Manchester City slotted 7 into Stoke’s net, taking them 2 points clear of their city rivals. The 2 top captain picks blanked and we had an assist from a goalkeeper. Here’s a roundup of GW8 of the EPL.
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United:
Manchester United put safety first and secured a draw at Anfield. Lukaku, the 2nd most popular captain choice for the first time this season ended up getting just one touch inside Liverpool’s box as Klopp’s side dominated the game, but United held on, thanks to heroics from Jones and De Gea. Manchester United run into a tough set of fixtures and knowing José’s tactics, might be wise to sell the United attack.
Gomes(3), De Gea(2), Jones, Lovren, Moreno(1 each)
Burnley 1-1 West Ham:
Antonio grabbed his first goal of the season assisted by Joe Hart. Yes, you read it right, assisted by the Hammers’ goalie. In 8 games, Hart has had 4 hauls of 6 points or more. And in contrast to popular budget picks, he’s just 4.4 in value. Wood, who dropped £0.1 after consecutive blanks, equalised for Burnley.
Hart(3), Wood(2), Pope and Antonio (1 each)
Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea:
In a shocker match, Zaha excelled as Palace stood their ground to beat the defending champions 2-1. Zaha, chosen by 1.1 million managers in GW1 returned after an injury. Hazard’s value rose by £0.1 as everyone expected Chelsea to trounce over a Palace team in a shambles at the moment. The absence of an established striker is hurting Chelsea. It is widely known that Conte’s teams score through the striker.
Bakayoko(3), Cabaye and Sakho(2 each)
Man City 7-2 Stoke:
This week Manchester City put seven into the net. They have dream fixtures coming up and it might be a good idea to double up, or even triple up on the Man City attack. Sterling and Jesus have been transferred in by a millon managers each and Silva by another 50,000 managers.
Jesus(3), Sterling (2), De Bruyne(1)
Swansea 2-0 Huddersfield:
Abraham has established himself as Swansea’s primary scorer with 4 goals in 8 games this season. The third most transferred player for GW9, Abraham is now owned by 8.4% managers, with the number going up
Abraham(3), Carroll (2), Fernandez(1)
Spurs 1-0 Bournemouth:
Spurs held on in a tight game to pip Bournemouth by a very small margin. Capped by 1.6 million managers and in prime form, Kane blanked, much to the collective agony of his FPL managers. Eriksen continued his impressive start to the season with another goal.
Eriksen(3), Trippier(2), Toby(1)
Watford 2-1 Arsenal:
Time is running out for Wenger. Iwobi made a third start ahead of both Sanchez and Ozil and his price has already gone up by £0.1. Richarlison is living up to the hype and potential as he grabbed another assist. Per Mertesacker scored his first PL goal in 1400 days to put Arsenal forward at half time, but Watford roared back through United reject Cleverley and club captain Deeney.
Bonus: Cleverley(3), Per(2), Deeney(1)
Brighton 1-1 Everton:
Brighton were left frustrated as Everton equalised through Rooney in the 90th minute. That, however, did not prevent Rooney’s FPL price from going down. Groß has been involved in 4 out of the 5 Brighton goals this season and assisted Knockeart’s first PL goal.
Rooney(3), Knockeart(2), Groß(1)
Southampton 2-2 Newcastle:
Gabbiadini scored 2 in a closely contested game. Redmond and Long chipped in with assists for Southampton as Gabbiadini converted a penalty late in the game to secure a draw for the saints. Despite this, managers have shunned Gabbi and his price has fallen to £6.6 from £7.0 in the first match.
Gabbi(3), Redmond(2), Perez(2)
Leicester 1-1 West Brom:
The late game ended in a draw with Mahrez and Chadli scoring for their teams. This was Mahrez’s first goal this season. WBA face really tough fixtures in the next 5 matches so it may be a not be good idea to sell the WBA defence.
Chadli(3), Krychowiak(2), Mahrez(1)