom. He would normally come up against Kieran Gibbs but he is serving a suspension following a red card against Everton. This could mean that James can really prosper down that flank, with West Brom already conceding 26 crosses from their left side. Only 1 chance that side though, with a whopping 10 chances conceded from their right hand side. This could open the door for Marcos Alonso (£6m) if he gets the start, as we know how much he likes getting forward!

Midfielders:

Kai Havertz (£8.4m) hasn’t got off to a great start in the league, but scored 3 against Barnsley in the League Cup Wednesday night. This West Brom game could be a great opportunity for him to get off the ground. With 8 big chances conceded already and 6 chances conceded centrally, this could be a Havertz game. Christian Pulisic (£8.4m) and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) being fit will make a big difference to Chelsea, but you’d assume they have enough firepower to beat West Brom regardless. Matheus Pereira (£6m) got a goal and an assist in the defeat to Everton and already looks to be The Baggies’ Talisman. If any attacking points are coming, it would likely be from him or from Grady Diangana (£5.5m) who scored a fine individual goal last week. Chelsea have already conceded 49 points to FPL midfielders which is only behind Fulham and Southampton. They’ve also conceded the 2nd most shots and 4th most big chances.

Forwards:

Timo Werner (£9.5m) has made an encouraging start to his Chelsea career and looks lively. West Brom have already conceded 8 goals, 8 big chances and a whopping 43 FPL points to forwards in 2 games! Werner should get amongst the goals this weekend and if he doesn’t, you can see his ownership plummeting.

Burnley vs Southampton

Goalkeepers:

Nick Pope (£5.5m) conceded 4 goals in his first game of the season at Leicester, and could be busy again next up at home to Southampton. 11 shots in the box and 6 shots on target conceded, they come up against Ings and Adams, who have both been shooting at will in their first 2 games. Saving 3 of the 6 shots on target he faced, Burnley will need to improve defensively to help him get his first clean sheet of the season. Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) has had a poor start to the season himself, but this could be attributed to the high line that Southampton have been playing. 3 saves from 9 shots on target isn’t pretty viewing. Burnley rank above Chelsea for shots in the box despite playing a game less and so if Southampton persist with their tactics, we could find McCarthy being busy again.

Defenders:

Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) got himself an assist in Burnley’s first game of the season and if he is now first choice left back could be a lovely option. Southampton have conceded 19 crosses from their right flank already, probably because of Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) being so far forward a lot of the time. So if Taylor can keep getting balls into the box for the Burnley strikers he could do well here. Erik Pieters (£4.5m) was unlucky to come on and score an own goal against Leicester, but he replaced Brady in midfield. Brady is rated at 75% chance of playing, but if he doesn’t, Pieters could fill in again in midfield. Going back to Walker-Peters, he has been getting into encouraging positions despite Southampton generally being poor, and he got an assist against Spurs. With a potent strike force up top, this could be a game for Walker-Peters to contribute further. With 2 of 3 successful take ons so far, he could find himself getting space to find Ings/Adams in the box.

Midfielders:

Aside from Dwight McNeil (£6m) I don’t feel like there is a lot to talk about in this midfield area. So we’ll move on.

Forwards:

Chris Wood (£6.5m) another goal for Chris Wood, that’s 4 in his last 4 Premier League starts now. All 3 of his shots against Leicester were on target as well, and so if Burnley can get the ball to him, I’d back him to get a goal here. Danny Ings (£8.4m) has a couple of goals to his name already and Che Adams (£5.9m) has been unlucky not to score himself, with an xG of 1.42 but 0 goals. I’d imagine it’s a matter of time until he does score, and against a second choice centre back pairing of Burnley, he could well produce this week.

