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    George's Fantasy Football Tips: Week 10

    Another week, another load of predictions… I’m trying to avoid the obvious games and going for some you may not have considered instead. The problem with that is I probably won’t get anything right again- but where’s the fun in actually doing well?

    West Brom vs. Manchester City

    Manchester City’s form suggests that they should absolutely steamroll West Brom this weekend. Sergio Agüero (main picture) is one away from City’s scoring record and has seven goals in ten league appearances against Saturday’s opponents… with Harry Kane injured, he, Lukaku and Morata are probably the go-to guys to get your goals this weekend. Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané are also arguably in the form of their lives; especially De Bruyne who is praised by Match of the Day pundits on a near weekly basis. Fabian Delph is a major steal as well at the moment, priced at just £4.5 and performing to a consistently decent level. Even though he’s playing left back, he is still classed as a midfielder on Fantasy Premier League, meaning he doesn’t lose as many points if City do end up conceding.

    It would be stupid to assume City will walk this one though. West Brom are a solid outfit and are incredibly hard to beat, particularly at home. They’re also always a threat from set pieces with deliveries from the likes of Chris Brunt being whipped in with pace. Craig Dawson is ruled out for this one, a big loss for the Baggies, but Gareth McAuley (pictured above) will likely step in alongside Jonny Evans and offer the same sort of aerial threat in both attacking and defensive situations. Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany this weekend again- their most accomplished defender from set piece situations. John Stones, for all his merits, is still susceptible from crosses every now and then and Ederson is a keeper who tends to come for most crosses whether he should do or not so any kind of mistake will leave the goal open. West Brom really need the win to kickstart their season so I’ll stick my neck out and go for a score draw… watch City win 22-0 now.

    Leicester vs. Everton

    Two teams under new regimes looking to impress. Claude Puel’s appointment as Leicester manager has been met with a mixed response- similar to the reaction Claudio Ranieri’s appointment got in 2015. I am not saying that Leicester are going to win the league again but I will make the point not to judge a manager until the side have actually played a game. Puel’s Southampton weren’t spectacular going forward but were always solid so maybe it would benefit Leicester, who have looked okay in fairness this season, to go back to basics and build their team from the back. They’ve still got plenty going forward and Jamie Vardy will be keen to grab his first goal in three games on Sunday. Riyad Mahrez’s performance last weekend was also a major positive for the Foxes- if he finds some consistency then he is worth putting in your fantasy team, although he is a bit of a risk at a pricey £8.4. Leicester’s major priority will likely be to shut up shop rather than go in all guns blazing. If Puel’s side stick to type it could be worth getting the likes of Harry Maguire (£5.1), Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0) or Christian Fuchs (£4.9) in your team, with the latter particularly useful with set piece deliveries as well.

    Everton’s midweek defeat to Chelsea was probably just about deserved over the 90 minutes but, especially in the second half, there was much positivity to take from the match. Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas (pictured above) were always threats on the flanks, giving Everton a width they haven’t had all season. When Ademola Lookman was finally given a chance as well he showed that he has the potential to become a regular starter. There was also a dynamism in the middle that two naturally holding midfielders can’t give you. Tom Davies and James McCarthy have forged their reputations as part of the dying breed of the box-to-box midfielder that Everton have been crying out for to link with their forward players- they were major reasons for the improved performance. Of all the Everton players to watch out for, Kevin Mirallas always seems to put in some consistent performances when a new regime comes in. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also shown good form so far- his pace could be crucial. A wide pitch like the King Power will create spaces on the counter, if Everton exploit them and stay solid at the back, they could be on for their first away win since January… it’s BIG if though.

    Thanks for reading!

    George Kelsey
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