Whereas some get a barely longer break, the Premier League returns this week for almost all.

Champions Liverpool get going towards Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, again within the huge time for the primary time since 2004, whereas loads of eyes shall be on Frank Lampard’s lavish new Chelsea facet.

With the Manchester golf equipment, Aston Villa and Burnley not concerned, that is a gap matchweek the place you possibly can afford to be slightly extra selective as you search for names to get you up and working.

In the event you want slightly recommendation, then look no additional – this Opta-powered choice is bound to get you off to a flying begin.


Whereas there may be one or two too a lot of these ‘uncommon errors’ in Hugo Lloris’ type over the previous two years, he’s undeniably nonetheless a vastly succesful goalkeeper.

Do not consider me? Nicely, primarily based on Anticipated Targets figures, he prevented 9.5 targets for Spurs final season, probably the most of any keeper within the Premier League. He additionally had the very best save share (79) within the competitors. And he solely performed in 21 video games.

Given Spurs are unbeaten in 15 league matches towards Everton, Jose Mourinho has managed 10 opening-day Premier League video games with out dropping, and the Toffees have gained as soon as in 19 top-flight visits to London, Lloris seems a fairly secure wager between the posts.



A goalscoring defender in a Jose Mourinho group? You would be mad to not take into account him.

Matt Doherty has scored 15 targets in all competitions since 2018-19, greater than another Premier League defender in that point. targets and assists (eight every) in simply the league in the identical time-frame, solely Andrew Robertson (25) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (30) have extra objective involvements than Doherty’s 16.

Given Spurs’ current good type towards Everton (see above), Doherty represents a strong choice.



Sure, he is costly, however actually, there are few causes to depart him out.

With 5 targets and 25 assists since 2018-19, Trent Alexander-Arnold leads the best way in Europe’s top-five leagues for objective involvements from a defender. He is hit double figures for assists (12 and 13) in every of the previous two seasons, too.

Liverpool haven’t misplaced on the opening day of the highest flight as reigning champions since 1924, and whereas Leeds United may make issues difficult, Alexander-Arnold is nearly sure to be concerned within the Reds’ finest moments.


There’s an actual Spurs flavour to this week’s picks – as we have established, Everton have a fairly awful current document towards them – and Son Heung-min is one other value contemplating.

So typically Spurs’ go-to attacking star when Harry Kane is sidelined, final season noticed Son register 21 objective involvements (11 scored, 10 assisted) in 30 video games, his finest document in England’s high flight.

That works out at 118.3 minutes per objective or help, which is sufficient to make the Everton defence really feel greater than slightly nervous.



Look no additional on your first-week captain.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been straight concerned in 16 targets in 13 Premier League video games towards newly promoted opponents. In two matches towards Fulham in 2018-19, he scored three and arrange one other throughout 5-1 and 4-1 victories for his facet.

The Gunners have misplaced as soon as in 13 league conferences with Fulham and are unbeaten in 24 matches in all competitions in September, so it looks as if now could be the time to present Aubameyang the armband – assuming he stays on the membership, after all.


Brighton, beware: solely 4 gamers scored extra targets than Timo Werner (28) in all of Europe’s top-five leagues final season.

A really costly new beginning line-up is prone to be fielded by Lampard towards Brighton and Hove Albion and you may wager Werner shall be entrance and centre (or perhaps entrance and left – we’re not second-guessing your formation, Frank).

Chelsea’s defence won’t be reliable, however backing Werner to hit the bottom working is a safer wager.



Danny Ings bought 22 targets within the Premier League final season, probably the most by a Southampton participant since James Beattie in 2002-03. And Beattie was an actual fantasy favorite.

Southampton begin away at Crystal Palace, the place they’ve gained in every of their previous three visits with out conceding a objective, and their 9 away wins final season (a tally bettered solely by Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis) recommend a fourth in a row at Selhurst Park is forthcoming.

With Ings having been straight concerned in 14 targets (12 scored, two assisted) in 14 top-flight away video games, there’s each probability he could possibly be matchweek one’s high performer.

Revealed 11 Sep 2020, 12:32 IST


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