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Danny Ings worth a look for managers on budget

Bargain buy: Danny Ings, left, could be worth drafting into fantasy league teams

Leeds United manager Javi Gracia made an instant impact at Elland Road when leading the Yorkshire outfit to a home win over bottom side Southampton to inch out of the relegation zone in the Spaniard’s first match in charge.

In the Fantasy landscape, West Ham’s Danny Ings could be a strong budget asset for the rest of the season at just £6.4 million. The 30-year-old scored a brace, his first goals for the club, since joining from Aston Villa in January to move West Ham two points clear of the relegation zone.

Congratulations to February winner Keston Lewis, whose team Rooney Tunes amassed 359 points. Jorge Sanchez and Poinciana Road FC lead the overall standings with 1,657 points.


Manchester City v Newcastle United (8.30am)

Manchester City kept the three-peat alive with a convincing away victory over Bournemouth. Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are doubtful this weekend owing to illness and lack of fitness.

Newcastle were punished for a lack of attacking intent in their League Cup final defeat to Manchester United last week. Emil Krafth is out with a knee injury, while Bruno Guimaraes is doubtful with an ankle injury for the Magpies this weekend.

City have won 28 of their 45 meetings with Newcastle, losing just once when the Magpies visit Manchester.

Prediction: 2-1

Arsenal v Bournemouth (11am)

Arsenal are now five points clear of Manchester City after thrashing Everton 4-0 in a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday. Mohamed Elneny remains out, while Gabriel Jesus is doubtful.

Bournemouth were severely punished for defensive frailties in their home defeat to Manchester City last week. Lloyd Kelly, Illya Zabarnyi, David Brooks, Lewis Cook and Marcus Tavernier are out this round for the Cherries.

The Gunners have won eight of their 11 top-flight meetings.

Prediction: 2-0

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace (11am)

Aston Villa ended a mini-slump of three straight defeats with victory at Everton. Philippe Coutinho is out with a hamstring injury for the West Midlands club this weekend, while Diego Carlos is doubtful through a lack of fitness after recovering from an Achilles injury.

Crystal Palace took a goalless home draw with Liverpool in their last league outing. Sam Johnstone is out with a calf injury, while Nathan Ferguson and Wilfried Zaha are doubtful this weekend.

Palace edge this series with eight victories to Villa’s seven through 21 meetings.

Prediction: 2-2

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United (11am)

Brighton have lost only twice in their last eight league matches. Adam Lallana (muscle) and Jakub Moder (knee) are out for the remainder of the season, while Levi Colwill, Pervis Estupinan, Solly March and Billy Gilmour are doubtful with various minor fitness and injury issues.

West Ham got arguably their best result of the season with a dominant home win over Nottingham Forest last week but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, Kurt Zouma, Vladimir Coufal and Maxwel Cornet are doubtful for this match.

The Hammers have never won a Premier League meeting between these side with six Brighton wins and five draws in their 11 meetings.

Prediction: 2-1

Chelsea v Leeds United (11am)

Chelsea are on a run of just two wins in 18 matches in all competitions. Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, and Armando Broja are out, while Mateo Kovacic is doubtful due to illness.

Leeds got their first win in ten league games to edge out of the drop zone last weekend. Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw and Rodrigo Moreno are out with various injuries, while Luis Sinisterra and Pascal Struijk are listed as doubtful .

The Blues lead the history of this fixture, winning 11 of their 29 encounters with the Yorkshire club.

Prediction: 1-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur (11am)

Pablo Sarabia scored his first goal for Wolves in the draw at Fulham last week but his side were soundly beaten by Liverpool on Wednesday. Francisco Oliveira and Sasa Kalajdzic are out with knee injuries, while Boubacar Traore, Hwang Hee-Chan and Matheus Cunha are doubtful.

Tottenham cruised past Chelsea with young midfielder Oliver Skipp scoring his first goal for the North London side. Hugo Lloris, Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma are out for the visit to Molineux.

Spurs have nine victories to Wolves’ five through 17 PL meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Southampton v Leicester City (1.30pm)

Southampton suffered a setback on their quest for survival in their away defeat to Leeds. Tino Livramento, Juan Larios Lopez and Che Adams are out for Saints this weekend, while Mislav Orsic is doubtful with a slight head injury.

Leicester suffered a narrow home loss to leaders Arsenal last time. James Justin (Achilles), Youri Tielemans (ankle) and Sammy Braybrooke (knee) are out for the Foxes this week. Jonny Evans and Ryan Bertrand are doubtful to lack of fitness and James Maddison is ill.

Leicester hold the upper hand in this series, winning 13-9 in 33 top-flight encounters.

Prediction: 1-2


Nottingham Forest v Everton (10am)

Nottingham Forest are just four points above the drop zone after one win in five league games. Dean Henderson, Scott McKenna, Giulian Biancone, Moussa Niakhate, Willy Boly, Omar Richards, Serge Aurier, Cheikhou Kouyate and Taiwo Awoniyi are out with a range of injuries, while Ryan Yates is doubtful.

