After a huge Arsenal vs Leicester game and a Sanchez hatrick we head into Gameweek 8 with loads of stats (too many?) to look at to keep our player watchlist bubbling with potential. The fixtures outlook gives us a bit of help with Man City having extremely good fixtures facing Newcastle (MCI 5 - 0 NEW 14/15) and then Bournemouth. Leicester look good too facing up against NOR, SOU, CPL and WBA. Crystal Palace and Chelsea are also up there too with favourable fixtures coming over the next few weeks. We're hoping to get our Fixture Analyser back up and running after some technical challenges though, but let's dive into players right away.
Asmir Begovic with a great run of fixtures tops our watchlist of goalkeepers. We're also keeping an eye on Jack Butland (STO) who looks to be performing well and sits with a pretty decent set of fixtures too.
Kolarov has been at the top for a while now, we picked him up some time ago but he's still on top spot given the fixtures MCI have coming.
Dawson (WBA) and Dier (TOT) provide good cheaper alternatives. West Brom's defensive performances have been good recently, and with a few nice games coming up there is certainly possibilites for clean sheets in this team. Spurs have seen improvements in their performances in recent fixtures and with Dier playing in a midfield role, he provides somewhat of an attacking threat too at times (and may even take free kicks ocassionally). However, be warned as Dier is on the verge of a 1 match suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
De Bruyne (yes another City player!) has caught our attention and appears to be a nice pick from the City Midfield. The fixtures also play a part in this pick, but there are plenty of other options out there as Sanchez has proven his stats to be right. The return of Silva could change things here though
Despite a quiet week against Arsenal, Mahrez is not moving on our watchlist. We picked him at the start and the results have been great. Leicester's fixtures are good too.
Mane (SOU) looks excellent with ever improving stats, the shots numbers puts him level with Mahrez and with fewer minutes in total. Payet (WHM) created 6 chances in the draw with Norwich which was only one less than the highest of the game week - Ozil - both appear to be very potent assist threats but their goal threat is low.
Last but not least, Walcott who is playing as a Forward but can be picked up as a Midfielder looks to be putting up good numbers with 8 efforts and the second most touches in the box last gameweek. The risk of rotation is a big one though, so he remains as a one to watch for us.
Aguero (MCI) is still posting good numbers, with 10 shots and 3 big chances over the last two gameweeks. The points returns have been low but these numbers should return points if they continue. Pelle (SOU) and Martial (MUN) are in good form but don't have the strongest fixtures.
With Wilson out for an extended period, many managers are looking for cheaper alternatives to help fund their Elite picks. Vardy is a great pick at £6.6m. Not only is he the highest scoring Forward, but he's joint top with 7 attempts on target so far (with Pelle). Sakho (WHM) is another good choice in the same price bracket, with excellent stats from the last two gameweeks including 5 big chances and 9 shots inside the box. Finally given the bargain price on offer, Watford's Ighalo is worth a mention with decent (7 shots inside the box in the last 2 GW) stats too, but we're not sure how Watford will fair over the coming weeks.
With a huge amount of ever-changing stats on offer it's definitely hard to make the right calls at this point in the season. Sanchez's stats pointed to results, which is why we try to follow the numbers as much as possible, and incorporate that into an overall strategy for upcoming games and the right player balance. Good luck with your picks this week, may the green arrows be there on Monday!