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Forest striker Brennan Johnson deserves to be in your team

Brennan Johnson is in a rich vein of form (Photograph by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Liverpool handed Manchester United their largest-ever Premier League defeat last weekend and Mohamed Salah broke the Reds’ Premier League goalscoring record with his 129th top-flight goal, passing legendary striker Robbie Fowler.

Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson scored twice to lead them to a draw with Everton last weekend. The Welshman has been involved in ten of Forest’s 20 league goals this season, scoring seven and adding three assists.

Johnson could prove an important asset for Fantasy managers after registering his largest points haul (13) last weekend. He is available for £5.7 million and last month averaged 4.8 points per match, fourth among attackers.


Bournemouth v Liverpool (8.30am)

Bournemouth squandered a two-goal lead for the fourth time this season in their away defeat to Arsenal. Lloyd Kelly, Illya Zabarnyi, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks and Marcus Tavernier are out this weekend, while Matias Vina, Jefferson Lerma and Hamed Traore are doubtful for the Cherries.

Liverpool made a statement to the rest of the teams chasing European qualification with their thumping home win over United. Joe Gomez, Calvin Ramsay, Thiago Alcantara and Luis Diaz are out with various injuries for the trip to the South Coast, while Naby Keita and Arthur Melo are doubtful.

Liverpool smashed Bournemouth 9-0 earlier this season in the reverse fixture between the sides, and have won nine of their 11 top-flight meetings.

Prediction: 0-3

Everton v Brentford (11am)

Everton went ahead twice away to Nottingham Forest, but only managed a draw. Andros Townsend remains out with a knee injury, while Nathan Patterson, Vitalii Mykolenko and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are doubtful this weekend.

Brentford dominated Fulham at home to move within one point of the Cottagers. Thomas Strakosha is out with an ankle injury, the only injury concern this weekend for the Bees.

Brentford are unbeaten against Everton in the Premier League from three overall meetings, winning twice last season and taking a draw from the reverse fixture in August.

Prediction: 1-3

Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion (11am)

Leeds failed to score in two matches this past week, including the league defeat at Chelsea. Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw and Rodrigo Moreno are out with various injuries, while Luis Sinisterra and Patrick Bamford are doubtful.

Brighton smashed West Ham United to keep in touch with the contenders for European qualification. Adam Lallana, Jakub Moder and Yasin Ayari are out this weekend, while Levi Colwill and Tariq Lamptey are doubtful for the Seagulls.

Leeds have yet to beat Brighton in five top-flight meetings, with the Seagulls winning three.

Prediction: 1-2



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1 SterlingSilvaBlue (T Tucker) 97 97

2 Havertzreaction (Shannon Trott) 91 91

3 Daddy Daycare FC (D Fox) 90 90

3 Botman & Rabin (Ronan Quinn) 90 90

5 Elite Avengers (Ronnae Lowe) 89 89

6 Scousing Around (Jamin Fubler) 87 87

6 Sheytoon FC (E E) 87 87

6 Hello Summer FC (Owen Darrell) 87 87

9 Mo Trophies (Chris Chiappa) 86 86

10 chickentikkamosalah (M Outerbridge) 84 84

10 What’s the mata? (Danny Ritchie) 84 84

12 TDH United (Tracey Harvey) 83 83

12 Goalz Galore FC (Jade Morrissey) 83 83

14 Grealish’s Barnet FC (J-P Doughty) 82 82

15 Mo and the Triple Ds (Vejay Steede) 81 81

16 Borussia Teeth (Dylan Pedro) 80 80

17 Rudegirls1990 (Keeona Belboda) 79 79

17 Invincibles (Machi Battersbee) 79 79

17 Bermuda Ryangles (Ryan Miller) 79 79

20 Buck3y (Anneisha White) 78 78

20 True sire AJ (Aidan Barritt) 78 78

22 DDabblingDons (Corey Simas) 77 77

23 BDA_LFC (Jelani Carlington) 76 76

23 Saka Punch! (Dwayne Caines) 76 76

23 Real Moutinho (Anthony Decosta) 76 76

23 Maybe_this_year_MUFC (Nelson Lee) 76 76


MW26 Tot

1 Poinciana Road FC (Jorge Sanchez) 68 1721

2 KO for knockout (Kathryn Roberts) 62 1692

3 HertzBeStill (Mike Tait) 52 1689

4 Ur Muda’s Hary Kante (Victor Falcao) 50 1688

5 Oh My Ghoddos (Jordan E) 67 1677

6 Non Sequitur (J D) 56 1669

7 Why I Jotaaa (Blake DeSilva) 56 1666

8 Who’s Ur Captain Dan (Lara Nash) 55 1664

8 Gabri3l (Kyle Hamilton) 39 1664

10 Eze Does It (Kyle Harvey) 51 1655

11 Funinthesun (Lester Woodhouse) 51 1651

12 GQ FC (Ian Simmons) 39 1650

12 No Way 2 FC (Mr Hullo) 46 1650

12 Fish & Chips (Martyn C) 46 1650

15 Harry Kane FC (Jordon Lindsay) 72 1649

15 Tinmen (Robert Eastham) 74 1649

17 Jai FC (Jair Eve) 62 1646

18 Channelmarkers (Paul Watson) 46 1644

19 One Hag Two Hag (Mark Godfrey) 39 1640

20 True sire AJ (Aidan Barritt) 78 1639

21 Res Ipsa Loquitor (Rod Semaj) 45 1638

21 Scadoosh (Alje Talbot) 54 1638

23 Who’s DA (Daniel Andrade) 41 1637

23 Expected Toulouse (Darran Reitze) 41 1637

25 Helen’s Heroes (Helen Lima) 50 1634

25 Fish & Tings (Jack Fishlock) 45 1634

Leicester City v Chelsea (11am)

