Game Week 7 Tips
Game Week 7 Tips: Our First Thoughts
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Game week 7 is set to roll around quickly this week as we have just 3 days off between the end of GW6 and the beginning of GW7. Another Friday night kick off (with Goodison Park being the scene this week) means Fantasy Premier League managers will have no time to waste in doing their research and selecting a team to close out the month of September.
The cruel mistress of football has struck again on those astute owners of Kevin De Bruyne as he faces 4 weeks out of the game. The only consolation is that one of those weeks will be for international football so he may only miss three game weeks of action.
Man Utd suddenly look like an option again with an outstanding display against Leicester whilst the most ruthless managers will probably be looking to ditch their Chelsea players despite a tempting fixture away at Hull City on Saturday. Liverpool, Man City, Spurs and Arsenal all look strong right now but with two of those teams facing each other in game week 7 it could be a difficult week for some.
The captain question promises to be more tricky this week with no KDB, leaving Sergio Aguero to face a defensively strong Spurs side without the key playmaker.
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The last few weeks have felt very easy to predict in terms of performances and the majority of our picks have been very good (which I don’t say very often) but this week does look a bit more testing. If you heard our podcast extra last week you will have heard the three captain picks of KDB, Aguero and Coutinho come in from Cliff, myself and JP respectively – all of whom did very well… make sure you check out this week’s podcast extra for more of the same from Wednesday.
Although we have a few days to go yet and a round of Champions League and Europa League football to get through, our first thoughts are as follows…
Hull Vs. Chelsea
Hull City had a good start to the season and have then capitulated a little (okay, well a lot) in the last few games conceding 9 goals in their last two games. Chelsea have suffered a similar fate after a good start and have themselves conceded 5 goals in their last 2 and are winless in their last 3.
If Conte wasn’t feeling the pressure before then he will be now and the rigours of the Premier League may well be plainly evident for him. That being said, an away trip to Hull could be just the tonic they require where Hull will probably pay them a lot more respect than Arsenal did at the Emirates on Saturday.
It is probably a game best watched in terms of FPL but don’t be surprised to see the likes of Costa and Hazard back to their best in this game – if you have them then it’s probably best to keep them for this week but if you don’t then you probably don’t want to rush to bring them back in.
Man Utd Vs. Stoke
Man Utd were convincing against Leicester and wherever you sit on the Wayne Rooney debate, the injection of pace that Marcus Rashford gave to the Old Trafford side was much needed. Jesse Lingard, Rashford and Juan Mata are all good differential and budget players who could do a job and if the Stoke team that turns up is anything like the one that was seen for the first 5 weeks of the season then they will be in real trouble.
It is hard to see anything other than a United win here and if you are feeling brave or thrifty then you might want to look to one of those differential budget players.
Burnley Vs. Arsenal
Arsenal have strung together a series of good wins against difficult opposition and the opening day disappointment suddenly seems a distant memory. A tough midweek game against Basel sits between them facing Burnley away on Sunday but they coped without issue when they faced PSG last time out in the Champions League and this shouldn’t halt their fine form for their next Premier League encounter.
Alexis Sanchez is the star attraction at the Emirates right now but there are a number of side show performers with the scope to perform well this season. Santi Cazorla has cemented his place back in the team and with Theo Walcott looking to have a regular starting spot he could be another to trust.
If you are looking for a transfer to replace KDB then you could do far worse than bring in an Arsenal player and if you don’t have Sanchez it is a simple decision – as long as you have the funds that is. Expect Sanchez’s price to rise this week so don’t hang around too long after Wednesday to get him in.
Spurs Vs. Man City
This is perhaps one of the hardest fixtures of the week to predict and it is one that will impact on a lot of FPL managers with Spurs and City players inevitably proving popular. A mean Spurs defence is pitted against a menacing City attack and whilst this game could end with any scoreline, it is one that is probably best avoided in terms of captain picks. The injured KDB will be a huge miss for City and it might turn out to be a more practical and less flamboyant City performance than we have seen in recent weeks.
Swansea Vs. Liverpool
Liverpool have been incredible going forward this season and what is perhaps most exciting for them is that they seem to be able to score goals from almost ant player on the pitch. Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho looked incredible against Hull and Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are always a menace to the opposition defence.
Despite a decent performance from Swansea against Man City they couldn’t fend off such a big attacking threat and the Liverpool press might be just a little too forceful for the South Wales side to deal with. Mane, Coutinho and Lallana are the ones to go with in this game with Coutinho being the most consistent this season but Lallana having the value tag.
We will be back later this week with out game week 7 captain picks and of course the must have player and the podcast. If you are not yet signed up (to ensure you have full access to the all of our content) then you can do so here for just £12 per year.