Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches – Premiership Week 8 tips

<h2>2015-2016 Fantasy Football Premiership Gameweek 8 Preview</h2>
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Gameweek 8 Preview

We’ll start with Sunday’s action this week, as there’s two huge matches taking place in the Premier League. First up, Everton welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park for the Merseyside Derby. It’s well known that this fixture is usually a lively affair, and has produced more red cards than any other match since the Premier League’s inception in 1992. With this in mind, it would be wise to avoid any players who are prone to ill-discipline, with yellow/red cards and resulting suspensions a distinct possibility. Liverpool’s full backs could be well worth consideration, as both have decent disciplinary records and love to get forward to help with the attack. On the right side, Nathaniel Clyne (£5.5m) has 3 goals and 10 assists from 3 Premier League seasons, which is a good haul for a defender. On the left, Alberto Moreno (£4.7m) has forced his way back into the side recently. The Spaniard got 2 goals last year and already has an assist to his name this term. On top of this, clean sheet points could be on the cards for them – Everton haven’t beaten their local rivals in the Premier League in almost 5 years, and Liverpool have kept clean sheets in 5 of the 8 fixtures since that 2-0 defeat in October 2010. Up front, Daniel Sturridge is a big player for Brendan Rodger’s men, and he marked his first full match back from injury with 2 goals and 13 Fantasy Football points last week. He’s only in 3.5% of teams at the moment, so could help you to claw back some points on teams ahead of you if you think he’s worth the £10.5m price tag.

Following this, two of the most successful teams of the Premier League era go head to head – it’s Arsenal v Manchester United at the Emirates. Arsène Wenger endured a truly miserable night on Tuesday, with the Gunners losing 3-2 at home to Olympiakos to make it 2 defeats from 2 Champions League games. With back-to-back fixtures coming up against Bayern Munich, it’s tough to see Arsenal getting out of the group stage now, which adds importance to this season’s Premier League campaign. They’ll be keen to make amends on Sunday but have a wretched recent record against Man United, with just one win in their last 12 Premier League encounters (including an 8-2 mauling at Old Trafford). Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches, and United’s only clean sheets in their last 7 were both at old Trafford (against Sunderland and Ipswich). It could therefore be wise to avoid defenders from both sides and concentrate on the attacking options. Four players stand out above everyone else for this fixture. Alexis Sánchez (£11.1m) seems to have found form, hitting a hat trick last week at Leicester and following that up with a goal and assist in midweek. Theo Walcott (£8.5m) also got a goal and an assist in that defeat to Olympiakos, and has 2 goals in his last 3 Premier League matches. For the away side, Juan Mata (£8.8m) seems to be involved in everything good that they do at the moment. He has 3 goals and 2 assists from his last 4 Premier League games, and on Wednesday night in the Champions League it was his cross that won the penalty from which United, and Mata himself, scored the equaliser, and he followed this up with a sumptuous assist for the winner. Finally, it’s impossible to ignore Anthony Martial (£8.4m). He has 3 goals and an assist from 3 Premier League appearances, and his all-round play has been mightily impressive since his arrival from Monaco.

Saturday’s action, whilst being lower key than Sunday’s, still throws up some intriguing matches. Bournemouth v Watford isn’t a regular on the Premier League fixture list, but both sides have given good accounts of themselves in their 7 games since promotion from the Championship. Watford have 9 points so far and Bournemouth have 7, so the home side will be keen to secure a victory that would see them overtake the visitors in the league table. The Cherries have had some terrible luck with injuries already, with Callum Wilson now joining Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel on the treatment table, and all 3 are expected to be out for months. Glenn Murray (£5.6m) will surely be the focal point of the Bournemouth attack now. He scored 7 goals and got 5 assists from just 868 minutes on the pitch last season for Crystal Palace, so given regular game time he could rack up the points. On the opposing side, Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (£5.2m) has bagged 4 goals already this season and his partnership with Troy Deeney (£5.3m) is causing problems for Premier League defences. Deeney hasn’t yet scored himself, but surely it’s only a matter of time based on his goalscoring exploits in the Championship and he has 3 Premier League assists to his name so far.

Manchester City will hope that their Champions League win helps them rediscover their form in the Premier League. After winning their opening 5 games without conceding a goal they’ve now lost their last 2 league fixtures and conceded top spot to local rivals Man United. A home match against Newcastle looks a banker home win on paper though – the Geordies have recorded just one away win in the Premier League in the last 10 months, sit second bottom of the table and have only beaten Man City once in the last 14 meetings between the sides. A lot of Fantasy Football managers will be once again placing their faith in Sergio Agüero (£13.2m). The Argentine striker has not yet reached his usual high standards this season, but it will be a surprise if he’s not back amongst the goals in the league soon. David Silva (£10.1m) made his return from injury in the midweek win in Germany, and will also be a popular captain choice, He scored 191 Fantasy League points last year after bagging 12 goals, 12 assists and 12 clean sheets. He has 4 assists and 4 clean sheets from his 4 Premier League games this season, and you’d fancy him to add to that if he’s in the starting line-up on Saturday.

Best of luck with the weekend’s action, and we’ll be in touch next week with another update.

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