After having last weekend off due to the international break, it’s once again time for our FPL Player Picks. The Euro Qualification groups have now concluded, but with some play-offs still to follow.
In the interim, the notable news from the EPL is that Everton was docked 10 points for breaching financial rules (management is appealing). It will be interesting to see if the league treats Man City similarly.
The big feature this weekend is between title hunters Man City and Liverpool, which comes straight in with the early kick-off on Saturday.
Our player picks this week feature a fair share of differential and affordable picks, so there should be something that appeals to most every FPL manager. Good luck!
Sam Johnstone (£4.6m, LUT vs CRY)
Even though Palace shipped three goals last time out, Johnstone and team already have five clean-sheets with more sure to follow. One would fancy them to tighten up after last time, especially against a low-scoring Luton side that has scored only ten goals so far this season.
Alphonse Areola (£4.3m, BUR vs WHU)
The budget keeper continues to feature as West Ham’s number one and offers good value for money. The Hammers may not always get clean-sheets, but a game against struggling Burnley will offer a good chance to keep it tight at the back.
William Saliba (£5.4m, BRE vs ARS)
Saliba continues to prove his importance to this Arsenal FC side with consistent performances every week, and he even added a goal to his haul last time out. Up next is a Brentford side that failed to score in GW-12.
Olu Aina (£4.5m, NOT vs BHA)
A huge differential at less than 1% ownership, Aina has returned well recently with a goal plus an assist in his last two games as well as a clean-sheet. Up next is a Brighton side that hasn’t exactly been among the goals recently. The Gulls look likely to be without Mitoma this weekend.
Vitaliy Mykolenko (£4.4m, EVE vs MUN)
Everton is now in a relegation battle following the 10-point deduction, but the team has been turning in some good performances recently. Mykolenko has been a big part of that; he now has two goals and an assist in his last two league outings.
Hwang Hee-chan (£5.5m, FUL vs WOL)
Sarabia got the plaudits last time out after coming on to score and assist in the comeback win over Spurs (and rightly so!), but Hwang is solid bet for this Wolves side and will feature up top where he has six goals and two assists so far.
Cole Palmer (£5.2m, NEW vs CHE)
Palmer is loving life at Chelsea and is going from strength to strength, especially with the side improving and starting to show what it’s capable of. Palmer stepped up to rescue a point against his old club last time out and featured for England during the internationals. Now is not a bad time to pick him against an injury-struck Newcastle United.
Leandro Trossard (£6.5m, BRE vs ARS)
While Nketiah and Jesus work to return from their respective injuries, Trossard should continue to feature in the #9 role after impressing with a goal and assist last time out. He is a key differential at less than 3% ownership.
Eberechi Eze (£6.1m, LUT vs CRY)
Eze now has back to back returns and should get more opportunities and benefit now Olise is back in the team. He is affordable and has low ownership so a trip to Luton offers good promise for his owners.
Dominic Solanke (£6.4m, SHU vs BOU)
Solanke scored a brace last time out, and Bournemouth looks to start to climbing the table. Solanke now has six goals this season and will be full of confidence in a crunch game against fellow relegation battlers Sheffield United who have conceded the most goals so far this season (31).
Ollie Watkins (£8.5m, AST vs TOT)
Spurs are in the middle of an injury crisis, especially at the back, which makes Watkins a viable option in this home fixture. Not only has Watkins scored six goals this season, but he has an impressive eight assists with plenty of goal-scorers in this Villa side popping up.
Nicolas Jackson (£6.8m, NEW vs CHE)
We can talk about the easy hattrick Jackson scored a couple of weeks back against 9-man Spurs, but they all count and most importantly add confidence in front of goal. Jackson now has four goals in his last two games, so you’d fancy Chelsea against a Newcastle side with key injuries at the back.
Will Man City and Liverpool cancel each other out, or are you backing their big hitters? Please log in and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!