I was fortunate to finally visit Old Trafford recently. Sadly, it was to witness a loss to Tottenham, but it was a pleasure nonetheless. The home of Manchester United has recently been anything but the fortress I grew up knowing it to be. This weekend, Newcastle visit, and it would be hard to count on a victory for United even against a winless team.
Most games this weekend are similar in that there is no clear favorite. Tottenham and Chelsea apart, it’s a tough call in game-week 8, so I think saving your transfer is a good idea (unless of course you need to get Harry Kane or Eden Hazard into your team).
Join me as I sift through the players and present you with those whom I believe can deliver green arrows:
A strange buy for Sean Dyche, the former England number one is doing a good job restoring his reputation at Turf Moor. Huddersfield are the lowest scoring team in the league, so the odds are good for a clean sheet.
David De Gea (£5.9, Manchester United v. Newcastle)
I don’t have much confidence in United, but this game presents an opportunity against an even poorer team at present to collect three points.
Marcos Alonso (£6.9, Chelsea at Southampton)
The second-highest producing player in FPL, one to have not just this week but every week.
A household name due to his price, Patrick van Aanholt offers more goal-scoring threat, but we need budget players who can provide bonus points.
Kieran Trippier (£6.2, Tottenham v. Cardiff)
Provided assists in his last two games, and strong possibility of a clean sheet against the Welsh team.
A clean sheet against Bournemouth is a tough ask, it’s at the other end where I think he can add to his four assists.
Difficult fixture aside, the Scotland captain looks dangerous in every game. The battle to see who will be pushed back on that side with Kyle Walker should be great to watch.
Anthony Knockaert (£5.5, Brighton v. West Ham)
Performing like many hoped he would last season, a year in the top flight has been good for him.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.9, Burnley v. Huddersfield)
The Iceland international is in great form, and facing a team absent of positivity. Back him to get you points this week.
He’s making the step up to the Premier League seem easy, helping to fill the huge void left by Riyad Mahrez.
Eden Hazard (£11.1, Chelsea at Southampton)
Have you been watching this guy lately?
Mo Salah (£12.9, Liverpool v. Manchester City)
The most sold player of the current game week. He can make managers have regrets despite the opposition, because he’s still getting into great positions despite not scoring.
Wilfried Zaha (£7.0, Crystal Palace v. Wolves)
This fixture can go either way, but the one thing we know is that if Palace are to get a positive result Zaha will have a part to play.
Jamie Vardy (£8.9, Leicester v. Everton)
Scored in his last two, will be seeking more against a leaky Everton defense.
Harry Kane (£12.5, Tottenham v. Cardiff)
Will be the most captained player this week I think, hard to bet against him getting on the score sheet here.
Don’t forget that the “weekend” begins on Friday this week, so get your business done beforehand. Marko Arnautovic is playing in this game but is not in the picks. Is there anyone else you think should have been included?
Please tell us in the comments!