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Best FPL Wildcard Team for Gameweek 8
I have taken the numbers for this article from the Fantasy Football Hub OPTA stats tool.
Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m)
It looks as if Ramsdale has displaced Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s first choice keeper having registered three clean sheets in four Premier League starts. Granted the fixtures in this spell have been easy but what is worth noting is that Arsenal have conceded just the two big chances in these four games.
It certainly looks as if the introduction of White, Gabriel and Partey in the side has brought about some much needed solidity.
What I like about Ramsdale is the fact that Arsenal face plenty of shots so he is likely to haul big whenever Arsenal are to keep a clean sheet due to the number of saves he can accumulate.
Arsenal are ranked third on the Fantasy Football Hub fixture ticker for clean sheet potential till GW20, so he’s a good long term pick which is what you’d want from your goalkeeper.
Ben Foster (£4.0m)
This position could have been given to any £4.0m goalkeeper but from the evidence we have this season, Foster looks like the most likely keeper in this price range to string together some starts so he would be my pick as the substitute goalkeeper.
Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m)
Chelsea have a really good run of fixtures coming up and in my opinion, Rüdiger is the best Chelsea defender to pick in terms of security of starts. He has started over 90% of the fixtures he has been available for under Tuchel and is one of his favourites.
He is a bit of a doubt with a back problem this week, but that would not me off from selecting him in my squad as he’s a safe long term pick.
Ben Chilwell (£5.6m)
This is a bit of a punt given the fact that Chilwell isn’t fully nailed but I think with the overall squad depth that I have, I can afford to pick a risky differential with high upside. Chilwell scored his first league goal of the season in Chelsea’s previous fixture against Southampton and added to his tally by scoring another goal for England in the World Cup qualifiers.
Even though he gave away a penalty against Southampton, most of the Chelsea fans and journalists believe that he has done well enough in his recent performances to have won back the shirt from Marcos Alonso. Alonso was below par against City before being taken off at half time after another poor performance against Juventus so might have lost his manager’s trust.
Chilwell was also on corner duty against Southampton which suggests that he could do well for bonus accumulation should he keep on creating chances through set pieces. With a very low ownership, Chilwell might be the perfect differential for now and a good long-term investment as well.
João Cancelo (£6.2m)
According to Fantasy Football Hub’s OPTA tool, Man City are ranked best for xG conceded, big chances conceded, shots conceded and shots in the box conceded this season. This just highlights their superiority in terms of defensive statistics when you compare them with some of the other defences in the league. Man City have already registered five clean sheets in the first seven fixtures, and are a team high on confidence.
Cancelo is fourth among defenders for penalty area touches this season, even though it must be said his expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA) per 90 haven’t been the best. Nonetheless, with his recent performances, I think it’s his shirt to lose and the fact that he is versatile enough to play right back should Pep decide to rotate means that he’s worth selecting.
Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.5m)
Trent is ranked third among all players in the league for chances created and big chances created this season so is one of the most explosive assets in the game. The only question was regarding his fitness, and according to latest reports, Trent is back in training so should be fit for Watford. I see no reason not to select him in a wildcard draft.
Tino Livramento (£4.2m)
Livramento is a bit of an automatic selection on a wildcard draft. He’s been excellent for Southampton this season and has made the right back position his own. In case there is any rotation or any injury in the squad, Livramento is a good bench option to have.
Mohamed Salah (£12.7m)
There’s no debate in this one. Salah is top for xG in the league this season, in the form of his life and the most reliable captaincy option in the game.
Raphinha has been consistent with his points in recent times but I still feel as if he has got more to offer. In my opinion, he remains the best midfielder in his price range, especially with the fixtures coming up. The Brazilian has recorded 19 big chance involvements in 25 matches this calendar year and remains in a league of his own when it comes to budget midfielders.
He is a doubt for Gameweek 8 as he is scheduled to arrive late with the Brazilians on Friday. Nonetheless, I would still have him in my squad as he is a good long term pick regardless of his availability for Gameweek 8.
Phil Foden (£7.9m)
To be honest, I’m not totally convinced about Foden but with the lack of alternatives available in this price range, I think he might be worth a punt. He has been in great form recently so looks good to have established himself into Pep Guardiola’s first eleven.
He has played two games on the bounce for England so could be rested this weekend ahead of Man City’s fixture against Brugge in midweek. I still think he would play two of the next three Premier League fixtures though, so could be worth selecting.
Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m)
Mbeumo is ranked top among budget midfielders for shots and big chances this season. Brentford in their recent game v Liverpool showed that they have the capability to score even against the tough defences in the league where they accumulated a xG of 2.3.
Mbeumo is top for big chances and xG among all Brentford players this season so there is a good chance of him being involved whenever Brentford are to score.
Josh Brownhill (£4.4m)
Brownhill is the cheapest midfielder in the game who is nailed, which is what you’d want from a cheap midfielder. He can do a job in emergency situations should there be any unexpected rotation or injuries.
Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m)
I prefer Lukaku to Ronaldo for this slot because of his fixtures. I think it’s a case of one or the other as I don’t think the three premiums draft makes optimal use of value as it leads to over reliance on the third premium to perform very well week in week out.
For the immediate future, Lukaku offers a great captaincy option in Gameweek 9 when Chelsea play Norwich in a week where Man United and Liverpool play each other.
Michail Antonio (£8.0m)
Antonio is second only to Salah for xG and expected goal involvement (xGi) among all players in the league this season, and that is despite missing one game due to suspension. He’s the top scoring forward in FPL so far and despite the tough fixtures coming up, I think is worth selecting.
West Ham are ranked fourth for xG this season and strike me as the sort of team who will score even against the difficult defences in the league.
Ivan Toney (£6.4m)
I’ve already written about Brentford and their ability to do well against tough opposition this season. I think Toney is a pick you can pick and forget about for the long run.
He is on penalties, and his creative ability is extremely underrated. He is top among all players for big chances created this season and third among forwards for xGi – only Antonio and Lukaku are faring better. With the high volume of chances that Toney creates, he is highly likely to get bonus points as well whenever he is to register an attacking return.
Best Gameweek 8 Wildcard Team
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