1st choice - Harry Kane vs Burnley (H)
He may have frustrated me with 1-pointers for two weeks now, but I’m confident this is the week he delivers the goods. Harry Kane, the most expensive player in the game, takes on Burnley at home. The Clarets are one of the worst sides away, in complete contrast with the fortress they’ve built at home. They only managed a meagre 7 points away in their 19 games last season. Even though they did start the season off with a win at champions Chelsea, it was a win that did show their cracks. Chelsea were 10-men for the majority of the game, and were shellshocked already with off the field events. Yet, they almost managed to come back from 3-0 down at half time, and managed 19 shots.
There has been a lot of talk about the August curse for Kane. I still believe that’s a complete myth. Kane has been extremely unlucky not to end the curse so far, having hit the woodwork once each in both games so far, and having a goal ruled out for offside. It’s not that he’s been anonymous either. The English striker has taken 14 shots so far, 5 more than anyone in the league. He’s getting in right positions, he just needs that extra bit of luck. And surely it can’t desert him for another week. This could be the week Kane announces his presence in a big manner.
2nd choice - Romelu Lukaku vs Leicester (H)
My top pick for the first two weeks, Lukaku has been relegated to second this time out. Lukaku still remains an excellent option, it’s just that Kane has the better fixture for the week. The Belgian has already netted thrice in the first two games and he’ll be looking to add to that tally. Manchester United have looked excellent so far, blitzing both their opponents so far 4-0. With their playmakers in top form too, there is no doubt the big Belgian will have plenty of service. With him being the highest owned player in the game, by a large margin, he’s also probably the safe pick.
His opponents, Leicester, had their defensive frailties exposed too, as Arsenal put 4 past them in the opening week. With United in top drawer form, they’ll definitely look to take advantage of that. Both the club and the player have fond memories of Leicester from last year. While Lukaku scored two at home and one away against the Foxes, United won 4-0 and 3-1 against the 2015/16 champions.
3rd choice - Sergio Aguero vs Bournemouth (A) - Differential Pick
Sergio Aguero rounds off my top three for the week. The Argentine striker looked frustrated against Everton, but I back him to shrug that off this week. Like Kane, he did get into the right positions and against an ideal opponent, he may well be able to do what he does best. He scored against Brighton first week, and he’ll be looking on to add on to that.
Bournemouth have been a side in disarray thus far. They’ve lost both their first two games, both against seemingly easy opponents, in West Brom and Watford. With captain Simon Francis out, their frail defense will struggle more against what is probably the best attack in the league, at least on paper. The Cherries have always had a tough time against Man City as well. Since their promotion in 2015, their results have been 5-1, 4-0, 4-0 and 2-0 to the Manchester club. If you’re already chasing a big margin in your league, he may be the ideal Hail Mary differential pick to go for.