Welcome to our Top 5 GW picks series!
We are selecting 5 players who we believe will score big points over the game week, and possible transfer options for you to consider.
Harry Kane (£12.5m)
Harry Kane has been the talk of the town this week off the back of his brace against Huddersfield. Many FPL managers have lifted trees to get the Englishman into their teams, with over 160,000 transfers this week alone. The most popular fall guy has been Aguero ahead of his match at Anfield. If you are still debating making a similar transfer or whether to buy Kane, our latest article will help with your decision.
As mentioned, Kane scored 2 goals last game week to add to his single goal in GW6 against Brighton. Kane’s statistics have improved slightly over the past few weeks, taking a total of 8 shots and 4 key passes.
Tottenham face Cardiff this game week, who have conceded the joint most goals in the league (16). Still to have not won a match, Cardiff are the perfect opposition for Kane to reward FPL managers bringing him in. An air of caution with Tottenham, with their increasing injury list including notable players like Alli and Eriksen, expect a tougher game for Spurs than expected.
Jamie Vardy (£8.9m)
Vardy makes his second appearance of the season on our Top 5 GW picks. Vardy has 2 goals in his last 2 matches, and Leicester have come into some form ahead of their weekend match against Everton.
Vardy is posting some impressive underlying statistics so far this season. He is averaging 3.64 shots per 90 along with an expected goals per 90 (xG90) of 0.83, one of the best of any striker in the league. As mentioned, Leicester play Everton at home and managers will have the right to believe Vardy can score some decent points.
Last week was Everton’s first clean sheet of the season, and haven’t won a game away from home yet. Everton also played in a midweek League Cup match, and while it wasn’t their starting 11, a few notable names played their part.
Glenn Murray (£6.5m)
Glenn Murray currently has 4 goals in 7 matches for Brighton, continuing his impressive form from last season. 3 of his 4 goals have come at home and it seems that both Murray and Brighton preform better when playing in their home ground.
For a striker playing in a bottom half team, his stats are pretty decent with an xG90 of 0.45. He faces an in-form West Ham on Friday night, but have only kept 1 clean sheet so far this season. Being Brighton’s leading man, we expect it to be a game suited to the big man under the lights and grab himself a 5th goal for the season.
Mo Salah (£12.9m)
Jeez, Salah just can’t catch a break recently. He’s continuing to be transferred out and has currently been transferred out by over 190,000 FPL managers for GW8.
We however fancy him to score some decent points against Man City this weekend. Firstly, although it has been publicised that Salah isn’t on form, he still has 3 goals and 2 assists in 7 games. His underlying stats are also brilliant, with an xG90 of 0.88 and taking 4.44 Sh90.
Although these stats can be questioned with actual results on the pitch, it is clear that he is still getting into the right areas and being a goal threat. Salah’s record against Man City is also very good, scoring 3 goals in 4 matches in all competitions against them.
Many would think playing City is a bad thing for Salah in his form, but we think it could be the perfect match for him. Mendy’s ‘injury’ has still not been cleared by Guardiola but some conferences have suggested at a possible chance of playing against Liverpool. With his attacking threat, it could be the best thing as a Salah owner seeing him on the team sheet. It would leave a massive space behind the defence for Salah to expose and hopefully capitalise on.
The other alternative in Laporte should bring even more confidence after his display in the Champions League. Although a very good centre back, Laporte would struggle to deal with the pace and runs of Salah on the wings.
Joe Hart (£4.6m)
Hart has become the second highest FPL goalkeeper points scorer this season, and has become a regular for the Clarets. Although only keeping 2 clean sheets, he has accumulated his points from impressive save and bonus points.
Burnley host Huddersfield this weekend, and we think Hart will be getting his 3rd clean sheet of the season. Huddersfield are the lowest scorers in the league (3) and have the worst expected goals scored (3.75). These underlying stats suggest that Huddersfield haven’t been unlucky, they are just not creating the opportunities to score.
At £4.6m, Joe Hart could prove to be a great value pick for GW8 and bring home some decent points.