Sheffield United vs Leeds

Goalkeepers:

Aaron Ramsdale (£5m) hasn’t had a great start to his Sheffield United career, conceding 3 goals and only saving 3 of the 6 shots on target he’s faced. I can’t see this getting much better with John Egan being suspended and Leeds coming to town. They have a high (surely unsustainable) shots to goals ratio right now and are playing some great football. Illan Meslier (£4.5m) isn’t fairing much better himself, saving 6 of the 12 shots on target he’s faced. With Leeds swashbuckling style of play, they are leaving themselves open. However we’ve not seen much of an attacking force from Sheffield United yet, so Leeds first clean sheet of the season may not be far away.

Defenders:

Last year we were treated to some fantastic value with Sheffield United defensive assets. This season however, it appears to be a different story. Both Enda Stevens (£5.5m) and George Baldock (£5.5m) are in a whole new price bracket, and as a result far less owned. They could have more joy against Leeds however, who have already conceded 6 big chances. Baldock in particular could do well as Leeds have conceded the most chances down their left flank with 11. Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas (both £4.5m) were widely debated amongst the FPL community during pre-season and they could both find joy here, as Sheffield United have conceded the most chances in the league on their right flank with 11 and second most (behind Leeds) on the left flank with 9. This could really be a battle of the wing/full backs!

Midfielders:

Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich (both £5.6m) and Jack Harrison (£5.5m) have all impressed in their first 2 games, with Klich probably having the edge being on penalties. 5 goals between them, with Costa and Klich each having 2. Costa has the better non pen xG however. Not a lot to discuss with the Sheffield Unite midfield sadly, although Oliver Burke (£4.5m) is a decent option as an enabler, as he plays up front when he comes on. I see SHU getting swamped in midfield here with Leeds style of play, and with Egan suspended, think Leeds could grab a goal or 2.

Forwards:

Patrick Bamford (£5.7m) has surprised a lot of people so far, as he was so wasteful in the Championship last year. 2 goals from 2 shots on target has him confident ahead of the game at Bramall Lane. You feel though, that it’s only a matter of time until record signing Rodrigo (£5.9m) gets the nod upfront. He’s yet to have a shot but it’s early days. Oliver McBurnie (£5.9m) is the only Forward of SHU to have had shots on target, so in terms of Fantasy Assets, he’s the only one worth mentioning here. Leeds have conceded the most shots in the box so there’s every chance he could get on the scoresheet this week.

Tottenham vs Newcastle

Goalkeepers:

Hugo Lloris (£5m) has got off to a decent start in terms of “Personal Accolades” saving 77% of the shots on target he’s faced. With only 2 big chances, Newcastle could find it difficult to score here. Karl Darlow (£5m) has been thrust into the spotlight due to Dubravka’s injury and has had a mixed start. A clean sheet against West Ham followed by conceding 3 to Brighton makes us wonder which Newcastle will turn up against Spurs. We expect them to play deeper and be harder to break down that Southampton, so if Darlow is at the races he could do alright. Of the 9 shots on target he’s faced, he’s saved 7. He is running into the dream team of Son and Harry Kane though, so it will be interesting to see how they get on this week.

Defenders:

Having signed Sergio Reguilon (£5.5m) and Matt Doherty (£6m) Spurs all of a sudden have new full backs. We all know what Doherty can offer, but he has admitted he’s having to do more defensive work than he has before, which could potentially affect his attacking output. Newcastle’s left flank is the one to target, as they have 8 conceded 8 chances down that side, as opposed to 1 on the right hand side. Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) occupies that side, and he himself has got off to a good start at Newcastle. With Doherty still making those runs, he could find a bit of space in behind, with 21 of the 24 crosses conceded by Spurs coming from their right hand side.

Midfielders:

Newcastle have only created 2 big chances to date and their midfield don’t offer much encouragement in terms of notable Fantasy Assets. Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) was in many a FPL Team, mine included, but just hasn’t performed and seems to be carrying a knock. Heung-Min Son (£9m) was in sensational form against Southampton, where their defence allowed him to get in behind constantly. Scoring 4 goals, he terrorised them. It will be interesting to see if he can get any joy here though, with Newcastle playing a deeper line and also only conceding 2 big chances so far. I’d still pencil in a Spurs win, but if you’re a Son owner, just ensure you’re managing your expectations.

