After each weekend we will take a look at the value picks that had standout performances over the weekend. These players will be likely to still be available in your draft league to waiver in, and we will evaluate how we think they are going to perform over the next few weeks.
Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
Wesley (Jota), El Ghazi (McGinn)
All 4 of the Aston Villa’s attacking threats registering in this game, scoring a very neat goal as Wesley latched onto a cute through ball from Jota.
Richarlison had the best chances but didn’t look lethal, meanwhile Iwobi struck the post late on and looked good – we expect Iwobi to be close to a starting spot now that he’s had time to settle in.
The final goal was made possible by some tired defending by Everton’s Andre Gomes who had a very poor game, but the Aston Villa sub El Ghazi was well picked out by McGinn
Norwich 2-3 Chelsea
Cantwell (Pukki), Pukki (Cantwell), Abraham  (Azpi, Kovacic), Mount (Pulisic)
Norwich exhibited poor defending for Chelsea’s first goal, however their first goal was the result of a great dribbling display from Buendia, with tidy interchanges in and around box, well finished by Cantwell.
Norwich again showed poor defending again for Chelsea’s second goal – trying to play out from the back and making a mistake. Norwich’s defenders all clearly look vulnerable to pace.
The winning goal came from a Pukki chance at the other end, a quick, effective break from Chelsea. The clinical move culminated in Tammy Abraham running at the central defence who look completely unable to win the 1v1’s.
Krul did not look convincing either and with Fahrmann waiting in the wings we are doubting his minutes, as well as the number of goals Norwich will concede.
It looks like Chelsea’s attacking midfielders are being dragged into form by Mount – Barkley and Pulisic looked better – but defensively there won’t be many easier tests – still good finishes from Abraham and Mount
Emerson got into in some good positions for assists and goals, and Kovacic was our Man of the Match – showing excellent box-to-box play and clocking up 1 assist. They could both be a viable FPL Draft asset if you’re looking for Chelsea coverage
Brighton 0-2 Southampton
Redmond (Bouffal), Djenepo (Ings)
We thought Brighton were going to get off and running this week as Trossard and Maupay started either side of Andone – but the red card from Andone made it an uphill battle.
Despite the red – Trossard and Maupay linked up well and Trossard had an assist chalked off after Dunk’s goal was (rightly) ruled out by VAR.
Djenepo scored a cracking opener, Brighton continued to press well despite being a man short, but ultimately Southampton took advatange and put the game to bed.
We still like the look of Maupay and Trossard but will have to wait a bit longer to see what they can do and can recommend you waiver them in.
Man U 1-2 Crystal Palace
James (Martial), Ayew (Schlupp), PVA – Rashford penalty miss
Jordan Ayew had a good game and staked a solid claim to the striker spot over Benteke, notching his first PL goal of the season. He could be one to pick up in your league, he is probably available for you to waiver, as Crystal Palace host Aston Villa next gameweek.
There is still no clear resolution to Man Utd’s pentalty taker calamities as Rashford missed on the weekend. We are unsure how that will pan out over the next few weeks!
Daniel James played well again and took his goal well. He was unlucky to get booked for diving but his reputation is starting to precede him. We think he is a good third of fourth choice midfielder if you are unhappy with your current selection.
Wan–Bissaka had a poor game, but we think class is permanent and he’ll bounce back fine.
A huge blow for Man Utd was seeing Luke Shaw injured for 4 – 5 weeks with a hamstring issue, the experienced Ashley Young is likely to take his place.
Sheffield 1-2 Leicester
McBurnie (Baldock), Vardy (Maddison), Barnes (Soyoncu)
It was a classic Vardy goal to put Leicester 1 goal up, so far he hasn’t had many opportunities to run onto a through ball in the first couple of weeks, but took the chance in usual emphatic Vardy fashion.
Maddison and Vardy linked up well for most of the game, so we are interested to see how that partnership grows as the weeks go on.
The previously sturdy Sheffield United were defensively not at their best. They played to Leicester’s strengths with big gaps and space in behind, with the back 3 taking up some kamikaze positions and outer CBs looking like full-backs, leaving Egan alone and exposed.
Perez continued to look out of place on the wing and had a half chance which he didn’t look like scoring.
Overall, Leicester look like they’re growing into the season – Harvey Barnes reminded everyone he’s still there with a cracking goal, so he is one to keep an eye on as the season progesses.
Sheffield continue to be interesting to watch with their overlapping Centre Back system. The tactics are designed to allow overloads on the flanks, accommodate 2 strikers and maintain relative safety at the back. It is a form of total football that sees players appearing in different positions with each attack. It was obviously very successful in the Championship but we’re not convinced the quality of players Sheffield have lends itself to a total football approach against Premier League opposition. Relying on Centre Backs to create and midfielders to defend as the last man doesn’t strike us as a winning formula.