Fantasy Premier League gameweek 8 tips

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Gameweek 8 returns after the second international break of the season with Mo Salah way out in front of the FPL scoring charts. This week we cover the current top three sides in the table, as well as looking at potential value in two of this season’s early strugglers. Projected goals and clean sheets stats are courtesy of our popular FPL Fixture Tracker!

FPL GW 8 Tips – Attack

Manchester City

City twice came from behind to take a point against modern rivals Liverpool in gameweek 7. They currently sit top of the projected goals table, with 10.98 expected over the next five games.

Gabriel Jesus (8.6m) has emerged as the surprise City attacking player of choice.

The Brazilian has started each of the last six league fixtures, producing two goals and four assists over that period. Jesus has outperformed the similarly priced Jack Grealish (7.9m) and appears far safer than Ferran Torres (6.9m), who has missed the last three PL games.

Elsewhere, Bernardo Silva (6.9m) has performed well but has failed to translate that into FPL points. Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (10.7m) and Riyad Mahrez (8.7m) have started just three games between them and are best avoided for now. Lastly, Phil Foden (7.9m) and Kevin de Bruyne (11.9m) both make a timely return to our radars, having each scored against Liverpool in their first full 90 since returning from injury.

Liverpool

So far, the Reds have scored two or more goals in all but one of their seven PL games. Watford, Brighton, and West Ham await in the next four weeks.

With a 21-point lead after gameweek 7 and an ownership of over 60%, it’s hard to overlook Mo Salah (12.7m). The Egyptian has already scored six goals and provided a further four in a near-faultless run this season.

On 41 points, only Salah has outscored Sadio Mané (11.9m) for Liverpool this season. His price point is somewhat prohibitive, but Mané is so far out-scoring fellow premiums Bruno Fernandes, Romelu Lukaku, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Elewhere, the far cheaper Diogo Jota (7.6m) may provide value with three goals already scored  this season.

Newcastle

The future looks bright for newly-rich Newcastle, but they may be worth investing in immediately from an FPL perspective. Despite sitting in the relegation zone, the Magpies have a relatively strong set of fixtures on the horizon.

Having scored more than double the points of his next-closest teammate, Allan Saint-Maximin (6.8m) is the go-to pick. Despite Newcastle’s poor start, Saint-Maximin has delivered attacking points in five of seven games. With Callum Wilson (7.3m) out of action since gameweek 3, ASM is easily Newcastle’s best attacking option right now.

FPL GW 8 Tips – Defence

Chelsea

The Blues have performed fantastically from a defensive FPl perspective and their run of fixtures makes their assets very appealing. Chelsea face Brentford, Norwich, Newcastle, and Burnley in the next four.

Marcos Alonso (6.0m) is Chelsea’s top point-scorer at the back, but the presence of Ben Chilwell (5.6m) was always likely to cause issues for investors. The latter started and scored in gameweek 7, leaving question marks for owners of both players. Reece James (5.5m), Trevoh Chalobah (4.8m), and Andreas Christensen (5.0m) are also far from safe from rotation.

That leaves goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (6.0m), César Azpilicueta (6.1m), Antonio Rüdiger (5.8m), and Thiago Silva (5.5m) as the safest Chelsea defensive picks. Rudiger has been the most popular choice with over 20% of managers opting for the German.

Leeds

Leeds finally picked up their first win (and clean sheet) in gameweek 7 to climb out of the bottom three. Only the current PL top three are expected to keep more clean sheets than Leeds over the next six games (1.83).

For now, Diego Llorente (4.5m) and Liam Cooper (4.5m) are the cheap yet uninspiring choices in the Leeds defence. The more expensive Illan Meslier (5.0m) and Junior Firpo (4.8m) haven’t justified their outlay so far.

Brentford

Perhaps this season’s surprise package so far, Brentford currently sit in 7th, having already amassed three clean sheets. Chelsea and Leicester up next aren’t ideal fixtures, but just round the corner are consecutive games against the bottom three – Burnley, Norwich, and Newcastle.

There is plenty of value in the Bees’ defence with Pontus Jansson (4.6m), Ethan Pinnock (4.6m), Rico Henry (4.5m), Kristoffer Ajer (4.5m), and goalkeeper David Raya (4.6m) all very affordable. Jansson, in particular, stands out with three assists to his name at this early stage of the season.

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