Gameweek 8: FPL Team Selection: MKHITARYAN to STERLING?
Posted by FFPundits
9:50pm Oct 10 2017
Two free transfers at @_FPLTips’ disposal for Gameweek 8 – all eyes are on Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling
Are Manchester City’s next 3 fixtures too good to ignore?
Is Firmino’s time now up? Especially now that team-mate Sadio Mane is set to be sidelined for up to 6 weeks through injury.
And finally, has Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s bubble burst?
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Before we get onto our lineup for Gameweek 8, let’s take a quick look at some of the potential transfers we’re looking to make in the coming Gameweeks.
With 2 free transfers to use, we’re looking to freshen up the attack by bringing in Raheem Sterling, ahead of Man City’s home fixtures against Stoke and Burnley.
With a tough schedule for Manchester United over the next 4 Gameweeks, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to be the man to make way, despite finding the back of the net for Armenia over the international break.
There is the option of saving the second free transfer, but Roberto Firmino is likely to be on his way out soon after failing to return points in his last 4 games.
At the moment, Joselu is in our thinking for a replacement. As uninspiring as that transfer may sound, the Newcastle forward has actually produced 6 shots on target over the last 4 Gameweeks; which is level with Lacazette and Vardy; only Aguero, Lukaku and Kane have managed more, amongst forwards.
That downgrade would free up the cash needed to upgrade Tom Carroll to a stronger 4th midfielder, such as Stoke’s Choupo-Moting. It would also mean we could look at bringing in Eden Hazard in the near future too, as Chelsea’s fixtures improve.
Keep in mind that this is just a plan at this stage. None of these transfers have been made yet and we’ll be hoping to hang on until the press conferences, to get injury updates on Phil Jones and Romelu Lukaku.
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Here’s how the team is expected to look, after making that change.
There’s a tough call to make between the sticks this week, as Rob Elliot travels to Southampton, while Ben Foster faces Leicester away from home.
Over the last 4 Gameweeks, Leicester have scored 4 times, while Southampton have scored just twice. West Brom have conceded 7 goals over that period, to Newcastle’s 3 goals conceded.
For those reasons, it’s the Newcastle goalkeeper who gets the nod for Gameweek 8.
We’re sticking with 4 at the back for one more week, with Kyle Naughton, Cedric Soares, Phil Jones and Ben Mee keeping their places.
After a promising start, Huddersfield have scored just once over their last 4 games, so that bodes well for Kyle Naughton.
Manchester United have kept clean sheets in 6 out of 7 games this season, but will be tested by a Liverpool side that have produced the 2nd highest tally of shots on target this season, behind only Manchester City.
Burnley have kept clean sheets in 3 of their last 4 games and will host a West Ham side that earned a 1-0 win over Swansea last Gameweek, after scoring in the 90th minute.
Raheem Sterling is set to come into the team, in place of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Man City midfielder has started in 4 of the last 5 Premier League games; scoring 4 times during that period.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen and Mohamed Salah keep their places, after getting on the scoresheet for their national teams over the break.
Spurs host a Bournemouth side that have conceded a tally of 15 ‘big chances’ this season; only Stoke and Crystal Palace have conceded more.
Romelu Lukaku looks likely to overcome his ankle problem to be available for the Liverpool game.
There was the temptation to sell the Manchester United forward, ahead of their tricky schedule but after already losing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, keeping an attacker from Jose Mourinho’s in form team seems a sensible approach.
Injuries to both Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata mean that there’s a shortage of premium forwards available.
After scoring both goals for England over the international break, Harry Kane looks to have maintained his strong form and will be the standout option for captaincy, ahead of the home fixture against Bournemouth.
Over the last 4 Gameweeks, Kane has produced more goals (6) and shots on target (10) than any other Premier League player.
Finally, Newcastle’s Joselu could potentially come in for the third forward spot, replacing the out of form Roberto Firmino.
However, with an away fixture against Southampton ahead for Newcastle this weekend, it is an option to give Roberto Firmino one more week to redeem himself.
The Liverpool forward has, however, produced just 1 shot on target over the last 4 Gameweeks, compared to Joselu’s 6 shots on target during that period.
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