Now that the first international break is in the books, players and managers can return to their clubs to focus on this week’s round of fixtures. There are plenty of interesting matchups that should present a fair amount of chances for players to score you some big points.
This week Chelsea will host Cardiff City, a game that should be a relatively easy clean sheet for the blues and also score them loads of points on the offensive side of the ball. Look to add their net-minder Kepa and the following defenders, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Antonio Rudiger. Now that Hazard has returned to his usual dominating form, the combination of him and Alonso on one wing presents a lot of offensive chances which is rare for a defender, he’s a must have. While Bournemouth will have no easy wins throughout the entire season, their defense has been playing well with both Steve Cook and Nathan Ake scoring a goal in their first four matches. Bournemouth takes on an interesting Leicester side that has done well against worse opponents but I like Bournemouth at home to get some production from the defense and hold the Foxes to one goal at the most. Next, Everton will host Newcastle in another matchup that should be a good game for Everton. With the likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman as wingbacks, I think both of these players could get involved in the attack all the while holding a clean sheet given that Newcastle has only found the back of the net three times in their first four matches. Keep an eye out for Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford, as well.
It’s worth stating that although Liverpool has a tough upcoming fixture against Tottenham this week, the Reds front three is one f the most dynamic and threatening trio in league history. Sadio Mane has bursted onto the scene for Liverpool as he’s currently the shared leader of goals scored this season with four. His pace and skill is a nightmare for any teams backs and with Salah on the other side, one of Liverpool’s front three is guaranteed at least one goal every game. Wolverhampton midfielder Rueben Neves has been relatively quite since his stellar performance in week one, look for him to get more involved in their goal scoring chances as they take on a poor Burnley side at home. Along with all of the other Chelsea midfielders such as Hazard and Pedro, I especially like Willian to have a hand in at least one of the goals Chelsea will score on Saturday.
Since making the move to Southampton, Danny Ings has played very well for the Saints with 2 goals in their first four games. Southampton hosts Brighton this weekend in a matchup that I think they’ll have no problem winning and Danny Ings should certainly have an important role in their attack. Next, Romelu Lukaku struggled two weeks ago against Tottenham despite multiple goal scoring opportunities. He recovered well finding the back of the net twice against Burnley and this week I expect him to score again as Man United travel to Watford. Finally, Aubameyang hasn’t really fit in at Arsenal since joining the team but he looked strong in his last outing for the Gunners and the chemistry between him and teammate Alexandre Lacazette finally seems to be making a difference, look for both Arsenal strikers to dominate a weak Newcastle defense.