Forwards:

We have to start with Harry Kane (£10.5m). 4 assists and a goal against Southampton, plus 2 that were ruled out for offside, is Kane getting back to his best form. Somewhere that Newcastle are seeming a bit porous is through the middle, where they have conceded 10 chances, the highest in the division. They sit second for most FPL Points conceded to Forwards on 27 points as well. This game will be interesting to see if Kane reverts to the one getting on the end of the chances, or he continues to play Son in behind. With 4 shots on target from 5, Callum Wilson (£6.5m) has got off to a great start. The only worry is if the guys behind him can create enough for him. Only 6 shots for Newcastle in GW2 after 15 the week before, it really depends on how Newcastle want to approach this game. I’d imagine they set up for the draw.

Can Son kick on now with a good run of form? (Source: Bleacherreport.com)

Man City vs Leicester

Goalkeepers:

Ederson (£6m) only conceded 1 shot on target against Wolves and didn’t save it, but I think this just highlights how wasteful Wolves were. Only 1 shot on target of the 10 they took. They might struggle to keep Leicester out, who are currently leading the league for shots on target with 13 from 27. Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) has only faced 6 shots on target, saving 4, but we know he is going to be pretty busy against City. In their one game, they had 9 shots on target against arguably a better defence. I can’t see Kasper keeping City out.

Defenders:

Timothy Castagne (£5.6m) has got off to a fantastic start for Leicester, with a goal, assist and a clean sheet in his first 2 games. He probably comes up against Benjamin Mendy (£6m) who is known to get forward himself. With both of them averaging a position around the halfway line, we could see a lot of action down that side. With 8 chances conceded in 2 games for Leicester down their right flank, and 7 in ONE GAME conceded down Mendy’s flank, that could be a key battle in this game. It will be interesting to see if Aymeric Laporte (£6m) is back for this game, as City look much more solid with him in the team.

Midfielders:

Where do we start?! Kevin de Bruyne (£11.6m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) are both incredible FPL assets. KDB now appears to be playing the number 10 role and is on penalties, so he’ll be a set and forget for most teams. Sterling was a lot quieter than KDB despite getting an assist, but he can be more explosive. As mentioned above, Leicester’s right flank can easily be exploited, so Sterling could do well here. In addition to that, the loss of Wilfred Ndidi to Leicester’s midfield could mean these boys cause havoc. Phil Foden (£6.5m) got off to a nice start with a goal, but is obviously more susceptible to Pep Roulette. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) start this game, but we’ve seen Foden haul off the bench before. At his price, I think he’s a worthwhile option. Harvey Barnes (£7m) has been in great form since the start of the season, tied with Mo Salah for most shots in the box with 10 and 5 of those have been on target. If he can improve his finishing he’ll be a good FPL asset going forward, but potentially not this week.

Forwards:

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) despite having 2 penalties in GW1, hasn’t done much else of note. He’s had 3 shots total and his non penalty xG is 0.05. If Laporte is out he might find a bit of joy in behind the City back line, but this week I don’t think we’ll be hearing about a Vardy Party. Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) on the other hand might have some success. 3 shots, all on target, and a goal against Wolves is encouraging. With the players behind the City Striker, both Jesus and Aguero (when fit) are good FPL options.

West Ham vs Wolves

Goalkeepers:

Lukasz Fabianksi (£5m), much like West Ham as a whole, has got off to a terrible start. Of the 5 shots on target he’s faced, he’s only saved 1 of them. Not someone I’d be trusting in-between my FPL sticks. The Hammers have conceded 22 shots altogether so in fact he’s probably lucky he hasn’t faced more that have been on target. Wolves, who have had 13 shots in the box and 5 on target (only 1 against Man City), should get an opportunity to increase these figures against West Ham. I can Fabianski being pretty busy. Rui Patricio (£5.5m) has faced 11 shots on target and saved 7, which is a much healthier percentage. Of West Ham’s 29 shots, 17 have been in the box and only 6 on target, so unless they get their shooting boots on, a clean sheet for Wolves could be on the cards.

