Gameweek 7 - @_FPLTips Team Review
Posted by FFPundits
8:40am Oct 4 2017
An average score of just 51 points for the @_FPLTips team in Gameweek 7 was not welcomed…
Two defensive clean-sheets, plus goals from Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane wasn’t enough for the FPLTips team to better the Gameweek 7 average score of 51.
Before we preview their team and plans for Gameweek 8, let’s check out how they performed in Gameweek 7 – assessing which players performed and which could be facing the chop.
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Gameweek 7 Points: 51
West Brom made a good start against Watford but eventually gave up a 2-0 lead, to allow Marco Silva’s side to take a point.
Watford scored twice from only 3 shots on target, so just the 1 point return for Ben Foster.
Kyle Naughton came into the team with the free transfer, and came close to a big score away to West Ham.
The right-back was on for maximum bonus points before The Hammers found a 90th minute winner, to wipe the Swansea clean sheet.
Southampton were beaten 2-1 by Stoke, in an unusually poor defensive performance from them, so just the 1 point for Cedric Soares.
Saints allowed 6 shots on target from Stoke and conceded 3 big chances; only Newcastle and Crystal Palace conceded more big chances in Gameweek 7.
Elsewhere in defence, Phil Jones made a surprise return for Man Utd, as they kept their 6th clean sheet of the season against Crystal Palace, while Ben Mee helped to keep out a poor Everton side, in a 1-0 away win for Burnley.
Despite Manchester United securing a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to make much of an impression.
He’s produced an average of just 2 attempted assists per game, over the last 4 Gameweeks, which is less than half the amount he managed in the first 3 Gameweeks.
He’s also moved from 1st down to 3rd for attempted assists overall this season, behind David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
There was also frustration for Christian Eriksen, who was unable to return points in a 4-0 win over Huddersfield. The Spurs midfielder failed to register a single attempted assist during the game.
Finally, Mohamed Salah also drew a blank in midfield, as Liverpool continued to struggle in converting their chances.
Liverpool hit the target with just 2 of their 17 goal attempts and Salah’s only effort was hit over the crossbar, with an empty goal in front of him.
Romelu Lukaku made it 7 in 7 with a late goal against Crystal Palace that left those who captained the United forward very nervous.
Before scoring the goal, Lukaku had a good chance to get on the score sheet but dragged the shot wide. He hit the target just once from his 4 goal attempts.
Harry Kane found the back of the next for a 6th time this season; his 3rd brace away from home in the Premier League and it was a big missed opportunity to give the armband to Lukaku ahead of the Spurs forward.
No player managed more than his 3 shots on target in Gameweek 7.
Finally, Roberto Firmino moved to the bench for Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle, with Daniel Sturridge coming in to replace him.
With the Brazilian looking a little tired recently, it’s likely that this was just a one-off rest but there are question marks over his form generally.
The Liverpool forward failed to register a single penalty area action, during his 16 minute cameo.
Overall Points: 388
A score of 51 is bang on the average this week and sees a big red arrow, down to 857K.
The average amongst the top 1000 teams was only 52 points, however, so despite the drop in rank, not a lot of ground has been lost in the long run.
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