Leicester are just two points clear of the drop zone after their defeat at Southampton. James Justin, Victor Kristiansen, Youri Tielemans and Sammy Braybrooke are out for the Foxes this weekend, while Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand and Harvey Barnes are doubtful.

Chelsea edged Leeds to ease a bit of pressure on head coach Graham Potter. Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Mason Mount and Armando Broja are out, while N’Golo Kante is doubtful owing to lack of fitness this week.

The West London side dominate this series, winning 17 of their 33 league meetings.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest (11am)

Tottenham were punished for a lack of clinical edge in their defeat at Wolves. Hugo Lloris, Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma are out for Spurs this weekend.

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in nine league home games after the draw with Everton at the City Ground. Dean Henderson, Scott McKenna, Giulian Biancone, Willy Boly, Omar Richards, Cheikhou Kouyate and Taiwo Awoniyi remain out this week, while Moussa Niakhate is doubtful thanks to lack of fitness.

Forest edge this rivalry with six victories to Tottenham’s four through 11 top-flight encounters.

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Manchester City (1.30pm)

Crystal Palace are winless in nine Premier League games after their defeat at Aston Villa. Sam Johnstone is out with a calf injury, Cheick Doucoure is suspended after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Villa defender Calum Chambers, while Nathan Ferguson is doubtful to a lack of fitness.

Manchester City kept their hopes alive of a third straight league title with a home win over Newcastle. Manager Pep Guardiola has no injury concerns this weekend.

Man City dominate this contest, winning 15 of 25 meetings with Palace.

Prediction: 0-2


Fulham v Arsenal (11am)

Fulham hold a one-point cushion for the final European qualification spot after their loss at Brentford. Cedric Soares is ineligible to face his parent club owing to league loan rules, Joao Palhinha is suspended thanks to yellow card accrual, while Layvin Kurzawa, Tom Cairney, and Neeskens Kebano are out this weekend.

Arsenal came from two goals down to take down Bournemouth. Mohamed Elneny is out with a knee injury this weekend, while Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard and Eddie Nketiah are doubtful.

The Gunners have won 22 of their 31 meetings with their West London counterparts.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Southampton (11am)

Manchester United suffered their heaviest league defeat in club history at Liverpool last Sunday. Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen remain out with knee and ankle injuries respectively, while Anthony Martial is doubtful with a hip injury.

Southampton forward Carlos Alcaraz scored his second goal in English football during Saints’ home win over Leicester. Tino Livramento is out with a knee injury, while Juan Larios Lopez and Alcaraz himself are doubtful.

United dominate this series, winning 29 of 47 encounters with the Saints.

Prediction: 2-0

West Ham United v Aston Villa (11am)

West Ham remain just above the dreaded drop zone after their humiliating away defeat to Brighton. Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Thilo Kehrer, Maxwel Cornet and Michail Antonio are doubtful this weekend with minor injuries.

Aston Villa edged Crystal Palace last week, and the West Midlands club have taken 22 of their 34 points under Unai Emery. Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho are out for the trip to East London, while Boubacar Kamara is doubtful owing to a shin injury.

These teams have drawn 20 of their 47 meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1.30pm)

Newcastle failed to score for the eighth time this season in their defeat at Manchester City. Joelinton is suspended owing to yellow card accrual, Emil Krafth is out with a knee injury, while Fabian Schar is doubtful with a head injury.

Wolves picked up a vital home victory over Tottenham, pulling five points clear of the bottom three. Hugo Bueno, Hwang Hee-Chan, Francisco Oliveira, Boubacar Traore and Sasa Kalajdzic are out this week, while Diego Costa is doubtful with a knee injury.

The Magpies edge this matchup with three wins to Wolves’ two, but the clubs have drawn ten of the 15 meetings.

Prediction: 1-2

Wednesday, Mar 15

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace (4.30pm)

Palace hold the upper hand over their South Coast rivals, winning three of their ten meetings with Palace. Four of the last five meetings have ended in draws.

Prediction: 2-0

Southampton v Brentford (4.30pm)

Brentford have won two of the three meetings between these clubs, but the Saints won this corresponding fixture last season 4-1.

Prediction: 1-2

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Published March 10, 2023 at 7:41 am (Updated March 10, 2023 at 7:41 am)

Forest striker Brennan Johnson deserves to be in your team

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