8 weeks in, we are at a point where we can really start to see how well teams are going to perform this season. Stats about form, xG, chances created, etc. have much more meaning. “The larger the sample size, the more accurate the results.”
So, I’ve compiled a list of the best teams to invest in for the coming weeks. This, of course, is subjective – but I’ve tried to take into account a variety of factors, such as form, fixtures, goals scored, clean sheets, top scorer in the team and EVEN how many of their players have more than 30 points.
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1. Manchester City – The Champions top the list, with 27 goals scored already this season. They have been questionable at the back this season, but still have the joint most clean sheets (3). You should probably own three City assets – two attackers + Otamendi (who has a modest price and remarkable goal threat.
2. Liverpool – 8 points clear. The form they’re in is unreal. Definitely should own a couple of the men in red. However, be wary of their fixtures. They haven’t won at Old Trafford in years, and they have games against Spurs and Man City on the horizon. Add this to the fact their defence hasn’t quite clicked this season. 2 clean sheets isn’t terrible, but the premium price you have to pay for the Reds defenders should definitely raise warning flags. Luckily Alexander Arnold is the assist king (well, second to De Bruyne anyway).Embed from Getty Images
3. Leicester – They’ve scored the fourth highest number of goals in the premier league this season. They’ve only lost to Liverpool and United. 6 points in the last 3. And with kind fixtures ahead, it’s definitely a good idea to think about investing in Leicester City players. 4th in the Premier League for God’s sake. Could we see a repeat of the impossible achieved in 2015/16? Maybe not, but they’re still a great side!
4. Arsenal – Flying under the radar until now, Arsenal now find themselves 1 point behind Manchester City. They’ve even, somehow, managed to achieve as many clean sheets as Liverpool (!) However, conceding 2 goals to both Aston Villa and Watford shows that this Arsenal defence is still not worth investing in. With Pepe’s goal involvement thus far being a bit lacklustre, Aubameyang remains the one and only Arsenal asset to invest in – scoring over half their goals (7). There’s definitely a case for Guendouzi as a 5th mid, but he’s not exactly gonna light up the league with his goal involvements.
5. Wolves – Surprised to see Wolves this high on the list? Can’t exactly blame you. But Wolves have the highest number of FPL players with more than 30 points (5) after Man City and Liverpool. 7 points in their last 3 games suggests a return to form, they’ve climbed out of the relegation zone, straight past Man United into 11th. Solid at the back, and very nice fixtures coming up too, so the likes of Jimenez, Boly, Doherty and Traore should definitely be considered as additions to your teams.
6. Chelsea – Summer transfer ban has proved to be no problem for Frank Lampard, who is choosing to put his faith in the youth. This, naturally, is brilliant for FPL managers. Bargain after bargain after bargain. Tomori? £4.5m. Mount? £0.8m rise from £6.0m since the start of the game. Abraham? £0.7m rise from £7.0m. CHO looks like he could be a bargain too once he starts playing regularly. The reason they aren’t higher on the list is that they’ve looked very suspect at the back this season. 1 clean sheet so far, and although they’ve scored 18 goals, they’ve conceded 14! Far and away their best assets are Mount and Abraham, no one else comes close.Embed from Getty Images
7. Burnley – Once again Burnley have proven Turf Moor is an absolute weapon. All three wins have come at home, with clean sheets in all those games. The only match they failed to win at home? Liverpool. It’s a toss up between Pope and Ryan for best goalkeeper, but Burnley have strengths elsewhere on the pitch as well. The Barnes train may have derailed but Chris Wood has definitely benefitted, scoring 3 goals in 3 games. McNeil is a very talented young footballer, picking up three assists already this season – definitely one to watch. And any of their defenders are worth considering, all below £5.0m, but have conceded 9 goals in 8 games, 5 being in the matches against Liverpool and Arsenal.
8. Bournemouth – This week marks the first game without a Callum Wilson return. He has definitely surpassed most peoples’ expectations. King has 38 points, not bad for a budget striker. However, both have suffered price falls, meaning they could be real bargains going forward. Bournemouth are quite unpredictable, and not very solid at the back (1 of the 2 teams that have failed to achieve a clean sheet this season). But they can be very rewarding in FPL. Harry Wilson is a great differential, scoring 16 goals last season. The only disappointment for Bournemouth FPL-wise would be Ryan Fraser, with just 1 assist this season. Finally, Bournemouth have brilliant fixtures coming up, playing 3 of the bottom 5, so now is a great time to get them in!
9. Spurs – Two trips to Merseyside in the next three might be slightly off-putting, as well as the whole “#PochOut” movement. 1 clean sheet this season is poor, 3 points in 3 games is even poorer. However, they are still a ‘Top 6’ side. Son has five goal involvements, Kane has 6. With Lloris suffering a horrific arm injury, Gazzaniga at £4.4m could be a bargain – even with just 1 clean sheet so far! Those 3 players could provide some returns, but I wouldn’t look anyway else in this Spurs side.
10. West Ham – Impressively, if not a little bit fortunately, West Ham have ended up on 3 clean sheets so far this season. They have outstanding attacking threat – Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Lanzini and Haller, and have only scored 2 goals less than Arsenal. They play Sheffield and Newcastle at home in the next 3 matches. However, looking at the next 8 games is not pleasant reading. 3 top 6 clubs, plus visits to Goodison, Molineux and good ol’ Turf Moor. A West Ham asset is best to own with a Wildcard in the back pocket, so you can quickly get them out after their fixtures turn.
………. 20. Manchester United! (sorry Manchester United fans).