GAMEWEEK 9 OF Fantasy Premier League will offer a lot of managers the chance to get their teams back on track.
Here at Donegal Sport Hub we’re running a league in association with Champions Travel.
Here’s what to look out for this week …
1 Paying the penalty
THE main talking point of last weekend was the pitiful captain’s choices that blighted the hopes of many.
Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero scored -1, as did Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Manchester United striker, picked up a single point.
Both Agüero and Benteke missed from the penalty spot. Ibrahimovic had a quiet evening at Anfield in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday Night Football, with a late yellow card halving his points total from two to one.
2 Fostering Allen
JOE ALLEN has proven to be something of a revelation at Stoke City in recent weeks, with four goals in his last three outings – including both in the 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend.
Still available at a bargain price of £4.9million, the Welsh midfielder (pictured above) might be seen by some as one of those impulse, almost retrospective purchases.
However, as well as being reasonably priced, a look at Stoke’s fixture list makes Allen look like worthwhile signing. The Potters have Hull City (a), Swansea City (h), West Ham United (a), Bournemouth (h), Watford (a) and Burnley (h).
3 Walcott’s no long shot
TWO goals against Swansea City in Arsenal’s 3-2 win last weekend at the Emirates catapulted Theo Walcott to become the top-scoring midfielder in the game.
The England winger now has 55 points this season, one point ahead of his Gunners teammate Alexis Sanchez. However, when it’s considered that Walcott costs £7.9million compared to the £11.3million for Sanchez, it leaves considerable loose change.
Either player would be a decent captain’s pick with Arsenal welcoming Middlesbrough to the Emirate tomorrow.
4 Callum the shots
THE big winners last weekend in the Premier League were Bournemouth, who hammered Hull City 6-1.
Callum Wilson returned with nine points following that win, with a goal and assist to his name. At £6.5million Wilson won’t break the bank and although his Bournemouth team face a tricky opponent in the 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday when Spurs come to the south coast, there’s bound to be confidence following last week’s results.
Bournemouth then have Middlesbrough (a), Sunderland (h) and Stoke City (a) in their next three.
5 Load with Liverpool
THE 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Monday was Liverpool’s first clean sheet in the Premier League this season, at the eighth attempt.
However, of all the fixture lists that look appealing, it’s Liverpool’s. And if you don’t trust them at the back there’s a number of attacking players that might fit into your team.
Tomorrow West Brom visit Anfield for the 5:30pm kick-off. Then there’s Crystal Palace (a), Watford (h), Southampton (a), Sunderland (h), Bournemouth (a), West Ham (h), Middlesbrough (a), Everton (a) and Stoke (h) between now and New Year’s Eve.
Saturday, October 22, 12:30pm
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Saturday, October 22, 3pm
Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Burnley v Everton
Hull v Stoke
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Swansea v Watford
West Ham v Sunderland
Saturday, October 22, 5:30pm
Liverpool v West Brom
Sunday, October 23, 1:30pm
Manchester City v Southampton
Sunday, October 23, 4pm
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