There were goals galore this weekend in the Premier League, with a lot of fantasy football managers picking up points from their attacking players, while defensive players found it difficult to secure points.
Watford and Cardiff City were the only two teams to keep clean sheets, Newcastle finally earned their first league win, and Manchester City demonstrated no signs of slowing down as they smashed six goals past an unfortunate Southampton.
Let’s take a look at the top performers in the Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week:
GK – Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m): The tragic events last weekend which led to the death of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others has deeply affected everyone involved at the club, not least the players, who he shared a special bond with. Danish and Leicester shot stopper Schmeichel delivered a solid performance in goal to see off the threat of Cardiff, earning an important win and a clean sheet, as tributes to the chairman rang around the Premier League.
DF – Benjamin Chilwell (£5.0m): Chilwell played a vital part in Leicester City’s 1-0 at Cardiff City, providing the cross from the by-line into Demari Gray who netted from 12 yards for the only goal of the game. The first clean sheet Chilwell has been involved in this season, with Schmeichel securing two others in Chilwell’s absence.
DF – Seamus Coleman (£5.2m): After recently returning from another stint on the sideline due to injury, Coleman has cemented his place back in the Everton defence and scored his first goal since January 2017 for The Toffees.The Everton skipper picked up the ball just outside the Brighton box and smashed a low driven shot inside the far post to get his name on the scoresheet and cap of a fine performance at Goodison Park.
DF – Federico Fernandez (£4.4m): Fernandez was key in stifling Watford’s attacking efforts, and helped earn The Magpies their first win of the season, which lifts them out of the relegation zone.
Fernandez put in a solid defensive display and will have to do more of the same if Newcastle are to start putting some distance between themselves and the bottom three. They host Bournemouth next weekend, followed by a tough trip to Burnley.
MF – Raheem Sterling (£11.1m): Sterling was simply unplayable this weekend; a constant nightmare for the Southampton defence. He bagged two goals for himself and was the catalyst for two more in City’ triumphant 6-1 rout at The Etihad. Sterling has improved tenfold under Guardiola’s guidance and is shining at both club and international level.
MF – Richarlison (£6.8m): The 21-year-old Brazilian scored a brace at Goodison Park to help the Toffees clinch an important three points against Brighton Hove & Albion. After a couple of missed chances in his last two outings, Richarlison has hit scoring form again and is looking set to be Everton’s top goalscorer this season with his electric pace and eye for goal. At £6.8m he is a bargain buy, but tough games in the coming weeks against Chelsea and Liverpool may see his opportunities in front of goal limited.
MF – Leroy Sane (£9.2m): Like Sterling, Sane dazzled the Southampton defence who just could not keep a lid on the German winger. He provided two assists for his City teammates and scored a late goal to cap of a fine individual and team display from The Citizens. In Sane and Sterling, Guardiola has two of the best wingers in the Premier League, and let’s not forget about Riyad Mahrez.
MF – Felipe Anderson (£6.8m): West Ham’s record signing Felipe Anderson first got off the mark in The Hammers’ 3-1 home win against Manchester United a few weeks back, and the former Lazio starlet delivered a stellar performance against Burnley.
The Brazilian midfielder scored two goals, helping Manuel Pellegrini’s side to a 4-2 victory over Burnley. West Ham have a chance to increase their standing in the table next week with a trip to struggling Huddersfield Town, before they host the champions Manchester City the following week at Upton Park.
FW – Alvaro Morata (£8.7m): After a quite lengthy spell without a goal for Chelsea, Morata seems to have rediscovered his goalscoring form, and has netted four times in his last four Premier League games. The Spaniard scored a brace in The Blues 3-1 win against Crystal Palace to keep the pressure on Man City, and currently lie second in the table after Liverpool were held to a draw by Unai Emery’s Arsenal.
FW – Sergio Aguero (£11.3m): When Man City score six times in a single match, it’s almost a certainty that Sergio Aguero was involved. Aguero managed to set up his teammates on two occasions and net a goal for himself in The Citizen’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton. That’s seven goals in the Premier League so far this season for Aguero, picking up six assists in the process.
FW – Raul Jiminez (£5.7m): The Wolves striker bagged his third goal of the season against Tottenham on Saturday and added an assist to his tally as his side were very unfortunate not to earn at least a point in this tie. An over-confident Spurs took their foot off the gas after going 3-0 up and Wolves, with the help of Jiminez, almost embarrassed the visitors in the last half hour with a spirited fight back to 3-2.