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Gameweek 6 Talking Points

October 23, 2020


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?

European hangovers?

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.



Noely has been an avid Footstock player since launch, and recently became a Content Editor for the Footstock blog, quickly establishing himself as arguably the most important member of the entire Footstock team. In unrelated news, he also now edits the author biographies.