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Our Fantasy Premier League team for Gameweek 3

As Fantasy managers continue to understand what they like about their existing team, who they want to transfer out and who they are desperate to draft into their side, Gameweek 3 promises to be a topsy turvy experience. 

Some of the heavyweights face tough games this week with Premier League champions Liverpool taking on Mikel Arteta’s well-drilled Arsenal side and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City facing off against a Leicester side that has been free flowing so far. 

We have put together a 15 man squad that we believe consists of the best players for the upcoming gameweek. The team that we have created costs £99.8 million.

Goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris (£5.5) has been selected as the starting goalkeeper this weekend as Tottenham prepare to take on Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. The North London side are yet to keep a clean sheet this season but are making strides in the defensive department and have historically been a trustworthy option at the back under Jose Mourinho.

They come up against a Newcastle team that are hit and miss. They were mesmeric against West Ham in the opening gameweek but were devoid of any sort of threat against Brighton last week. We expect Tottenham to limit Steve Bruce’s side and keep their first clean sheet of the season.

Defenders

Our first pick in defence is Romain Saiss (£5.1). Wolves were very impressive in their opening game of the season against Sheffield United and registered a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory. They succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City on Monday night but that was always likely to be a tough assignment.

Their opponents this week are West Ham United. West Ham are an unpredictable side. They were outclassed by Newcastle in gameweek 1 and failed to get on the scoresheet but put in a battling display the following week in their 2-1 loss to Arsenal. Wolves are one of the most reliable teams in the league and we are backing them to remain defensively resolute against a West Ham side that could very well fail to turn up. 

Our next pick is Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1). At his price, he is an enabler in our team but also provides clean sheet and attacking potential. Palace kept a clean sheet in their opening game of the season against Southampton and very nearly did the same against the mighty Manchester United last week.

They ended up conceding late on at Old Trafford but Mitchell registered an assist and in doing so, rewarded his owners who were brave enough to play him. Palace take on high flying Everton in gameweek 3 but look in good nick and we are backing them to spring a surprise against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Our final pick in defence is Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas (£4.5). Marcelo Bielsa’s men have failed to impress defensively so far this season but a key reason for Dallas’ inclusion in our squad is their opponents this week. Sheffield United have been woeful in the first two weeks of the new season and are yet to score a goal.

We expect this to continue as they prepare to take on a Leeds side who had the best defensive record in the Championship last season. Dallas has attacking potential, having registered an assist against Liverpool in gameweek 1, and this adds to his appeal. 

Midfielders

Our first pick in midfield is Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6). He made it clear why he is considered the best player in the Premier League last night against Wolves. He bagged a goal and an assist as well as three bonus points. He is central to everything in this Manchester City team.

In the absence of Sergio Aguero, he is their designated penalty taker and this adds to his appeal. With David Silva no longer at the club, there is no doubt about who will take all of City’s freekicks. The Citizens take on a Leicester side that will expect to get on the scoresheet so De Bruyne and co will be expected to come up with the goods at the other end of the pitch. We have no doubt that he will do the job. 

Next up is Heung Min Son (£9.0). How can you not include a player who has just scored four goals in your team? Son was at his best last weekend at the St.Mary’s stadium and we expect him to do well in Tottenham’s game against Newcastle this weekend. Even in Spurs’ defeat to Everton in gameweek 1, Son created two glorious goalscoring opportunities that were not converted by Harry Kane and Dele Alli. 

Wilfried Zaha (£7.1) takes on Everton, a club he was strongly linked with last summer, and we expect him to continue his good form. Zaha has scored three goals in Palace’s first two games. He is their talisman and his confidence in the last twenty minutes of the game against Manchester United last week was evident. Everton are in great form but are susceptible at the back. 

Mason Greenwood (£7.5) did not start in Manchester United’s opening game of the season which they lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace. He was brought on at the start of the second half as Solskjaer looked to turn the game on its head and help United secure a victory.

He was unable to inspire a comeback but came off the bench to score against Luton Town in United’s 3-0 victory in their League Cup tie last night. We expect Greenwood to start against Brighton at the AmEx stadium this weekend and get on the scoresheet like he did at the same ground last season. 

Our final pick in midfield is Mohamed Salah (£12.1). Liverpool take on Arsenal on Monday night and this game will not be straightforward for the Premier League champions as the North London club have begun the season brightly. We expect Liverpool to score and Salah has found the back of the net in every Premier League game he has played against Arsenal at Anfield. 

Forwards

Timo Werner (£9.5) is our first pick in attack this week. Chelsea take on newly promoted West Bromwich Albion who have been very poor defensively. They have conceded eight goals in their first two games and we expect Chelsea to put them to the sword. The Blues will be looking to return to winning ways after their defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

Werner is yet to score for his new club but won the penalty that Jorginho scored against Brighton. He also won a penalty against Liverpool but Jorginho failed to score on that occasion. The German forward has looked dangerous and we think he will score his debut goal for Frank Lampard’s side this week. It very well could be more than just one goal for the former Red Bull Leipzig man. 

Our second forward is Patrick Bamford (£5.7). He has scored two goals and provided two assists so far this season. Leeds United take on a Sheffield United side that are yet to find their feet this season and considering the explosive potential in Bielsa’s side, we see last season’s Championship winners coming out on top at Bramall Lane. Bamford has shown promising form and we expect him to keep this up this weekend. 

Substitutes

Our substitute goalkeeper is Orjan Nyland (£4.0) from Aston Villa. He is not expected to play but his price enables us to maximise the rest of our team. Hugo Lloris is guaranteed to start this weekend so we don’t foresee any damage from drafting in a non-playing goalkeeper as our substitute.

Aston Villa looked defensively resolute in their 1-0 win over Sheffield United last week and so their goalscorer and member of defence Ezri Konsa (£4.5) is on our bench. They were much improved after the Premier League restart last season and have carried that into the new season. They take on a Fulham side that carry a goal threat and so that must be factored in but Scott Parker’s side blanked against Arsenal in gameweek 1 and so a repeat could be on the cards.

Jimmy Dunne (£4.0) from Burnley is our second substitute in defence. His price and the fact that he started in Burnley’s defeat to Leicester last week makes him an attractive option. He got on the scoresheet last week and due to Burnley’s injury problems at the back, is expected to retain his place in the team for this week’s game against Southampton at Turf Moor.

Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side failed to score in their opening game of the season but did find the back of the net twice against Spurs last week. Despite Burnley’s poor showing at the King Power Stadium last week, we expect them to be a tough test for Southampton this week. 

Our final substitute is Brighton forward Aaron Connolly (£5.5). He takes on Manchester United this week and his side will look to compound United’s problems by coming out on top. Connolly scored in Brighton’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle last week and bagged two bonus points. Graham Potter’s side have started the season very positively.

They lost their opening game of the season against Chelsea 3-1 but were very impressive for the first 60 minutes of the game. They followed that up with a brilliant victory over Newcastle. They will challenge Manchester United this week and Connolly will look to score a goal in back to back games. 

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