The Premier League is back this weekend, and with it comes the inevitable routine – set your fantasy football team, and then lose interest three weeks later.
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Yes, that’s right, no need to worry about wildcards or any of that nonsense, in daily fantasy you’re team only last one week. If they score the most point, you win the top prize. If they’re crap, it doesn’t matter, you pick a new team next week.
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But who should you pick this week? Here are a few pointers for Saturday…
Liverpool are a big favourite on Saturday evening to beat Leeds at Anfield’
Each member of the Reds’ famed front three – Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino – in an option here. Salah and Mané will likely be popular choices, while Firmino shapes up as contrary play given his goal odds are longer compared to Mane’s and Salah’s and, if he nets, it could make the difference.
Anyone in Liverpool’s starting XI is worth considering. In particular, I’ll have exposure to midfielders Takumi Minamino, Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner if they start. Gini’s anytime goal odds are unusually high while Milner may be on penalties. He and Salah split duties last year, with neither missing a pen. Keita and Minamino have generated some buzz with nice preseasons.
Two matches don’t feature a team with great odds of winning. However, each match gives us one guy who will likely be popular — Michail Antonio for West Ham and Southampton’s Danny Ings. West Ham are the next biggest favourites as they host Newcastle. The match is expected by the traders to go over 2.5 goals, so it should be the more fantasy-friendly match.
Antonio was one of the EPL’s top players post-break last season. Not counting Matchweek 38, when he played just a half, Antonio scored eight goals in his last six EPL matches last season, including a four-goal eruption against now-relegated Norwich. He also took – and converted – a penalty in that span. If Antonio starts up top in a number-nine role, he’ll be awfully appealing.
Jarrod Bowen deserves a look, too. He has the second-best goal odds among the Hammers’ expected starters. He tallied four assists over the final seven matches last campaign. He’s a good one-off play and can also be stacked with Antonio if you’re looking for a non-Liverpool stack that has some upside.
The Southampton-Crystal Palace fixture is less likely to be a goal-fest, but the Saints are Favs, Ings will probably be in plenty of lineups — and rightfully so. Ings had a stellar 2019-20 season, racking up 22 goals. He’s the likeliest to strike in this game and worth considering in your line-up.