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FPL 2023-24 – Gameweek 3 Fixture Analysis

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Gameweek 2 of the 2023-24 Premier League campaign included 27 goals and five clubs keeping a clean sheet, one more than what we saw in Gameweek 1. Nott’m Forest gained their first win of the season last Friday at home to Sheffield Utd, who are one of three sides to have lost their opening two games, Wolves and Everton being the others. The former were beaten 1-4 by Brighton at Molineux, whilst Everton went down 4-0 away at Aston Villa. Elsewhere, Man City continued their 100% start to the league season with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Newcastle on Saturday night, but title rivals Arsenal responded two nights later, overcoming Crystal Palace by one goal to nil despite having a man sent off.

As we turn our attention to the Gameweek 3 deadline of 18:30 on Friday, here are the latest round of Premier League fixtures and a look at which ones stand out from an FPL perspective.

Friday 25th August
Chelsea vs Luton (20:00 BST)

Saturday 26th August
Bournemouth vs Spurs (12:30 BST)
Arsenal vs Fulham (15:00 BST)
Brentford vs Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)
Everton vs Wolves (15:00 BST)
Man Utd vs Nott’m Forest (15:00 BST)
Brighton vs West Ham (17:30 BST)

Sunday 27th August
Burnley vs Aston Villa (14:00 BST)
Sheffield Utd vs Man City (14:00 BST)
Newcastle vs Liverpool (16:30 BST)

Key Gameweek 3 Fixture Ramifications
Newly-promoted Luton weren’t in action last weekend but their first game in the Premier League saw them lose heavily to Brighton, 4-1 the margin of defeat. With that in mind, FPL managers are likely to hone in on Chelsea assets ahead of the Hatters’ short trip to Stamford Bridge. Ben Chilwell (£5.7m) is already owned by over a quarter of fantasy bosses and the left-back should court further attention ahead of this one, as should forward Nicolas Jackson (£7.0m). The new signing from Villarreal has started in each of the last two gameweeks, but is yet to get off the mark for the Blues, so will be desperate to put that right here.

Both Arsenal and Man City have kind-looking fixtures on paper as they each bid to extend their respective perfect starts to the campaign. The Gunners host Fulham in a London derby and owners of Bukayo Saka (£8.6m), Martin Odegaard (£8.5m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£8.0m) will all be confident of attacking returns against a side missing captain Tim Ream through suspension.

Man City travel to point-less Sheffield Utd, having already beaten one newly promoted team on the road this season by three goals to nil. Erling Haaland (£14.0m) scored twice in that one and will expect further joy in front of goal in Gameweek 3. Goalkeeper Ederson (£5.5m) is looking to make it consecutive clean sheets and Julian Alvarez (£6.6m) offers a significantly cheaper forward option compared to Haaland and has gained as many attacking returns as the Norwegian heading into this one.

Man Utd are under pressure following defeat away at Spurs last weekend and nothing less than three points at home to Nott’m Forest is demanded. Neither Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) nor Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m) have gained a single attacking return so far this campaign and on paper, this fixture is likely to be seen as a good one by their respective ownerships.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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