Round seven of English Premier League has come to a close this Monday, with an exciting clash between two old rivals in Arsenal and Manchester United and while no team came out of that fixture victorious, the fixture was a highly exciting one, which fits in with the theme of all 10 fixtures that took place this weekend. And while we can all appreciate three days of the top tier, exciting fixtures in the EPL, it’s the effect those results had on our fantasy team that matter. And with that in mind, let’s jump in into our EPL Fantasy gameweek seven recap.
But first, let’s check out the dream team of GW 7.
Fantasy EPL Dream Team – Gameweek 7
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (9) played a huge part in Crystal Palace’s win over Norwich, which earned him nine points, making him the most successful goalkeeper of the week. That being said, no Crystal Palace defender found his way into the dream team. Instead, we got to welcome Doherty (15) from Wolves and two Leicester players Pereira (13) and Evans (11) as top three defenders of GW 7.
Matt Doherty proved his worth in the clash against Watford, where he scored a goal and helped his team to keep a clean sheet, which earned him 15 points, which is tied-most for any defender so far into 2019/20 season. Periera walked away from round seven with 13 points, which he earned with a clean sheet and a goal for Leicester against Newcastle. His teammate, Evans while not among the goalscorers for Leicester, contributed an assist, which earned him season-high 11 points.
In midfield, we have five players, all but one walking away from round seven with 10 points. Wijnaldum (10), Milivojevic (10), Willian (10) and Mahrez (10) all earned 10 points, whereas Jorginho earned 11. Jorginho and Willian both contributed a goal to Chelsea’s much-needed 2:0 win over Brighton. Wijnaldum scored the only goal for Liverpool in their clash with Sheffield United, Milivojevic scored against Norwich, and Mahrez helped Man City defeat Everton with his second goal of the season.
Looking at the strikers, we have King (12) and Vardy (12), who proved to be two of the deadliest strikers of the week. King scored a goal and added an assist in Bournemouth’s 2:2 draw with West Ham, whereas Vardy scored twice in Leicester’s 5:0 win against Newcastle.
In total the dreamteam from gameweek 7 accumulated 123 points, which is less than the last three gameweeks.
Our Fantasy EPL Team – GW7
Now it’s time to look over our fantasy EPL team.
Lloris ended gameweek seven with three points, due to an unfortunate goal Tottenham conceded in 39th minute. While the Spurs ended up winning 2:1 against Southampton, we sadly did not get to see Lloris muster up his second clean sheet of the season.
In total, our defenders accumulated 10 points, with van Dijk (8) contributing the most to the total, whereas Cathcart (1) and Otamendi (1) produced only one point each. Ten points are nothing to boast about at this stage, yet it’s the most points we have earned from our defensive line since game week four. We had more expectations from Otamendi and his offensive threat, yet he failed to deliver on this week. Nonetheless, there’s always next week.
A total of 18 points from our midfielders this week, which is not all that bad. Our four-man lineup consisted of Perez (6), El Ghazi (7), Cantwell (2) and Mane (3). Perez was involved in Leicester’s impressive 5:0 win over Newcastle, where he booked his first assist of the season. Standing next to him, we have El Ghazi who did not fail to impress. In the clash with Burnley, the Aston Villa’s midfielder scored his second goal of the season, which resulted in him earning season-high seven points. Cantwell and Mane, unfortunately, did not produce anything memorable this gameweek. Cantwell was involved in Norwich’s disappointing 0:2 defeat, which earned him only two points. Mane on the other side can be happy seeing Liverpool won their seventh game of the season, however, he failed to contribute any goal nor assist to Red’s 1:0 win over Sheffield Utd, meaning he earned us only three points.
Eleven points in total for our three-man strikers’ lineup, consisting of Pukki (2), Barnes (1) and Aguero (8). Pukki found himself empty-handed once more as he failed to score a goal against Crystal Palace, meaning this weekend marked his third fixture so far he failed to score a goal. Standing next to him, we had Barnes, who was once again involved in an exciting high-scoring fixture, this time against Aston Villa (2:2). But unfortunately, he failed to contribute a goal or an assist for his team, leaving him with only one point. And as always, we leave Aguero for last. Sergio Aguero helped Man City dismantle Everton (3:1), however, he only contributed an assist in that fixture, meaning this game week marked the first week so far into the season when Aguero failed to score a goal. That being said, an assist and doubled points earned us eight points, which we can’t be too sad about.
If we draw a line, our team earned 42 points this game week, which is nine points under the week average (51). It was disappointing to see Mane, Barnes and Pukki all failing to come away from their fixtures with more points than they did, yet we have to settle with what they brought to the table. What does the next gameweek have in store for us remains to be seen, however, we will try to give a more detailed answer in our next article, where we reveal how we will approach gameweek eight fixtures.
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There are no changes at the top of Football Talk Fantasy EPL. Kristian Nagel Andersen and his team “Buggebakken City” are still on the top with 56 points more than second-placed Gnagy.