Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips - Gameweek 8
Posted by @FFPundits_Dale
12:59pm Oct 12 2017
Fantasy football Differentials vs Safe Picks for Saturday’s Premier League fixtures
Good day to all fantasy bosses and welcome back 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.
We’re back from a dramatic international break which always provides a bit of uncertainty when the league kicks back up.
When we last left the EPL in Gameweek 7, Spurs spanked Huddersfield 4-0, United did the same to Palace and Kevin de Bruyne gave City three points at Stamford Bridge.
Gameweek 8 opens up with Liverpool hosting Manchester United in the 12:45pm kick-off, with the other big sides all poised to rack up big fantasy hauls.
Safe Pick – Harry Kane
Kane scored twice in Gameweek 7 against Huddersfield and has scored six in his last four EPL matches, making him a prime target for fantasy bosses in Gameweek 8.
Of course, he also scored the injury time goal that sent England to the World Cup, and got another against Lithuania so, his goal-scoring form doesn’t seem to be slowing down just yet.
He’ll be up against Bournemouth at home who’ve allowed 11 goals in 7 matches – a team that Kane has also scored 7 goals against in their last 3 meetings with Spurs.
Differential – Michy Batshuayi
With Alvaro Morata likely to stay sidelined with a hamstring injury this weekend, Batshuayi should get the nod up top.
The Belgian has yet to score in the Premier League this season, but he scored over the break with Belgium and in both of Chelsea’s Champions League matches so far so, should earn a place in Conte’s starting XI on Saturday.
Chelsea take on Palace at home, who sit bottom, having conceded 17 goals in 7 matches and have yet to register a single point so far this season – this could get messy!
Safe Pick – Kevin De Bruyne
Before the international break, KDB scored the emphatic winning goal for City at Stamford Bridge. Prior to that, the had three assists in three matches, pulling the strings alongside David Silva in a talent-packed Man City midfield
This weekend, Man City host Stoke, who have one point from three matches on the road and have conceded 11 goals so far this season.
With Manchester City scoring 17 goals in their last 4 Premier League outings, there seems to be no hope of a Stoke clean-sheet, with KDB likely to cause as Shawcross-less defence plenty of problems.
Differential Pick – Doucouré
Doucouré scored against West Brom in Gameweek 7, bringing his season goal tally to 3 – which for a Watford midfielder, isn’t bad going after just 7 Premier League outings so far.
The Frenchman will have the benefit of rest over the international break as Watford host Arsenal in Gameweek 8, where Wenger will have plenty of team selection issues.
The Gunners are on a run of four straight clean-sheets, but Doucouré could be an interesting option as a fourth midfielder, with Arsenal suffering mass-injuries to their defence – Mustafi is definitely out, whilst Koscielny and Kolasinac both face late fitness tests but the signs don’t loom positive.
Safe Pick – Kyle Walker
Manchester City are on a run of four straight clean-sheets, including last time out against the defending champions, Chelsea.
To add to that impress stat, Guardiola’s well-drilled defence have conceded only TWO goals all season, and don’t look set to lessen this impressive record against Mark Hughes’ Stoke on Saturday afternoon.
Walker has the added bonus of assisting two goals in his past four matches, and with a weak Stoke City team in town, City will be expected to dominate proceedings again, with a license to roam forward likely being rubber-stamped for Walker.
Differential Pick – Federico Fernández
Swansea are at home this weekend against Huddersfield, who’ve scored only one goal in five matches across all competitions.
Plus, if you put aside conceding four to Man United (which isn’t uncommon this season), the Swans are conceding 0.66 goals a game this season.
Fernandez is unlikely to earn you points going forward, with Swansea’s lacklustre attack, but he should have a good shot at a clean sheet this weekend against Huddersfield.
Safe Pick – Hugo Lloris
Spurs have only allowed four goals in seven matches, while their visitors, Bournemouth, have failed to score in four of their seven Premier League matches so far this season.
Lloris has three clean sheets in his last four matches and this weekend looks set to make it four in five.
With a solid wall of bodies protecting the Spurs goalmouth, I struggle to see Eddie Howe’s men getting anything from this game at Wembley, with a comfortable home win to nil looking nailed-on.
Differential Pick – Jonas Lössl
Lössl has four clean sheets this season and is up against Swansea, who’ve only managed to score three goals this campaign.
Huddersfield will be away, but this match does have 0-0 written all over it, doesn’t it?
Captains earn double points for you in Starting 11 and can be the difference between picking a great squad and blowing away your competition.
Harry Kane looks to be the form option for captaincy this week and could be up for a multiple-goal haul against Bournemouth, having already scored 7 goals in his last 3 games against The Cherries.