First Team 25/09/2018

Carabao Cup Team News: Tottenham Hotspur

Watch Javi Gracia's pre-Tottenham press conference above.

Tomorrow night's Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Milton Keynes will come too soon for the return to action of Gerard Deulofeu.

Speaking to the press this afternoon, Javi Gracia confirmed: "Gerard will not be available but he is training with the team now.

“With his injury we have been patient. He is training with the team and he is feeling well but we are not sure yet when he will available.

“He needs time to be sure. There are a lot of games left. I prefer to be patient while we are working hard with him.

“He is recovered and we are happy because he says he is well, but we know we have to wait for the moment when he is fit.”

Also unavailable for the Spurs clash are Sebastian Prödl and Stefano Okaka, who are both recovering from minor knocks.

Miguel Britos, meanwhile, is working his way back from a thigh strain.

The Hornets made wholesale changes for the second round win at Reading, and the Head Coach says he will select the XI which he feels is most suited to tomorrow's third round tie at Stadium MK.

“I think it's a good chance for the team. In the last Carabao Cup game we changed many players and maybe tomorrow we will do the same, but we try to choose the best option and to choose the players we think will be the best option for us,” said Gracia.

“I don't like to say we choose the players who didn't play in the Premier League because we try to choose the best option for us.”

Live commentary of Watford's Carabao Cup game with Tottenham Hotspur will be available via Matchday Live, as both are Premier League sides the club is not restricted by EFL broadcasting regulations.

First Team 25/09/2018

FPL Review: Gameweek 6

By Sachin Dholakia's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.

A late Fulham equaliser denied the Golden Boys all three points in a close encounter against the newly-promoted side at Craven Cottage in Gameweek 6. 

Andre Gray (6 points) scored his second goal in as many games after just two minutes with a calm finish past Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli. Will Hughes (6) provided the assist, while Étienne Capoue (5) impressed enough in midfield to take home all three bonus points despite not scoring or assisting in the game. 

The Fulham goal came through Aleksandar Mitrović (8), with a deft finish past Ben Foster after a cross by Luciano Vietto (7). The Serbian international has 39 points already this season at an average of over six points per game. His stock continues to rise and he has become the first choice for budget strikers in the game. 

The Hornets face a tough fixture away at Arsenal in Gameweek 7, with the Gunners having won four Premier League games on the bounce and scoring 10 goals in the process. With the front two of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in excellent form, it may be wise to opt for Watford attackers over defenders, with Troy Deeney (£6.1) and Andre Gray (£6.0) stand-out budget striker options. 

Elsewhere in the league, it was a high-scoring week but with no stand-out players as Joel Matip (15) led the player point scoring chart with a goal and clean sheet as Liverpool comfortably won 3-0 against Southampton at Anfield. Trent Alexander-Arnold also got in on the act, providing an assist in addition to his clean sheet as Liverpool’s defenders came out on top. 

Manchester City continued to be in irresistible form in the league, putting five past Cardiff. Three City midfielders ended up in the FPL dream team, with Bernando Silva (14), İlkay Gündoğan (13) and Riyad Mahrez (12) all scoring highly. However, FPL favourite David Silva was left on the bench as the rotations make it difficult to pick consistent City players for your team. 

Burnley scored four at home to Bournemouth with Aaron Lennon (13) and Ashley Barnes (12) particularly impressing, while Łukasz Fabiański (11) kept a surprising clean sheet for West Ham to end Chelsea’s 100 per cent record so far this season. 

There was no change at the top of the Watford global league as Stuart Brant’s AllGonePozzo team held firm with 69 points in the gameweek, while Russell Ealand was the big scorer in the Top 10 with a massive 90 points. Congratulations if you made the Top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

Every Fantasy manager will have that midfielder who doesn’t cost more than £5.5, but make sure your budget midfielder actually has potential to score goals or create assists as opposed to out-and-out defensive midfielders.

Players like N'Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matić have been popular choices in the past but neither has picked up any form of regular points over the last three years. Stand-out contenders for this position include Wolves’ Rúben Neves, Watford’s Will Hughes and Leicester’s Demerai Gray. 

Players To Watch

1) Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, £9.4) is in excellent form having returned to the Gunners' starting line-up with two goals in his last three games. Good value at £9.4 and is £1.4 cheaper than teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite being the main striker. 

2) Matt Doherty (Wolves, £4.4) has started every game for a Wolves side that has impressed this season, holding both Manchester clubs to draws so far. Has a turnaround in fixtures, with Southampton, Palace and Brighton to be played over the next four Gameweeks. 

3) Richarlison (Everton, £6.6) has returned from suspension and a timely tough away fixture at Arsenal delayed his return to the teams of FPL managers. With relatively low ownership, the winger provides the perfect opportunity to be a valuable differential option ahead of a home tie to Fulham. 

Likely Price Rises

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City, £5.6), James Maddison (Leicester City, £6.8), Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham, £7.0), Richarlison (Everton, £6.6).

Likely Price Falls

Álvaro Morata (Chelsea, £8.9), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City, £6.3), Cenk Tosun (Everton, £6.9), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal, £7.0).

Best of luck for Gameweek 7, FPL managers!