With or without Haaland?
The 14th Gameweek in the Prem. League is just around the corner and could be very interesting. Erling Haaland had to be substituted against Dortmund in the Champ. League and could therefore be rested at the weekend or even miss out due to injury. If the Norwegian is indeed out, it will be very interesting to see who the managers put up as captain. In this preview, I present players you could add to your line-up.
Dean Henderson (110₵, Nottingham): He was by far the strongest goalkeeper at the start of the season, but then he couldn’t even crack the 200-point mark over six matchdays. In the last two games against Brighton and Liverpool he showed again how strong he is and thanked the Liverpool fans at the end of the game for their support. This week’s opponents are Arsenal and Henderson should be given plenty to do, which could then see him pick up some points.
Takehrio Tomiyasu (90₵, Arsenal): The Japanese is playing his way back into Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven and is also showing us game after game why he should start for the Gunners. He is also performing well again at SPITCH and will be keen to prove himself again against Nottingham
Kieran Trippier (77₵, Newcastle): The transfer of him earlier this year has really paid off for Newcastle as the full-back is playing an outstanding season. He has started every game since matchday five and never once scored less than 200 points. Against Villa, I don’t think that should change.
Nathan Collins (72₵, Wolverhampton): Wolves were able to sign him from relegated Burnley in the summer and this transfer has also proved to be a good one. Apart from his red card on matchday 8 against Man. City, the Irishman was convincing all along the line and scored around 250 points in almost all games. Things have been anything but good for Wolves lately, but Collins manages to score solid points despite the poor team performance.
Clement Lenglet (85₵, Spurs): For a whole season Tottenham borrow the Frenchman from Barcelona, but so far he is not really getting any playing time. In the last league game, however, he started and, despite the 1-2 defeat against Newcastle, made 309 points and even assisted a goal. Against Bournemouth, I expect Spurs to have much more control of the game, which could also allow the centre-back to score some easy points.
Bernardo Silva (100₵, Man. City): It was still unclear in the summer whether the Portuguese would leave the Citizens, but Guardiola insisted he should stay and that was the right decision. He has particularly shown his class in the last four games, averaging just under 300 points, and could put in another strong performance against Leicester.
Curtis Jones (100₵, Liverpool): After recurring injury problems, the 21-year-old made his starting debut in the last game against Nottingham, scoring 232 points despite Liverpool losing 1-0. He said in an interview that he is keen to prove himself and he is desperate to return to the Reds’ starting eleven. Should he start against Leeds this weekend, then he definitely has good scoring potential.
Andreas Pereira (50₵, Fulham): The Brazilian has been showing what he is capable of in recent games, scoring one goal and giving three assists in his last four games. It will be a tight game against Everton, but he could still score solidly.
Kouassi Sessegnon (60₵, Spurs): Last week the 22-year-old got a start against Newcastle and showed that he is ready to be in the Spurs starting eleven. He then sat on the bench during the week but could start from the beginning again this weekend. If he does, he is definitely one to keep an eye on as he has shown us a few times this season just how strong he can be. Bournemouth could be the perfect opponent to show his class again.
Bukayo Saka (91₵, Arsenal): One of the most promising players this season is Bukayo Saka, who is already on four goals and five assists. Overall, he is averaging 281 points and gets to play almost 90 minutes every game. Now it’s against the bottom team in the league and he could show his class again.
Harry Kane (180₵, Spurs): The best player this season is by far Erling Haaland at the moment, but after that comes Harry Kane, who is also already on 10 goals for the season. If Haaland doesn’t play now, he could be the perfect alternative as they also face promoted Bournemouth and Spurs will be going all out to pick up another three points in the battle of the top spots.
Other players to keep an eye on are Fabian Schär (80₵, Newcastle) who is having an outstanding season, Martin Ödegaard (112₵, Arsenal) who has been outstanding of late and Darwin Nunez (145₵, Liverpool) who could score again.
About me: I have been assisting SPITCH in its various divisions for over a year now. With my experience on the free pitches, I want to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.