Fantasy Premier League

Team news: Aguero gives managers a headache

The Scout 13 Oct 2017
Sergio Aguero

Man City striker is back for FPL Gameweek 8 but what does his availability mean for Gabriel Jesus?

Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) has handed Fantasy Premier League managers yet another dilemma.

More than 875,000 shipped him out of their squads following a rib injury and another 211,000+ have sold ahead of Manchester City’s home meeting with Stoke City.

But the Argentinian has made an early recovery and could now feature against the Potters.

Fellow striker Gabriel Jesus (£10.6m) has claimed 349,900+ new owners in anticipation that he will earn a start on Saturday.

They will hope that Pep Guardiola is cautious with Aguero’s minutes with a UEFA Champions League match against Napoli to come next week.

But concerns of rotation in the Man City attack will now be renewed.

Morata miss

While Aguero is back, Alvaro Morata (£10.3m) remains off the FPL radar.

The Chelsea striker will miss the trip to Crystal Palace, with Michy Batshuayi (£8.1m) in contention to start at Selhurst Park.

Morata has been sold by 512,000+ managers over the international break following a hamstring injury.

But his absence is expected to be short term and Antonio Conte is hopeful the striker can return in the UEFA Champions League encounter versus Roma.

From Gameweek 9 onwards, eight of Chelsea’s following 10 matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Zaha return

Chelsea's defence could be up against Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) on Saturday.

The winger may feature for the first time since Gameweek 1 as the Eagles bid to score their first goal of the campaign.

Zaha is the third most sold midfielder this season, with 955,000+ moving him out. 

But manager Roy Hodgson may now look to the winger to lead his attack in the continued absence of Christian Benteke (£7.6m).

Liverpool shuffle

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is forced to shuffle his front three for the visit of Manchester United.

With Sadio Mane (£9.4m) sidelined through injury, Klopp is expected to recall Roberto Firmino (£8.5m) after dropping the forward to the bench in Gameweek 7.

The Brazilian has been sold by 195,000+ managers over the break.

His stock suffered a further blow with Klopp stating that Mohamed Salah (£9.2m) is set to replace Firmino as his first-choice penalty taker. 

Philippe Coutinho (£9.0m) could shift to the left of Liverpool's attacking three after his recent return in midfield.

Coutinho has been acquired by more than 131,000 new owners in the Gameweek, having supplied 23 points over his last two appearances.

Arsenal problems

Mesut Ozil (£9.3m) and Danny Welbeck (£7.4m) are pushing for recalls as Arsenal travel to Watford.

But the Gunners' bid for a fifth successive clean sheet could be thwarted by concerns in defence.

Sead Kolasinac (£6.0m) and Laurent Koscielny (£6.0m) will both be assessed, while Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) has been ruled out.

Their availability will likely decide whether Rob Holding (£4.7m) can stand out as a cut-price option over the Gameweeks to come.

See: Scout Selection: High five for defenders

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