Gameweek 8 Thoughts - Stick or Twist?

1:33pm Oct 9 2017

Is now the time to keep or ditch these popular FPL assets from Liverpool, Man United and Spurs asks @FPL_Aussie

With many Fantasy Premier League managers (myself included) impatiently tapping their fingers and toes on desks and floorboards, eagerly awaiting the return of FPL, I’ve decided to keep myself entertained (and hopefully you!) by outlining my STICK or TWIST picks for Gameweek 8.

This will be a new weekly article which will look ahead to a players or teams’ next 2 or 3 gameweek fixtures, whilst also reviewing the form and returns from their previous few outings.

I hope this new feature article is something that will be of use to many Fantasy Premier League managers and if you’ve any feedback, both negative or positive, you can find me on Twitter @FPL_Aussie

As always, from myself and all of us here at Fantasy Football Pundits, we wish you the very best of luck for Gameweek 8 and may your arrows be green.


STICK

Ben Davies – Spurs [£5.9m]

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Davies was superb last weekend, providing his owners with a goal, assist and a clean sheet – registered 16 points in their encounter against Huddersfield.

This is the third time Davies has scored in excess of 13 points this season, showing that his returns in Gameweek 7 were no fluke – this has led to over 150,000 bosses transferring him in ahead of Gameweek 8.

With the Tottenham defence showing defensive stability, keeping 4 clean sheets in their 7 games this season and with Danny Rose not ready to return, I’d recommend hopping on this bandwagon if you haven’t already.

Davies has taken 10 shots on goal and created 15 chances this campaign already, which is music to FPL bosses’ ears, as there’s more to his worth then just a clean-sheet.

Harry Kane – Spurs [£12.7m]

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Kane is back to his goal-scoring best after netting four in his last two away games against Huddersfield and West Ham respectively.

With fixtures against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in his next four, along with his ability to score explosively against any team, Kane gives us FPL bosses an easy captaincy pick each week.

Sandwiched between the above mentioned fixtures, Spurs will face Liverpool at home and then away to Manchester United in Gameweek 10 – but this is of no concern to me as a Kane owner.

Whilst all of Kane’s 6 Premier League goals this season have come away from home, he appears to have hit a purple patch of form for both club and country and I’d no longer be concerned by his Wembley stats.

Scoring 4 goals, 6 bonus points and 26 FPL points in his last two outings, his form is too hard to ignoring going in to Gameweek 8, yet his ownership (at the time of writing) still remains below the 40% mark, at 38.3%.

All aboard.

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool [£9.0m]

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Since returning to Klopp’s starting lineup in Gameweek 5, Philippe Coutinho has been sensational for Liverpool; leading them to 2-3 victory against Leicester by scoring a goal and creating an assist and also scoring their only goal against Newcastle in a 1-1 draw.

At an affordable price of £9.0m, Coutinho could offer great value for money if he reaches his heights of last year.

Coutinho was heavily involved in Liverpool’s attack In Gameweek 7 against Newcastle – taking multiple set-pieces and taking shots from outside the box.

The Brazilian has had 17 shots on goal and created 13 chances this campaign – resulting in two double-digit scoring weeks and a points-per-match average of 8.33 points.

Coutinho has shown that he’s an excellent FPL option in earlier seasons and as he’s directly involved in the majority of Liverpool’s attack, he’s almost guaranteed to deliver points for FPL bosses – but would you take him over Mane/Salah?

TWIST

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool [£8.5m]

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Firmino once again failed to produce any attacking returns for the fourth consecutive gameweek – leading to over 120,000 FPL bosses ditching the Brazilian from their Gameweek 8 squads.

Scoring just 7 points in his last 4 Premier League outings, he’s played no more than 78 minutes in 3 of those games, whilst starting from the bench against Newcastle in Gameweek 7 and coming on for just 16 minutes.

Firmino has 2 goals, 2 assists and 6 bonus points to his name so far this campaign, but for £8.5m of our precious £100m budget, his returns aren’t convincing enough to justify keeping him this week so for me, he has to go.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Man United [£8.5m]

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After producing 5 assists in his opening 3 Premier League matches, Mhkitaryan has failed to maintain such solid returns, leading to 100,000+ FPL bosses ditching him ahead of Gameweek 8.

With more testing fixtures ahead against Liverpool (a), Spurs (h) and Chelsea (a), many are transferring him out for the likes of David Silva (£8.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£7.9m).

As mentioned above, the Armenian international has picked up 5 assists for United since Gameweek 1, but has only projected to get 2.93 xA (expected assists) meaning he’s over-performed by 71%.

In my opinion, Manchester City have much better fixtures for the next 3 or 4 gameweeks against Stoke (h), Burnley (h) and West Brom (a) – and because of this, I’d advise switching Mkhitaryan to one of either Silva and Sterling, with Sterling being my preferred, personal choice.

Southampton Defence

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After having a defensively solid start to the season and keeping a clean-sheet in 3 of their first 5 games, their defence has become far less attractive to FPL bosses, with many of us dumping our Southampton assets.

With Southampton defensive options such as Bertrand and Cedric not looking great offensively, do two home fixtures against Newcastle and West Brom in Gameweek’s 8 and 9 look tempting enough for you to hold on?

Popular Southampton defensive options such as Bertrand and Cedric have not been great going forward – they’ve had only 7 shots inside the area and created just 10 chances in 7 matches.

This, along with poor showings in defence and their lack of creativity up-front, Southampton have scored just 5 goals this season and have quickly lost their Fantasy Premier League appeal.

Defensive options such as Ben Davies (£5.9m), Ben Mee (£4.5m), Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£5.7m) seem far more productive and trust-worthy and offer more than just clean-sheet returns.

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