Before we look at gameweek 8, here’s how the FPL Updates XI did in gameweek 7:
Heaton conceded twice to two bullet headers from the Burnley attackers for his single point. Zinchenko started against Everton but had a poor game and conceded to once. I’m rather worried about his place in the side. Robertson kept his second clean sheet of the season against Sheffield United. Soyuncu also kept a clean sheet on debut against a Newcastle side who were down to ten men for more than half the game.
Sterling left it quite late to net against Everton as his shot hit the bar and just bounced in. A captain’s goal was welcomed. De Bruyne is on another level this season. He assisted twice and hasn’t blanked when he has started. Mount won a penalty in his sides win against Brighton and went close to scoring. Salah blanked against Sheffield United as The Reds could only score once. His fixtures are to toughen after the international break.
Abraham somehow managed to blank against Brighton. He had the most big chances missed in the gameweek which is a positive as he’s getting those opportunities. Pukki blanked against Norwich but as previously mentioned, The Canaries are poor on the road. He did had a sweetly struck volley saved in the first half.
Transfers: Ceballos -> McGinn
The Spaniard isn’t getting enough gametime in the Arsenal side at this moment in time, so McGinn who hasn’t missed a minute this season comes in. He’s got two nice fixtures and is Villa’s talisman.
Heaton plays Norwich at Carrow Road and I’m expecting plenty chances for Heaton to get his gloves on. A clean sheet will be tough but hopefully it will be one of our strikers taking his clean sheet. Robertson faces Leicester who are in great form and should have Maddison fit but Robertson has been ticking over whether it be clean sheets or assists. Zinchenko faces Wolves who upset plenty of the top 6 last season. Whether he starts is another question. Lundstram travels to Watford who are in dreadful form having failed to win all season. Soyuncu starts against Liverpool with the absence of De Bruyne.
Sterling is at home to Wolves and they’ve kept just 2 clean sheets and previously shipped 5 at home to Chelsea. City are scoring freely the only issue is if your player is going to start. Salah’s performance at home to Leicester will have a big impact on whether he keeps his place in the side for the medium term. He faces 3 top 6 sides in his next 4 after the international break. Mount travels to Southampton and is improving every week according to his manager. McGinn travels to Norwich who are yet to keep a clean sheet.
Pukki’s previous 2 blanks have been worrying for his standards but both were away from home. His next 2 games will be important for his place in the side but I’m confident he scores against Villa. Abraham will be looking to put things right after spurning so many chances. He faces Southampton followed by some more kind fixtures.
Captain: Sterling. A cameo of the bench in Europe was enough to solidify my decision. Wolves are after playing in Turkey on Thursday night and aren’t as tight at the back compared to last season. I feel Wolves are much better opponent to play against than Leicester and that’s why he takes it over Salah.
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