Only three gameweeks remain until the FIFA World Cup. Managers should only be looking up until GW16, as unlimited transfers are available during the World Cup.
Many popular assets have favourable fixtures, looking into GW14 specifically. However, doubt looms over a couple of popular selections, forming a headache in the community.
Managers should look to prepare for not only GW14, but 15 and 16 too, as plenty of room for improvement remains. In doing so, here is all to know about the upcoming gameweeks.
Following the imminent exit of Steven Gerrard after Aston Villa’s 3-0 loss to Fulham, Unai Emery has been appointed as its next head coach.
Emery managed Arsenal during 2018 and 2019, before being sacked and moving to Villarreal in 2020. He returns to England following a two-year stint in Spain, hoping to revive Aston Villa’s season.
Injuries have struck popular assets once again. The most important being Erling Haaland, who has a suspected ankle injury. He featured for 45 minutes in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, before being taken off at half-time.
“Three things: I saw him [Haaland] so tired. Second one, he had a little bit of influenza in his body – like Joao [Cancelo]. Third he had a knock,” Pep Guardiola said post-match.
“He [Haaland] feels better but we train this afternoon and we will assess him in the next few hours,” Guardiola then said in the pre-match press conference – two days after the match against Dortmund.
West Ham attacker Jarrod Bowen and Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke both also endured ankle issues ahead of GW14.
Bowen missed West Ham’s Conference League win against Danish side Silkeborg – not even featuring in the squad. He is now in doubt for West Ham’s vital Premier League fixture against Manchester United.
Solanke’s injury might not be as bad as originally suspected, however remains still in doubt for Bournemouth’s encounter against Tottenham.
“There is a lot of good news and he’s recovered well,” Bournemouth interim head-coach Gary O’Neil stated.
“As a result of that, we’re hopeful of him playing at the weekend.”
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Dean Henderson (GK – £4.7m)
Despite sitting dead last in the Premier League standings, Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Henderson has provided two double-digit hauls in the past two gameweeks.
Both games against Brighton and Liverpool, Forest would have been fairly judged as underdogs, yet Henderson prevailed.
Forest kept a clean sheet in both matches, boosting Henderson’s score. Henderson also claimed six bonus points across those two gameweeks.
Henderson still oozes doubt, as Forest have Arsenal to play in GW14, and there are better options both cheaper and more expensive.
Timothy Castagne (DEF – £4.5m)
Leicester City has found a good patch of form after a dismal start to the Premier League season.
In his last five league matches, Castagne has amassed 39 points, averaging just under eight points per match.
Although his form is enticing, it seems as if his luck may have ran out. Leicester has a tough run upcoming ahead of the World Cup, beginning with Manchester City.
If you own Castagne, you may be able to get away with benching him, but it would be terrible advice to buy him in GW14.
Miguel Almiron (MID – £5.4m)
Managers have noticed the hype of Newcastle’s Paraguayan maestro, as his form has been justified over the last few gameweeks.
Almiron has amassed 45 points from the last five gameweeks, including four games of returns and three double-digit hauls.
At his price-point, Almiron is hugely sought-after. Not only is he in a great patch of form and affordable, but Newcastle has great upcoming fixtures.
Up until the World Cup, Newcastle faces Aston Villa and Southampton, before hosting Chelsea before the break. Almiron could still score big in those fixtures and potentially carry that form until after the break.
The doubt surrounding Haaland makes it difficult to advise managers to select him as a captain. Nonetheless, there are a few more assets that could provide hauls in GW14.
Harry Kane vs. Bournemouth (A)
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has only blanked twice this Premier League season, and is also the second -highest scoring asset this season.
In comparison to Haaland, Kane also is overachieving in concern to xG and actual goals scored. But from another view – a creative standpoint – Kane offers a lot.
Kane has a higher xA compared to Haaland, as well as more passes into the penalty area. He can offer a lot in front of goal as well as provide assists.
Against a depleted Bournemouth, which only has one win since GW8, Kane could have a field day. Bournemouth has conceded eight goals against current top six clubs, which shines a different light on Tottenham and Kane.
Bukayo Saka vs. Nottingham Forest (H)
Saka has enjoyed a lengthy rest. Arsenal played in the Europa League during the week, with Saka only playing just over 30 minutes.
Despite this, compared to other Arsenal assets, he is set to be the most rested and prepared player to face the bottom-side.
Saka has only blanked twice at The Emirates this season, coming against Leicester and Tottenham. On the flip side, when he hasn’t blanked, he has scored twice and provided two assists.
Arsenal could be set to have a field day, as Forest are yet to register an away win so far this season. Their best result – draws against Everton and Brighton.
Mohamed Salah vs. Leeds United (H)
Salah has had a rollercoaster Premier League season, yet some may see it as a massive underachievement compared to past seasons.
The Egyptian has only scored three goals in this Premier League campaign. However, his last goal was the winner against Manchester City.
Since then, Salah has scored in the Champions League against Rangers and Ajax on regular occasions. Many managers are hoping he drags that form across domestically.
The other side of the story is Leeds. Its last Premier League win was in GW3, in a 3-0 win over Chelsea. Since then, Leeds have only managed two points in the league and sit 18th.
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