This Fantasy Premier League gameweek saw tonnes of goals, a surprise double tally for Milivojevic from the spot to hold Arsenal to a draw and break their winning record. Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United seemed destined for the drop as they both remain winless after 10 games.
Bournemouth and Watford continue their run of good form, Pickford saves another penalty and Arsenal’s winning record was broken by a penalty brace from struggling striker Luka Milivojevic. Let’s take a look at the top performers this gameweek:
GK – Jordan Pickford (£4.9m): The Everton and England number one made the fantasy team of the week for the second week in a row, after he pulled off a string of fine saves at Old Trafford to keep his side in the game.
Pickford stopped Pogba’s 28-step penalty with a strong left hand, but the Frenchman was lucky to be saved some embarrassment after the ball rebounded right into his path which allowed him to slot home rather effortlessly. The Toffees keeper has been in fantastic form of late, stopping two penalties in back-to-back matches and is a solid bet for the number one spot on your fantasy team sheet.
DF – Kiko Femenía (£4.2m): After suffering a couple of minor setbacks, Kiko Femenía fought his way back into the Watford team and played every minute of their last three matches, securing two clean sheets and added an assist to his points tally against Huddersfield Town this weekend. If Kiko can continue this run of form, he offers the chance at some cheap points in the sturdy Watford defence, who are exceeding expectations so far this season.
DF – Bruno (£4.4m): In only his second full game of the Premier League season, veteran Spanish defender Bruno set up the only goal of the game to see Brighton earn a vital three points against Wolves. Brighton have managed to win their last three games by a goal to nil, and the 38-year-old defender has been involved in each of these games. Is it a coincidence, or do Brighton require the experience of Bruno at the back? A fine defensive performance from Brighton sees them jump up to 11th in the Premier League table.
DF – Marcus Alonso (£7.0m): Alonso has established himself as one of the top full backs in the Premier League and almost guarantees you a high point tally from the back line (hence his high price tag), with the combination of both his attacking and defensive capabilities down the left flank. Alonso is an integral part of the Chelsea team and secured his sixth assist of the season, while also helping the Blues to their fifth clean sheet.
DF – Fabián Balbuena (£4.4m): Balbuena has played every minute of West Ham‘s Premier League season so far. The Hammers have struggled to keep clean sheets this season, with their only one coming in a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, but it was Balbuena’s rare finish at Leicester City which put his side in the lead and earned him a place in the Fantasy Team of the Week. The Hammers may have held on for the win had their captain Mark Noble not been sent off late in the first half.
MF – Ross Barkley (£5.8m): Barkley has had a tough time nailing down a place in the Chelsea team, but recent performances have demonstrated his growing maturity and determination to win himself a starting place in Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
Barkley’s massive last-ditch equaliser against Manchester United last week struck a chord with Chelsea fans, and his impressive appearances from the bench earned him a starting spot against Burnley this weekend. He did not disappoint. Barkley bagged a fantastic goal and two assists, while also helping Chelsea to a clean sheet in the process in what was his first 90 minutes of the Premier League season. Barkley is a worthy gamble at the moment, available at a very inexpensive £5.8m and looks set to kickstart his season at Stamford Bridge.
MF – Sadio Mané (£9.7m): Without a goal in his previous four Premier League matches, Mané returned to the Liverpool scoresheet against Cardiff City with two goals in another impressive performance from the Senegalese international. After a sluggish few games struggling to find the net, The Reds seemed to have found their shooting boots again after bagging four against Red Star Belgrade and another four against Cardiff City on Saturday.
MF – Luka Milivojevic (£6.1m): Milivojevic has featured in every minute of every game for Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season, but was yet to score more than three points in a gameweek. However the Serbian’s two goals against Arsenal helped his side clinch an important point in the London derby and hopefully those two finishes will provide him with the confidence to score a few more at Selhurst Park.
MF – Ryan Fraser (£6.1m): Fraser has been selected by 23.1% of Fantasy Premier League managers – and with good reason. His valuation started at £5.5m before the season commenced and has steadily increased since then due to his stellar performances and high point tallies for Bournemouth. The Scottish midfielder provided two assists for his teammates against Fulham in their 3-0 win at Craven Cottage.
MF – Mohamed Salah (£12.9m): Salah broke records in Merseyside midweek after he became the fastest player to reach fifty goals in a Liverpool shirt. Salah scored an outstanding 50 goals for Liverpool in just 65 appearances.
The Egyptian forward banged in the only goal of the game last week against Huddersfield and supplied two assists as well as a goal for himself to help his side see off Cardiff on Saturday.
FW – Callum Wilson (£6.6m): Wilson has been a revelation for Bournemouth this season, netting five times and setting up his teammates on seven occasions. His price tag is £6.6m, up from £6.0m at the start of the season but his form in front of goal has helped Bournemouth to their impressive start to the Premier League campaign, where they are sitting pretty in sixth place.