Fantasy Football Premier League Preview – Gameweek 7
Gameweek 6 threw up a few surprises last weekend. Leicester City dropped points against Burnley, Chelsea lost their first Premier League game and there was a six goal thriller at Brentford. All in all, we had reasonable success with last week’s predictions, but who is set for a strong return this time around?
As mentioned, Thomas Tuchel’s men tasted defeat for the first time last weekend against Man City. But Gameweek 7 opponents Southampton arrive in West London without a Premier League win and have failed to score in their last three games. That stat suggests they’ll have difficulty breaching a Chelsea defence that has conceded just once in three games at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues sit third in the Premier League, just a point behind Liverpool. And Southampton’s record on the road will encourage Chelsea. The Saints have shipped 71% of their goals on the road this season, which will fill Tuchel’s attackers with confidence. In a weekend that appears very difficult to predict, I’m expecting Chelsea to get back to winning ways with a comfortable home victory.
Chelsea appear to be the only bankers this week, so it’s now time to look at the players who can score big in Gameweek 7. It’s the Premier League powerhouses.
Behind the scenes at Cobham this week. 📼
Chelsea Unseen. ⤵️
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 1, 2021
As Chelsea are the only team I’m certain of winning, it seems fitting that one of their men is tipped to score big points. And that man is Marcos Alonso. A Chelsea clean sheet looks likely against a blunt Southampton attack that only scored in one away game this term. That boosts Alonso’s chance of a defensive return.
In terms of attacking output, Reece James is the only Blues defender to better Alonso’s one goal and one assist this season. The Spaniard has a team-high 41 crosses too. Having arguably the Premier League’s best target man, Romelu Lukaku, on the end of his supply boosts Alonso’s assist potential massively. He ranks second on the ICT index for all defenders on Fantasy Premier League, too.
That, and Southampton’s toothless attack, is why I’m tipping Alonso as a potential Premier League powerhouse for Gameweek 7.
We tipped Leeds winger Raphinha to start firing in Gameweek 5, and he has registered attacking returns in both games since. The Brazilian has scored 8 points in each of his last two Premier League outings, and is starting to replicate last season’s form.
Despite Leeds’ poor start to the season, their next four fixtures score just 2 on the Fixture Difficulty Rating. Raphinha is very much a form player. Last season, many of his attacking returns came in back-to-back games. Now he has got himself firing, he can produce again this weekend against Watford.
The Hornets sit 12th in the table after a mixed start to life back in the Premier League. But they are yet to keep a clean sheet, having conceded nine goals already. They couldn’t even keep out bottom-of-the-table Norwich City. And Raphinha, who has scored 50% of all Leeds’ Premier League goals this season, will be confident of adding to that. He can score big and take the crown of Premier League powerhouse for Gameweek 7.
Now it’s time to identify the surprise pick that could score big points in the upcoming Gameweek 7.
⚽️ vs. Newcastle
⚽️ vs. West Ham
Raphinha has now scored goals from outside the box in back-to-back Premier League games. 👏 pic.twitter.com/dJtKpV5liL
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 25, 2021
Burnley have made an awful start to their Premier League campaign and currently sit 19th in the table with two points. Last season’s top scorer Chris Wood has registered just one strike so far this season too. However, the Clarets can turn their fortunes around this weekend, and Wood has a big part to play.
Sean Dyche’s men welcome the only side currently below them in the Premier League; Norwich. The Canaries have lost all six league games this season, and have the Premier League’s leakiest defence, shipping sixteen goals. That will encourage Burnley, who picked up a solid point last time out in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City.
Wood had a last-gasp winner ruled out for a marginal offside decision against the Foxes, a well-taken header nonetheless. He has a team-high 12 shots this season, also claiming the highest threat score for Burnley with 180.0. It’s encouraging for Wood, and he can make it count this weekend against the Premier League’s whipping boys.
We’ve looked at the potential powerhouse. We’ve identified this week’s surprise package. Now, it’s time for the players I’m predicting will have an attacking return in Gameweek 7.
Wolves ran out 1-0 winners at Southampton last weekend, with the only goal coming from Raul Jimenez. It was the Mexican’s first goal of the season, but it’s not for lack of trying.
Jimenez has had 16 shots this season, a team-high. He has also missed three big chances and created two for his teammates. Those stats suggest he is almost always involved when it comes to Wolves and their attacking play. The striker’s goal last time out can be the catalyst for another attacking return this weekend against Newcastle.
The Magpies travel to Wolverhampton without a clean sheet, having conceded fourteen goals already this term. In their three away outings, Steve Bruce’s men have let in seven goals. On that basis, they’re almost guaranteed to concede this weekend. And I’m backing Jimenez to take full advantage by producing an attacking return in Gameweek 7.
Hungry for more.
— Wolves (@Wolves) September 29, 2021
As mentioned earlier, Chelsea appear to have a favourable fixture in Gameweek 7 against Southampton. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men have shipped five goals away from home already ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Three goals have been scored in the two matches Lukaku has played at home. He has 66% of them. He also has both the highest ICT and threat values in the Blues’ squad, making him the most likely to score. Along with his three Premier League goals so far, the Belgian has also hit the woodwork once, missed a big chance and created a further two for his teammates.
His huge attacking potential coming up against an exposed Southampton defence is why I’m backing Lukaku for an attacking return ahead of Gameweek 7.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has started the Premier League season with a bang. The youngster has produced five attacking returns in five games (two goals and three assists). His eleven shots this season are a joint team-high with Jordan Ayew. Gallagher has also hit the woodwork once, created two big chances for teammates and missed another two himself. All of those stats are backed up by Gallagher topping the ICT index score among Palace players too (46.0).
He is averaging an attacking return a game at the moment, and will be looking forward to playing Leicester City this weekend. The Foxes have conceded seven goals in their three away trips so far, including two in the loss at Brighton in their last visit.
Gallagher is joint-top goalscorer with his two, and is Palace’s highest points scorer in FPL. Based on Leicester’s away results so far, they might struggle to contain Gallagher. That’s why I’m predicting an attacking return for the midfielder in Gameweek 7.
So there we have it, my Gameweek 7 predictions. Will Chelsea end up comfortable winners at Stamford Bridge? Can Chris Wood start firing and get Burnley moving up the table? Will Raul Jimenez cash in on a timid Newcastle defence? Only time will tell…
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 27, 2021
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