Premier League action finally returns to our lives this week after yet another boring international break.
England did us proud(?) by qualifying for next summer’s European Championships with a 100% record, ten wins out of ten. But no one really cared, did they?
The return of ‘proper’ football is what everyone cares about; so welcome back, Premier League. You’ve been sorely missed.
It feels like an age since the last round of league fixtures and when Sergio Aguero banged in five goals against Newcastle, much to the delight of every Dream Team player with him in their side. But he’s injured now, so it’s time to ring the changes.
In The Sun’s Weekly Dream Team game you can select a new XI every week to be in with a chance of winning some cold hard cash. Up to £30,000, in fact.
We’ve picked our best XI ahead of Saturday’s 3pm deadline. Here’s who we went for, including three West Ham players we expect to make a huge difference at Selhurst Park…
Joe Hart – Man City ran riot against Newcastle last time out and are expected to do so again against an injury ravaged Bournemouth. They shouldn’t concede this time around.
Vincent Kompany – The big Belgian returns and you can expect him to be raring to go after his injury lay off. A clean sheet and posibility of at least 7 out of 10 rating on the cards.
Ashley Williams – The Swansea centre-back will be on a high after Wales secured their place in next year’s European Championships. The Swans host Stoke on Monday night, and you can count on Williams to play a huge role in shutting Stoke out.
Hector Bellerin – Arsenal blew Man United away last time out and now face a trip to newly promoted Watford. Bellerin has become one of the Gunners’ most consistent defenders recently and should earn a 7+ match rating, and possibly even a clean sheet.
Virgil Van Dijk – The Holland international will want to put a hugely disappointing qualifying campaign with the Netherlands behind him and start concentrating on his club form. Since signing for the Saints the former Celtic man has developed a solid partnership with Jose Fonte and 7+ rating and clean sheet could be on the cards.
Cheikhou Kouyate – He’s been in brilliant form this season and is beginning to find himself on the score sheet more often, too. There’s always a chance of the Senegal international of finding the net, or at least getting an assist so he should be a good source of points.
Dimitri Payet – Does he really need an explanation? You just know the Frenchman will pop up with goals and assists almost on a weekly basis, and if he makes a huge difference at Palace then you get bet he’ll get Star Man points. No brainer.
Kevin De Bruyne – Another Star Man possibility this week, with the Belgium international making an immediate impact since signing from Wolfsburg in the summer. City are playing Bournemouth at home, so expect KDB to have a productive afternoon.
Alexis Sanchez – Apparently he’s doubtful, but that shouldn’t stop you from having him in your side. If he plays then he’ll collect points for you, particularly if he plays like he did against Man United two weeks ago. Another potential Star Man.
Diego Costa – The Spaniard will be raring to go after serving his suspension. He’s admitted to being slightly overweight at the beginning of the season, which he’s now sorted out, and you can expect him to take advantage of a struggling Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Diafra Sakho – Two of his three goals this term have come away from the Boleyn Ground, and with Dimitri Payet pulling the strings in midfielder Sakho will get chances to score at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
So there you have, that’s our chosen XI for this week’s The Sun Dream Team Weekly competition.
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