Finally, the international break is over and normal club football is resuming for all us Premier League fans… but the two weeks may have caused more concern in our Fantasy EPL line-ups than good.
The biggest news is of course the injury to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who is now expected to be out till the middle of November. However, the Argentine isn’t the only casualty, with David Silva, Joe Gomez, Wayne Rooney, and Branislav Ivanovic all picking up knocks.
However, as an entrepreneur would say, it is possible to turn these problems into an opportunity… replacing some of your injured stars with players yet to be massively selected by your private league opponents.
And there are quite a few to pick, but we have given you three considerable options that we believe may plunder you some much needed points not only this coming weekend, but for the next few games!
Here are Three Fantasy Premier League Differentials (around 5% ownership) ahead of Gameweek 9!
You must think we’re crazy to make you consider a Newcastle United player in your Fantasy team… but hold your horses!
Georginio Wijnaldum (6.8) has been one of the few bright sparks in the Magpies’ stuttering campaign, scoring two goals and providing one assist so far. But if form is anything to go by (a goal and assist in his last two), then Wijnaldum (owned by just 2.2%) could accumulate you some decent points over the next few gameweeks.
Newcastle face Norwich (Home), Sunderland (Away), Stoke (Home), Bournemouth (Away), and Leicester (Home) in the next five… you won’t get a much better run than that!
Another midfield option is Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.3), who was a Fantasy Premier League gem only last season.
Because of the fine start from Andre Ayew and Batefimbi Gomis, many managers were reluctant to bring in the 4.5%-owned Icelandic ace in the first few games… and they were right not to do so. However, ‘Siggy’ has already broken his duck against Southampton two gameweeks ago ahead of an enticing run of fixtures.
Swansea will face Stoke (Home), Aston Villa (Away), Norwich (Away), and Bournemouth (Home) in the next five… with only a tricky tie against Arsenal at the Liberty in Gameweek 11. Sigurdsson finished with seven goals and 10 assists last season… and we expect him to come close to that tally by the end of this campaign.
If you sell Aguero, there aren’t many better strikers in the Premier League to replace him with than Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge (10.5), who (when fit) is one of the best finishers in the English top flight.
Finally the Reds star seems to be near full fitness right in time for the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, who is set to reinvigorate a rather dull Reds side under former boss Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool don’t have the best set of upcoming games but Sturridge is pretty much fixture-proof, and currently owned by just 5.3%, a good performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Klopp’s debut could result in a massive bandwagon of managers bringing in the England international.
Jump on before his price rises and it’s too late!