EPL Gameweek 6 – Pick, Risk, Avoid

Gameweek 9 fixtures include a big London derby between Spurs and West Ham, and Liverpool will be hoping for redemption as they travel to the King Power Stadium for the second time in a week. With the big clubs already setting a pace, who will be the big point scorers this week? Here’s you PRA

Pick

David De Gea – The Premier League’s top scoring goalkeeper has kept a clean sheet in all but one of his EPL games this year. The United shot-stopper seems to get better every year in Manchester and if they can maintain this defensive record as the season progresses, they may well have their hands on the trophy come what May. An away tie at Southampton shouldn’t be too much of a problem with their current form

Sergio Aguero – The joint top scorer in the Premier League and most in-form striker must be in your team this week. The diminutive Argentinian has four goals in his last two outings. The Manchester City attack is now in full flow and any team will have a job keeping them out. They face pointless Crystal Palace at the Etihad this weekend. This should be light work for Aguero and company

Jamaal Lascelles – After a slow start for The Magpies they have climbed to fourth spot in the league. That is in no small part to the form of captain Jamaal Lascelles. The 23-year-old Englishman was a huge part of the club’s campaign last year, and with two goals and two clean sheets in this campaign, he’s a great addition to any fantasy team. He faces an away trip to Brighton this weekend

Risk

Eden Hazard – Hazard was tipped in last week’s PRA, but failed to make the starting XI in a 0-0 against Arsenal. This week Chelsea face the stern task of Stoke City away, but with Hazard looking a threat when he came on last weekend and a fantastic display in the Carabao Cup, he will be in the team, but everyone knows Stoke away is a notoriously tough test.

Chris Wood – After signing from Leeds at the end of the transfer window, Wood has made an instant impact for The Clarets. The Burnley forward has featured in four games and managed a total of three goals in that period. This week he faces a tough defence against Huddersfield, but it is the perfect opportunity for the Kiwi to add to his current tally

Dele Alli – Alli has been in a good vein of form for Tottenham but this is something we now expect from the youngster. Alli has two goals in the Premier League this season and, after notching another in the Carabao Cup against Barnsley, he will be a confident man going into the London derby at West Ham. This will not be plain sailing for Spurs, though. The Hammers will be buoyed after winning two of their last three fixtures.

Avoid

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – The Ox has not had a good time of it this season. Since leaving Arsenal the midfielder… hasn’t been part of a winning team and after a poor performance against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup, his confidence will be on the floor. Liverpool travel to the Leicester side they lost to in midweek and will be hoping for a better result. At this point, it is unlikely that Oxlade Chamberlain will play, let alone perform.

Wayne Hennesy – It is unlikely given Crystal Palace’s early season form that many people have Wayne Hennesy in their team. However, if you do, get him out now! The Welsh goalkeeper has conceded 8 so far and Palace are still without a point this season. To compound their misery they face a rampant Manchester City side on Saturday who have scored 11 goals in their last two Premier League games.

Renato Sanches – The Portuguese wonderkid tipped for greatness has not quite cut the mustard in his last year or so. After struggling for game time at Bayern Munich, he arrived in Swansea on deadline day, but he’s struggled once again since arriving in the Premier League. He’s started the previous two Swansea games but has struggled to make his mark. At £11.5m it is hard to justify selecting him above other more proven point-scorers.

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