Liverpool host Manchester United in Premier League’s Game of the Week

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will travel to Liverpool knowing the home side will not have star player Sadio Mane. Sadio’s absence cannot be underestimated. The Senegalese international has scored 3 goals in 5 Premier League appearances this season.

Last season, Mane scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists in 27 EPL matches. His absence will surely be felt though having Egyptian hero Mohamed Salah will serve to ease some of pain Liverpool fans must cope with due to Mane’s injury. Salah has managed to score 4 goals in 7 Premier League games so far. Continue reading

Best Fantasy Football Midfielders – Premier League – Week 30

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There are some tasty fixtures in the Premier League this weekend and here, we take a look at 5 midfielders who are in with a great chance of earning fantasy football points for your side. Sadio Mane of Liverpool, Eden Hazard and Willian of Chelsea, Juan Mata of Manchester United, Leroy Fer of Swansea city all come under the spotlight.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Liverpool kick off this weekends Premier League action with a home match against city rivals Everton. They have a great record in this fixture and Sadio Mane has already scored this season against the Toffees. He is valued at 9M and has chipped in with 12 goals, 5 assists and 7 clean sheets, giving him a points total of 68. His price/performance ratio of 7.4 will only rise as the season draws to a conclusion.

Eden Hazard – Chelsea

With a 10 point lead at the top of the table and a home match against Crystal Palace, Chelsea should be good enough to take all 3 points here. Eden Hazard’s return to form has been instrumental in their rise to the top this season and the midfielder with 11 goals, 4 assists and 12 clean sheets should add to that tally this weekend. He is valued at 12M and his price/performance ratio is 6.5.

Willian – Chelsea

Sticking with Chelsea, Willian scored in his last match against Stoke City as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners. That as his 6th goal of the season and along with 1 assist and 10 clean sheets, he should come under consideration for your team this weekend. He can be in your side for 8.5M and his price/performance ratio is 5.5.

Juan Mata – Manchester United

Manchester United have a strong record against West Bromwich Albion, their opponents this weekend. Juan Mata doesn’t always play 90 minutes, but when he is on the field, those minutes normally count. He has 6 goals, 3 assists and 7 clean sheets in just 20 starts and if he starts on Saturday, his price/performance ratio of 5.4 will surely rise as Manchester United look to keep tabs on the teams above them.

Leroy Fer – Swansea City

Swansea City aren’t having the greatest of seasons, but they will know that a win on Saturday against Middlesbrough will move them further away from the relegation zone. Leroy Fer has been one sand-out in the team with 6 goals, 2 assists and 2 clean sheets and can be in your side for 7M. His points tally of 24 should rise this weekend as a clean sheet at least looks on the cards for Swansea.

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Top Fantasy Football Midfielders – Premier League – Week 26

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The Premier League makes a welcome return after a week of drama which saw Claudio Ranieri sacked from Champions Leicester City. We take a look at the five midfielders in action and most liekly to earn your fantasy football team some points. Eden Hazard of Chelsea, Deli Alli and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham, Ross Barkley of Everton and  Sadio Mane of Liverpool all come under scrutiny.

Eden Hazard – Chelsea

The top performing player in the  fantasy league, Eden Hazard has a great chance of some points this weekend. He has accumulated a total of 68 ponts, which, even with his price tag of 12M, makes him great value. Chelsea face Swansea City this weekend at home and a comfortable win should be on the cards as Chelsea bid to protect their 8 point lead at the summit of the Premier League.

Dele Alli – Tottenham

Spurs face Stoke City this weekend and, given their great record at home, should win this match with relative ease. Dele Alli has been performing brilliantly (apart from his red card in the Europa League) and with 66 points gained from 22 starts, he is one midfielder who can earn points for your team. His Price/Performance ratio of 8.0 is one of the highest returns throughout the Premier League.

Christian Eriksen - Tottenham

Sticking with Tottenham, another midfielder who serious thought should be give to is Christian Eriksen. He is valued at 9M and has returned a total of 56 points. He has scored 5 goals and assisted 8. This along with 10 clean sheets, most of which have been at home, suggests he is likely to add to the total.

