ContestsGold contests are available for nine of the FPL Gameweek 7 fixtures. There's also separate competitions for just the Saturday fixtures, plus contests for the six fixtures occurring on Sunday and Monday. The Friday night game between Wolves and Crystal Palace is not included here. In this article, the focus is on the Gold contests, where there is no limit on the number of stars allowed from the respective card ratings. The prize pots have been boosted once again this weekend, from the usual £1,500 prize pool. The minimum for the GW7 Gold is £2,250, with a big £3,000 in the pots for the GW7 Saturday Gold and the GW7 Sun/Mon Gold. These contests will be popular so it's likely that the prize pools will increase from those minimum guarantees as the deadline looms closer.
StrategyIt’s important to understand the Footstock Scoring Matrix when creating those lineups, as it does differ from FPL and is far more rigorous. Goals (20) are worth double the points of an assist (10), a win (6) is worth more than a clean sheet (5) for defenders. Goalkeepers score 10 points for a clean sheet, which is double the amount a defender gains. This is important to note, with some prolific goalkeepers having a high base return. Wingers like Adama Traore, Wilfred Zaha and Allan Saint-Maximin are particularly suited to the scoring matrix for their actions such as successful dribbles. When picking a side, the win bonus is an important factor to bear in mind, so it doesn’t make sense to select players form opposing sides within the same lineup. As with FPL, the points ceiling is far higher for offensive players, so I tend to select more attacking lineups. With no substitutes allowed, it's important to try and pinpoint players who still start, although we will have early team news for the opening fixture of the respective contests; Sheffield United vs Manchester City on Saturday (no guessing on Pep roulette for a change!) and Aston Villa vs Southampton on Sunday. Players can gain the six point win bonus from appearances as a substitute though. For the Gold contests, there's a minimum requirement across the nine players to have at least one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and one striker. You are only permitted to enter a maximum of eight cards from one team.
FixturesWe have nine Gameweek 7 fixtures available here. Setting your lineup is similar to playing a Free Hit in Fantasy Premier League, although you aren't limited to three players per club, there's no set budget and very offensive formations are viable. When selecting lineups, it's important to first consider the likely winners, then identify potential goalscorers and assisters, clean sheet potential and those players with a high base points potential.
#GW7 anytime scorers probability %— FPL Salah (Abdul) (@FPL_Salah) October 28, 2020
The big favourites for the weekend according to the bookies are Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United, Everton and Leicester City could also have wins on the card, although in arguably tougher fixtures.
#GW7 clean sheet probability %— FPL Salah (Abdul) (@FPL_Salah) October 27, 2020
LineupsTaking all of the above data into account, I've constructed lineups for the various Gold contests on offer this weekend. As well as sharing my thoughts below, I've also recorded a short video for the Hub YouTube channel with my thoughts on strategy and my lineups for the Gameweek 7 Gold contests.
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