Fantasy Football Addict’s Select XI (GW-3)

Fantasy Football Addict’s Select XI (GW-3)

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So we’re two gameweeks into the new season and we’ve got one final chance to win some fantasy football points before the dreaded international break. I’m sure you all love your respective national sides but when it comes at the cost of Fantasy Premier League, that love is truly tested.

But let’s not wallow in the upcoming fantasy football gap, instead let us look forward to another weekend of football action that contains the first Super Sunday of the season. With Chelsea taking on Bayern in the European Super Cup on Friday night, they miss out in Gameweek 3 along with Villa who as you know doubled up in the first week.

City get us started, taking on Hull in a match they’ll be eager to use to make up for the loss at Cardiff. We don’t expect lightning to strike twice and with City playing at home, this should be a very comfortable victory. Crystal Palace round things off on Saturday in the late fixture, hosting Sunderland in a game where they’ll be looking to secure their first points of the season.

On Sunday, there are two crackers for us starting with Liverpool-United at Anfield at 1.30pm, followed by the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs at 4pm. Both are sure to be finely contested and they could swing either way. Fingers crossed we won’t be treated to a couple of bore draws.

If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.

So without further ado, here is our selection for the third gameweek of the season:

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Goalkeeper

  • Wojciech SZCZESNY [TOT(H), 5.5m] – In goal, we’ve gone for Szczesny as we expect the North London derby to be a tight affair with the home advantage swinging Arsenal’s way. Tottenham have only scored a single goal in each of their league games so far giving Szczesny a decent chance of picking up a clean sheet this Sunday afternoon.

Defenders

  • Pablo ZABALETA [HUL(H), 6.2m] – Zabaleta will be desperate to make up for his poor performance against Cardiff and we’re backing him to be back to his best. This should be a comfortable victory for City who are being backed heavily by the bookies. Taking on Hull, Zabaleta will have the chance to return at both ends of the field.
  • James COLLINS [STO(H), 4.5m] – West Ham have started the season well and are yet to concede a goal. With centre backs attracting bonus points for clean sheets, we’ve gone for Collins who picked one up himself in Gameweek 2. If they can keep hat trick hero Kenwyne Jones quiet, West Ham should make it 3 clean sheets out of 3.
  • Davide SANTON [FUL(H), 5.0m] – Santon returned from injury just in time to take his spot in Newcastle’s defence with Taylor banned for his two yellow cards in Gameweek 1. He managed to help the Geordies to a 0-0 draw against West Ham and picked up 3 bonus points for his performance. Next up he faces Fulham but the St James’ Park faithful should provide the support Newcastle need to get a positive result.

Midfielders

  • David SILVA (C) [HUL(H), 9.3m] – The Silva bandwagon is well and truly in action with his price rising by 0.3m since the start of the season. Returning in both of his games so far, we’ve given the talented playmaker the captain’s armband for Gameweek 3. Silva has the quality to punish Hull and now he also has the backing cast to apply the finishing touches to his play.
  • Theo WALCOTT [TOT(H), 9.5m] – Walcott is another midfielder who we’re expecting to cause trouble for the opposition’s defence. He’s always looking to get in behind his full back and with Giroud in the middle, he has an in-form striker waiting for any balls whipped in from the right. Walcott also has the ability to find the back of the net and we fancy him to feed off the electric atmosphere this Sunday.
  • James MORRISON [SWA(H), 6.0m] – Next up, we have a budget option in the form of Scottish midfielder, James Morrison. Switched to the role in the hole against Everton, he was a significant attacking threat for West Brom and if Clarke sticks to this formation, he could punish a Swansea side tired from Europa League action. Rotation is bound to be a factor for the Welsh side and the Baggies should capitalise with the extra rest.
  • Kevin NOLAN [STO(H), 7.2m] –  With the form that West Ham are in, they should be looking for the victory when Stoke come to town in Gameweek 3. With this in mind, we’ve selected their talisman and leader, Kevin Nolan. With a keen eye for goal and plenty of aerial threat, Nolan has the ability to get his name on the scoresheet this weekend.

Strikers

  • Sergio AGUERO [HUL(H), 11.1m] – With City looking to get back on track following their surprise defeat to Cardiff, Aguero should take his spot up front. Pellegrini will want his side to take Hull to the cleaners and attack with the same confidence that saw City finish 4-0 winners in their last home game. Aguero is a match for any defence and Hull’s backline will need to put in a very impressive performance if they plan to keep him quiet.
  • Daniel STURRIDGE [MUN(H), 9.1m] – Sturridge has started the season in fine form, picking up the winning goal once again away at Villa. It was a very well taken goal that highlighted his close control and ability to finish. Sturridge won’t find it easy against a well-drilled United defence but his pace will surely be a worry to Moyes with Rio and Vidic lacking the speed to keep up. This could prove to be an important factor in deciding where the points end up this weekend.
  • Fraizer CAMPBELL [EVE(H), 5.6m] – Following his man of the match performance against City, we’ve chosen Campbell to finish our Select XI for Gameweek 3. Campbell’s movement proved too much for Zabaleta and when given the opportunity to find the back of the net, he succeeded twice from corners. Martinez would have made a note of this but with confidence flying high and thousands of Welsh fans cheering him on, Campbell might just give them something to keep the party going.

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Author Credit: Richard Lam

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