Friday evening’s Premier League fixture between Aston Villa and Everton means that this week’s Fantasy Prem deadline falls earlier. Liverpool and Arsenal, who meet at Anfield in the late Saturday game, are the only remaining teams with maximum points from 2019/20. Watford, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Southampton are still to secure their first.
It has largely been overlooked that Everton, having struggled defensively during 2018/19, are the only team yet to concede. Their opponents, recently promoted Villa, are under pressure to respond to the disappointment of last weekend’s home defeat by Bournemouth. The most intriguing encounter of Gameweek Three is at Anfield, however, where European champions Liverpool host potential title contenders Arsenal, who left the Reds’ home on the back of a 5-1 drubbing last campaign.
If Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are all favourites for their respective fixtures – at Bournemouth, away to Norwich, and at home to Crystal Palace and Newcastle – only the latter, for Spurs, represents a relatively straightforward challenge. Watford will believe they can secure their first points of the season when they host West Ham; Sheffield United seek to maintain momentum at home to Leicester, unbeaten Wolves are targeting their first victory at home to Burnley, while Southampton travel along the south coast to fifth-placed Brighton.