The international period is finally over and it won’t be long before we get to feast on some tasty fantasy points. After the break, you should be fully refreshed and ready to get back into the action.
There weren’t a great deal of injuries so a lot of managers will be happy and it sets us up to return to domestic action. We’re treated to a great match to get things started as City welcome Spurs to the Etihad in Saturday’s early fixture. With City lying 5 points behind leaders Chelsea, they’ll be keen to secure 3 points against a Spurs side yet to find their rhythm this season.
At 3pm, injury-ravaged Arsenal take on Hull, whilst Chelsea travel to fellow Londoners Crystal Palace looking to extend their lead at the top. High flyers Southampton also take on Sunderland and Everton host Villa with a view to getting their season back on track following a rocky start.
On Sunday, Liverpool visit Harry’s QPR, where Sturridge could finally make his return from injury to add some much needed finishing in the final third, where Balotelli has failed to shine in his absence. Gameweek 8 is extended to the Monday night as United travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom in what should be an entertaining fixture to round things off.
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 8th gameweek of the season:
- Fraser FORSTER [SUN(H), 5.1m] – In Southampton’s amazing start to the season, they’ve only conceded 3 goals in their last 6 games. Sunderland found some attacking form in their previous match with Fletcher and Wickham combining and using their aerial strengths. However, the Saints are more than capable of causing their own attacking problems and will be targeting another victory built on a solid base from the back.
- Cesar AZPILICUETA [CPL(A), 6.0m] – After conceding 5 goals against Everton and Swansea, Mourinho’s tightened things up at the back with Chelsea securing back to back clean sheets in recent gameweeks. Azpilicueta has impressed at left back, keeping Luis firmly on the sidelines and his statistics have returned some bonus point performances. Priced at 6.0m, Azpilicueta could be a strong long term option as Chelsea march on this season.
- James TOMKINS [BUR(A), 5.0m] – Tomkins has been in some fine attacking form of late, returning 2 assists in his last 3 games. With West Ham picking up a clean sheet in their last match, they’ll be looking to make it 2 in 2 when they travel to Turf Moor. They have the attacking form to trouble Burnley, who have seriously struggled to find the back of the net this season.
- Leighton BAINES [AVL(H), 7.0m] – An old fantasy favourite, Leighton Baines is finally starting to justify his hefty pricetag, as Everton enter a fine run of fixtures following their very difficult start to the season. Baines has so far returned 3 assists and a goal, whilst missing a penalty in his last game against United. Everton continue to attack down the left, using Baines’ attacking threat and this only bodes well for his fantasy managers.
- Angel DI MARIA [WBA(A), 10.1m] – Di Maria rewarded our faith in Gameweek 7 with a fine haul, scoring and assisting for the 3rd time in his last 4 matches. As each gameweek passes, he becomes more and more essential to this season’s fantasy manager and if United are to get anything out of this season, Di Maria is sure to be the one driving it.
- Dusan TADIC [SUN(H), 7.5m] – Tadic continues to be a main force in Southampton’s attack regardless of the return of points. His statistics continue to be one of the most impressive from midfield, with a particularly strong shot count. If he continues to rack up the opportunities, goals are likely to come and we’re expecting him to come good in the next 4 gameweeks, where Southampton face Sunderland, Stoke and Leicester at home.
- Eden HAZARD [CPL(A), 9.9m] – So much is expected of Hazard despite his youth purely because of the talent he possesses. He hasn’t yet set the Premier League alight but there have been glimpses of his magic including the ease at which he gave Szczesny the eyes to slot home his spot kick in the previous gameweek. If Mourinho can get him charged up, Hazard could very well be a player that ensures that Chelsea will be challenging come the end of the season.
- Raheem STERLING [QPR(A), 9.0m] – There’s been an awful lot of fuss surrounding Sterling’s admission to being tired but it simply goes to show how important he’s become to both club and country. He’s a young talent we haven’t seen for a while and is set to become a star barring any potential injury issues. Sterling is a fantastic player and although he may get the odd rest, as he’s already shown this season (3 goals and 2 assists), he’s someone who can make the difference and return fantasy points.
- Papiss CISSE [LEI(H), 5.9m] – Despite scoring 4 goals since returning from injury, Cisse hasn’t really done anything spectacular apart from being in the right place at the right time. However, as any striker will tell you, it doesn’t matter how you score as long as you do. These goals will give him a great deal of confidence and if he can find the form that excited us Premier League fans a couple of seasons ago, Cisse may just get the fans behind the team once more.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [TOT(H), 12.2m] – Aguero is quickly showing just how deadly a striker he is this season with 5 goals to his name already. Given just a little bit of space on the edge of the box, he punished Villa with a powerful strike to secure the 3 points for City. It’s clear that if he can stay fit this season, goals will flow and he’ll more than justify his premium pricetag as managers look to squeeze him in alongside Costa.
- Danny WELBECK [HUL(H), 7.3m] – Despite a slight injury concern, Welbeck is expected to be fit for Arsenal when they take a Hull side who have only kept one clean sheet so far this season. Arsenal are currently struggling from a spate of injuries but with creators like Wilshere, Cazorla and the Ox, plenty of chances should still come Welbeck’s way as he looks to prove previous United managers he has the ability to succeed as a striker.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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