A wild weekend of results in Gameweek 3 could have some of our FPL users in the Anfield Edition league pondering changes at the end of the opening month of the season.
Spurs slipped to a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United as Steve Bruce’s men picked up their first points of the season – with club-record signing Joelinton opening his account for the Toon. Harry Kane, who is in more than 30% of teams on the global FPL database, registered just two points.
Likewise, it was a weekend to forget for Manchester United and Marcus Rashford – who is present in around one in four teams on FPL. They suffered defeat to Crystal Palace after Patrick Van Aanholt struck in stoppage time, after Rashford missed a penalty earlier in the game, picking up zero points in the process.
However, Daniel James continues to impress. The youngster scored again to take his overall points tally to 13, potentially a bargain for FPL managers at £6m. His work was undone however, as the Red Devils witnessed another moment to forget for their seasoned ‘keeper De Gea, being beaten at his near post for the decisive goal.
In contrast, Mo Salah stole the show at Anfield with two goals in a scintillating display to pick up 15 FPL points as the Reds swept aside Arsenal.
This week’s highest scorer in the Anfield Edition league, Farid Kamarul’s ‘Unbearable FC’, amassed an impressive 95 points – with Salah picking up nearly half of those thanks to use of the Triple Captain boost. Other high scorers for Farid include Pukki (11) and Redmond (10), with Mount and Sterling picking up 8 points each, too. He now sits 81st in our league – 27 points off the top spot.
Farid’s tally is even more impressive considering one of his starting XI, Ricardo Perreyra of Watford, didn’t play – with none of his subs registering minutes this weekend either. The selection of Andy Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk will frustrate Farid, with the duo’s defensive counterparts Joel Matip (9) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (5), combining for the opening goal against Arsenal.
Rustem Turtayev retained top spot with 58 points this week, possessing a five-point lead over second place with 230 points overall.
“352s” amassed 58 points, largely thanks to Raheem Sterling (captain) with 16 points, along with Salah and Pukki.
With an average of 76.6 points per week, Rustem will be looking at how to ensure he continues to register high numbers – with none of his defenders or goalkeeper picking up more than two points. Rashford left a void for points up top, with his substitutes (Dendoncker, Greenwood and Kelly) only earning four points between them. Luckily, none of them were required.
However, the core of Rustem’s team will be a huge confidence boost. Pukki has taken to life in the Premier League like a duck to water, with Sterling, Salah and De Bruyne safe bets for consistent points in midfield. A defence consisting of four full backs also suggests a clever game plan in the hunt for goal and assist points, alongside clean sheets.
With a Liverpool shirt of the winners choosing up for grabs, the competition is bound to start heating up soon. Send us your team at @AnfieldEdition on Twitter and let us know how you’re getting on or whether you’re considering changes. It’s a great way to interact with other competitors, too. Will you be using your triple-captain or bench boost to get the upper hand as Farid showcased this week? Is it time for the wildcard?
Good luck to everyone ahead of Gameweek 4!