Summer is now officially done, and the fall season has begun. There’s a little chill in the morning air here in New York, and the sun is no longer out late in the evening. Six weeks have gone in the Premier League, and FPL managers who have not had a good start need their summer of sorrow to end.
On paper, game-week seven offers some promising fixtures. Frankly, I think that for those considering the wildcard, this would be a great time to take the plunge. The top three in the table, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Leicester all have matches that should warrant consideration for their assets. Let’s take a look at those for this week.
The only winless teams in the league meet. The Hornets were demoralized by the champions last week, so I’ll go with Wolves in this one to finally get three points and a clean sheet.
This is not an easy fixture for Dean Smith and his men; Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood are a handful. Villa have two clean sheets at home however, and faced Liverpool in the other game.
Fikayo Tomori (£4.5, Chelsea v. Brighton)
Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet thus far under Frank Lampard, Tomori is a cheap risk to take in hope it finally comes against Brighton.
Danny Rose (£5.5, Tottenham v. Southampton)
Downhill, that’s the word I’d choose to describe the direction Mauricio Pochettino and his boys are going at White Hart Lane. This is a game they would circle to right the ship.
Harry who? Here we have another useful budget option this week. I bought him myself this week to be fully honest.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1, Liverpool at Sheffield United)
Quickly becoming one of the best in the world at right back, probably already one of the best set pieces takers.
Palace have two clean sheets at home, and provide further budget considerations despite the tough task of facing Teemu Pukki.
Heung-Min Son (£9.7, Tottenham v. Southampton)
Spurs may be in a rough patch, but Son has had attacking returns in the past three.
Kevin De Bruyne (£9.9, Manchester City at Everton)
The Belgian can win many player of the year awards next spring if he continues this season in the way that he has started. Everton will have a tough time containing him on Saturday.
Mo Salah (£12.5, Liverpool at Sheffield United)
Returns in five of the six games played, two double digit hauls, hard not to pick him.
Three goals in five games, another left footed Liverpool (his home club) attacker in form. Eddie Howe must be thrilled with what the loanee has done so far.
Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.9, West Ham at Bournemouth)
A second budget consideration from the same game, the type of player that can get you points and also enables more expensive buys.
Tammy Abraham (£7.5, Chelsea v. Brighton)
A good captain choice this week? The Stamford Bridge crowd will be expecting him to lead the way.
Sergio Aguero (£12.2, Manchester City at Everton)
Scored in every game this season. Owned by ‘only’ 29% of FPL managers.
Jamie Vardy (£8.9, Leicester v. Newcastle)
Leicester will have a lot of the ball this week; will they be able to create chances? James Maddison is a doubt which may hurt Vardy’s creativity, but his clinical finishing doesn’t need too many chances.
Most games in game-week seven are being played on Saturday. How are you lining up? Who will be your captain with so many options? Are you wild-carding? Please share with us in the comments below.