TheFanMetric MW03 Team Reveal
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The FanMetric MW03 Team Reveal
What an opening two weeks we’ve had!
It’s been goals galore and storylines being rewritten.
Approaching the third gameweek, it also means the international break follows suit. So, squeeze every brain cell of yours as we gear up for another exciting weekend.
Will Varane finally make his much-anticipated debut for Man United at Wolves? Will Ings continue his good start with Villa against an impressive Brentford side? Will Benrahma continue his red-hot form against Palace and keep the Hammers at the top of the table? Oh, and what about Lukaku? Will the Belgian hit-man be the first to breach Liverpool’s defence in this gameweek’s huge clash at Anfield?
We’ve got you covered!
Hugo Lloris (TOT | £7)
The World Cup winner hasn’t conceded a goal this season due to a combination of some fine saves and a solid set-up in front of him.
That hasn’t been the case for much of his Spurs spell but Nuno has built a strong defensive backbone and I expect them to keep Watford out.
The Hornets are at their best when in transition or if it’s an open game as their players with the abilities they possess are best equipped in that regard . If Spurs’ first two games are any indication, I expect this to be a comfortable clean sheet for Lloris with Watford enjoying decent possession but failing to find their way past a well set-up defence just as against Brighton.
Luke Ayling (LEE | £6.8)
Leeds are yet to get their first win of the season and will be facing a Burnley side who are yet to get off the mark.
Games at Turf Moor are usually made out to be physical but Bielsa’s sides might just fancy this one.
They play some pretty football but they’ve got some hustlers and rough riders on their side and Ayling is one of them.
He has come up with them through the lower divisions and knows a physical battle. The Englishman who alternates between a full-back and outside centre-back is adventurous in his work with ball-carrying ability and has a good shot in him. Ask David de Gea.
He constantly makes forward runs and whips in crosses. Against a Burnley side that are expected to make things uncomfortable, you’d want to count on a player of Ayling’s profile.
Ruben Dias (MCI | £7.8)
The Portuguese’s importance within the team has grown further in his second season with Pep choosing to rotate everyone but him in defence for the opening two matches.
He’s most likely to be partnering John Stones when Arsenal come visiting.
The Gunners have yet to score this season and have looked toothless going forward, struggling to create many clear-cut chances with Aubameyang and Lacazette unfit.
The chances of both starting in this fixture are slim but even if either one does, you’d expect Dias to be part of a defence that nullifies whatever Mikel Arteta has got planned.
Yves Bissouma (BHA | £7)
The Brighton midfielder was superb in his side’s convincing 2-0 win over Watford, grabbing an assist while pressing Tom Cleverley further up the pitch which has been a notable theme of Graham’s Potter’s system since he took over.
Bissouma is once again expected to play a key role against Everton when he comes up against the likes of Doucoure, Allan and James.
His pressing will be key while his side will look to him to transition the ball from defence to attack. Look out for his taking which is an underrated aspect of his game.
Paul Pogba (MUN | £7.7)
The first player in Premier League history to have 5 assists in the opening 2 games of a season.
Instrumental in Man United’s goals thus far, the talented Frenchman is continuing to showcase his quality as he has been influential in almost all of United’s attacks.
Calm, poised and full of verve, you can expect him to display more of the same against a Wolves side that have yet to get off the mark in terms of points and scoring. Pogba has come close to scoring and might finally get on the scoresheet here if continued to be deployed on the left against what is a vulnerable-looking Wolves right-hand side.
Said Benrahma (WHU | £6.9)
The start to the season this man is having is nothing short of phenomenal. A goal and assist in each of his two games while leading West Ham to the top of the standings.
This week, he will look to continue his rich vein of form against Crystal Palace – a London derby. He won’t be afforded as much space as he has against Newcastle and especially West Ham, but his close control in tight spaces, direct approach at the edge of the box and quick turns in and around will be cause for concern for Viera’s men.
In what I expect to be a tight game, the ex-Brentford man will most certainly have a say than most in the result.
Callum Wilson (New | £7.1)
The ex-Bournemouth man will have been disappointed not to have added to his opening day goal at Villa Park. He was starved of service but he’ll be looking to get back on the scoresheet against Southampton and help Newcastle claim their first points of the season.
The Saints defence weren’t particularly convincing against Man United in their last game and if not for some wasteful finishing, could have easily conceded a few.
Wilson will fancy their chances against them with his runs in behind the defence and the return of Willock on a permanent deal who’a at creating space for his strikers.
Last week’s choice of subs brought about a decent haul in both Onyeka and Ings, especially. The former was solid in the middle of the park in the Bees’ battling goalless draw at Selhurst Park – their first away Premier League fixture – while the latter scored a brilliant overhead kick on his home debut to double his season’s tally.
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Ashley Young (AVL | £6)
In his second spell for the Villains, the former winger turned full-back has enjoyed a quiet but decent return to England after a successful year and half in Italy with Inter.
Bringing with him his ever growing defensive nous – undoubtedly groomed by Conte – along with his experience, Young can yet have a say in games where Villa will require a leader to step up. His crossing ability hasn’t diminished and he’s still a willing runner in advanced positions.
He might yet be the wildcard that breaks a compact and tight Brentford defence who have yet to concede a goal this season.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (EVE | £6.7)
The Everton man was a hit for me in the last gameweek against Leeds with his energy in the middle of the pitch. He grabbed an assist and was unfortunate not to leave Elland Road with all 3 points.
This week, the Frenchman and his team come up against a Brighton side that are aesthetically very similar to the Lilywhites and as such, can be expected to play a similar role. His dynamic ball-carrying ability and energy will be key if his team is to go one better this week.
An all-action midfielder, as mentioned before he’s good at tackling and closing down space while one of his late runs into his own box just might net him a goal this time against a tight Brighton defence who’s focus will most likely be on the likes of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
Jamie Vardy (LEI | £7.8)
Both the Foxes and Vardy had a night to forget at the London stadium on Monday night.
They were convincingly swept away by the Hammers, albeit with 10 men. A trip to Carrow Road will be seen as the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Vardy will be locking his lips at the prospect of facing a defence that has conceded 8 goals in the opening two games. The 3-0 defeat to Liverpool was unfortunate on Norwich and they look better defensively than in their previous stint in the Premier League.
Despite the addition of Brandon Williams, Vardy looks odds on to expose a defence that’s still average at best and the poacher that he is with the limited chances that falls his way, I expect him to get back to scoring ways.
- Callum Wilson
- Said Benrahma
- Hugo Lloris
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