Who are the best Fantasy Premier League midfielders to own for Gameweek 7? 4-time top 1k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium midfielders for our FPL teams.
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Gameweek 7 looks to have a fair few favourable fixtures attacking-wise. Looking at our fixture ticker and filtering to attack we can see there are plenty of quality teams to pick from. As usual, we will use the fixtures, form, and underlying stats to pick the best midfielders for the current Gameweek. Here's hoping we see some more action in Gameweek 7 than we did in Gameweek 6!
Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) – Liverpool
Fixture: West Ham United (H)
I picked Mohamed Salah last week also for his blank but when Liverpool have a home fixture and Salah is fit he will always be one of the top options. Although he only managed two points he was rather unfortunate not to have got any returns and on another day could have had a double digital haul. It was just one of those Gameweek’s where most of the premium options never returned and that’s football for you. These types of Gameweeks happen and it's best just to take it on the chin and don’t let the emotion cloud your judgement.
Despite his blank the Egyptian still had a busy game with four Shots, three Shots in the Box, one Shot on Target, and two Big Chances. He also created two Chances, had a goal ruled out for offside via VAR and hit the post. Therefore it's business as usual with the Liverpool forward and he has another home game against the Hammers in which you have to fancy him to do well despite West Ham not being the easiest fixture. Looking at his stats for the season he still has the best underlying numbers with 29 Shots (1st), 12 Shots on Target (2nd), 22 Shots in the Box (1st) and 17 Chances Created (2nd). He is still getting into dangerous positions and still looking to score every Gameweek.
Despite West Ham’s impressive defensive stats, they are still culpable to concede as they have shown in their last two games. Although I don’t see this being a complete walkover for the Reds I do think they will win comfortably with at least two goals scored. I also think Mo is one of the top three best captaincy options for Gameweek 7.
Update: Salah could have potentially picked up a knock in Liverpool's UCL win over Midtjylland which will need monitoring.
Heung-Min Son (£9.5m) – Spurs
Fixture: Brighton (H)
The South Korean is simply too good to ignore this season. He has clearly taken his game to a new level this and just keeps scoring. He was the only premium midfielder to have scored last Gameweek and is now the league's top scorer with eight goals and also has two assists to his name for good measure. In his last four seasons at Spurs, he has never managed more than 14 goals and his last three seasons have never got more than 12. He looks to be well on course to have his best season ever in a Spurs shirt.
As I have stated before Son is historically an elite finisher so it's no surprise that his eight goals have come from only 10 Shots on Target and eight Big Chances. Although it’s highly unlikely he will keep up this rate of scoring he will still score very well over the season if he stays fit. He seems to be getting into really dangerous positions and seems to have taken his partnership with Harry Kane (£10.9m) to new heights too as the England forward has now assisted seven of Son’s eight goals. Son has also created 13 Chances (3rd) himself and three Big Chances so he will also pick up assists too.
Spurs face Brighton at home in Gameweek 7 and they look to be playing some of the best football in recent years; so far this season they are one of the best attacking teams in the league. They have scored the most goals (16), had 41 Shots on Target (2nd), 59 Shots in the Box (3rd), and 21 Big Chances (2nd). They have also created the most Big Chances (17).
Brighton still actually have the best defensive stats in the league believe it or not. They have only conceded 44 Shots (1st), 26 Shots in the Box (1st) and 18 Shots on Target (1st). This will be a really interesting match-up and I can see this one having a few goals from both as I think Spurs are too strong offensively especially with the form of Kane and Son.
James Rodríguez (£8.0m) – Everton
Fixture: Newcastle United (a)
The Colombian has had an instant impact at Everton since his arrival. With three goals and three assists, he has already risen £0.5m in price and was clearly underpriced by FPL. He has had 14 Shots, six Shots on Target, seven Shots in the Box and has also created 17 Chances (2nd) and five Big Chances (2nd) and is also on corners. Although The Toffees suffered their first defeat of the season to Southampton last Gameweek they have the perfect game in Newcastle United to bounce back. The Toons have been one of the worst sides defensively this season conceding the most Shots (102), Shots on Target (41), and second most Shots in the Box (56). They also have the third-worst xGC with 10.78.
Whereas offensively Everton have been one of the best teams scoring 14 goals (3rd), 29 Shots on Target (6th), 45 Shots in the Box (7th) and 16 Big Chances (3rd), they also have the fourth-best xG (10.64) behind only Leeds United, Spurs and their bitter rivals Liverpool. They have clearly improved massively as a team with new signings this season in Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.4m) and Allan (£5.4m) and this seems to have breathed new life into their main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) who has seven goals already. James is clearly their best player and as long as he stays fit Everton will continue to score points through his goal and assists.
Jack Grealish (£7.2m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Southampton (H)
Aston Villa had a bit of a reality check last Gameweek as they were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Leeds United. They lost their 100% record but I can see them having a positive reaction to this rather than going on a slump. They did have chances to score in that match and Grealish was again at the heart of everything and was really unlucky not to grab a goal. He had a shot cleared brilliantly off the line by Luke Ayling (£4.5m) and then hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper from three yards out after a going on a mazy run from his own half. He looked, as usual, the main driving force and threat in that game in which he managed two Shots, two Shots on Target and two Shots in the Box. Both those shots were big chances though and this was in a game in which they were dominated for large parts.
His overall stats for the season remain impressive with 11 Shots, five Shots on Target, 10 Shots in the Box and 15 Chances Created. Aston Villa come up against Southampton in Gameweek 7 who have just come off a good win over league leaders Everton. However, I really feel we will see a bounce back from Villa as they have been very impressive for a while now and we shouldn’t read too much into the Leeds defeat; they are a very good team and Bielsa has turned them into a force to be reckoned with. Aston Villa have been a different team both offensively and defensively since Gameweek 30 last season and I see them doing well over the course of the season.
Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m)
Fixture: Wolves (a)
The Ivorian international has had his best start to the season in the Premier League. He has managed five goals and one assist and sits only two points behind Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) with 48 despite playing for Crystal Palace who have never been the best team offensively.
The Palace midfielder has 15 Shots, seven Shots on Target, 13 Shots in the Box and six Big Chances whilst also creating nine Chances and two Big Chances. He has clearly become a much better FPL option than in recent years and his numbers can't be ignored. Although they face a tough fixture in Wolves away his form has been such that you feel that any goals the Eagles score, Zaha will be involved in some way. He is a nailed starter and with him now being the main penalty taker this makes him a very viable fantasy option especially at his price. His fixtures after Gameweek 7 pick up and are very favourable so he is a good option long term too.
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