A few interesting encounters fill up the card for GW7. The most notable match is that of Tottenham vs Man City – the two top sides in the Premier League. You’ll want to avoid defenders from either side for this fixture, but make sure your squad is full up of top attacking talent. Other appetising matches include Middlesbrough vs West Ham (two teams who love nothing more than losing) and Hull vs Chelsea, where the result is certainly no foregone concussion. For this game week, you’ll want to make the following changes… wildcard, anyone?
Theo Walcott – Arsenal (£7.6m – 4.7% ownership)
There seems to be a certain cycle to Walcott’s form which repeats with a tedious inevitably – Walcott scores a couple of goals here and there, demands to start up front, gets his chance, plays awfully and then hibernates. This isn’t a great omen, but at the moment he’s in stage one of this cycle – scoring goals. England’s (not quite) next big thing bagged himself a brace in the Champions League midweek and will surely get a chance to start in an advanced role against Burnley. His relative cheapness for an Arsenal player makes him a strong risk to take this gameweek – but you’ll probably want to transfer him out a few weeks later.
Yannick Bolasie – Everton (£6.1m – 6.1% ownership)
The pacey Congalese winger has walked straight into Everton’s starting XI since his move from Crystal Palace, displacing Gerard Deulofeu and notching a few assists here and there. Everton’s match against the Eagles means Bolasie will face his former side for the first time and will be eager to make an impression – just imagine the headlines. With Romelu Lukaku in great form, Bolasie is the ideal provider for the big striker to continue his goalscoring spell. At £6.1m too, he’s a bargain choice.
Troy Deeney – Watford (£7.0 – 6.2% ownership)
Watford have started the season in impressive fashion, mainly thanks to a certain Etienne Capoue’s highly unusual goalscoring streak (and if you haven’t got him in your FPL side, why on earth not?!). In the attacking department, Ighalo and Deeney haven’t been the explosive duo that we saw at the start of last season, but both have contributed their fair share to Watford’s good run of form. With an easy run of fixtures over October, a Hornets striker is bound to get a few more goals under his belt, with Deeney looking the most likely bet. Besides, Capoue’s form can’t last forever (or could it?) – so someone will need to pick up the goalscoring responsibilities soon.
Eden Hazard (£9.9 – 21.9% ownership)
The Belgium winger, following a dire season last campaign, appeared to be back to his best when he started the season. However, Chelsea have appeared to be very slack in recent matches, with none other than Diego Costa being the main source of attacking inspiration. Hazard is a fantastic player but may still be suffering from a 2015/16 and Euro hangover, so it’s best to get him out of your team until he hits form, which will no doubt be soon. In the mean time though, there are plenty of cheaper options.
Erik Lamela (£6.9 – 8.7% ownership)
Just like Hazard, Lamela had a strong beginning to the campaign, leading Spurs fans to believe this season might actually be the one where he justifies his mammoth transfer fee and fulfils his potential. However, just like Hazard, he has tailed off since the opening games which has led to a decrease in his value. With Manchester City to face next, it seems far more likely that Son will be the source of attacking inspiration – whilst Lamela will be an ineffective points scorer.
Jamie Vardy (£9.8m – 14.6% ownership)
No-one can blame Jamie Vardy for continuing his infamous party – a Premier League winners medal and a silver boot would satisfy any striker of his calibre for the next decade. But while Leicester make impressive strides in the Champions League, their league form has been mediocre in comparison to last season. Besides, Islam Slimani seems to be the lead striker now and has impressed since his big money move to the title holders. His high ownership percentage and diminishing price makes Vardy the prime candidate for you to drop from your strike force, but it would still be wise to keep a Leicester player in your side.