Fantasy Premier League: GW8 Dream Team

The Premier League returns on Saturday lunchtime following the international break, with league leaders Liverpool travelling to face Watford, their first game since the appointment of Claudio Ranieri.

The stand out game of the week see’s Leicester City entertain Manchester United, with both enduring a mixed run of form.

Newcastle’s first game since becoming the richest Premier League club is a home game with Tottenham, with both sides in need of a result.

Watford vs. Liverpool: Mohamed Salah
Ranieri’s Premier League return doesn’t get much harder than a home game with an in-form Liverpool and the visitors are big favourites.

Mohamed Salah has made a superb start to the season and few would bet against him continuing his excellent record against Watford, having scored eight and assisted twice in just six games!

Trent Alexander Arnold and Diogo Jota are doubts for the visitors, meaning Salah remains the best bet for the league leaders.

Aston Villa vs. Wolves: Matt Cash
Wolves who have three wins in their last four travel to face Aston Villa on Saturday in a tough to predict fixture.

It doesn’t look like a game where there will be a lot of goals and both right full-backs could be the best bet in this fixture.

Matt Cash and Nelson Semedo have enjoyed good starts to the season, scoring 30 and 19 points respectively.

Just have preference for the former with Villa at home, with Cash averaging 7.33 points per game at Villa Park this season.

Leicester City vs. Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United’s incredible away record means they are favourites for the trip to Leicester City on Saturday.

United are unbeaten on the road in the Premier League since January 2020 and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the XI means they should win.

Ronaldo has three goals in three starts since returning to the club and faces a Leicester side without a clean sheet since the opening day of the season.

Leicester have struggled defensively with Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana out injured, conceding 12 in their last six league matches.

Manchester City vs. Burnley: Ruben Dias
Manchester City have an incredible recent home record against Burnley, winning the last four at the Etihad 5-0.

Pep roulette makes picking forward options risky and given their incredible defensive record this season, conceding just three goals in seven games, the safer picks are at the back.

Ruben Dias is the most nailed on and at £6.1m he represents excellent value.

Norwich City vs. Brighton: Neal Maupay
Brighton have lost just once this season, whilst Norwich City have just one point, surely an away victory.

Neal Maupay has four goals in just seven league matches this term, just six goals short of his record in the Premier League.

The Frenchman looks the best bet in this game for goals; however your Brighton defensive assets also remain good picks.

Southampton vs. Leeds United: Rodrigo Moreno
Another tough to predict game here as Southampton host Leeds United with the pair recording just one win between them this term.

Raphinha or Patrick Bamford usually are the easy picks; however both are doubts here due to international involvement and injury respectively.

Rodrigo Moreno has done well in patches since joining Leeds and is due a goal in Bamford’s absence.

Brentford vs. Chelsea: Cesar Azpilicueta
Brentford have been the surprise team of the season so far, losing just once in their first seven Premier League matches.

However they face one of their hardest tasks in the Saturday evening fixture when Champions League holders Chelsea come to town.

Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored in his last three league games and is a doubt for Saturday having returned early from international duty.

Chelsea are another who have been superb defensively this term and Cesar Azpilicueta is probably the most likely starter for the Blues.

Everton vs. West Ham: Demari Gray
Despite a lengthy injury list, Everton have impressed under Rafael Benitez and earned a very good point at Old Trafford prior to the break.

West Ham have just the one win in their last five league games, meaning the hosts are probably narrow favourites, but it’s another tough game to call.

Demari Gray and Andros Townsend have both made excellent starts to their Everton career and both represent excellent value.

Newcastle United vs. Tottenham: Heung Min Son
Newcastle United are still searching for their first win of the season ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday.

Spurs have four wins, but haven’t looked great this term, however Heung Min Son has carried them at times.

He will return earlier than most from international duty and looks a very good pick.

Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: Emile Smith Rowe
Monday night’s fixture see’s Patrick Vieira return to Arsenal when his Crystal Palace side travel to the Emirates.

Arsenal enjoyed a good run prior to the international break, claiming nine points from 12 in the four fixtures.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka found their form in the run of games and given their price, either is a good pick.

Wilfried Zaha has a good record against the Gunners and if you fancy an away win, he may be the best bet.

GW8 Dream Team: Ramsdale; Cancelo, Dias, Cash, Azpilicueta; Salah (C), Smith-Rowe, Son, Sterling; Ronaldo, Maupay, 

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