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LOVS Fantasy Football: GW 8

Man City put in another Sterling performance to once again be the key to a successful week.

Manchester City v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

The team of the week this week made 119 points and was spearheaded by Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Tammy Abraham. Swansea City’s Abraham wasn’t the only player you may not expect to see in the team. Tom Cleverly of Watford, Nacer Chadli of West Bromwich Albion and Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton all made double figures.

This was backed up by a solid defence. Joe Hart picked up an assist on the way to 9 points. Joe Gomez, Per Mertesacker and Kieren Tripper then put in solid performances also. The final member of the team was, my captain as it happens, Christian Eriksen who put in another solid performance.

Manchester City v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League
Jesus grabbing a goal against Napoli
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Jesus seems like a good bet at the moment with Sergio Aguero sidelined. He always contributes to games, often picking up bonus points in the process, and with Manchester City scoring for fun he is always likely to bag one.

Swansea City v Huddersfield Town - Premier League
Abraham celebrating his goal behind a Huddersfield defender in a compromising position
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Abraham is one I have had since the start. He is a natural goalscorer and is starting to find his feet at Premier League level. I expect him to be pushing double figures for the Swans.

Sterling and Eriksen then seem to be a steady source of points in two top teams. Having an in to City’s midfield is a must, and Eriksen seems to be the best pick over Dele Alli who only gained the 3 points.

I thought I might get to talk about my team this week, but Superwhites piped me as the best team in the LOVS league by two points.

Burnley v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Wood celebrating his goal against Crystal Palace
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The decision to captain Jesus was at the centre of a 74 point haul with Chris Wood and Gabiaddini also contributing well up top. The midfield was let down by Mohamed Salah and Henrik Mkhitaryan who only gained the 3 points each. It seems that Mkhitaryan may be on the wane after his blistering early season form. Salah may also fall into that camp, but only time will tell on both counts.

Wood us a decent cheaper option at the moment. he has made a solid start to his Burnley career off the back being the Championship’s top scorer last term.

Richarlison picked up a few points, and is a good cheaper option due to his advanced role for Watford. The team was then backed up by two Swansea defenders picking up clean sheet points. Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson both picked up the six points and made up for the lower points scorers at the back.

West Ham United v Swansea City - Premier League
Fabianski in action against West Ham
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This isn’t the first time at Fabianski has made decent points this season, so the Swansea keeper may be one to seriously consider. Having two defenders from the same weaker team though is a risk.

The other end of the LOVS spectrum saw Reeboka Juniors pick up 17 points.

Captain Harry Kane was the highest point scorer with 4 as he drew a surprising blank against Bournemouth. Romelu Lukaku also drew a blank meaning that a massive proportion of the teams funds produced no results this week. Roberto Firmino, after a promising start to the season, has been disappointing in recent weeks as Liverpool’s form has dropped.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Mata headed for the bench
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Juan Mata didn’t register a single point, but then it got worse as Cesar Azpilicueta registered a negative score with John Stones, Rob Holding and Fraser Forster not doing much better.

Azpilicueta has been raking in the points setting up Alvaro Morata, his injury may well affect Azpilicueta’s points potential. Arsenal defenders are in my view a risk as they rarely seem to keep clean sheets, even if the last few weeks would seem to disprove that theory.