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Fantasy football tips: Rachid Ghezzal is criminally under-picked despite being one of the Premier League’s in-form players

The first international break of the season has been and gone and Premier League football will shortly be back on our screens.

Leicester’s early season Premier League form has been a conundrum for fantasy football managers.

Claude Puel’s side have given a good account of themselves so far, even in their defeats to Man United and Liverpool, and have six points to show for their efforts.

It’s been a somewhat frustrating opening for the side from the King Power

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It’s been a somewhat frustrating opening for the side from the King Power

Fantasy football tips: Leicester have the perfect Riyad Mahrez replacement

A player who Foxes fans will be hoping to see more of in the coming weeks is Rachid Ghezzal.

The Algerian winger arrived from Monaco in the summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million.

From what we’ve seen of him so far, the 26-year-old looks like the perfect replacement for his now Manchester based countryman Riyad Mahrez.

The same, but different

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The same, but different

Having previously worked under Puel during his time at Lyon, the Algerian is a player who the Frenchman already knows well.

We’ve seen glimpses of his quality up to this point and he looks capable of producing match-winning moments totally out of the blue.

Big things are expected of the new arrival

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Big things are expected of the new arrival

His playing-time at the King Power is slowly increasing as he adapts to the demands of the Premier League.

Ghezzal came off the bench in the opening-day defeat to Man United, failing to score any points in Dream Team.

The Algerian fared no better in Game Week 2, failing to make it onto the pitch for Leicester’s 2-0 victory over Wolves.

He’s had an expected period of adaption

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He’s had an expected period of adaption

It took until Game Week 3 for Ghezzal to finally show everyone what he can do.

The technical winger scored one goal and was given a 7+rating in Leicester’s Carabao Cup win against Fleetwood.

The Algerian was given the nod from the start against Liverpool in Game Week 4 and continued his good form.

He netted the consolation goal in the defeat to Liverpool

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He netted the consolation goal in the defeat to Liverpool

Ghezzal netted the Foxes’ only goal of the game as his side were unlikely to end up empty-handed.

With 15 points to his name so far, the Leicester man is a better-performing player than Dele Alli, Wilfried Zaha and David Silva in Dream Team.

Ghezzal has the third-highest points tally of his team-mates, with only Christian Fuchs and Harry Maguire (20) scoring more than him so far.

He’s one of the most inform players in fantasy football

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He’s one of the most inform players in fantasy football

The Algerian started the season costing just £2.5m, but has already seen his price rise in the first batch of increases.

Ghezzal will now set Dream Team managers back £2.8m and his pricetag will no doubt continue to rise throughout the season.

The Foxes have a few favourable looking games on the horizon, including clashes with Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

He will square off against inform Cherries man Callum Wilson

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He will square off against inform Cherries man Callum Wilson

Ghezzal could well be the star-performer and prove to be the difference for Puel’s side in the coming weeks.

We advise snapping up the Leicester man ASAP, before his price increases further.


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Dream Team Weekender: What you NEED to know:

There are big prizes to be won

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There are big prizes to be won

Different to our Dream Team season game, Weekender lives in a footballing universe of its own.

It’s really simple and, best of all, it’s completely FREE to enter. Happy days.

The concept involves you picking SEVEN players from the Premier League’s Saturday and Sunday matches, with this changing on a weekly basis.

That’s one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders and two strikers.

If your team get the most points from the weekend, then £10k could be yours as well as those precious bragging rights with your mates.

It’s really that simple.

If you happen to be unsuccessful, then you’ve only got to wait till the following weekend to have another go at snapping up that prize money.

Sound like a bit of you? Sign up to play Dream Team Weekender here and join the club.


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