Hello Guys, it is #LCFC83 with you. #KM29 can't be with us this week so I get the rare chance to write a post. I promise no bias (well maybe) and will do my best to fill these big shoes.
BEST ATTACK: LIVERPOOL
Liverpool actually haven't been at their best in recent times. Their victory over Man City was the 1st time they managed to score 3 goals in a match in 7 Premier League games. It says how good they are then when they keep winning. 4 of their next 5 games are rated 2 on FDR (fixture difficulty rating) so this is the time for them to rediscover their goalscoring form.
A trip to Crystal Palace may prove testing but Sadio Mane (£12.1m) will be confident having scored in his last 4 matches against the Eagles and he has had a hand in 11 goals already this season. Home games coming up include Brighton, Everton and Watford. It is hard not to expect returns from Liverpool assets in the coming weeks. One outside tip that may be worth considering is a punt on The Ox (£6.2m) who has been in great form in other competitions over the last month. Could he get a run of games in the league?
WORST ATTACK: BRIGHTON
The Seagulls will be happy with their start to the season as they currently sit 11th having narrowly avoided relegation last year. Their next 3 games though will be testing and they will need to be at their very best to get a result. 2nd placed Leicester visit the south coast on Saturday with the best defence in the division. The Foxes also netted 9 last time they visited this area of the UK.
Brighton then visit leaders Liverpool before a trip to Arsenal where they will also look to defend first. Goals will be hard to come by in these 3 games and it would be best to avoid Brighton's attackers. Fixtures do become a bit better after this run though and 1 man to keep an eye on may be is Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) who has had a hand in a goal once every 90 minutes so far.
BEST DEFENCE: LEICESTER
Leicester have already played 5 of the apparent big 6 so it is pretty remarkable that they sit 2nd with the best defence in the league. The Foxes haven't conceded n their last 3 outings. Their next 5 games are all rated 2 FDR so clean sheet returns could keep coming.
The obvious stand out player for me is Ben Chilwell (£5.7m) who has improved hugely under Brendan Rodgers. Chilwell got a hat trick of assists for England last week against Montenegro and is getting forward more often than fellow full back Ricardo (£6.3). Those looking for a budget option shouldn't look past Soyuncu (£4.9m) whilst Schmeichel (£5.2m) is the joint 2nd top scoring keeper in FPL so far.
WORST DEFENCE: WEST HAM
Lukasz Fabianski is highly rated by many Premier League fans and is popular with FPL managers. His absence has been massively felt by West Ham who have picked up just 1 point in 5 games since the Polish keeper got injured. The abysmal performance of Roberto (£4.4m) against Burnley won't add any confidence to a defence set to play Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal in their next 4 games. Wolves away doesn't really promise much either.
Boss Manuel Pelegrini struggled to organise his defence when he was Man City manager (and he even had Kompany to help him!) and his same faults are appearing again in London. The Hammers top scoring defender is Fredericks (£4.5m) with 29 points but he has only scored 6 in his last 5 matches. Cresswell (£4.8m) offers some attacking threat but he has only managed 5 points in his last 4 games.
If you want to be further discouraged then I can tell you that West Ham don't even have a match on GW18 (though at least it means they won't concede!). Avoid!