It's beautiful, we have football everyday! The Premier League returns tonight when Crystal Palace visit Molineux and stretches until Monday evening where Leeds host Leicester.
Last week's Bamford hat-trick was the stand out performance as Leeds smashed Villa convincingly in their 3-0 win. Son continued to feed off Kane's assists, West Ham were impressive against Man City and West Brom's 2nd half performance over Brighton will give them some confidence coming into the weekend.
Castagne was injured last night in Leicester's 2-1 win over AEK Athens in the Europa League and early reports indicate he won't be back until after the international break. That's a minimum of two game weeks so our team at the Inside Forward will be looking to replace him. Their first game back after the international break is against Liverpool so if he is fit after that, he will probably get a recall, many things can change between now and then.
At a slightly more expensive price of 5.8 Ben Chilwell will be our guy. He missed Chelsea's first three games through injury, but has hit the ground running since. One goal, two assists, two clean sheets and some very positive attacking displays from the former Leicester man has impressed most, that's in just three games. Chelsea are well aware of their defensive fragility and Lampard has looked to correct that, three clean sheets on the bounce would suggest he is getting there. Chelsea's next three fixtures are kind playing Burnley, Sheff Utd and Newcastle who are not exactly scoring many goals themselves so Chilwell should earn you some decent points. Danny Ings was someone we mentioned a few episodes back and it may be time to bring him in. Sothampton are scoring plenty of goals and Ings is always in and amongst them. Ings will be a player Virgil van Dijk will be looking at as an inspiration, he spent a lot of time out of the team through injury during his Liverpool days with the same anterior cruciate ligament injury. Danny has come back stronger and better than ever, the big Dutchman will be hoping he can do the same in 2021. Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd all won convincingly in their midweek European matches while a few have some issues to deal with. As mentioned Leicester have lost Castagne to a hamstring injury.
Tottenham were humbled by Royal Antwerp FC and Mourinho has slams his teams 1st half performance which was absolutely dire. Deli Ali was hauled off at half time and his Tottenham career is hanging by a thread. Mourinho's strong words post match (Jose Post Match reaction) didn't pick out any players in particular but reading into it, a few of those hauled off may struggle for starts in the coming weeks/ months.
The other team to struggle were Liverpool, not through their result but through more injuries. Fabinho who was covering at CB looked like he tweaked his hamstring. It's being reported that it's not as bad as first feared but he will still miss out until after the upcoming international break. That means Liverpool have one fit senior CB in Gomez and either a youngster or a CM will have to fill in. With Liverpool's growing injury list West Ham may have a decent chance to be the team to end The Reds impressive home record in the league. They will be without Antonio however and I think this could be a great game and where my captain pick will come from.
Captain Liverpool struggling for defenders, getting over the winning line more often than not and playing a very in form West Ham, I'm predicting plenty of goals. For that reason I am picking Salah, he has been in top form this season and I expect there to be a penalty for him to tuck away. Son would be an easy player to stick with as most fantasy managers will be but we will roll the dice.
Press conferences will be midday onwards so watch out for any other injury concerns the Premier League managers will be telling us about! After a round of European midweek fixtures, it's always best to wait until Friday afternoon to make any necessary transfers.