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Fantasy Premier League: GW7 preview

Preview of and tips for Gameweek 7 of the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League season
James Siow

SEPTEMBER 5, 2022

We’ve compiled a guide on who to buy, sell, keep, avoid, and monitor, as well as captaincy options in preparation for Gameweek 7. European football returns midweek, so you may want to keep an eye out for player performances, injuries, and rotation before making transfer decisions.

Next week, we’ll be providing a Wildcard Guide in addition the usual Gameweek Preview. This will help you start thinking about whether you should use your wildcard sooner rather than later, and what players you should be looking to bring in for the next stretch of fixtures until the World Cup break. Keep your eyes peeled for that. We hope you are enjoying the FPL content so far this season!

Players to buy

PLAYER

Wesley Fofana (4.4M)

FIXTURES

Fulham (A), Liverpool (H), Palace (A)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.01 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

PLAYER

Alexander Isak (7.0M)

FIXTURES

West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H), Fulham (A)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.83 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

Wesley Fofana’s big move from Leicester City to Chelsea will be a massive boost for Chelsea’s defence this season. He is expected to start regularly at right centre-back, and we’ve already seen him play 90 minutes against West Ham. 

Whilst he doesn’t have much goal threat from defence, he is a great budget option at 4.4m, which is fantastic value If you’re wanting to bring in a Chelsea defender who is cheaper than both Marc Cucurella (5.2m) and Reece James (6.0m). Chelsea have a great run of fixtures until around Gameweek 12.

Alexander Isak hit the ground running for Newcastle United, as he stole the headlines in the draw against Liverpool with a fantastic goal. He looks to be the marquee striker that the Magpies have been crying out for, and he’s already started in the two games he’s been available to play in. He is great value at 7.0m and Newcastle have good fixtures to come.

Players to sell

PLAYER

Ivan Perišić (5.6M)

FIXTURES

Man City (A), Leicester (H), Arsenal (A)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.48 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C+

PLAYER

Pedro Neto (5.2M)

FIXTURES

Liverpool (A), Man City (H), West Ham (A)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.26 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C-

Ivan Perišić owners have mixed feelings about playing the left wing-back every week, as he’s been constantly rotated with Ryan Sessegnon (4.5m) since the start of the season. If the Croatian plays, then he’s an unbelievable threat going forward for a defender. However, you just can’t rely on him starting every game and there are other good defender options around his price range such as Kieran Trippier (5.2m) or Kyle Walker (5.1m) who are more guaranteed to start.

The Pedro Neto drought continues, and it’s definitely time to call it quits if you still own him. Wolves’ good run of fixtures are over, and they’ve been extremely underwhelming from an attacking perspective.

Players to keep

PLAYER

Reece James (6.0M)

FIXTURES

Fulham (A), Liverpool (H), Palace (A)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.35 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Gabriel Jesus (8.1M)

FIXTURES

Everton (H), Brentford (A), Tottenham (H)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.92 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

A-

As discussed earlier, Chelsea have good fixtures in the medium term and you’d expect them to collect a few clean sheets along the way. Reece James is still as attacking as ever down the right side, and I think managers are making a mistake by transferring him out after just two blanks in a row. He is capable of getting a mega hauls, particularly if Chelsea can improve from their slow start to the season.

Similarly for Gabriel Jesus, many managers have lost patience and have decided to look elsewhere after the Brazilian blanked twice in his last three games. With Everton and Brentford up next, I can’t see a great reason to transfer him out. There are other good options such as Ivan Toney (7.2m), Alexander Isak (7.0m) and Alexander Mitrovic (6.8m), but I would wait until after Gameweek 8 to consider transferring him out.

Players to avoid

PLAYER

Alexis Mac Allister (5.6M)

FIXTURES

Bournemouth (A), Palace (H), Liverpool (A)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.03 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C+

PLAYER

Darwin Núñez (8.9M)

FIXTURES

Wolves (A), Chelsea (A), Brighton (H)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

1.42 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B-

Alexis Mac Allister had a sublime performance against Leicester City, as he managed to score 2 goals and got 14 FPL points. He’ll be an extremely popular choice give his form; however, all his goals have come from penalties, except one which was a free kick. The central midfielder essentially has no open play goal threat, so I just don’t see him as a good FPL option moving forward.

