THE FPL WATCHLIST - Gameweek 8
Posted by FFPundits
2:25pm Oct 2 2018
Is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling worth the dollar ahead of Gameweek 8 clash with Liverpool
Welcome to another instalment of the FPL Watchlist, where we take a look at three players who impressed over the weekend and will be options to transfer in over the coming Gameweeks for both @FFPundits and @_FPLtips.
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Raheem Sterling – £11.0m | 4.3% owned
1 goal and 1 assist for Raheem Sterling this weekend has given the England international an average of 7.8 points per game from the opening 7 Gameweeks; beaten by only Hazard amongst midfielders – with his 8.6 points per game.
Sterling’s 3 shots inside the box in Gameweek 7 was beaten by only Sigurdsson amongst midfielders – with 4, while only Maddison and Sigurdsson produced more than his 4 attempted assists (prior to the Monday night fixture between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth).
Over the last 4 Gameweeks, Sterling’s 5 FPL involvements is level with Hazard and no midfielder has managed more than the pair.
11 efforts from inside the box by Sterling, in that time, ranks 1st amongst midfielders, while his 7 shots on target is joint-best along with Hazard.
12 attempted assists by the 23-year-old (last 4 Gameweeks) is more than Hazard or David Silva have managed; only Willian and Maddison have produced more – with 13.
Man City have a mixed bag of fixtures to come, with tricky away games against Liverpool and Spurs but much more appealing home fixtures, against Burnley and Southampton.
Using 888sport.com’s free bet calculator once again this week, the bookies make him a 5/2 third favourite to score anytime against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Less than 5% of managers now have Sterling in their team, so he’s somehow still a very strong differential and will perhaps provide the option of going without Sergio Aguero in the near future.
Anthony Knockaert – £5.5m | 1.0% owned
Despite failing to return points in Gameweek 7, during a 2-0 away defeat to Man City, Anthony Knockaert produced 2 attempted assists and took 2 goal attempts; ranking 1st amongst his Brighton teammates on both accounts.
Over the last 4 Gameweeks, Knockaert’s tally of 10 attempted assists is level with Hazard and just one fewer than David Silva has managed.
His 3 FPL involvements in that time ranks joint 6th amongst midfielders; beaten by only Gudmundsson, Yarmolenko, Maddison, Sterling and Hazard; with the Chelsea man having been directly involved in 5 goals in that time.
Brighton have started the season with a tough schedule, taking on Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs and Man City, in their opening 7 matches.
They now have a run of 9 Gameweeks where they won’t face a single side from last season’s top 6, so this looks like the ideal time to bring in Brighton assets.
Raúl Jiménez – £5.6m | 6.3% owned
Wolves found their 3rd win of the season this weekend, beating Southampton by 2 goals to nil and extending their unbeaten run to 5 games.
Raúl Jiménez provided an assist for the first goal; his 4 attacking return of the season so far.
4 shots inside the box by the Wolves striker in Gameweek 7 was on par with Harry Kane; only Sergio Aguero took more amongst forwards – with 7.
Over the last 4 Gameweeks, 7 shots on target by Jiménez ranks 2nd best amongst forwards, behind only Kane – with 8.
Only Aguero and Lacazette (5) have been directly involved in more goals than Jiménez (3) over the last 4 Gameweeks, amongst forwards.
Wolves have some favourable fixtures still to come, taking on Crystal Palace, Watford and Brighton over the next 3 Gameweeks.
BEFORE YOU GO… Join the Fantasy Football Pundits and FPLtips on the Daily Fantasy Football site, Starting11.io this weekend, for some Gameweek 8 fantasy action.