Gameweek 6 Talking Points
This weekend’s Premier League action gets underway early with a Friday-night fixture. And you can play along in single-match contests for Leeds vs Aston Villa on Footstock. But what about the rest of the weekend’s games? Here are a few points to consider when making those all-important lineup choices.
James mind games?
It may be the greatest ‘will they/won’t they’ cliff-hanger since Ross and Rachel: James and Carlo have spent all week dancing around a straight answer on whether the Colombian Rodriguez (current buy price: £41.79) is fit to start for Everton at Southampton on Sunday. With three goals and three assists for the Toffees, the former Real Madrid and Porto man has been a must-pick this season for those with him in their collection. But this weekend, will he be a fantastic differential or a nul points lineup-killer?
Many of the Premier League’s top sides, and Arsenal, were in action this midweek in the Champions or Europa League, and for the most part fielded close to first-choice lineups. Will that mean rotation this weekend? If you want a helping hand guesstimating who will and won’t feature, the Footstock Chat site offers a service you may find useful. They’ve been keeping track of whose lineup predictions are the most accurate. Will Sterling (£37.01) and Mahrez (£11.00) start again after playing 90 minutes on Wednesday? Will Ole stick with his Paris heroes? Did Matt Doherty (£4.86) do enough to cement his spot at right back with a strong performance against LASK for Spurs? Find out who to ask here.
Bright-on form or Best Bromwich Albion?
Monday night sees 16th face 17th at the Amex as Brighton host West Brom. Neal Maupay (£7.33) has started the season strongly for the Seagulls, with four goals from his 18 shots. The Baggies’ top scorer, Callum Robinson (£1.01), can’t compete with that return. But he has been impressively prolific, with 50% of his four shots this season finding the back of the net. Who will come out on top in what even lazier pundits than me* are probably already billing as a “relegation six-pointer”?
* I refer to it exclusively as the Albion derby.