Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips for Gameweek 7
Posted by @FFPundits_Dale
10:36am Sep 29 2017
Fantasy football Differentials vs Safe Picks for Saturday’s Premier League fixtures and Starting11.io contests
Hello fantasy bosses and welcome to my Differentials vs Safe Picks for the Starting11 fantasy game, which have been hand-selected from this Saturday’s SEVEN Premier League fixtures.
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You pick a team for Saturday’s Premier League games and that’s it – you either win, or you lose – you team does not roll over to the following day or Gameweek.
Safe Pick – Harry Kane
A lot had been made of Harry Kane’s inability to score in August, but since September arrived, Kane has been in red-hot form for Tottenham.
The Forward has hit a total of 9 goals this September, with the latest haul being a hat-trick in the Champions League against Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday night.
Tottenham face a Huddersfield Town team defying all expectations s0 far this season, with David Wagner’s Terrier’s currently sitting 8th in the Barclay’s Premier League Table – but are Kane and Co. about to burst their bubble on Saturday afternoon?
It’s likely to be a cagey game, with Huddersfield setting out to keep men behind the ball at all times, whilst closing the likes of Eriksen and Alli down rapidly – I believe Spurs will grind them down, eventually, with Harry Kane finding the back of the net once again.
Differential – Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy seems to be rediscovering the form he dazzled us with last season, scoring in each of his last 3 Premier League outings against Liverpool, Huddersfield and Chelsea.
Leicester face a struggling Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon – a side who’ve registered only one victory in their opening 6 Premier League games, leaving The Cherries second from bottom.
Jamie Vardy’s chance conversion rate is particularly impressive and should encourage all fantasy bosses for Gameweek 7 – especially for those of you looking to oppose the likes of Kane, Aguero and Lukaku.
So far this season, the England striker has had a total of 11 shots on goal with 8 of those on target, giving him an accuracy return of 88% and a conversion rate of 55%!
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has confirmed that Vardy has a “slight hip problem” and hasn’t trained all week, but reputable Twitter source @BenDinnery seems confident he’ll return to action this weekend.
Safe Pick – Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard found himself injured whilst on international duty at the end of last season and as a result, he missed Chelsea’s pre-season – however, the flying winger appears to be back fit and raring to go.
He played 82 minutes in the Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night and assisted Alvaro Morata with a goal – damn did he look sharp!
Chelsea face a difficult Gameweek 7 home tie against the Premier League form team and table-toppers, Manchester City – a team that, might I add, has scored 16 (yes, sixteen) in their last 3 Premier League outings.
If Antonio Conte hopes to get a result from this game, then he’ll be relying on the newly formed partnership of Hazard and Morata to help make it happen.
Differential – Eric Choupo-Moting
Stoke are another team who have had a difficult start to the season, facing 4 of last season’s top 7 teams in their opening 6 games.
Stoke face a Southampton side who have yet to get going themselves this season – for all their defensive solidity, they cannot find the back of the net, scoring only 1 goal in their last 4 outings.
Choupo-Moting, a summer signing from Schalke, seems to be playing further up the pitch than his midfield role would suggest.
The Cameroonian international has two goals to his name this season – both coming in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
However, his underlying stats would suggest another haul is pending. Despite not having an assist to his name, he has still created 5 chances, but it’s how close to goal he is playing that makes him an interesting prospect.
He had 19 shots at goal, with 16 of those coming from inside the penalty area – if you are looking for a midfield differential to out-score some of the big-boys in Gameweek 7, he could well be the one.
Safe Pick – Eric Bailly
Manchester United have conceded only two league goals all season, which came against Stoke City in their 2-2 Gameweek 4 draw.
This Saturday, they face a Crystal Palace side who are rooted to the bottom of the table, without a single point or goal.
This is about as much of a banker for a clean-sheet as you can get in Premier League football.
The United boss has changed his defence around this season and with Phil Jones seemingly out of this weekend’s match, Mourinho could be set to make more changes.
However, despite rotating his defenders, Eric Bailly seems to be the one guaranteed starters whose name is first on the team sheet.
Differential – Aaron Cresswell
West Ham have been hot and cold this season and have taken their time to get up to speed, but despite losing to Tottenham 2-3 to Spurs in Gameweek 6, The Hammers showed they’re heading in the right direction.
They face a Swansea team this Saturday in Gameweek 7 – a team who have been equally as terrible, but Slaven Bilic will be aiming to go into the international break on a high.
Aaron Cresswell not only represents a chance for defensive points, but also offers an attacking outlet – the full-back hasn’t registered an attacking return yet this season, but the signs are encouraging, with 9 key passes and 9 chances created in his last 6 games.
Safe Pick – David De Gea
For reasons already outlined above for Eric Bailly, you shouldn’t, in my opinion, look any further than David De Gea for a safe goalkeeper pick this Saturday.
The Spaniard is one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the world and with 5 clean-sheets in his last 6 Premier League outings, you’d expect it to be more of the same at Old Trafford against a goal-shy Crystal Palace side.
Differential – Heurelho Gomes
The Watford stopper has kept 3 clean-sheets this season, with Marco Silva making Watford a difficult team to break down and beat.
The Hornets face a tricky away tie at The Hawthorns against West Brom on Saturday afternoon, but with the Baggies being a little goal-shy so far this season, registering only 4 goals and blanking in the last two weeks, Gomes may be worth a punt for a goalkeeper differential.
I’m not even going to attempt to be smart here and pick Lukaku over Kane, or Kane over Lukaku…
Both players have hit top form both domestically and in the Champions League, showing signs of consistency and a relentless attitude when in front of goal.
With both Kane and Lukaku likely to top most captaincy polls around the fantasy football community, I see no need to go against the grain and take any unnecessary risks this Saturday.
If I had to choose, and even now I’m reluctant to say one over the other – I would probably side with Harry Kane based on his away form, but fully expect Lukaku to terrorise Palace too. Headache!