FPL Gameweek 8 transfer tips by Fantasy Premier League author David Wardale. He suggests the best transfer targets, from the obvious to the obscure.
Here are a few names that might make your FPL shortlist.
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The Premiums – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Transfer Tips
Mohamed Salah (£12.7m)
Let’s start by assuming you already own the Egyptian ahead of Liverpool’s Saturday lunchtime trip to Watford.
You do own Salah, right?
That’s the Salah with 21 points more than any other player in the game. With the most shots overall, on target and in the box. And the most goals, the second-best assist tally and the sixth-best key passes total.
Yeah, of course you’ve got him and his five straight returns and six hauls in seven matches. Four of these have led to double-figure scores.
Once more, for the record, buy Salah!
Joao Cancelo (£6.2m)
Now, let’s move on to another best-in-class performer. Cancelo has a very attractive home fixture with Burnley in Gameweek 8.
Despite leading the way among defenders, with 44 points, the full-back is still only owned by 18.2% of managers.
This makes him the 20th most popular pick in FPL. For context, that points tally is bettered by only three players.
It is also equalled by Said Benrahma (£6.6m), who has double his ownership.
Cancelo has five clean sheets, two assists and two maximum bonus points awards to his name so far.
And while second-guessing Pep Guardiola’s selection policy is like juggling custard – pointless and guaranteed to get messy – the Portugal international is close to undroppable.
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s full-back options remain limited by the absence of Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.3m).
His ten attempts is the third-best figure among defenders and his two assists a figure beaten by only two.
Only three teams have had fewer attempts on the road than Burnley’s 29 this season. The Clarets have also allowed a fourth-worst 63 shots on their travels from a match fewer than all those above them.
As a result, Cancelo could prosper at both ends of the pitch ahead of a promising fixture schedule.
The Potentials – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Transfer Tips
Timo Werner (£8.6m)
The German burned more FPL managers than a McDonald’s apple pie.
In his last two starts, he has scored nine points while producing an expected points (xPts) figure of 13.0.
But Chelsea’s form and fixtures are too good not to have their key players in your plans. This is compounded by the doubts over Romelu Lukaku’s (£11.7m) fitness which add another layer of appeal to the Germany international.
Speaking of which, Werner scored twice on Monday night to help his country become the first nation, other than hosts Qatar, to qualify for the World Cup.
He’ll have had nothing better to do this week other than consider how in-form he is at present.
Over the last two Gameweeks, only Harry Kane (£12.1m) has had more shots on target (five compared to Werner’s four) among forwards.
Meanwhile, his attempts (eight), shots in the box (seven) and big chances (two) are all in the top three for strikers.
Lukaku’s numbers over the same period read (in the same order): zero; two; two; one.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel seems set on two up top at present, although he does like a tinker.
But if Lukaku really is injured, and not suffering from the sort of international break ‘muscle issue’ that is rather more political than physical, then Werner looks even more nailed-on for Saturday evening’s trip to Brentford.
Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley follow that. These are fixtures that might finally mean we’ll be burned for not having Werner rather than the other way round.
So maybe get him now while he’s not too hot?
Jamie Vardy (£10.5m)
And if you still can’t stomach that idea, there’s always Jamie Vardy.
While most Premier League players have been off serving their country, the Leicester City frontman has been sat in his pants, eating crisps and binge watching Squid Game.
He’s earned the break, to be fair, what with his six goals, one assist and 48 sweet FPL points. All of this was done, lest we forget, in a Foxes side nowhere their best.
A trip to Old Trafford might seem like a tough fixture to continue such great form, but Manchester United look likely to be missing key defenders.
The Red Devils have failed to keep a clean sheet at home all campaign and haven’t won in front of their own fans for over a month.
Vardy, meanwhile, is looking razor sharp. He’s bagged four goals in his last three starts and his six for the season have come from just 20 shots.
For comparison, Southampton’s Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) has managed 21 shots and found the net just once.
Still only owned by 14.4%, Vardy’s fixtures are also generally decent all the way through to Christmas.
The Punts – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Transfer Tips
Allan Saint Maximin (£6.8m)
Okay, so calling Allan Saint Maximin (£6.8m) Newcastle’s best attacking option is ignoring the fact that he is, to all intents and purposes, their only one.
The Magpies have managed to score just eight goals this season. Saint-Maximin has been involved in five of them (two goals, three assists).
Callum Wilson (£7.3m) who had two goals in three starts before succumbing to a thigh injury, might be available for Sunday’s visit by Spurs.
Yet he’ll surely be eased back in and, besides, the French forward has all the form you need at the moment.
He has produced returns in four of the last five matches. Saint-Maximin sits fourth among FPL forwards for points despite his club’s struggles.
The Frenchman is also the second most creative forward in the game (behind Raul Jimenez), with 16 key passes.
Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Aston Villa probably kept Nuno Espirito Santo in a job in Gameweek 7.
However, his side have been awful on the road in recent times, conceding three goals in both of their last two away days.
Newcastle have shown some bite at home, scoring in all three of their Tyneside matches to date.
And while they’re a defensive mess, the Toon’s attacking threat isn’t actually that bad. 11 teams have recorded fewer shots and attempts on target than their 93 and 27 respectively.
There’s one more variable to consider here – the Saudi takeover.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce seems unlikely to be in charge come Sunday, so there could well be a new manager bounce (or at least a non-Brucie bonus) in play as well.
Neal Maupay (£6.5m)
And talking of unpopular figures, you could also do a lot worse than having pantomime villain Neal Maupay (£6.5m) up front this weekend.
The, ahem, ‘abrasive’ Brighton striker is just one place (and five points) below Saint-Maximin in the forward charts. He also has a plum trip to Norwich this Saturday.
Buying him could be seen as a one-shot deal as the Seagulls face Man City and Liverpool after that. Yet Maupay is third for goals, with four, among strikers.
Moreover, the French striker has had the same number of big chances (four) as Lukaku and an identical xG figure (2.43 v 2.48) for a fraction of the Belgian’s price.
On the other hand, Norwich continue to do Norwich things. For example, the Canaries lead the way for goals conceded (16) and big chances (20) allowed.
While their home record is generally better, the 11 big chances coughed up at Carrow Road is another league-worst figure.
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