Undecided. That’s the only answer I’ve come up with after the previous game, as Kevin Be Druyne is flagged and Bernardo Silva is facing up to a six game suspension for alleged racist tweets to teammate, Ben Mendy. While I don’t own Silva, his potential absence could be a decider when it comes to the free transfer I have ahead of GW8. This is also the final week before we head into the second international break, which has me considering rolling the FT, as I did after GW4, to myself more options when Premier League play continues.
The question I’ve continually asked myself, “Can I afford to go without the league’s best player for a week?” KDB did not start in GW5, but came on to pick up 33 mintues in a 3-2 loss at Carrow Road. He’s an important piece to City and their attack, something they missed last season, so his absence from the starting XI could hurt their goal tally as the host Wolves this week. Pep still has some great talent to fill the potential holes, but it will hurt your fantasy team depending on what you do with KDB.
He’s one of seven players I am still on from the start of the season, purchased at £9.5, as I’ve made £0.2 since owning him, but would cost me £10.0 to get him back if I moved off. For this week, I am willing to give him a pass and start Todd Cantwell, as Norwich City are home to Aston Villa, a great match up for the Canaries, which will hopefully see them get back into the goals. Hopefully this would buy KDB enough time with the international break to regain fitness and be able to start GW9. If not, then I will reconsider my options.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is still a concern, as Mendy could take his start on the left side of the City defense at any minute. He’s still regaining fitness, got 45 minutes in the Watford game, 30 minutes minutes three days later the Carabao Cup against Preseton North End, didn’t make the bench against Everton and got 90 minutes on Tuesday against Dinamo Zagreb. Rest assured Zinchenko starts against Wolves. In two game this season, City have kept clean sheets with a 3-0 win in January and a 0-0 draw in the Asia Trophy. Before that, in August 2018 it was a 1-1 draw, but Wolves, like many teams don’t have a good record of scoring against City, just goals goal in their last six game dating back to 2011.
Those are my biggest concerns heading into GW8, I still favor this starting XI as a strong team, but just knock off the poor overall rank to bad luck. Two players I have on a watch list are Aaron Cresswell (£4.9) for West Ham. He’s always been a favorite, put up some strong defensive numbers in back to back seasons 2014/15 and 2015/16. Can we trust the Hammers defense? Fabianski sustained a hip injury and is gone until January, which puts Roberto Jimenez (£4.4) in goal. Callum Wilson (£7.9) is the other player under consideration as he’s been a model of consistency at the forward position for a great price!
WHO TO CONSIDER
This week it’s another list of players I feel will perform well due to fixture, price and ownership. Last week, I tabbed Tom Heaton (1 point), Fikayo Tomori (7 points), Andriy Yarmolenko (9 points), Wilfried Zaha (6 points) and Diogo Jota (DNP – injury). It was a solid week of prognostication, here my selections for GW8.
Roberto Jimenez (£4.4/0.4% TSB)
It appears Roberto could see quite a bit of action in the upcoming months due to the hip injury to Fabianski. A real differential, very low ownership and has some good defenders in front of him. This week the Hammers host hapless Palace, a team that’s scored just 2 goals on the road and have lacked my creativity going forward.
Honorable Mention: Nick Pope
Matt Lowton (£4.5/1.0% TSB)
Burnley has been a team that appears to be coming back into favor, as they hit a good run of games through GW14. This week the Clarets host a struggling Everton team that has scored just one goal away from Goodison Park. They haven’t impressed and feel that Sean Dyche will have this defense ready to go against a toothless Marco Silva club.
Honorable Mention: Fikayo Tomori
Emiliano Buendia (£6.0/2.0% TSB)
Norwich returns home, where they have been deadly, scoring 8 goals and 7 assists in three games. This week they host Aston Villa, who’ve conceded 7 goals away from Villa Park. Last time at home, Buendia hit for a two assists against City. Time to hop the Pukki train!
Honorable Mention: Andriy Yarmolenko
Lys Mousset (£4.9/0.5% TSB)
Taking a real big punt here, as the Blades travel to Vicarage Road, where Watford have conceded 8 goals, the league’s worst defensive team. I don’t see that changing this weekend. Mousset picked up his first goal in GW6 at Everton, I like him off the bench to get his second.
Honorable Mention: Danny Welbeck