Mo Salah is the obvious candidate but picking the right Manchester City striker against Burnley could be a great alternative
The lesson for all Fantasy Premier League managers before the international break was simple: never doubt Mo Salah.
The Egyptian striker had attacked results in five of his six games prior to Liverpool’s game against Manchester City and has still been largely overlooked as most managers are the least likely to prefer Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku due to their theoretically better games.
But while Ronaldo and Lukaku couldn’t justify their reckoning, Salah did what he had done all season by scoring and assisting one goal each to take 13 points against a defense that went nearly eight hours without in the Premier League Conceded goal remained.
Given his form, Salah is the obvious captaincy candidate this weekend as Liverpool prepare to take on a Watford side managed by Claudio Ranieri for the first time. As shown last week of the game, playing against Salah is a risk, but there are some viable options that should be considered elsewhere, especially if Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy as a Manchester City host can bring you Burnley Gold .
Here are five options to consider for Gameweek 8, including a differential player owned less than five percent of the managers.
It seems strange to say of a player who has reached a century of league goals faster than any other Liverpool player in history, but Mo Salah really does seem to have found another level in his game this season. Notably, Salah has scored 21 points more than any other player in the FPL after the first seven weeks of play and currently averages a ridiculous 10 points per game. Salah scored his first goal for Liverpool and scored his first hat trick in the Premier League against opponents Watford that weekend.
Price: £ 12.7 million Points: 70 Game week 8: Watford (a)
Curiously, at the time of writing, Jamie Vardy is only the seventh most popular striker in the game as he is on par with Salah with six goals with six and is third among all the players in the FPL for points he has scored this season . The managers were so busy with Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku that Vardy was largely ignored. But with Raphael Varane out due to injury and Harry Maguire having serious doubts about playing, Vardy will be confident of maintaining his purple patch against Manchester United despite Leicester’s recent troubles.
Price: £ 10.5 million Points: 48 Game week 8: Man United (h)
Manchester City’s game against Burnley is the standout game of the weekend as each of the last four inter-team games at Etihad have ended 5-0 in favor of the home side. If only there was one way to infiltrate Pep Guardiola’s brain before the weekend … Captain a City player on a given week is a lottery, but the benefit can be hard to ignore. Ferran Torres has not played a minute in City’s last three league games but has scored two goals for Spain against Italy this week and could benefit from Gabriel Jesus’ delayed return from the international.
Price: £ 6.9m Points: 26th Game week 8: Burnley (h)
With Harry Kane struggling to find form, Tottenham will rely heavily on Son Heung-min for inspiration in attack for the first few weeks of the season. The South Korean was directly involved in five of his team’s six goals to date, scoring the decisive goal against Manchester City and Watford and a consolation in the derby defeat against Arsenal and both assists in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa. Although there will be an electrifying atmosphere at St. James’ Park on Sunday, Newcastle are bottom of the table in terms of expected goals conceded.
Price: £ 10.1 million Points: 42 Game week 8: Newcastle (a)
Neal Maupay has more FPL points this season than Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Ivan Toney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Danny Ings, Raul Jimenez and Chris Wood, among others. And yet it currently belongs to less than four percent of the managers who play this weekend against bottom of the table Norwich. Only three strikers have accumulated more great chances than the Frenchman, which is a good sign against a defense that has already conceded 16 goals this season.
Price: £ 6.5m Points: 32 Game week 8: Norwich (a)