Last weekend was all about Sergio Aguero and if you captained him then you were on to a winner from the off. As City head to Wolves in game week 3 we take a look at the best chances for optimum points from the reigning champions and the other top Premier League fixtures.
Game Week 3 Tips
Let’s take a look at the top fixtures in our game week 3 tips roundup:
Wolves Vs. Man City
There was much talk around Wolves mounting a top 10 challenge this season but after the opening two games it looks like they are going to find Premier League life tougher than they anticipated. They may have been a little unlucky against Leicester but welcoming the reigning Premier League champions to Molineux will rank amongst their toughest challenges this season.
Man City were rampant against Huddersfield at the weekend and despite fielding a supposedly below full strength side they ran away 6-1 winners. A similar scoreline this week could seriously damage the confidence of last season’s Championship winners and we can only see a big haul again for City here.
Sergio Aguero looks set to be the most captained player of the week for game week 3 and whilst that might not necessarily be the shrewdest move, it is one that would be understandably popular. David Silva looked immense against Huddersfield and probably looks a better option to the very rotatable Sterling and Sane – whilst the argument over Jesus or Aguero now looks set to be put to bed with Pep clearly happy to play both.
City looked pretty solid at the back despite conceding a sloppy goal and Ederson looks a great goalkeeper choice for GW3 following his phenomenal long range assist for one of Aguero’s goals last weekend. The message is simple here, in the long term you probably need one defensive player, one midfielder and one attacker from City with either Ederson/Mendy being the first choice at the back, David Silva in midfield and Aguero in attack being the optimum trio.
We can’t see Wolves doing too much this weekend and if you still have Jota it is probably time to swap him as he has struggled so far – there are plenty of other cheap midfield options.
Arsenal Vs. West Ham
Two teams that have two defeats to their names meet here and it is Arsenal that have had the toughest of starts. It has been hard to truly judge Unai Emery’s side after just two games and this will give us a clearer indication as to how well they will perform this season. Arsenal simply must win this game and the way West Ham have defended so far we can only see a home win materialising.
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Aubameyang is clearly the first choice up front and will be a threat in this game whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan cemented his credentials with a well taken goal and an assist away at Chelsea. We wouldn’t put too much faith in Arsenal’s defence just yet but going forward they look pretty solid.
Bournemouth Vs. Everton
Two teams that have started the season well are Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and Marco Silva’s Everton. This should be an entertaining game given the style in which both managers like to play and we can see goals in this.
Richarlison has reinvented himself after being reunited with his former manager and is well worth a spot in your team and Callum Wilson looks a solid choice as a cheap striker after 2 goals in 2 games.
Theo Walcott also looks like a top choice under Silva and at £6.5m he is another good alternative for the likes of Jota at Wolves.
Liverpool Vs. Brighton
Liverpool have looked good so far without playing at 100% you feel. Sadio Mane is becoming a big threat to the crown of Mo Salah and with 3 goals in the opening two games for the Liverpool forward he is probably almost in the bracket of being a must have player.
His price has already risen to £9.8m so if you haven’t got in on the Mane act yet now is the time to do so.
There can’t be too much hope for Brighton here despite their win against United last weekend and it is quite possible that another Liverpool clean sheet will be in the offing – Alexander-Arnold and Robertson being the preferred choice at the back.
Watford Vs. Crystal Palace
Watford have had an incredible start to the season with two wins from two games and Crystal Palace have shown enough to think they will have a much better season this year. Owners of the cheap youngster Wan-Bissaka were dealt a tough blow when he was sent off late on against Liverpool but he will be back for GW4 so don’t go dropping him just yet. Zaha still looks a real threat and Schlupp is a top option as a £4.5m defender who is actually playing a much more advance midfield role.
For Watford, Troy Deeney has looked pretty solid up front and with a goal and an assist against Burnley he is the type of player who could do well against a robust Palace defence.
This is a tough game to call but we are backing Palace to get a result of some sort in this one.
Fulham Vs. Burnley
Fulham looked half decent against Spurs for the first hour or so at Wembley and this will be their best chance yet of picking up their first points since returning to the Premier League. Burnley look like they are struggling to cope with the demands of midweek European football and this week they travel to Greece to play Olympiacos before they travel to London to play Fulham.
Burnley lack the squad depth to rotate too much and this could be a good opportunity for Fulham (who are used to playing two games a week) to capitalise on a possibly weary Burnley side that lost 3-1 at home last weekend.
Mitrovic and Sessegnon are the two picks for Fulham and with Brighton (a) next up it could be a good time to bring one of them in.
Newcastle Vs. Chelsea
This is another tough ask for Newcastle who have had a tough start to this campaign. Alonso has looked sensational for Chelsea and is so far deserving of his whopping £6.6m price tag. If you are looking for a bargain then Kante is the one who looks to be the surprise package this season as he is playing a much more advanced role under Sarri. The frenchman looks like he will get goals and assists in his new role and at £5m is a bit of a no-brainer.
Pedro is the other Chelsea option that offers value and so long as he keeps his place when Hazard comes back he is a top option at £6.6m with two goals in two games. Morata is one to keep an eye on but he looks better under Sarri and took his goal well against Arsenal.
Man Utd Vs. Spurs
This is a tough one to predict and if we didn’t know better we’d be predicting an away win. The defeat inflicted by Brighton on Man Utd last weekend though is sure to cause a reaction and it needs to. United do look sloppy at the back and now Kane has broken his August duck he will be hopeful of scoring at Old Trafford in GW3. Spurs have looked professional so far but are yet to come up against a really stern test – they are likely to get one here and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a low scoring draw.
Paul Pogba looks decent value with 2 in 2 whist for Spurs it is Lucas Moura (£7m) who looks like getting a good run in the team with Son on international duty.