Game Week 8 Tips
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FPL Game Week 8 Tips
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Last week was the first time in a long time that we actually enjoyed a game week in Fantasy Premier League so we are super excited about our Game Week 8 Tips this week. With Alexis Sanchez bagging a hat-trick, Coutinho grabbing a couple of assists and Juan Mata continuing his strong run of form, it was a good week for our podcast team as we jumped half a million places in the rankings in one week alone – it just goes to show what one good game week can do at this stage in the season so make sure you stick with us as we guide you through the pitfalls of game week 8.
This week brings us a Merseyside derby and a titanic clash between Arsenal and Manchester United, not to mention the two struggling North East teams propping up the table playing difficult games against Man City and West Ham – so there is plenty to discuss ahead of the action. If you haven’t checked out this week’s podcast yet then make sure you do – you can listen in the player below or download it for listening later in the week.
Game Week 8 Tips:
A few old faces showed up in GW7 to give us some food for thought ahead of this week and perhaps the three to really make us think were Alexis Sanchez, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku – two of which go head to head this week. Lukaku probably offers the best in terms of price but we want to assess the candidates ahead of this week.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal Vs. Man Utd
Sanchez has been threatening to score on a few occasions this season and last week was the time for him to shine with his first hat-trick in Arsenal colours. Quigliano called it on the podcast so hopefully you were in on the action like we were (our best captain pick yet this season). The question is whether he will do it again this week up against a much more solid Manchester United back line. If we look at Arsenal in their two Premier League games of magnitude this season they have not scored in either – Liverpool at home and Chelsea away saw them struggle in front of goal and it is likely to be the same this week at home to Man Utd who will look to stifle their usual fluent passing style. If you have Sanchez then of course keep him in – but he is not one to rush to bring in this week if you don’t.
Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku – Everton Vs. Liverpool
The first installment on Sky’s Super Sunday will be a feisty encounter between the two Merseyside clubs. Liverpool looked threatening last week with the return of Daniel Sturridge on the scoresheet but they are also calamitous at the back – conceding two goals at home to Villa tells you all you need to know. By contrast, Everton showed real character to come from two goals behind to beat a West Brom side who had previously been tight defensively. Lukaku was the star of the show as his 2 goals and 1 assist were ruthless in a game that he was otherwise invisible at times. But this could be just the ticket to kick start his season and a shaky Liverpool defence could be just the motivation needed for him to go on a little goal run.
Lukaku is priced at £8.2m compared to Sturridge’s price tag of £10.5m and with lingering concerns over Sturridge’s fitness after a lengthy lay-off we would err on the side of the Everton forward. Liverpool and Everton are both about to embark on a difficult run of fixtures but Everton’s is slightly more favourable and we fancy Everton to put in a big display this week too. If we were to have a flutter in this game it would be for over 3.5 goals and 2-2 or 3-2 could be a profitable prediction. If you fancy a gamble then get a £30 free bet with Betfair here.
The Favourable Fixtures:
The games that stick out for us this week are of course Man City at home to Newcastle, Spurs travelling to Swansea and Norwich at home to Leicester. City have a tough away assignment in the Champions League but should be refreshed enough to defeat a Newcastle side who were left frustrated by Chelsea last week – in truth Chelsea didn’t turn up in the first half and we expect City to be flying out the traps this week. Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are the two players who we expect to fire this week – KDB has enjoyed a fine start to his career at City despite their faltering form and we look forward to another big performance in GW8.
Spurs were rampant against Man City last week and they have slowly been coming to the boil in recent weeks. Harry Kane returned to the scoresheet, Eriksen was back with an assist and Lamela looked like a real force to reckoned with – if they take the same approach to a Swansea side who have lost their way a bit in recent weeks then they could score a couple here – Kane and Eriksen are the ones to watch. By the way, if you still have Gomis – drop him now! He is a confidence player who looks devoid of it since he stopped scoring.
Norwich and Leicester have enjoyed a fair amount of success in the Premier League this season and there are 3 standout players that you should be considering this week – Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Wes Hoolahan. Our top pick this week and the one we will be considering as a differential captain pick is Wes Hoolahan – he is pulling the strings playing just off the striker but benefits from midfielder points and facing a leaky Leicester defence he could get an assist and/or goal here. Another potential high scoring game is in the offing and this is something that we might be associating with Leicester all season long.
We will be back on Friday with our GW8 Captain Picks so make sure you check back then and sign up to our free weekly email service to get our last minute captain pick in your inbox on Saturday morning.