Who are the best FPL midfielders for Gameweek 8?

Four-time top 1k and 5-time top 5k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to identify the best Fantasy Premier League budget and premium midfielders for our Gameweek 8 FPL teams.

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Best FPL Midfielders For Gameweek 8

 

Heung-Min Son (£10.0m) – Spurs

Fixture: Newcastle United (a)

The South Korean has been ticking along nicely this season. He has three goals and two assists so far and is proving to be the best asset for Spurs at the moment.

Heung-Min Son has 10 Shots in the Box, 3 Big Chances and an xG of 2.36. He has also created 9 Chances with an xA of 0.84.

Spurs come up against Newcastle United in Gameweek 8 who have been one of the worst sides defensively.

They have conceded the most Big Chances (20) and also have the worst xGC (14.6). The Magpies are also only one of two teams in the league who haven’t kept a clean sheet.

Spurs managed to score more than one goal for the first time last Gameweek and played much better.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side seem to be turning a corner and Son was their main man again. The South Korean picked up two assists and looked the most threatening player on the pitch.

With Son also on corners and some free kicks he is a great option, especially this Gameweek against a weak Newcastle team.

The Spurs forward is also ranked as the third highest predicted scorer (6.8) amongst midfielders according to our Points Prediction Tool for Gameweek 8.

Son is also ranked at 65% to return anytime.

Heung-Min Son Stats. best mids

Heung-Min Son Stats

 

 

Raphinha (£6.6m) – Leeds United

Fixture: Southampton (a)

Raphinha has scored three goals this season which are good returns for a £6.5m midfielder but he should have had more.

The Brazilian has 24 Shots, 7 Shots on Target, 7 Shots in the Box with an xG of 1.88 while also creating 14 Chances, 2 Big Chances and an xA of 1.66.

Leeds United play Southampton (a) this week who have also been poor at the back this season. The Saints have conceded 18 Big Chances (19th) and an xGC of 11.8 (15th).

Leeds picked up their first win last week against Watford and their attacking stats haven’t been as impressive this year.

I can see this picking up though as the season progresses, especially against the weaker teams. What is clear is that they are still playing the same attacking football which rewarded them well last season.

They have the personnel and playing style to score against any team and Raphinha looks their best source of FPL points at the moment.

He provides both goal and assist threat and is at 49% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.

Raphinha Stats. fpl tips

Raphinha Stats

 

 

Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) – Liverpool

Fixture: Watford (a)

There are simply no words to describe Mohamed Salah this season. He has been absolutely phenomenal, notching six goals and four assists in his first seven games.

The Egyptian has only blanked once and managed to secure four double-digit hauls.

Salah has 23 Shots in the Box (1st), 16 Shots on Target  (1st), 8 Big Chances (1st) and an xG of 5.58 (1st).

He has also created 4 Big Chances (2nd) with an xA of 3.14 (1st). These numbers are scarily good and make him a must-have in our teams.

Liverpool face Watford in Gameweek 8. The Hornets have conceded 10 goals (16th) and an xGC of 11.4 (14th) which puts them in the top five worst defences in the league.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have scored 17 goals (1st) with an xG of 18.8 (1st). They have been the best attacking team in the league by quite a distance.

Jurgen Klopp's men are going to be strong favoruites for this game and are actually at 49% (2nd) to score 2.5+ goals.

Unsurprisingly, Mohamed Salah is the clear favourite to score anytime at 57%.

Furthermore, the Egyptian is the joint top predicted scorer (7.7) for Gameweek 8 according to our Points Prediction Tool.

Mohamed Salah Stats. fpl tips

Mohamed Salah Stats

 

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) – Manchester City

Fixture: Burnley (H)

Kevin De Bruyne seems to be edging back to full fitness after playing his first 90 minutes of the season last Gameweek.

He also picked up his first goal in only his second start. Looking at the Belgian's stats and output over the last few years, we all know he is a great FPL asset. He has 19 goals and 35 assists over his last two campaigns.

Manchester City have the best fixture of the Gameweek as they welcome Burnley to the Etihad. The Clarets have conceded 15 Big Chances (18th) and an xGC of 11.9 (16th).

On the other hand, the Citizens have scored 14 goals (3rd) with an xG of 14.2 (3rd). On paper, this looks like being a one-sided high scoring game.

With De Bruyne back fit, this is the perfect fixture for him to pick up more attacking returns. City have scored 22 goals in the last six league meetings with Burnley. They really do enjoy playing against them.

The Belgian is the main playmaker for Pep Guardiola’s team. With De Bruyne on free kicks and corners, he is going to pick up plenty points for this highly attacking side if he stays fit.

Another thing to note is that without Riyad Mahrez on the pitch, he is likely to be the penalty taker too.

Our Points Prediction Tool ranks him joint first for expected points this week (7.7). He also tops the table for anytime returns (76%).

Kevin De Bruyne Stats.

Kevin De Bruyne Stats

 

Bukayo Saka (£6.3m) – Arsenal

Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)

Arsenal have really turned a corner by winning three of their last four games after a dismal start.

They seem to be playing much more fluid and attacking football now and their players are genuine options now both in attack and defence.

The Gunners play Crystal Palace at home in Gameweek 8 and Mikel Arteta’s team should be confident going into this one.

Patrick Vieira's outfit have conceded eight goals (16th) with an xGC of 8.3 (11th).

Arsenal have scored five goals so far, all of which have came in the last four games.

Bukayo Saka has been their best player FPL wise. He has the most points (29) and has registered one goal and an assist.

The England international also has the second-best xG (1.21) from their midfielders and the best xA (1.16) in the whole team.

He is a player who can both score and assist and looks to be getting a lot of minutes this season.

At £6.3m he looks to be an enticing option, especially for the easier fixtures. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 45% to return anytime.

Bukayo Saka Stats.

Bukayo Saka Stats

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