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We’re nearing the end of the first double gameweek of the season, with Luton hosting Burnley for their second match in this double gameweek. Those who took a chance on Carlton Morris (5.6m) have already got the rewards, as the Luton striker has got eight points, and there’s still a potential 90 more minutes to add to that tally. The weekend as a whole was quite remarkable, with Manchester City, who had previously won three consecutive games, experiencing their first Premier League defeat of the season against Wolves. Additionally, Aston Villa managed to score six goals against Brighton. We’ll be discussing the key talking points from the weekend’s action, specifically from a Fantasy Premier League perspective.
Aston Villa delivered their best performance of the season, defeating Brighton 6-1. Ollie Watkins (8.0m) was the star of the show, collecting a remarkable 23 points with three goals and two assists. This performance takes his season tally to four goals and six assists. Matty Cash (4.9m) continued to contribute from the defensive end with an assist. Additionally, Moussa Diaby (6.7m) chipped in with two assists from midfield.
Looking ahead, it’s advisable to have at least two Villa players in your FPL teams, given their favorable fixtures through gameweek 14, including matches against Wolves, West Ham, Luton, Nottingham Forest, Fulham, Tottenham, and Bournemouth. However, keep an eye on Diaby’s fitness as he was substituted due to injury in the 79th minute.
Arsenal secured a comfortable 4-0 away victory over Bournemouth. Despite pre-match concerns about Bukayo Saka’s (8.7m) fitness, he started and scored. However, it’s worth noting that Arsenal had two penalties during the game, which were taken by Martin Odegaard (8.5m) and Kai Havertz (7.1m), not Saka. This suggests that Arsenal may rotate penalty takers depending on the match, which could be a concern for Saka owners. Furthermore, Saka appeared to suffer an injury in the game’s final quarter, along with teammate Gabriel Jesus (8.0m). Mikel Arteta stated that he didn’t have information about Saka’s injury yet.
With upcoming fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea, followed by a trip to Newcastle in Gameweek 11, there’s a strong case for selling Arsenal assets. If Saka is a doubt, Son Heung-min (9.3m) and James Maddison (7.9m) are excellent potential replacements, given their upcoming fixtures.
Manchester United’s disappointing start to the season continued with a 1-0 home loss to Crystal Palace. Owners of Bruno Fernandes (8.4m) and Marcus Rashford (8.8m) may be growing frustrated, but it’s advisable to give them the next two games as United face Brentford (H) and Sheffield United (A). If you’re considering a wildcard this week, it might be wise to avoid choosing them, as they should be transferred out after gameweek 9.
Bruno and Rashford are among the most assured starters for United, so they should retain their places. If you don’t already have Son or Maddison, it’s worth considering one of them as a replacement. Selling them for any other midfielder this week may not be the best move.
Newcastle has enjoyed three consecutive clean-sheet wins and scored 11 goals in the process. Their next three fixtures are against West Ham (A), Crystal Palace (H), and Wolves (A). Sven Botman (4.7m), who was widely transferred in by over 400,000 managers, missed the Burnley game due to a knee injury. Callum Wilson (7.8m) also sat out the match due to a minor hamstring issue. Head coach Eddie Howe hopes to have Wilson back before the October international break but was less certain about Botman’s return.
In addition to these injuries, Joelinton (5.8m) was injured during the match, leaving Anthony Gordon (5.6m) as a more secure long-term option in Newcastle’s starting XI, especially with Joelinton and Harvey Barnes (6.3m) both sidelined. However, Gordon received his fifth booking of the season and will miss the West Ham match.
Given the number of injury concerns and midweek Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League fixtures, it’s advisable to avoid making early transfers this week if possible. Managers will likely provide updates after the midweek games, and there’s always a risk of players getting injured in European competitions.
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