Promoted Teams vs. Favourites
All three promoted clubs have to play against a top 5 club from last season this weekend and we can be curious whether the favourites will prevail or whether there will be surprises. Besides Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, Man. United, Man. City and Chelsea are clear favourites, which makes it very difficult to find the right players on this matchday without completely overburdening your budget. That’s why I present you some budget players who can still perform very well, but also more expensive players who could pay off.
Bernd Leno(38₵, Fulham): After the former German international goalkeeper came on for Fulham in the last game, I think he will be used again this game. It’s against league leaders Arsenal, who keep coming up with shots on goal, so Leno can pick up some points. In addition, it’s against his former club and he will be much more motivated going into the game. Because of Arsenal’s strength, of course, you take a certain risk that he will concede goal after goal, but you could also be rewarded with a lot of points.
Kieran Trippier (67₵, Newcastle): His market value could definitely suggest wrong about him, as the 31-year-old is an absolute scoring machine at SPITCH. In the first three games he averaged 243 points and scored everywhere on the pitch. Against Man. City he scored from a direct free kick. He also kicked 14 out of 18 corners for the Magpies, allowing him to score some points mainly through standards. His passing ability also earns him some points and only his defensive performances have room for improvement. But if he continues like this against Aston Villa, he is a must in every SPITCH line-up.
Maximilian Kilman (87₵, Wolverhampton): An old acquaintance from last season and he is busy scoring again this season. With just under 300 average points, he is one of the strongest defenders at SPITCH and could score some points again against this week’s opponents Newcastle.
Joe Gomez (112₵, Liverpool): Due to the absences of Konate and Matip, the 25-year-old should be set at the centre-back position. Liverpool have yet to enjoy a single win this season, but they are considered firm favourites against Bournemouth. They will play possession football, which will allow Gomez to score easy +2s and he could even add to his strong 256 points in the last game.
Emerson (90₵, Tottenham): Both offensively and defensively, the Brazilian has been impressive this season. He has a strong 78% tackling rate, two assists and three shots on goal. Against the promoted Nottingham, the right-back could convince again.
Ilkay Gündogan (170₵, Man. City): He is very expensive, but still he should be considered as he has been convincing in the last two games. He made over 400 in both games and also scored twice, plus he shot at goal twice, so he has huge offensive scoring potential. Against Crystal Palace, everyone should have him on their radar based on his performances so far.
Martin Odegaard (72₵, Arsenal): The Norwegian is one of the most creative players in Arsenal’s attack and was able to show his class, especially in the last game against Bournemouth. He scored two of Arsenal’s three goals himself and finished with an outstanding 606 points. This weekend it’s back against a promoted side and if he can build on that performance, he should be one to keep an eye on.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (82₵, Chelsea): The Blues were beaten 3-0 by Leeds in their last game, but he still made over 300 points and he scored a solid 280 in the game before that. Opponents Leicester have made a disastrous start to the season and Chelsea will be going all out to make amends for last week’s defeat. The midfielder could once again become an essential part of Tuchel’s system this matchday.
Harry Kane (160₵, Tottenham): Spurs, on the other hand, picked up an important three points last matchday and he could score once again. This time it’s against a promoted team and it will be particularly difficult to get a grip on him and stop him from scoring.
Bryan Mbeumo (46₵, Brentford): If you are still looking to save budget, he should definitely be considered. He looks for the finish very often and could even score once. Against Everton he will get his chances again and could show his strength once more.
Allan Saint-Maximin (66₵, Newcastle): Against Man. City, he was involved in all three goals and was thus crucial for the strong draw against last season’s champions. With his attacking creativity and determination, he could shine again against Wolves and get you some points.
Other players to keep an eye on are Trent Alexander-Arnold (150₵, Liverpool) who could show his strength on this matchday, Pascal Groß (85₵, Brighton) who has started the season really strong and Mohammed Salah (250₵, Liverpool) who could live up to his price on this matchday.
About me: I have been assisting SPITCH in the various divisions for several months now. With my experience on the free pitches, I want to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.