Defenders:

Going into GW2, Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) leads the way for key passes with 7. He is also the man that set up West Hams first (and only) goal of the season. In addition to that Big Chance, he is also top for Chances Created by defenders with 7. Wolves have conceded 6 chances down their left flank and so the Hammers right back could find some joy, especially as it could be Ruben Vinagre (£4.4m) playing in place of the injured Marcal. Romain Saiss (£5.1m) dominated the headlines in GW1, scoring a goal in addition to his clean sheet. He has ahd 3 shots, all in the box with 2 of them being on target. West Ham have only conceded 2 chances from set plays so far, but I’d imagine Saiss will be up for corners. Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) has now signed from Barcelona and there is a bit of hype surrounding him. One to keep an eye on for now, as he may not start immediately.

Midfielders:

We have to talk about Daniel Podence (£5.6m). He passed the eye test with flying colours against Man City and also looked lively against Sheffield United. 2 assists in 2 games at his price point is a great start. The worry now, is that with the Semedo signing, Adama Traore (£6.5m) takes his spot at right wing again. This could mean Podence goes back to left wing with Pedro Neto (£5.5m) sitting on the pine, but we don’t know yet. If Traore gets his spot on the wing back he could do very well indeed. The fact that Fredericks gets forward so much for West Ham does leave gaps on their right flank, with 9 chances conceded on that side. As Wolves transition into a counter attacking team, they could get some real joy on their left wing. Tomas Soucek (£5m) has registered 5 shots so far, but none on target. This is 2nd for all players £5.6m and under and so he’s worth keeping an eye on, maybe not for this week but when their fixtures turn.

Forwards:

Raul Jimenez (£8.5m) has picked up where he left off last year, with 2 goals in his first 2 games. While he isn’t overly explosive, he is fairly reliable to get you a goal. He’s had 8 shots (3 on target) with 7 of them in the box. He’s also registered 3 big chances. The Hammers have only conceded 5 shots on target so far but I’d bet on that figure going up after this week. What I’d add however, is that West Ham played extremely deep against Arsenal, with Diop’s average position just outside his penalty box. In 2 games, Michail Antonio has had 9 shots (second overall), 6 of which were in the box and 3 on target, with 1 goal. He looks as hungry as ever and seems to have picked up where he left off last year. He might struggle this week against Saiss, Coady and Boly however, but he managed to get a goal at Arsenal, so you can never truly write him off.

Fulham Vs Aston Villa

Goalkeepers:

Assuming Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) gets the nod again, he’d hope he doesn’t have as busy a game as his debut in the 4-3 defeat to Leeds. He faced 14 shots and 6 on target. However, Villa were joint top for shots in GW2 with 18, but only 2 on target. If Villa can start hitting the target Areola will have his work cut out. Moving onto Villa now, Emi Martinez (£4.5m) was a shrewd acquisition from Arsenal, and he proved that immediately by saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet against Sheffield United. He didn’t have much else to do though, as they could only muster 4 shots altogether. Fulham’s 19 shots (8 on target) gives the impression he could have a bit more to do, but when you realise 14 (6 on target) of these were against a cavalier Leeds team, it could be another decent clean sheet opportunity for Villa.

Defenders:

Matty Cash (£5m) has had 2 shots and made 2 key passes and spent most of his time in the opposition half. Matt Targett (£4.5m) put in 10 crosses in their opening game, and was also playing quite high up. I’d say Cash could be on for some sort of returns based on the fact Fulham conceded 27 crosses on their left lfank (3rd highest) and 6 chances. I don’t currently feel that any Fulham defenders are FPL assets.