Darwin Núñez came straight back into the Liverpool side after his three-match suspension and looked dangerous against Everton in the Merseyside derby. Although he looks to be the favoured striker for most games, Roberto Firmino (8.1m) will continue to provide competition, and Diogo Jota (8.9m) has also returned to the squad from injury. It’s probably best to use the money elsewhere as there are other great forward options for cheaper.

Players to monitor

PLAYER

Antony (7.5M)

FIXTURES

Palace (A), Leeds (H), Man City (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

1.58 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Lucas Paquetá (6M)

FIXTURES

Newcastle (A), Everton (A), Wolves (H)

MINUTES

FORM

STATISTICS

0.1 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

Antony had a dream debut against Arsenal, after scoring the first goal in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory at Old Trafford. He is one to look out for, as he is likely to start most games at right-wing and is an incredibly talented footballer. Marcus Rashford (6.5m) is cheaper and in great form, albeit he may have more competition at left-wing or striker.

Lucas Paquetá is another exciting Brazilian, who just joined signed for West Ham last week. He could help the Irons create more chances from the No.10 position if he can manage to play on a regular basis. He’ll be keen to make a difference over West Ham’s good fixtures until Gameweek 11.

Captaincy candidates

PLAYER

Mohamed Salah (13.0M)

FIXTURE

Wolves (H)

NPxG per 90

0.42

xA per 90

0.29

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Erling Haaland (12M)

FIXTURE

Tottenham (H)

NPxG per 90

1.22

xA per 90

0.10

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Gabriel Jesus (8.1M)

FIXTURE

Everton (H)

NPxG per 90

0.68

xA per 90

0.24

RATING

B

PLAYER

Raheem Sterling (10M)

FIXTURE

Fulham (A)

NPxG per 90

0.44

xA per 90

0.20

RATING

B

PLAYER

Gabriel Martinelli (6.5M)

FIXTURE

Everton (H)

NPxG per 90

0.36

xA per 90

0.35

RATING

B

This week’s most popular and contentious captaincy decision is fixture versus form. Mo Salah has a decent fixure against Wolves at home and Erling Haaland has a trickier game against Spurs. The latter is in unbelievable form since the start of the season, and it’s difficult to go against a player who has scored 10 goals in 6 games in the Premier League. 

That being said, Mo Salah hasn’t been bad by any means and his statistics continue to show that he is a dangerous goal threat. I’m leaning towards Mo Salah for Gameweek 7, but I will be worried about the insanely high effective ownership of the Man City striker, which could punish me if he is to score again. 

James' team selection

James Siow's FPL team for GW6

I transferred Erling Haaland back into my team to avoid being punished by another mega haul, and I was also wanting to avoid his future price rises. Gameweek 5 would’ve been a fantastic week if I had kept him the whole way through and possibly captained him. I’ve been heavily punished by that decision a couple of weeks ago. In hindsight, I overestimated how much Guardiola was going to rest the Norwegian striker. Gameweek 6 was a shocker.

I’m looking to use two transfers this week to target Gameweek 7, with the knowledge that I will be using my wildcard before Gameweek 8. I am leaning towards transferring in Pascal Groß (6.0m) and Wesley Fofana (4.4m) for Kyle Walker (5.1m) and Pedro Neto (5.2m). Groß is up against Bournemouth and Fofana has Fulham. Best of luck and make sure you monitor the European fixtures during the week!

Premier League gameweek 7 fixtures

Saturday, September 10

Sunday, September 11

Monday, September 12

With Erling Haaland and Harry Kane facing off this weekend, Mohamed Salah and Gabriel Jesus loom as excellent captaincy options if you are courageous enough to take the armband off the Norwegian.

Wesley Fofana at a bargain 4.4m price will be a solid option to buy for defensive cover, while Alexander Isak looms as a solid 7.0m choice up front after his hot start with Newcastle.

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