Fantasy Premier League: GW8 Dream Team

The two favourites for the Premier League meet this weekend meaning us FPL managers have a few dilemmas regarding our side.

Liverpool defenders have let us down so far, whilst expensive Manchester City forward options have struggled with returns.

Other stand out matches this weekend see Everton host Manchester United, whilst Wolves travel to Leicester City.

Brighton vs. Burnley: Tariq Lamptey (4.7)
The Premier League weekend kicks off on Friday evening with two struggling sides as Burnley travel to Brighton.

Brighton have performed well at times this season and they will fancy their chances of a first home win of the season against Burnley here.

Tariq Lamptey has arguably been their best performer this season and he probably should have most FPL points than he does.

Other options
Leandro Trossard (6.0)
Chris Wood (6.3)

Southampton vs. Newcastle United: James Ward-Prowse (5.9)
The big news ahead of this one was the confirmation that Danny Ings will miss up to six weeks due to a knee injury sustained against Aston Villa.

Southampton may well struggle without their best player, however they have a nice home game against Newcastle on Friday.

James Ward-Prowse has back to back double digit hauls and the Saints will need their captain to step up in Ings’ absence.

Jannik Vestergaard is having an under rated campaign, scoring twice on route to 34 points, a record only bettered by four defenders.

Other options
Jannik Vestergaard (4.6)
Callum Wilson (6.5)

Everton vs. Manchester United: Lucas Digne (6.1)
Manchester United are in desperate need of a result when they travel to an Everton side who have just one point in their last three games.

Everton desperately missed Lucas Digne in the defeat to Newcastle last time out and the last time he played United at Goodison Park, he returned an impressive 15 points.

Much for Everton depends on the fitness of James Rodriguez, whilst United need Marcus Rashford to break his career duck against the Toffees.

Other options
Marcus Rashford (9.5)
James Rodriguez (7.9)

Crystal Palace vs. Leeds United: Wilfried Zaha (7.4)
Both Crystal Palace and Leeds United have made solid starts to the season, but will be looking to build on disappointing GW7 results.

Wilfried Zaha has been Palace’s best player this season and only Heung Min Son, Mohamed Salah and Jack Grealish among midfielders have more FPL points.

With Tyrick Mitchell injured, the best budget Palace defender could now be the returning Nathaniel Clyne.

Other options
Nathaniel Clyne (4.5)
Stuart Dallas (4.5)

Chelsea vs. Sheffield United: Ben Chilwell (5.9)
Chelsea are one of the teams to target this weekend as they host a Sheffield United side who have just one point from seven games.

Ben Chilwell has enjoyed an excellent start to his Chelsea career and one of he or Kurt Zouma appears a must for the season.

Hakim Ziyech was superb in his first league start of the season at Burnley and you’d back him to improve on his goal and assist.

Timo Werner appears to be on penalties now, but is a rotation risk going into the Blades game.

Other options
Hakim Ziyech (8.0)
Timo Werner (9.3)

West Ham United vs. Fulham: Pablo Fornals (6.4)
Despite a first win of the season last weekend, Fulham remain a side to target given how poor they are defensively.

West Ham United have made a good start to the season considering the fixture difficulty and a home game with Fulham is another to target.

Michail Antonio is likely to miss out, otherwise the former Nottingham Forest man would have been the best option for the game.

Pablo Fornals has gone under the radar this season, scoring twice and assisting three and at just 1.2% ownership, he represents excellent value.

Other options
Jared Bowen (6.3)
Artur Masuaku (4.5)

West Brom vs. Tottenham: Harry Kane (11.0)
Spurs travel to Bulgaria on Thursday in the Europa League; however are another side to target here as they travel to winless West Brom.

At least one of Harry Kane and Heung Min Son appear a must own; although the formers consistency appears to be deciding factor for the captaincy pick.

Gareth Bale scored his first goal in his second Spurs spell in the win over Brighton last weekend and here could be the first time the front three all start together.

Other options
Heung Min Son (9.6)
Gareth Bale (9.5)

Leicester City vs. Wolves: Harvey Barnes (6.9)
Leicester City have won five of their first seven games this season despite numerous injuries and Brendan Rodgers continues to do an excellent job.

Harvey Barnes scored a second goal of the season in the win over Leeds on Monday and represents good value at less than 7.0.

Jamie Vardy is another good pick; however it’s worth noting that 51 of his 55 points this term have come on the road.

Other options
Jamie Vardy (10.0)
Raul Jimenez (8.5)

Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Kevin de Bruyne (11.5)
Tough one to call in the stand out fixture of the weekend! Neither side are in top form and the two are struggling at either end of the pitch.

Manchester City have scored just four in their last four games, whilst Liverpool (somehow) have the second worst defensive record this season.

Kevin de Bruyne scored one and assisted another in the meeting between the two last year and is perhaps the best option.

Phil Foden hasn’t started the last two league games, however should return here and at 6.6 represents good value.

Other options
Phil Foden (6.6)
Sadio Mane (12.0)

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (11.7)
Another tough fixture to call as Aston Villa travel to an Arsenal side looking to build on a rare win at Old Trafford.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought with the winner and you’d back him to build apon that here.

Hector Bellerin is Arsenal’s top point scorer this season and is another good option, whilst Jack Grealish is enjoying an excellent run of form for Villa.

Other options
Hector Bellerin (5.1)
Jack Grealish (7.4)

GW8 Dream Team:
(4-5-1): Mendy; Lamptey, Chilwell, Masuaku, Vestergaard; Ziyech, Son, Fornals, Aubameyang, Ward-Prowse; Kane

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