Double Bubble for West's Ham's Javier Hernandez - Gameweek 3 Players to Watch
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8:38pm Aug 22 2017
Fantasy Premier League picks from Man United, Spurs and West Ham feature in our Gameweek 3 Players to Watch
With many Fantasy Premier League bosses activating their wildcards, @_FPLTips have put together their four Players to Watch for Gameweek 3, whilst keeping your precious, limited budget in mind.
Harry Kane came close to featuring on the list, but the £12.5m striker has caused enough debate and anxiety amongst on the FPL Community of Twitter, so we’ll leave him out of this one.
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Christian Eriksen – Spurs [£9.5m]
Despite a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea for Spurs in Gameweek 2, Christian Eriksen was still amongst the FPL points after his free kick delivery was headed in by Batshuayi, for an own goal.
The Spurs midfielder has provided a total of 3 assists so far this season, meaning that he’s been directly involved in every Spurs goal so far.
As well as his creative abilities, Eriksen is also showing goal threat. He’s taken a total of 7 goal attempts so far, with 3 on target; only Sadio Mané (5) has managed more efforts on target amongst midfielders.
Last season, Eriksen’s tally of 111 attempted assists was better than any other Premier League player, while only Gylfi Sigurdsson (49) and Alexis Sanchez (49) bettered his tally of 45 shots on target, amongst midfielders.
So, it’s no surprise to see him putting together consistent returns once again, this season.
In Gameweek 3, Spurs host a Burnley side that suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Brom last weekend, following their impressive win over Chelsea on opening day.
Burnley built up a reputation for being poor on their travels last season; only Sunderland (now relegated) conceded more goal attempts in away games last season.
Javier Hernandez – West Ham [£7.1m]
The former Manchester United striker opened his account for the season, with a brace against Southampton in Gameweek 2.
Chicharito scored with his only 2 efforts on target against the Saints, but has taken a total of 5 shots this season, with 3 coming from inside the area.
After managing just 1 effort on target against Man Utd in Gameweek 1, West Ham produced 8 shots on target last Gameweek, during the 3-2 defeat to Saints; only 6 teams have managed more in total.
With Michail Antonio having returned last Gameweek, and Manuel Lanzini also close to a return, the Mexico forward should get an improved quality of service in the coming matches.
In Gameweek 3, West Ham take on a Newcastle side that have suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, against Spurs and Huddersfield.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Man United [£8.2m]
Manchester United continued with their strong start to the season, with another 4-0 win in Gameweek 2; this time making light work of a trip to Swansea.
Much of the focus this Gameweek has been on Paul Pogba, after he picked up 1 goal and 2 assists against Swansea and there is certainly an argument for both Manchester United midfielders.
Pogba has demonstrated the better goal threat so far; taking a total of 6 attempts, with 4 coming from inside the area and 3 hitting the target. In comparison, Mkhitaryan has managed just 1 of his 5 shots from inside the area.
However, the majority of Pogba’s points so far have come during the latter stages of matches, when the game was already won and defensive substitutions had been made, to allow the centre midfielder to push further forwards.
Mkhitaryan has produced an impressive tally of 10 attempted assists, which is level with Mesut Özil and no player in the Premier League has managed more.
Next up for Jose Mourinho’s side is a home fixture against a Leicester side that shipped 4 goals in their last away game, in the 4-3 defeat to Arsenal on opening day.
Ben Davies – Spurs [£5.6m]
Despite the defeat to Chelsea last Gameweek, it hasn’t been a bad start to the season for Ben Davies; he’s picked up 1 clean sheet and 1 goal so far.
Digging a little bit deeper, the Spurs left-back has produced 4 attempted assists in his opening two games; no defender has managed more.
Similarly, only Marcos Alonso (4) has produced more shots on target than Davies so far in the Premier League, amongst defenders.
Only 3 teams have conceded fewer goal attempts than Spurs this season and Pochettino’s side picked up 17 clean sheets last season; no team managed more.
In Gameweek 3, Spurs face a Burnley side that suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Brom last weekend and built up a reputation for struggling on the road last season; only Middlesbrough (10) and Hull (9) scored fewer away goals than Burnley (13) last season – both teams were relegated.
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