The midweek Premier League fixtures threw up a whole bunch of surprises, with four of the big six dropping points in games they would have expected to win. Only Arsenal, at home to Cardiff, and Tottenham, with a late turnaround against Watford, managed to take the full three points, while we all know what happened to Manchester City at Newcastle and Chelsea at Bournemouth. Plenty of reliable Fantasy Prem sorts – Mo Salah, Eden Hazard, Marcus Rashford – failed to really trouble the scorers.
Straight on to the weekend, however, and a tricky bunch of games to call. Bottom club Huddersfield travel to Stamford Bridge, which in any normal week would be screaming for a Chelsea fantasy captain – but what to expect from Maurizio Sarri’s men in these odd times? A still under-strength Tottenham host buoyant Newcastle in the early game on Saturday, while Liverpool travel to inconsistent West Ham on Monday night. And then there’s Manchester City, whose continued progress in all competitions is already taking a toll on their fixture list – so it’s two matches for them in the gameweek, at home to Arsenal and then away at Everton in midweek. That, then, is where we look when choosing our fantasy skipper for the week…