We bring you the best of the FPL Gameweek 7 Sunday matches and what they mean from a Fantasy Premier League perspective as Heung-min Son and Mo Salah both bag double-digit scores.
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FPL Gameweek 7 Sunday Match Reports
Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester
Goals: Iheanacho, Vardy // Olise, Schlupp
On his first start of the season, Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) punished a defensive lapse from Palace to give Leicester a first-half lead.
Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) made it 2-0 soon after as Joachim Andersen (£4.5m) was again at fault to allow the Foxes in.
That was Vardy’s sixth strike of the season, leaving him as the league’s joint-top goalscorer after seven gameweeks. The striker has posted just two blanks in that time.
But Leicester’s issues at the back continued as they conceded two second-half goals at Selhurst Park. Brendan Rodgers said:
“Throughout the game we didn’t look solid defensively in our final 25 yards of the pitch. [We are] quite a way [off last season’s defending] if you look at it today, as a team that has normally been defensively good. But today we had poor positioning in the box and they finished the chances.”
The Foxes have not kept a clean sheet since Gameweek 1. On Wilfred Ndidi‘s (£4.9m) hamstring injury, Rodgers added:
“It could be four to five weeks, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Ward; Gallagher (Schlupp 70), Milivojevic, McArthur; Zaha, Edouard (Benteke 84), Ayew (Olise 52).
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Castagne; Barnes, Tielemans, Choudhury (Soumare 58), Lookman (Albrighton 79); Iheanacho (Maddison 70), Vardy.
Spurs 2-1 Aston Villa
Goals: Hojbjerg, Targett OG // Watkins
Assists: Son x2 // Targett
Heung-min Son (£10.0m) reminded FPL managers of his points-scoring ability on Sunday afternoon with a brace of assists.
The attacker may be a consideration on Gameweek 8 wildcards, with Spurs facing a leaky Newcastle next before a mixed run of fixtures. Son took five shots against Villa, racking up an xG figure of 0.41.
Harry Kane (£12.1m) carded yet another blank, his fifth in five starts. But his xG totalled 0.78 from six shots, four of which hit the target.
On the striker, Nuno said:
“He worked very well for the team. It (the first PL goal) will come.”
On Aston Villa’s performance, Dean Smith stated:
“I didn’t think there as an awful lot in the match. We started both halves really well and they had the outstanding player on the pitch in Son, he set up the winner and caused us problems all game.”
Spurs XI: Lloris; Reguilon, Dier, Romero, Royal; Ndombele (Lo Celso 76), Skipp, Hojbjerg; Son, Kane, Lucas (Gil 89).
Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Mings, Hause (Traore 80), Konsa; Targett, Ramsey (Buendia 69), Luiz, McGinn, Cash; Watkins, Ings (Archer 89).
West Ham 1-2 Brentford
Goals: Mbeumo, Wissa // Bowen
Assists: Canos, Jansson // Soucek
Bryan Mbuemo (£5.5m) had a close-range header saved and hit the crossbar before his opener at the London Stadium.
The out-of-position midfielder and strike partner Ivan Toney (£6.3m) will both be sought after once Brentford get a clash with Chelsea out of the way in Gameweek 8.
From Gameweek 9 to Gameweek 14, the Bees sit top of the Hub’s Fixture Ticker when sorted by attack.
David Raya (£4.6m) made four saves against West Ham – the fourth time this season that the keeper has picked up a save point.
Said Benrahma (£6.6m) has now blanked four times in the last five gameweeks, while Michail Antonio (£8.0m) is on a run of two blanks in his last three outings.
Benrahma had five shots – two on target, one in the box – against Brentford. Antonio had a total of two shots, both inside the box, while he also created four chances for his team-mates.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Zouma, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen; Antonio.
Brentford XI: Raya; Pinnock, Jansson, Zanka; Henry, Onyeka (Bidstrup 82), Norgaard, Baptiste (Jensen 29), Canos; Toney, Mbeumo (Wissa 82).
Liverpool 2-2 Man City
Goals: Mane, Salah // Foden, De Bruyne
Assists: Salah, Jones // Jesus
Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) produced a magical assist for Sadio Mane (£11.9m) before scoring an absolutely brilliant goal on Sunday.
The former is likely to be Gameweek 8’s top captain pick as Liverpool travel to Watford.
Man City, meanwhile, embark on a great fixture run after the international break which begins with a home tie against Burnley.
Pep Guardiola’s mean defence have still only conceded three times so far this season.
Picking an attacker from the Citizens’ roster could be rather more difficult though, with a plethora of options available for Guardiola’s front three.
Phil Foden (£7.9m) made his case with an initial equaliser against Liverpool from a tight angle.
Jack Grealish (£8.0m), on the other hand, struggled in a false-nine role before being hooked on 65 minutes.
Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) got City’s second equaliser with a deflected strike. However, he might prove a tad expensive for most FPL bosses considering the amount of premium options available elsewhere.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Milner (Gomez 78); Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Mane, Jota (Firmino 67), Salah.
Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Walker; Silva, Rodrigo, De Bruyne; Foden, Grealish (Sterling 65), Jesus.
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