With the Premier League complete its eighth gameweek, a number of players have excelled with their performances on the playing field and among those, we look into four of them who could provide handy fantasy points in the forthcoming fixtures following the international break.
The Brazil international has enjoyed an impressive start to his debut season with the Reds and has already managed five clean sheets from just eight matches including one during the goalless draw against Manchester City last weekend. Following the international break, the Reds have games versus Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, who are both lying in the drop zone and as such, the shot-stopper can be fancied to keep successive shutouts.
All those fantasy football players who added the likes of Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku before the season started must be feeling pretty upset with themselves, having seen the Reds make hard work of Leicester before losing to Brighton and then failing to even get a gaol against Tottenham, and conceding 3 goals in both matches in the process!
They showed a slight improvement against Burnley, with a fairly stodgy 2-0 win, but finally started showing some kind of semblance of attack in theri most recent game against Watford. Maybe, just maybe, they have the attacking intent and ability to once again start putting teams to the sword in the way that both Manchester CIty and Liverpool invariably do. (more…)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has suggested that he won’t keep Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge against his wish. The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid following his strong showing at the World Cup but so far, the Blues have not made a decision over his probable sale.
Speaking to reporters, Sarri said that he would like to hold a meeting with Courtois, who is scheduled to return for first-team training on Monday. The Italian that he wants to work with players, who only have ‘very high levels of motivation’ thereby suggesting that Courtois could be shown the exit door, he said: “I want to hear Courtois. If Courtois tomorrow says to me the same [as the agent], then I have to speak with my player, of course. Because I only want players with very high levels of motivation.”
The finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the year are Luka Modric, Crisitiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah. With the Croatia international recently winning the UEFA Player of the Year award, he is likely to lift the award on the world stage. The 2018 World Cup Player of the Tournament is set to be the first player to break the duopoly for a decade, giving room for a fresh face in many years.
Lionel Messi, five time Ballon d’Or winner, missed out of a podium finish in over a decade. It feels strange that the Argentine did not make the cut despite his achievements last term. He was the highest goalscorer in the La Liga; he skippered Barcelona to wrestle the league title from Real Madrid and added a local double. On the world stage, he helped Argentina to the World Cup finals even though he could not inspire them to go far at the tournament proper. (more…)
Germany have declared war on their two remaining rivals in the group stage following their shocking loss in the first game to Mexico. The CONCACAF giants shocked the world with their brilliant counter attacking football, using their impressive attacking transitions to derail the defending champions.
The result was internal turmoil and honest conversations in the German camp post-match. The goalkeeper has now revealed that the team would wage war on their two remaining opponents: South Korea and Sweden, in a bid to get the points needed for the next stage.