Gameweek 8 Review
Just over 20% of the Fantasy Premier League season is now in the books. Here is our FPL Gameweek 8 review.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 8 overview!
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Gameweek 8 Review – Captains
Captain choices often make or break a gameweek. Here are how the most popular captains from Gameweek 8 got on.
Harry Kane – Cardiff Home
A largely disappointing week for the 1,198,014 who captained the Englishman. I trust many owners will be needing hair implants after ripping out their hair (I got a good contact off Wayne Rooney). Tottenham’s star man returned a measly solitary point from a HOME fixture against Cardiff. Kane often dropped deep trying to create chances for the flying wingers in Son and Lucas Moura instead of getting on the end of them. This is highlighted by his average position. Moreover, it shows Lucas Moura playing ahead of Kane and that Son was located relatively close to the Brazilian. Only three of Harry Kane’s 5 goals have come from open play this season together. With him playing so deep, it’s hard to justify Kane’s £12.5m price tag. Three away games in the next four Tottenham, with a home tie against Man City in between, provides further justification to sell Fantasy Premier League’s second most expensive player.
Eden Hazard – Southampton Away
The 1,071,847 who chose to stick the armband on the Belgian were heavily rewarded with a mouth-watering 14 points. Hazard walked away with a goal and an assist which resulted in all 3 bonus points against the Saints. He led the way for shots among his team mates with 5 and also created two big chances. Stats show Hazard’s average position was well advanced of striker Olivier Giroud. Sarri’s new system with Giroud up top allows for Hazard and another winger in Pedro/Willian to ultimately play as outside forwards. Three of Chelsea’s next four games are at home and an away game against Burnley falls in between. Sarri’s men now take on a leaky United defence in a match where Hazard will be hopeful to continue his excellent run of form. Many expect Jose to deploy special tactics to eliminate the hazard of Hazard. Even so there will be plenty of FPL managers who are tempted to hand Hazard the captain’s armband despite the difficulty fixture at home to Man Utd.
Sergio Aguero – Liverpool Away
A matched dubbed to decide the title and a game in which previous years produced a plethora of goals, many argued that such a game was made for Aguero. Sadly for the 1,138,164 who chose to captain the Argentinian were left empty handed, walking away with just one point. The goal machine that is Aguero could have few excuses with his chances kept to a minimum in front of goal. He failed to produce a single shot throughout the game and was replaced shortly after the hour mark by Gabriel Jesus. One astounding statistic that resulted from this match is that Aguero has never scored at Anfield! Not much else could be said about his performance, but on the bright side the men in sky blue have two great home games in Burnley and Southampton. It’s more than likely he will be the most popular captain for these two matches.
Gameweek 8 Review – Star Players
Matt Doherty – Crystal Palace Home
The Wolves party bus marches on after a tight, but successful game against Crystal Palace. It was a case of wasted chances for Palace as they failed to score from their 11 shots. Owners of Wilfried Zaha were left disappointed after he only recorded one shot, which was from range. On the other hand the cut price version of Marcos Alonso, in Matt Doherty, continued his points haul with a jaw dropping 15 points. The Wolves wing back has averaged almost 10 points per game for the past 4 weeks. A phenomenal stat which whilst impressive can’t continue at the same rate. Even so, with Watford and Brighton next for Wolves, price rises and a decent points haul could continue.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Leicester Away
What a goal and what a performance from the Icelandic international. A beauty of a strike coupled with four shots which were all on target. The £50 million transfer from Swansea is looking like the player that scored more than 150 FPL points in three of the previous four seasons. Stats show the playmaker’s average position was well advanced, almost playing alongside make shift striker Richarlison. His passing was slick and shooting boots has definitely returned in recent weeks. Over the last three matches he has taken 11 shots with 91% of those being on target. Everton’s run of fixtures is a bit mixed with them facing 3 of last season’s top 6 in their next three away games. However, it’s their home fixtures that attracts the eye with comfortable fixtures up until Gameweek 16. Moreover, looking further ahead, Everton have a double home fixture Newcastle and Watford in Gameweek 15 and 16 respectively. A pairing of attacking duo Richarlison and Sigurdsson could potentially become popular in the near future.
Alexandre Lacazette – Fulham Away
Things are finally coming together for the Gunners as they gunned down Fulham with a 5 star performance thanks to a brace from Lacazette (11.1% ownership) and Pierre Aubameyang (9.1% ownership). An assist from the latter ultimately rewarded the Gabonese with all 3 bonus points despite coming on from the bench after the hour mark. Interestingly Lacazette took up a deeper lying role, almost like a false 9 according to positional stats. The Frenchman could strangely be seen hovering around the centre circle with even Hector Bellerin being as far forward as Lacazette was. He did however manage a 100% conversion rate against Fulham despite taking only two shots. An off day for the Frenchman and if this is what an off day looks like you can guarantee he’ll be a solid pick in the future considering he’s currently a certain starter. A good run of games until gameweek 13 could see his good points haul continue.