Preview of the shortened 8th matchday of the Prem. League
There are only seven Premier League games this weekend and I’ve tried to pick out some interesting top players and some smart picks to prepare you as best as possible for the shortened matchday and season mode.
David Raya (82₵, Brentford): We know what he is made of from last season and he continues to put in strong performances this season. He is averaging 243 points and is second in both Gk held and Super Pass statistics. He will be given plenty to do against Arsenal and hopefully he can fulfil his potential.
Cristian Romero (100₵, Spurs): After picking up an adductor injury after matchday two, the 24-year-old returned to the starting line-up against Fulham last week and carried on exactly as he left off. The Argentine made 373 points, giving him an outstanding scoring average of 290. Spurs play last-placed Leicester this weekend and I expect Romero to have plenty of possession and be dominant one-on-one.
Timothy Ream (74₵, Fulham): The US captain of the Cottagers is really playing a very good season, although it is his first year in the Prem. League. He is already averaging 219 points and that without a single offensive action. On Friday, Fulham will meet the other promoted side from Nottingham and the 34-year-old could show his class again.
Kieran Trippier (67₵, Newcastle): One of the strongest full-backs, this season, Trippier has really fitted in perfectly at Newcastle and is just playing really strongly. He’s a player you see all over the field, and add to that the fact that he also gets to hit the corners and score some extra points.
Sergio Gomez (81₵, Man. City): He is the Citizens’ new backup full-back but is still listed in midfield. The Spaniard arrived in the summer for 13 million from Belgian record champions RSC Anderlecht. He made his starting debut last week in the Champ. League against Sevilla and impressed with 296 points. He was then back on the bench against Borussia Dortmund this week, but should he play against Wolves, he is an absolute bargain for a City player at his price.
Martin Ödegaard (72₵, Arsenal): The Gunners captain was not quite convincing in the first two league games, but then he made the breakthrough and came up with three goals and really strong points in the last four games, except for the last game against Man. United. It’s against Brentford this weekend and it could be the perfect game to put last matchday’s defeat to the past.
Declan Rice (100₵, West Ham): Last season, hardly any player always scored over 200 as reliably as he did and I was beginning to wonder if that had changed as he put in poor performances in the first two games. But in the last four games he has really picked himself up again and averaged 291 points.
Heung-Min Son (180₵, Spurs): The top scorer from last season, remains without a goal this season. But that could change against Leicester, as the Foxes are among his favourite opponents. At home, he scored two goals and set up one in the last game against them. Add to that the fact that Leicester are really in a miserable form and the South Korean could take advantage of it.
Leon Bailey (66₵, Villa): Things have not been going at their best for Villa this season and they are only on four points, but managed to draw 1-1 against Man. City and the one goal came from Leon Bailey. This weekend they play Southampton and are slight favourites. Bailey could follow up his goal and convince again.
Alexander Isak (78₵, Newcsatle): He has only just joined the Magpies and already he is making an impact on the team. He managed to score once in his first two games and is already on three shots on goal. Bournemouth have better games against Wolverhampton and Nottingham again, but the Swede could still exploit the Cherries’ defensive weaknesses.
Aleksander Mitrovic (78₵, Fulham): The Serbian centre-forward has really made an exceptional start to the Prem. League season, getting to six goals in his first six games, and that is having an effect on his points too, with him getting to a 356 point average. He will give his all again against Nottingham and we can be curious to see if he continues to perform so strongly.
Other players to keep an eye on are Nathan Ake (130₵, Man. City) who is expected to play if Gomez doesn’t, Granit Xhaka (70₵, Arsenal) who always has a very big scoring potential and Jarrod Bowen (100₵, West Ham) who might be able to find his old form against the Toffees.
About me: I have been assisting SPITCH in its various divisions for several months now. With my experience on the free pitches, I want to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.