Gameweek 7 Punts of the Week
Posted by FFPundits
10:42pm Sep 28 2017
HUGE names from Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal feature in our Gameweek 7 Punts of the Week
Big names – playing for big clubs – carrying medium to premium-priced price-tags – it’s time for @FPL_Connect’s Punts of the Week for this weekend’s Gameweek 7 fixtures.
That’s right folks – we’ve once again tasked Simon from www.fplconnect.blog to find us THREE cheeky punts ahead of Gameweek 7, with a maximum ownership percentage of between 7 and 10%.
The players scouted by Simon this week are not likely to stay shrewd moves for much longer – especially if they score big this weekend – so, let’s see what the differentials pundit himself has to say about this weeks selections.
Over to you, Simon…
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool [£8.9m]
At 5.9% ownership at the time of writing, this will likely be the one and only time this season that you can call the little Brazilian magician, a differential.
Back in the starting 11 and straight back at it with a goal and an assist against Leicester, following it up with a goal mid-week in Russia, Coutinho is back with a bang and at his current price of £8.9m, provides a cheaper route into the Reds midfield.
His recent performances have dispelled any potential loyalty or commitment issues he might have had – having been so close to a move away from Anfield in the summer transfer window – and he looks at his scintillating best again.
In the two games he’s played, he’s fired a shot every 13.1 minutes and has a ‘minute per chance created’ rate of 15.7.
Granted, in the 12 attempts he’s had in those 2 games, only 3 have come inside the box, but with the quality we know Coutinho possesses from range, I don’t think it really matters all that much, as shown against Leicester.
With the likes of Mkhitaryan, Alli, Eriksen, Salah, Silva etc all highly owned, could Coutinho be the man to power you up the ranks?
Alexis Sánchez – Arsenal [£11.9m]
Last season’s highest point scorer has finally returned to the starting line-up and with that, came his first attacking return of the year.
His close-range free kick struck the bar and it fell back kindly for Lacazette to tap in, reminding us of the many talents that he possesses.
Looking sharp in the match against WBA on Monday night, he looks ready to return to the devastating asset we knew him to be last season.
Operating in the 2 behind the striker and at just 2.5% currently, whilst expensive, Sánchez could be the perfect player to help get the jump on your rivals if he starts firing and with Brighton, Watford and Swansea on the cards in the next 4 fixtures, it could happen sooner rather than later.
He hasn’t quite hit full gear yet, but with plenty of minutes now under his belt after returning to the starting line-up last gameweek and with an attacking return now to his name, storm clouds are certainly brewing.
Surely it won’t be much longer before this FPL great returns to his best form? Are we disregarding him too lightly?
Juan Mata – Manchester United [£7.0m]
A player that has started in all but one of United’s Premier League matches to date and hasn’t registered a single attacking return yet, but with the experienced Spaniard continuing to start for Mourinho’s free-scoring United, surely that has to change soon?
The Red Devils welcome a struggling Palace side, off the back of another brilliant performance out in Russia where they netted on 4 occasions for the 5th time this season!
The underlying stats suggest that Mata is getting into the box on plenty of occasions with 19 registered penalty area touches, but just isn’t getting shots off with only 3 goal attempts all season.
Whilst the stats don’t bode too well for his potential goal threat, the assist potential makes up for it; Mata has put in an impressive 25 crosses and created 10 chances for his teammates.
With the goal-hungry, Belgian bully Lukaku spearheading the attack and the likes of Martial/Rashford adding to the goal tally, Mata has quality, composed finishers and at some point, this will translate to FPL points.
With Mkhitaryan and Lukaku being highly owned, Mata (2.7% ownership) could provide managers with a good differential punt this week for those looking to play their wildcards over the international break.
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