Midfielders:

When you think of Villa, you immediately think of Jack Grealish (£7m). Their talisman, started off with 3 shots, 2 in the box and 3 key passes. I’d back him to start getting amongst it sooner rather that later, and this could start against a Fulham team that have conceded 7 goals from 12 shots on target in 2 games. Besides Grealish, Trezeguet (£5.5m) could be worth keeping an eye on. He’s been playing on the right of a front 3 and has 2 shots already. As a cheap midfielder he could be an option if he can hold that position down, but the signing of Bertrand Traore (£6m) could complicate matters.

Forwards:

After a surprise omission from the starting line up GW1, Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6m) came back with a bang against Leeds. 6 shots, 4 on target and 2 goals reminded a lot of managers why they started with him. Villa looked pretty solid against Sheffield United and they’ll hope they can keep Mitro quiet this weekend. Ollie Watkins (£6m) had a decent start to his Villa career with 3 shots in the box, despite not getting any on target. He also registered 2 key passes. After conceding 7 goals already, he’ll hope he can get his first goal this weekend against Fulham.

Konsa isn’t normally known for his goal scoring antic, will it become a thing now? (Source: talksport.com)

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Goalkeepers:

After a chaotic first game of the season, Alisson (£6m) saved a Jorginho penalty to get 14 FPL points. In truth the sending off did affect the game, with Chelsea only having 5 shots all game, with just 3 on target. After the Community Shield defeat, you’d assume Arsenal will provide a tougher test. Of the 6 shots on target Alisson has faced, he has only saved 3, so this could be a real acid test for a Liverpool defence that have been questioned of late. Bernd Leno (£5m) has saved 4 of the 5 shots on target he has faced, conceding just once. Prior to his injur last season he was in great form and I think he will have another great season, but it will be tough for him to come away from Anfield with a clean sheet.

Defenders:

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Andy Robertson (£7m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) are all clearly good FPL assets. However the Leeds game certainly showed they’re not without their faults. Arsenal are middle of the tables in respect to chances/crossed conceded on their flanks, but I’d still back them to get some joy. TAA has registered 4 key passes already with Robertson logging 1 assist, and 2 shots in the box. Both Kieran Tierney (£5.5m) and Hector Bellerin (£5m) offer good attacking threat and if they are the chosen wing backs, could end up pinning TAA and Robertson back. However, this could leave space for Salah and Mane, so this will be a fascinating watch.

Midfielders:

With the positional reclassifications, we now have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12m) alongside Mo Salah (£12.1m) and Sadio Mane (£11.9m) as the most expensive players on the game. Salah and Mane are first and third respectively in terms of shots on 13 and 8, with Salah and Auba both having 4 shots on target to Mane’s 3. When you compare the 3 you can see Salah is the clear winner and the way he played against Leeds shows he is hungry this year. He should be up against Tierney who has recovered from a hip injury, with Mane up against Bellerin. Auba will be on the left facing TAA and Trent will have to have his wits about him to ensure he doesn’t let Auba cut onto his right, as he does so often nowadays. The signing of Thiago (£6m) does give Liverpool an extra dimension now, so it will be interesting to see how he can create chances and break The Gunners down.

Forwards:

Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) has quietly gone about his business and got 2 goals from 3 shots. Liverpool will have to be weary of him drifting into the box from crossing positions and he is still a deadly finisher. The same, currently, can’t be said for Roberto Firmino (£9.4m). Overpriced once again by FPL, he is more of an assister than a goalscorer. He did get 3 against Arsenal in the 2018/19 season, but recently he’s struggled for goals. I wouldn’t write him off, but we know he’s happy putting goals on a plate for others.

There we have it. A snapshot of Gameweek 3 and the matchups within the games. I hope you found it useful, as I will keep doing them if I have time! Thanks for reading, and may your arrows be green!

@RichP_FPL

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