In this FPL Gameweek 8 team reveal article, FPL Matthew reviews Gameweek 7 and shares his thoughts going into Gameweek 8.
With three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes, FPL Matthew writes his article every Gameweek. He details his team selection, captain and transfer plans exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.
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FPL Gameweek 7 Review
Gameweek 7 was a forgettable week for many I think, with most of the popular picks blanking. It certainly was for me, ending up on just 43 points. This included a captain blank for Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m), although many people suffered a similar fate I think.
What really saved my gameweek was the goalless draw between Brighton and Arsenal! In the end I suffered only a small red arrow from 67k to 76k overall rank.
Here was my performance in full:
FPL Gameweek 8 Preview
Here is the Hub Fixture Ticker for the next four gameweeks. It's ordered from best to worst by opponent difficulty (the traditional fixture ticker view):
The fixture shift is here. Southampton, Arsenal and Chelsea all have nice runs now.
At the other end of the table, popular teams such as Brighton, Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester United are into trickier schedules for a while.
Current Plans - FPL Gameweek 8 Team Reveal
This is how I'm currently set up heading into Gameweek 8, prior to making any transfers:
As well as the flagged Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m), Raphinha (£6.5m) is yet again a doubt given his international commitments with Brazil. Diogo Jota (£7.6m) has also pulled out of international duty with an injury and Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m) has also been mentioned as an early doubt.
So, a few uncertainties in my team at this point, as well as a tricky fixture for my Watford attacking pair.
Key Stats Ahead of FPL Gameweek 8
Now, let's look at some key player and team stats for the last six gameweeks, highlighting some notable statistics, to get an idea of how things are going.
The Top Players From Gameweek 2-7
Here are the top players for Gameweeks 2-7 sorted by expected FPL points. The table also highlights some other notable statistics.
The Top Teams From Gameweek 2-7
Here are some key team stats, sorted by total shots in the box.
Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the attacking stats, highlighting the value of their assets.
My FPL Most Wanted List - Gameweek 8 Team Reveal
This is where I identify the FPL players who I am currently most considering bringing into my team. I'll also highlight who might make way for them.
I update this list each week and this helps me to formulate a rough mental shortlist of potential moves.
New: Manchester City defender - João Cancelo (£6.2m) - highest upside, some risk, Rúben Dias (£6.1m) - safest pick but less upside, Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) - value pick with some risk
New: Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) - another high risk pick as he only just came into the team this week, but also high potential rewards as he did look great going forward
Removed: Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m) - he came into my team last week
Out-list: possibly Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) - who showed last week that he's maybe not as nailed on as I'd hoped
New: Phil Foden (£6.9m) - looked great against Liverpool and perhaps coming into form, fitness and favour at the right time in terms of fixtures (that's a lot of F's!)
Out-list: Perhaps Diogo Jota (£7.6m) who is now more of a rotation risk with Roberto Firmino back to full fitness
Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) - he's not been great so far but you just feel that those upcoming fixtures will bring goals
Transfer Plans - FPL Gameweek 8 Team Reveal
I will have one free transfer and £0.9m in the bank this week.
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