Two players each from Liverpool and Man City will make the selection this week before the games against Watford and Burnley
The last weekend of the Fantasy Premier League was so terrible that the arrival of the international break felt more like a blessing than a curse for once.
The FPL managers averaged a measly 38 points, and it would have been much lower if Mo Salah hadn’t topped off and delivered again in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City – a game that feels like it is a lot longer than would have happened two weekends ago.
The entire landscape of Premier League football has changed in the past week following the controversial takeover of Newcastle United from Mike Ashley by Saudi Arabia. The takeover changed the fate of the Toon Army overnight.
It will take a ton of investment and a couple of transfer windows to move Newcastle from a side battling relegation to a side battling for great honor streak.
That being said, one of Newcastle’s current stars makes up our Gameweek 8 team pick ahead of the new era club’s first game against Spurs on Sunday, while including two players each from Manchester City and Liverpool.
Here is the full starting grid, estimated to be exactly £ 83million.
Arsenal have had the best defensive record in the division since week four, conceding three goals and conceding only one goal in this run. A relatively friendly game plan helped, but so did the appearances of the summer signatures Aaron Ramsdalewho has usurped Bernd Leno as Mikel Artetas number 1. Since his debut against Norwich City, Ramsdale has been the most goal-scoring goalkeeper (24 points) in the FPL, facing a Crystal Palace side who have failed to score in two of three away games this season.
Price: £ 4.6m Points: 24 Game week 8: Crystal palace (h)
Manchester City versus Burnley feels exactly like Joao Cancelo is getting 18 points. But although the versatile full-back has started every league game this season, the prospect of a rare sighting of Oleksandr Zinchenko in his place is enough to put us off. We go for the safety of Ruben Dias and instead its inevitable six points, thank you very much. Dias is definitely a very decent FPL pick as he’s the second highest scoring defender in the game … behind Cancelo, of course.
Price: £ 6.1m Points: 39 Game week 8: Burnley (h)
Those who came across Brighton’s budget-friendly enabler early on Shane Duffy should give himself a hard pat on the shoulder as he is the eighth highest defender so far and also one of the cheapest. The Seagulls are one of the most determined teams in the division as they have already conceded three goals. Duffy, meanwhile, has had more attempts to score (13) than any other defender and his potential for scoring points at both ends of the field bodes well for Saturday’s game against bottom-half Norwich.
Price: £ 4.3m Points: 35 Game week 8: Norwich (a)
Although Trent Alexander-Arnold is the main FPL selection from Liverpool’s back four, Andy Robertson is a worthy alternative this season despite his lack of points. The Scotland captain is seventh among defenders in terms of chances per 90 minutes and made two assists in Scotland’s dramatic 3-2 win over Israel at Hampden Park on Saturday.
Price: £ 7.0m Points: 13th Game week 8: Watford (a)
The savior of our and most of the FPL teams in Gameweek 7. Mo Salaha‘s shape was so good and so consistent that it seems ridiculous not to have put the armband on him in Gameweek 1 and simply left it there permanently. If he can score 13 against a defensive as stingy as Manchester City, he can damage anyone. Watford needn’t be reminded of the threat he poses as he has scored eight goals in six Premier League games against them, including his very first in a Liverpool shirt in 2017.
Price: £ 12.7 million Points: 70 Game week 8: Watford (a)
Since returning from injury as a substitute during the Gameweek 5 standoff with Southampton, Phil Foden started in consecutive Premier League matches against Chelsea and Liverpool. The English midfielder was so brilliant at Anfield that Gary Neville took the novel approach of naming him joint man of the game alongside Salah. Foden also shone in England’s win in Andorra and can take on the season role from Riyad Mahrez to score big goals at Etihad against Burnley.
Price: £ 7.9m Points: 11 Game week 8: Burnley (h)
As described here, Chelsea will be at the top of the FPL Difficult Game Rating Charts for the next several weeks, adding to the appeal of their players across the field. Masonic MountainHe doesn’t seem like the most obvious player to target as he has had no attack return since Gameweek 2 and was hooked against Spurs at halftime in Gameweek 5. His importance to the team in the final third, however, became evident during the defeats to City and Juventus, in which the Blues looked blunt in attack without him.
Price: £ 7.4 million Points: 16 Game week 8: Brentford (a)
“Sometimes the players’ games change and today they had the great player on the pitch in Son who won the game for them for me,” said Dean Smith after Aston Villa’s 2-1 defeat by Spurs. It was a fair rating since Son Heung-min provided both of his side’s assists to make his third double-digit return of the season in just six games. The Newcastle takeover may make the task more difficult for Spurs this weekend than it could have been, but the Magpies are statistically the league’s worst defense based on actual and expected goals.
Price: £ 10.1 million Points: 42 Game week 8: Newcastle (a)
Although only surpassed by Salah and Said Benrahma among midfielders, Andros Townsend before the “David Moyes Derby” between Everton and West Ham this weekend, still owned by well under 10 percent of the managers. Townsend has already had three goals and two assists for his endeavors this season and the underlying numbers suggest he can continue to mock his prize. Townsend ranks first for shots on goal (eight) and second for chances among midfielders with a price tag of under £ 6m.
Price: £ 5.6m Points: 43 Game week 8: West ham (h)
It will be a few months before Newcastle can dive into the Public Investment Fund’s gold treasure. Allan Saint-Maximin remains her standout choice by far. The Frenchman’s 37 FPL points are more than double that of any other teammate, and if there’s one player on the team who thrives on the energy and enthusiasm of a reinvigorated home team, it is him.