Everton are back the relegation zone after defeats to Aston Villa and Arsenal in the past week. Andros Townsend is out owing to lack of fitness, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Nathan Patterson and James Garner are doubtful for the visit to the City Ground.

The Toffees are superior in this match-up, with six victories to Forest’s four.

Prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v Manchester United (12.30pm)

Liverpool were dealt a heavy blow with a home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League followed by a drab away goalless draw with Crystal Palace, but they bounced back with a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.

Calvin Ramsay (knee), Thiago Alcantara (hip) and Luis Diaz (knee) are out, while Joe Gomez (muscle), Ibrahima Konate and Arthur Melo are doubtful.

Manchester United lifted their first silverware in nearly six years with their League Cup final triumph over Newcastle last week. Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen remain out, while Anthony Martial is doubtful with a hip injury.

Prediction: 1-2


Brentford v Fulham (4pm)

Brentford have drawn three of their last five league games, remaining ninth and just one point off the European places. Thomas Strakosha, Pontus Jansson and Frank Onyeka are doubtful this weekend for the Bees.

Fulham forward Manor Solomon scored his third goal for the West London club last weekend, the equaliser in a home draw with Wolves. Joao Palhinha is suspended for yellow card accrual, while Tom Cairney and Neeskens Kebano remain out with ankle and Achilles injuries respectively.

Fulham won their only top-flight meeting 3-2 at Craven Cottage in August.

Prediction: 1-1




MW25 Tot

1 Rooney Tunes (Keston Lewis) 110 359

2 Gabri3l (Kyle Hamilton) 92 348

3 HertzBeStill (Mike Tait) 86 342

4 Bermy United (Kurt Repose) 10 1 339

4 CutsNation FC (Kwasi James) 82 339

6 Rebels Utd (Dermot O’Sullivan) 96 338

7 Farcelona (Miguel DaPonte) 106 334

8 Sex and the City (Caitlyn Lawrence) 109 333

9 Mancunian Candidates (Nathan Swan) 87 332

10 KO for knockout (Kathryn Roberts) 101 331

10 Poinciana Road FC (Jorge Sanchez) 83 331

12 Gunnmen1k (Trevor Smith) 100 330

13 Cha Bredrins BudBoyz (Jaelen Steede) 95 329

14 Ur Muda’s Hary Kante (Victor Falcao) 100 328

15 Oh My Ghoddos (Jordan E) 119 327

16 Helen’s Heroes (Helen Lima) 106 326

16 297Lock@Load FC (OJay Minors) 119 326

18 Guide & Protect (Malachi Jones) 90 325

18 Contacts red army (George Bremar Jr) 95 325

20 Artetà-tête (Sam Martin) 117 324

20 Marschin On Together (Matt Harling) 111 324

22 chickentikkamosalah (M Outerbridge) 98 323

23 G.I. Joe (Joe Lima) 100 322

23 Queen’s XI (Gordon Cox) 89 322

23 Why I Jotaaa (Blake DeSilva) 95 322

23 OnGuard (Antoine Minors) 93 322

23 Non Sequitur (J D) 101 322

23 No Way 2 FC (Mr Hullo) 109 322


MW25 Tot

1 Poinciana Road FC (Jorge Sanchez) 83 1657

2 Ur Muda’s Hary Kante (Victor Falcao) 100 1638

3 HertzBeStill (Mike Tait) 86 1637

4 KO for knockout (Kathryn Roberts) 101 1630

5 Gabri3l (Kyle Hamilton) 92 1625

6 Non Sequitur (J D) 101 1621

7 GQ FC (Ian Simmons) 95 1615

8 Why I Jotaaa (Blake DeSilva) 95 1614

9 Oh My Ghoddos (Jordan E) 119 1610

10 Who’s Ur Captain Dan (Lara Nash) 84 1609

11 No Way 2 FC (Mr Hullo) 109 1604

11 Eze Does It (Kyle Harvey) 95 1604

11 Untouchables (Julian Carpenter) 64 1604

11 Fish & Chips (Martyn C) 92 1604

15 One Hag Two Hag (Mark Godfrey) 94 1601

16 Funinthesun (Lester Woodhouse) 85 1600

17 Channelmarkers (Paul Watson) 82 1598

18 Who’s DA (Daniel Andrade) 104 1596

18 Expected Toulouse (Darran Reitze) 101 1596

20 Res Ipsa Loquitor (Rod Semaj) 100 1593

21 Siuuu You Later (Isaiah Taylor) 89 1591

22 Fish & Tings (Jack Fishlock) 87 1589

23 Foy (Armand Foy) 67 1587

23 Babyblue Balls (Elaine Lima) 91 1587

25 Erik ten Häagen-Dazs (Calum Maule) 81 1586

25 In For De Jong Haul (D Richardson) 94 1586

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Published March 03, 2023 at 10:36 am (Updated March 03, 2023 at 3:34 pm)

Danny Ings worth a look for managers on budget

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