Who are the best FPL forwards for Gameweek 8?
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Who are the Best FPL Forwards For Gameweek 8?
Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Leicester City (a)
Cristiano Ronaldo left hundreds of thousands of managers frustrated last week. The all-time record goalscorer was benched for the Everton game on his 200th Premier League appearance.
He came on in the second half but still blanked. Ronaldo was the most captained player in Gameweek 7.
Despite no returns in the last two games, his stats are still great and I very much doubt Ole Gunner Solskjaer will be benching him again anytime soon.
In only three starts, Ronaldo has 14 Shots in the Box, 7 Shots on Target, 5 Big Chances and an xG of 2.87.
Manchester United take on Leicester City who have been uncharacteristically poor at the back this season.
The Foxes have conceded 12 goals (18th) in their opening seven games. This has been with an xGC of 10.6 (12th).
They have also conceded the most Shots in the Box (8) and 34 Shots on Target (15th).
With injuries to Jonny Evans, James Justin and Wesley Fofana, it’s no surprise Leicester have struggled defensively.
Despite failing to win any of their last two games with only one goal scored, Manchester United still possess a lot of goal threat.
The Red Devils have netted 14 goals so far this season and were one of the top scoring teams last year.
Ronaldo is also the third favourite to score anytime (50%) for Gameweek 8, according to the bookmakers.
Our Points Prediction Tool ranks Ronaldo as the second highest predicted scoring forward (5.6) this week.
Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Brentford (a)
Romelu Lukaku has failed to register a single attacking return in his last three games.
However, two of those games were against Spurs (a) and Manchester City (H). The Belgian was also very unfortunate to not have scored against Southampton last week.
Since his arrival to the Premier League, he has recorded 16 Shots in the Box (4th), 6 Shots on Target (5th) with an xG of 2.48.
He has also created 10 Chances, 3 Big Chances and an xA of 2.08.
Chelsea play high-flying Brentford in Gameweek 8. The Bees have been fantastic this season as they currently sit seventh in the league with three wins, three draws, and only one defeat.
They have been particularly impressive in defence, conceding an xGC of only 6.9 (4th).
Brentford have conceded four goals in their last two games though which were against much tougher opposition in Liverpool and West Ham.
Even in light of the Blues' tough opening fixtures, they have still scored 12 goals (3rd) with 63 Shots in the Box (4th), 16 Big Chances (4th) and an xG of 11.1 (4th).
Despite Lukaku blanking last Gameweek when Chelsea scored three goals, I still have no doubts he will be their talisman this season.
He was very close to scoring on a few occasions and even hit the post late on just before Ben Chilwell’s goal.
Romelu is also the second favourite to score anytime this week (51%) according to the bookmakers. Chelsea are also third favourites to score 2.5+ goals.
Furthermore, the Belgian international is predicted to score the third most points amongst forwards (5.3) in Gameweek 8 and is also at 55% for anytime returns.
Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Wolves (H)
Ollie Watkins looks to be kicking into gear after scoring his first goal of the season.
He endured a slow start to the campaign with him being injured for the first two games but he has now played the full 90 minutes in his last four matches.
His stats have been impressive also and more attacking returns will come.
In his four league starts, he has managed 9 Shots in the Box, 5 Shots on Target and an xG of 1.90 which is the highest in the Villa team.
Watkins has also created 3 Chances with an xA of 0.55. He poses both goal and assist threat as he proved last season with 14 goals and 9 assists.
Aston Villa come up against Wolves (H) in Gameweek 8. The Villains have scored 10 goals (5th) so far with an xG of 7.9 (16th).
Their opponents have been very good defensively with an xGC of 7.7 (3rd). However, with Villa being at home and with the attacking players they possess, I can't see a clean sheet here for Bruno Lage’s men.
Ollie looks the most likely one at the moment for attacking returns. He is at 45% for anytime returns this week according to our Points Prediction Tool.
According to the bookmakers, the English striker is also at 34% to score anytime.
Neal Maupay (£6.5m) – Brighton
Fixture: Norwich (a)
Neal Maupay has been seriously going under the radar this season. He has scored four goals and is the second highest scoring budget forward. Yet his ownership is only 3.6%.
The Frenchman has 11 Shots in the Box, 4 Big Chances and an xG of 2.43. He has also created 6 Chances with an xA of 0.60.
Brighton come up against Norwich in Gameweek 8 who have so far proven to be the whipping boys of the division.
The Canaries have conceded 16 goals (20th), with 76 Shots in the Box (18th), 20 big Chances (20th) and an xGC of 14.0 (19th).
They are very likely to finish the season with the most goals conceded and should be targeted from an FPL perspective.
The Seagulls have been decent going forward, scoring 8 goals (7th) with an xG of 8.3 (10th).
Graham Potter's side have a very favourable fixture this week and Maupay looks their best bet for goals.
He has scored half of their goals and should be nailed for 90 minutes, especially with Danny Welbeck out injured.
Maupay has played the full 90 in six of his seven games.
Our Points Prediction Tool also ranks him as the fourth highest predicted scoring forward (5.1) for Gameweek 8.
He's at 41% to score anytime according to the bookmakers.
Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) – Southampton
Fixture: Leeds United (H)
Adam Armstrong has one goal and one assist in his first seven games.
Southampton have experienced some tough fixtures playing Manchester United, West Ham, Manchester City, Wolves and Chelsea to start the season.
Despite that, Armstrong's stats have still been decent with 12 Shots in the Box, 7 Shots on Target, and an xG of 1.96.
He has also created 6 Chances with an xA of 0.76.
The Saints' fixtures pick up massively from Gameweek 8, starting with a home fixture to Leeds United.
This looks like the perfect game for Armstrong to start picking up more attacking returns.
The Whites have conceded 14 goals (19th), 75 Shots in the Box (18th), 43 Shots on Target (20th) and an xGC of 13.0 (18th).
Marcelo Bielsa's side have been one of the worst defensively in the league. Leeds only picked up their first clean sheet last week against Watford.
Another plus for Armstrong is that with James Ward-Prowse suspended for the next two league games, he may well be on penalties too.
He is the seventh highest predicted scoring forward (4.8) for Gameweek 8 according to our Points Prediction Tool.
For only £6.0m, that is exceptional value.
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