Sue Speak – GW8 PreviewOctober 15, 2016
Here’s Sue with her GW8 tips for you. Beat the deadline.
Once again the football gods have hearkened to our plight and the dreaded international break is over, paving way for the return of football. Indeed, we are glad and grateful. Gameweek 8 is well and truly here, and this is how I would line up my team.
Hugo Lloris – The France captain is off a pleasant international outing with Les Bleus which included a clean sheet in Holland and he will he hoping to continue the same at the Hawthorns as his unbeaten Spurs side visit West Brom. Against a Baggies side intent on damage limitation, a clean sheet for Lloris looks highly plausible.
Fraser Forster – The Saints host notoriously goal-shy Burnley at St Mary’s and given the home side’s impressive past few GWs, the England international should be a wise pick between the sticks.
Petr Cech – After a rather leaky start to the season, Arsenal have found some stability at the back and against a transitioning Swansea side at the Emirates, I doubt that stability will come under threat. Augurs well with picking the veteran Cech in goal.
Kyle Walker and Toby Alderweireld – With a high possibility of the high flying Lily Whites enjoying the trip to the Hawthorns, picking any of their rear guard wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. Alderweireld should get you the clean sheet points as Walker probably goes one better with an assist? Why not?
Hector Bellerin – In Arsenal’s last home league game, the Spanish speedster was part of the back four that so impressively kept Chelsea at bay and he indeed did cap it all with a wonderful assist for Theo Walcott’s goal. Maybe he won’t be part of a goal this time round, but his chances of a clean sheet have never been higher.
Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk – And indeed, anyone from the saints backline should suffice. They face Burnley and surely they will be marching on, unscathed and unblemished at the back.
Alexis Sanchez – With Arsene Wenger’s confirmation that Olivier Giroud still isn’t fit enough to feature, it’s pretty certain that El Nino Maravilla will continue his deployment at the tip of the Arsenal attack as the False 9. That only means that there’s every chance Alexis could be involved in a goal(s). And by the look of things, Swansea could ship in many of them.
Heung Min Son and Christian Eriksen – The South Korean has come into his own this season, showing the form that made him one of the hottest properties in Germany football especially at Bayer Leverkusen. In the absence of Harry Kane, Son has deputized well, with lots of running and high enegy levels and will keep the WBA defence more than occupied.
In a game that might well be cagey, Eriksen’s deadly set piece skills might be called to action on many occasions and for this reason he’s worth the gamble.
Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana – This brilliant trio and the rest of the Liverpool attack will be charged with running rugged the Man United midfield when they clash on Monday night and therefore definitely worth picking. The only problem here is that probably you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Michail Antonio and Dimitri Payet – Amid West Ham abject start to the season, these two have been the shining lights and the source of hope for the Hammers faithful. When the others have been losing their heads, Antonio and Payet have kept theirs and soared. Even though they face a trip to Selhurst Park in a London Derby and indeed might lose, Antonio and Payet should make things interesting.
Sergio Aguero – Of course, he’s always in the frame for consideration. Kun Aguero had a miserable international outing with Argentina, spurning a penalty in an embarrassing home lose to Paraguay and coupled with the fact that City lost their aura of invincibility two weeks ago at Spurs, there’s plenty to play for and enough motivation for him to set the record straight.
Marcus Rashford – Now it is expected that the clash at Anfield will be an exhibition of unadulterated passion and with that what else should we expect other than a goal-fest? And when there are goals in a United game, Rashford usually is a major protagonist. Plus, he loves the big stage. Pick him.
Diego Costa – Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is under fire and he will need his men to fight for him against the champions. When you need a fight, you need Diego and he will fight. Whatever the result, trust him to be in among the goals.
Anyone from Aguero, Costa, Payet, Mane and Son could do. Also there’s every chance any of these could backfire, so all I can say is good luck.
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Alright then, here’s wishing you all a productive GW8. Enjoy the thrills and spills.