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Fantasy Football: Believer keeping faith with Hazard and Kane

| 18.09.2015

After the highs and lows of the Champions League the Premier league returns this weekend and that means some frenzied changes to Fantasy Football teams across the land.

The Ladbrokes Life boys have updated their squads ahead of a tasty looking weekend of ties and while some have opted for change others are keeping faith – perhaps blindly so – with some underperforming stars.

Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Diego Costa are among those backed to kick-start their seasons, while Riyad Mahrez and Dimetri Payet are among those coming in.

Take a look at the changes they’ve made in the hope of amassing some much-needed points and let us know what changes you’ll be making this week in the comments section below.

But first here’s how things stands so far…


The Believer 

Bad form is continuing to hit my side but major change may be too drastic. I’m hoping that the likes of Hazard, Kane and Ivanovic will become good at some point.

Fabianski starts between the posts due to Courtois’ injury and I’m sticking with the same back three as both Clyne and Janmaat have winnable fixtures.

The only change comes in midfield, where the ever-impressive Mahrez replaces the injured Henderson, and i’ll be expecting some points from Leicester’s new star. I’m also optimistic that Wilson can put a couple away against struggling Sunderland.

Mr Brightside

Butland made a massive 10 saves against Arsenal last week and continues a great season for Stoke, he’ll get the nod ahead of Schmeichel this week.

Sigurdsson has had a surprisingly slow start to the season so I’m replacing him with the little magician, Coutinho. Fresh from his ban he’ll be back to kick-start Liverpool’s Premier League campaign at home to Norwich on Sunday

I’m keeping the faith with my front three. It’s only a matter of time before Aguero and Kane start firing on all cylinders and if it’s not this week it’ll be the next. They will line up alongside Jamie Vardy who has had an incredible start to the season for the foxes.

Gut Truster

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My lead has been cut to just two points but it was another solid week from the team. No need to make any panic changes so no new transfers from me this week.

After a solid performance and clean sheet against Chelsea, Coleman comes in for the injured Mertesacker. An injury to Pedro forces me to bring in Sagna and revert to a 4-4-2, but City are yet to concede this season so the points should already be in the bag.

I’ve also changed my captain for this week and it’s City’s midfield wizard Silva taking over the reins.

Generous John

Chelsea have been dreadful at the back and with Arsenal coming to the Bridge I can’t risk losing the points so Azpilicueta is out and it’s a 3-4-3 formation.

I’m also taking a risk on Kompany, City’s captain has been superb this year but a minor knock midweek may rule him out for the upcoming game. If he fails to recover in time Liverpool’s Gomez will come in.

My sub for this week is Payet coming in for Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal man hasn’t had much game time and West Ham’s new midfield maestro has been class.

The Professor

Not a bad week if I do say so myself, the team may have turned a corner and will now start delivering on a weekly basis.

No transfer needed for me this week but I have reverted to a 4-3-3 formation. Arsenal looked good against Stoke and with Cech and Bellerin in this week’s team and Chelsea struggling I’m backing the Gunners to keep a clean sheet.

Depay played well in midweek and I’m hoping he can carry that form into the league this weekend.

After coming off early last weekend Aguero captains the side and I’m backing the Argentine to start firing in the goals.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.