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EPL GW-8 FPL Player Picks

The long international break is over, and the Premier League is back!

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Do you think Ronaldo will score this weekend?
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GW-8 is right around the corner, so it’s that time again for fantasy managers to pray that their players survived injury free during the international break and returned to their EPL clubs in time to be available.

GW-8 comes after too long for most of us since many FPL managers suffered a disappointing GW-7, especially when it came to choosing a captain. Fortunately, this week’s matches offer plenty of high-scoring potential to improve, so let’s see which players should shine over the weekend:


Goalkeepers

Robert Sanchez (£4.6m, Norwich v Brighton)

Price plays a major part in having Sanchez, as is facing a Norwich squad lacking attacking threat. The Brighton keeper has kept three clean sheets in seven games and created two big chances as well! Despite picking up two yellow cards, the Spanish stopper with 1.86 saves per game is still a great option.

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Jose Sa (£5.0m, Aston Villa v Wolves)

Despite being in few FPL squads (2.6% TSB), it’s time to give Jose Sa the recognition he deserves. The Wolves’ stopper has two clean sheets in seven, is averaging three saves per game, has created two big chances, and even has an assist to his name! Sa now faces a decent run of fixtures too (AVL, LEE, EVE, CPL, WHU, NOR, BUR).


Defenders

Tino Livramento (4.2m, Southampton v Leeds)

Who would have thought budget gem Livramento will have such a brilliant start to the season, providing great attacking threat on the right-flank. He has one assist, two clean sheets, and six big chances created. He now faces ‘friendly’ fixtures for chances at more clean sheets at such an affordable price. However, Leeds loves to score goals for fun sometimes — YMMV.

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Shane Duffy (4.3m, Norwich v Brighton)

Duffy has surprised a few with his flying start to the campaign. The center-back’s affordable price for a goal, an assist plus three clean sheets and playing every minute means he can deliver points.

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Joao Cancelo (6.2m, Man City v Burnley)

Pep Guardiola is notorious for rotating, so his players are all at risk, but Cancelo at the left-back has started all the games in the league.

The Portuguese has 10 attempted shots, eight chances created and two assists. On top of that, he has five clean sheets as well. Attacking threat plus defensive points, Cancelo is the man to go for.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m, Watford v Liverpool)

Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line for a Liverpool return at Watford after missing against Porto and Man City before the break with a groin issue. The England right-back has two assists plus three clean sheets, 11 goal attempts and 4 big chances created in five appearances.

#66 trained on Tuesday and will be available at Vicarage Road. Expensive? Yes. Will he play? Most likely. Worth it? Without a shadow of a doubt.


Midfielders

Raphinha (£6.6m, Southampton v Leeds)

The Brazilian winger has three goals, but it’s his deep involvement during the 90 minutes that is impressive. Raphinha has 24 goal attempts and 14 chances created already, and now he has a ‘friendly’ run of fixtures where he will surely find the net.

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Heung-Min Son (£10.1m, Newcastle v Tottenham)

Despite Spurs skid since GW-4, Son still has three goals and two assists, which gives him around 87% of his squad’s goal involvements so far.

Nuno Santos’ men have decent fixtures coming up, so the South Korean will always be a threat moving forward. (NEW, WHU, MUN, EVE, LEE, BUT, BRE, NOR)

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Bruno Fernandes (£11.8m, Leicester v Man United)

Man United has suffered some disappointing results lately, so this pick is about the the Portuguese’s playmaker possessing the right mentality to bounce back. Leicester is going through a tough period as well, so the Red Devils’ number 10 should add to his four goals and assist.

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Mohamed Salah (£12.7m, Watford v Liverpool)

What can be said about Mo Salah? Averaging 10 points per match, 24 shots inside the box, 18 chances created, scoring six while adding four assists, Salah has almost 60% of Liverpool’s goal contribution so far. Set-pieces, penalty taker and top captaincy candidate, he’s a must-have.


Forwards

Michail Antonio (£8.0m, Everton v West Ham)

Five goals and four assists show how brilliant a campaign West Ham’s Antonio is experiencing. On top of that, the lethal striker has 1.5 goal contributions per game, a 0.81xG, and over 1 xG+xA per game with four attempts from the box, so he will earn points if given the right service at the right time despite tough fixtures on the way.

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Jamie Vardy (£10.5m, Leicester City v Manchester United)

The Foxes are struggling at the start of the season, especially at the back, and the points they have received so far are really due to Jamie Vardy’s goal scoring form. Six goals in seven games from 19 attempts inside the box plus seven big chances is what any fantasy manager would desire. Despite producing elite numbers, the striker still has only 14.3% ownership at the time of writing.

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Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m, Brentford v Chelsea)

Lukaku is a must-have. With Chelsea facing relatively easier opponents than recently, the Belgian striker should be scoring for fun. The Blues’ point man has three goals in six fixtures from an xG of 3.64 and xA of 1.98 that shows there are aspects of his game to contribute big in the up-coming games (BRE, NOR, NEW, BUR, LEI, MUN, WAT, WHU)

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Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m, Leicester v Man United)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must have learned the lesson from benching Cristiano Ronaldo, drawing versus Everton. The iconic #7 has four goals and 3.5 shots inside the box, putting Ronaldo first on everybody’s mind whenever United looks to score.

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Poll

Who is the best captain for GW-8?

  • 11%
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    (46 votes)
  • 69%
    Mohamed Salah
    (274 votes)
  • 8%
    Romelu Lukaku
    (35 votes)
  • 1%
    Michail Antonio
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Heung-Min Son
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Sadio Mane
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Phil Foden
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Harry Kane
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Jamie Vardy
    (7 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (Please mention in the comments section)
    (9 votes)
397 votes total Vote Now

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[Stats and info referenced in this article were sourced from transfermkrt.us, and fantasy.premierleague.com.]

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