Ross Barkely - Everton

Everton are having a great season, but they really need a win against bottom club Sunderland to keep their hopes of reaching the top six alive. Ross Barkley has been an influential figure from midfield with 4 goals, 5 assists and 8 clean sheets. He has a total of 39 points, 8 of which have been gained in his last 2 matches and Everton look like one team who look likely to take all 3 points this weekend.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Leicester City are in turmoil at the moment and Liverpool will look to capitalize on that on Monday. Sadio Mane has scored 11 goals and along with 4 assists and 7 clean sheets, his points total of 63 is a terrific return. Valued at 9M, his price/performance ratio is 7.2 and that looks sure to rise by the end of play this weekend.

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Liverpool come out on top after a hectic weekend

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The last round of matches before the Premier League breaks up for an international week seen three different teams lead the charge at one stage. Going into this weekend, Manchester City sat on top thanks to a superior goal-difference. Sergio Aguero firede in his eighth goal of the season to give them a half-time lead. Not many gave lowly Middlesbrough a chance, but a last-minute leveler by Martin De Roon sent shock waves around the Etihad Stadium and earned Middlesbrough a share of the spoils and left Manchester City regretting a host of missed chances.

Chelsea, who trailed Manchester City by two points going into the weekend, made no mistake in their evening kick-off against Everton as they ran out 5-0 winners and finished the Saturday on top of the Premier League. Eden Hazard opened the scoring in the 19th minute and a flurry of goals, including another by Hazard and one by Diego Costa, had this match wrapped up by the 65th minute.

Arsenal and Tottenham went head to head next in the North London Derby and this was seen as a golden chance for Arsenal to hit the top as Tottenham have struggled lately. Harry Kane returned for Spurs and proved his worth as he netted in the 51st minute to give Tottenham a well-earned draw and kept the away side in the hunt for the title.

Liverpool, without doubt the form side in the Premier League at the moment, having won six and drawn two of their last eight, were presented with a golden chance to hit the top of the table as the international break loomed. They were up against Watford who were in decent form themselves, having won four, drawn two and lost just one of their last seven. However, Liverpool were absolutely rampant and were already three goals to the good at half time through goals from Sadio Mane, Philipe Coutinho and Emre Can. They eventually ran out 6-1 winners with Mane grabbing another with Firminho and Winaldjum also getting on the scoresheet. Jurgen Klopp has instilled a belief in his players and they certainly look like a side capable of going all the way this season. With a relatively easy run coming up (their next four matches are against teams occupying the lower half of the table), they could have a decent lead on Manchester City when the teams next meet on the 31st of December.

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Is Sadio Mane good enough for Manchester United?

Southampton winger Sadio Mane has been a target for Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils having missed out on former Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez. Mane signed for the Saints in 2014, and has since scored 10 goals in 30 league games, but question marks remain if the 23-year-old can step up to the level of a side such as United.

The South Coast club were reported to have rejected a £15M bid for the former Salzburg man, but Southampton manager Ronald Koeman denied any former interest ever taking place. He said: “Yes, he wants to stay. He knows that there’s no bid for the player. His agent knows. He knows. The club knows. I know. Everybody knows.”

Mane has made a real impact in the Premier League since making the switch to the Premier League, terrorising defenders with his blistering pace and skill set, while also showing a real eye for goal. His best performance in a Southampton shirt will have arguably been his infamous nine-minute hat-trick in the Saints’ 6-1 win against Aston Villa at the tail-end of last season.

Manchester United quickly turned their attentions to the Senegalese star after losing out on Pedro to Chelsea, but the interest has surprised many given the competition Mane would face at Old Trafford. Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young can all operate on either flank for the Red Devils, so it’s hard to see where the Southampton man would fit in.

The young forward does share some qualities that would make him a good acquisition, however, with his penchant to cut inside and build attacks though the middle of the park. He attempted 100 dribbles in the Premier League last season, while creating 40 chances for his teammates too, but does he match up to the likes of Depay and Mata among others?

Manchester United’s weak pursuit of Pedro has left them red-faced this summer, but the priority should be with a striker given the lack of options in attack (Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, James Wilson). The rest of the United side largely picks itself, but they are having problems scoring goals early into the new campaign. It’s why their alleged pursuit of Sadio Mane makes little sense, as Manchester United have too much competition in his preferred position, and its an addition that doesn’t solve their striker problems.

Is Sadio Mane good enough for Manchester United?