It feels like an age since the last fantasy football gameweek but it’s back this weekend. As international breaks go, this one wasn’t too bad, England actually played some decent football for once and it looks like we’re off to Brazil! Nothing but disappointment might await us but at least we’re there for the South American ride.
Anyway, Rio is a long way off so it’s back to business with Gameweek 8. With European football also resuming next week, we’re in for one crazy Saturday of action. Newcastle kick off the proceedings in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture by taking on Liverpool as SAS look to continue their fine partnership.
At 3pm, there are 7 fixtures to follow with Arsenal, Chelsea and United entertaining Norwich, Cardiff and Southampton respectively. Rounding things off in the evening fixture we have West Ham and Ravel Morrison taking on Pellegrini’s Man City in what should be an interesting match.
On Sunday, we’re treated to only the one fixture with Villa taking on Spurs, where the Belgian beast that is Benteke is supposed to mark his return from injury. To finish Gameweek 8, Crystal Palace face Fulham and Holloway will be desperate for a home victory to get some points on the board.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the eighth gameweek of the season:
- Wojciech SZCZESNY [NOR(H), 5.5m] – Arsenal haven’t been the strongest defensively this season and this will be something that Wenger will look to address as they continue their title push. They have enough attacking ability to relieve pressure from their defence and with them only conceding the 1 goal in each of the last 4 gameweeks, Szczesny might be able to finally pick up that elusive clean sheet against Norwich.
- Patrice EVRA [SOT(H), 6.4m] – Evra delivered his first attacking returns in the previous gameweek with an assist that also helped him to 2 bonus points. Against Southampton, he’ll continue to provide attacking support down the left and stands to return points at both ends of the field as United look to catch those at the top of the table.
- John TERRY [CAR(H), 6.3m] – With Terry out of the international picture, he’s had plenty of time to rest up and will be raring to go this weekend. Since Mourinho’s return, Terry has stepped up his performances from guaranteed gametime, helping Chelsea to clean sheets whilst picking up a goal and an assist so far this season. A home game against Cardiff should be a routine victory if Chelsea harbour hopes of winning the title.
- Leighton BAINES [HUL(H), 7.7m] – With Cole out injured, Baines took his opportunity to shine on the international stage and has given himself a great chance of starting for England in Rio. Despite his heavy pricetag, his fantasy managers will be hopeful of more attacking returns this weekend as Everton look for a strong victory at home against Hull.
- Ross BARKLEY [HUL(H), 5.6m] – Barkley’s transition to regular first teamer has been nothing short of sensational given his young age. Having played just over 200 minutes of football for Everton’s first team last season, he’s proven himself to be a player Martinez simply can’t drop so far. Sitting in the hole and showing maturity beyond his years, Barkley continues to be a great budget option for any fantasy midfield.
- OSCAR [CAR(H), 8.9m] – Next up we have Mourinho’s favourite player for the role in the hole, Oscar. As far as starts go, Oscar is the most secure attacking option that Chelsea offer and with 3 goals so far, it comes as no surprise that his price has risen to £8.9m.
- Aaron RAMSEY [NOR(H), 6.7m] – With Ozil facing a late fitness test, we’ve gone with the man of the moment, Ramsey. With 4 goals in the last 4 gameweeks, Ramsey has provided plenty of attacking threat and made a mockery of his previous pricetag. With almost 50% of all managers having him in their squads, those looking to catch up rivals may eventually have to look elsewhere.
- Miguel MICHU [SUN(H), 9.0m] – Michu won his first cap for Spain over the international break and this will have given him plenty of confidence going back to Premier League action. With the motivation of going to Brazil, we can expect great things from Michu this season. This game starts a run of decent fixtures for Swansea where they face Sunderland, West Ham and Stoke at home in their next 4 matches.
- Luis SUAREZ [NEW(A), 11.3m] – Suarez seems to be unstoppable at the moment with 3 goals in 2 games and he has the ability to score against any team. Travelling to Newcastle won’t be an easy fixture but with Coloccini an injury doubt, Sturridge and Suarez will give the Magpies plenty to think about.
- Romelu LUKAKU (C) [HUL(H), 8.0m] – Helping to fire Belgium to Brazil with a brace, Lukaku’s form shows no signs of letting up. Despite international commitments, it would be strange for Martinez to rest Lukaku and we’re backing the Belgian to punish Hull. With 4 goals in his last 3 gameweeks, Lukaku clearly wants to show Mourinho what he’s missing out on.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [SOT(H), 13.9m] – Another player that added to his international tally was RVP, who became Holland’s all time highest scorer with a hat trick against Hungary. Moyes will be hoping that this is a sign of things to come as United get their season back on track after a difficult start. Van Persie won’t find it easy against the Saints who have been excellent defensively but he has the ability alongside Rooney to worry any defence in this league.
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