Team FPL Connect Picks: Round 3

Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek

Welcome FPL managers. The third instalment of our new weekly series is here!

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the link > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/08/10/team-fpl-connect-picks/ where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Results for Gameweek 2

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For the second week in a row, I nailed a differential performer, keeping myself firmly on the Leicester bandwagon in Riyad Mahrez, who duly delivered more than 6+ points to net me another point, pushing me to the top of the Team Connect Picks table.

He put in a top performance, bagging 2 assists and 2 bonus points as well as a clean sheet – the unfortunate part was that I was only 1pt off getting the predicted score right, as I predicted he would get 10pts and he bagged 11 – so close to a big 6 pointer!

Pilko went for a cheeky Juan Mata shout that ended up backfiring, as Mata was pulled off before United went on the rampage in the latter stages of the second half against Swansea – a little unfortunate.

It was a familiar story for Gaz, as his differential (Mounie) only managed 1pt after picking up a booking in the game against Newcastle.

None of us predicted the top scoring performer for that week in Alonso, who smashed in a brace at Wembley against Spurs, so that meant that only I (Simon) scored anything in that week.

At the start of GW3, that means I lead the way 2-1-0. All to play for!

Gameweek 3 Predictions

Simon

  1. Top scoring player (TSP): Alli – 16pts
  2. Differential: Antonio – 8pts

Justification for TSP: Despite his goal in the opening fixture, Alli hasn’t been great so far. He’s looked a bit sluggish and doesn’t seem to be influencing games as much as he normally does. It has only been 2 gameweeks though and the game against Burnley could be the perfect game for him to take off in. If they score a goal in the first half then I can see Spurs steam-rolling Burnley and winning 4-0 and I fully expect Alli to be involved in the goals this weekend.

Justification for differential: Antonio made his return last week and was straight back to being involved, bagging an assist for Chicharito. He’ll be closer to full match fitness this weekend and faces a Newcastle side that have underwhelming to say the least. I expect Antonio to bully the Magpies back line with his strength and pace and net himself a goal.

 

Gaz

  1. Top scoring player (TSP): Kane – 13pts
  2. Differential: Richarlison – 9pts

Justification for TSP: Underlying stats of 14 goal attempts with 11 coming inside the box suggest that goals are on their way for last years golden boot winner. I just can’t see this little drought continuing any longer. Kane back to the goals with a brace and 3 bonus is my prediction.

Justification for differential: Again, the stats look convincing here, with him being involved in a lot of Watfords attacks. He had 6 shots last game, 2nd only to Kane with 8. With him putting in that kind of performance, I expect him to keep his place in the starting line-up and see him scoring again and bagging 2 bonus points along with it.

 

Pilko

  1. Top scoring player (TSP): Benteke – 16pts
  2. Differential: Tommy Smith – 9pts

Justification for TSP: Really fancy palace to click in this game. Played well away at Liverpool last week and Swansea will fancy a result here, meaning more space on the counter for the Eagles. Benteke is a frustrating one to own, as he has a tendency to blow hot and cold, but I see this week as a hot one . I’m predicting 2 goals and an assist and obviously max bonus points for the other Belgian brute.

Justification for differential: Huddy have had a strong start and this week will be a real test for a backline that has kept back to back clean sheets. I see the Saints scoring here, but I have a strong feeling Tommy Smith will grab a couple of assists or even a goal and with that, getting himself amongst the bonus points.

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