After an extremely eventful international break (thanks again James McClean), we welcome back the Premier League this weekend with open arms.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the early kick-off on Saturday to get Fantasy Premier League managers’ juices flowing for gameweek eight.
Outlined below are this weekend’s top picks to help you gain some points on your mini-league rivals and jump up the rankings.
The £5.5m-priced Brazilian is the cheapest route into the meanest rearguard in the Premier League with the Manchester City stopper having kept an extremely impressive five clean sheets from their opening seven fixtures. Stoke should be in for a tough time at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
With Newcastle facing Southampton this weekend and three further winnable fixtures to come in the short-term, Forster at £5m should produce FPL points. He has managed three clean sheets, one penalty save and five bonus points already this season.
Tom Heaton is reportedly out of action until the new year, which leaves £4.5m Nick Pope and £4m-priced Anders Lindegaard to battle it out for the goalkeeper position. Pope has produced three fine displays scoring four, six and nine points respectively in his first three starts for Burnley.
Crystal Palace have conceded 38 chances down their right flank already this season, which suggests the £7m Spaniard could be in for a profitable afternoon at Selhurst Park. With Crystal Palace failing to score yet this season Alonso should be in line for returns at both ends of the pitch.
The £5.8m-priced Welshman is on fire this season and produced a whopping 16-point return for his owners in gameweek seven. Spurs welcome Bournemouth this weekend so expect Davies to be flying up and down the left wing all afternoon.
Maguire has amassed one goal and two assists for his new club this season and now has some nice fixtures on the horizon. Leicester entertain goal shy West Brom this weekend, which is a nice home game for the £5.1m-priced English debutant.
With 3.9% ownership and 121 minutes of action so far this season the £10.5m-priced Belgian is a bit of a gamble. He looked very lively against City last weekend and scored two goals for Belgium midweek, which suggests an explosion of FPL points isn’t far away. With such low ownership it could be a gamble worth taking to shoot up the FPL ranks.
Five goals in five games for the former Liverpool livewire suggests he could inflict damage on Mark Hughes’ Stoke defence. With Aguero out for the weekend at least, Sterling’s pitch time should be assured and at £7.9m is a seriously under-priced asset for the weekend.
Three goals and two assists in seven Premier League games for the 20-year-old Brazilian means he has hit the ground running big style. Even though Watford face Arsenal this weekend, the £6.1m priced attacking midfielder has potential with Shkodran Mustafi ruled out.
13 FPL points in three of his last four games shows the form of Harry Kane right now. Since his August drought ended he literally cannot stop scoring. As most of the 40% of FPL managers who own the Englishman will surely captain him it would seem wise to find a way to make room in your squad to accommodate him.
At £8.6m, the English striker looks great value with five goals already and faces a West Brom defence this weekend who will surely struggle to deal with his pace and general threat. With many frustrated FPL managers selling Firmino this week Vardy seems to be one of the main beneficiaries with over 170,000 managers taking the plunge due to his side’s favourable fixtures.
The £6.6m current price tag for the Burnley striker should be useful if you are trying to free up some budget in your squad this gameweek. With two goals to his name already and Robbie Brady whipping crosses in for him from the wings the former Leeds frontman will be looking to add to that tally as Burnley face West Ham this weekend.
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• Man United
The Fantasy Football Fairy will be back again next Friday for gameweek 9 with a whole host of brand new helpful fantasy tips.