Game Week 7 Tips: Manchester United and their Martial Law
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FPL Game Week 7 Tips – Manchester United’s Martial Law
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Fantasy Premier League can be a cruel beast at times and many FPL managers have found themselves panicking at the mercy of the said beast in these early game weeks of the 2015/16 season. With too many sub 40 point weeks for many an experienced manager the season has taken some time to get into full flow and even now we are still learning how to tame the wild creature known fondly as the Premier League. Game Week 6 did see some parity restored with goals for Hazard, clean sheets for Chelsea defenders and Saido Berahino playing football again. That being said, it is now time for these managers to kick on but we have already seen a lot of activity taking place ahead of game week 7 and there is a full round of League Cup fixtures to be played yet – watch out for the latest injury scares here.
But it is never too soon to start planning ahead to the next round of FPL fixtures and knowledge is power in this game – but you know this already otherwise you wouldn’t be here.
There are some very tasty looking Premier League fixtures for game week 7 and none less tempting than Manchester United’s home game against Sunderland who hit a new low with their 2-0 loss at Bournemouth seeing them firmly rooted to the foot of the table. United on the other hand seem to be flourishing with 6 goals in two tricky encounters as they put three goals past Southampton who had been pretty solid this season (averaging 1 goal conceded per game prior to last week) and the teenage sensation Martial has turned plenty of FPL heads since his brace against the Saints.
No less than 285,000 managers have already transferred Martial in to their FPL teams this game week alone and his price has already risen to £8.1m and is set to rise again this week – probably tonight! Christian Benteke is the player who seems to be out of favour with 131,000 managers chopping him as he limped off at half time with a hamstring injury on Sunday, but is it the right call to bring Martial in now?
There is no doubting that Martial has exceeded all expectations within just 3 games of football and the injury to Wayne Rooney probably meant that he was thrust into the spotlight earlier than anticipated. But Van Gaal obviously trusts the worlds most expensive teenager to throw him in to an away game against Southampton less than 3 weeks after joining the club. Manchester United certainly look to have recapture some character and they also look like a team who are at ease with the LVG system. 6 goals from 6 shots on target in 2 Premier League games for United shows a ruthlessness in front of goal that is unparalleled at the moment and there is no reason to think that the ex-Dutch manager won’t continue to start the French ace who has contributed to an improved goals haul for the Manchester side.
Martial Law – Is it a gamble for your FPL team?
On last week’s podcast we tipped Martial for game week 6 as a long shot and it paid off. We were not convinced he would start the game but he did and he has made it very difficult for LVG to leave him out now.
Looking at the impact he has had in just 115 minutes of Premier League football at WhoScored.com they have his performance rating over his first two games at a massive 8.13 and he has had 2 shots per game which have of course resulted in 3 games out of 4 shots. With only 1 unsuccessful touch per game he has shown himself to be good on the ball and not wasteful in possession.
A home game against Sunderland is what most FPL managers will be eyeing up for the in form striker but is that perhaps a little shortsighted?
Manchester United’s next 5 fixtures read:
Man City (h)
Crystal Palace (a)
Two very tricky away games against Arsenal and Everton followed by a home game against City and it is a big possibility that he might not play those games (or at least from the beginning) and even if he does they will be a true test to his ability and perhaps more importantly his temperament.
As far as game week 7 tips go he is a sure fire bet and although we cannot guarantee he will score, we are pretty confident that he will start against The Black Cats and he will have chances. United will win this game and we wouldn’t be surprised to see in excess of 500,000 managers bringing Martial in this week so you if you are going to do it you may as well act early and benefit from the inevitable price rises – but be warned, he may not be the long term answer to your striker woes.
Our other early game week 7 tips:
Other players and teams very much on our radar this week will be Chelsea who travel to Newcastle who have been out of sorts so far this season. Hazard and Pedro looked lively against Arsenal at the weekend and with Fabregas pulling the strings once again there could be a big performance coming from the Champions. Diego Costa could be facing a suspension as the FA have hit him with a disciplinary charge which he has until tomorrow to reply to, so watch this space on his potential involvement – but even without Costa, we think Chelsea will have too much for Newcastle this week.
Elsewhere, Arsenal travel to Leicester in what has the makings of a classic game and we will not be pinning any hopes of clean sheets in this game. Arsenal will be without two key players in Gabriel (pending appeal) and Cazorla and with Riyad Mahrez continuing his impressive start to the campaign this could be a thriller. Even if Arsenal go two goals up they will not be able to relax as Leicester have proved their resilience twice in the last two weeks.
At this stage, we would suggest keep your transfers safe until Thursday unless you are adamant on bringing in Martial for this week – in which case – act now!
We will be back on Thursday with our usual game week tips, the podcast will be out on Tuesday and of course the captain picks for game week 7 will be here on Friday. In the meantime – we would be eternally grateful if you would take a look at our aims of being voted the best new football blog and best football podcast at the football blogging awards – details on how to vote are here.