What To Expect: The FPL Captaincy And Differential Picks For GW7

After six Premier League gameweeks, the top three are separated by just 1 point. It is super competitive at the summit and we hope it stays like this throughout the season.

What I do want to see, however, is no competition for pole position in my FPL leagues.

With Wildcard season in full swing, most teams will go through a rejig in the upcoming gameweeks.

And with the onset of European football and the upcoming international break, managers are beginning to worry about the long-term viability of their squads.

We have prepared a guide for all of you who are unable to make final decisions regarding your team.

Things learned for GW6:

  • Ivan Toney’s hat trick and Mitrovic’s continuing scoring streak against Tottenham mean both strikers are high on the radar of FPL managers.
  • Man Utd’s blistering front three will be in high demand going forward, especially budget-friendly midfielder Rashford, who scored a brace against Arsenal.
  • Another clean sheet for Newcastle. Pope and Trippier are getting harder and harder to ignore.
  • Most points in the GW: Rashford (Man Utd; 18), Toney (Brentford; 17), Mac Allister (BHA; 14)

Looking forward to GW7, European football is back and with that, the dreaded ‘R’ word: Rotation.

Teams involved in Europe: MCI, CHE, LIV, TOT, MUN, ARS & WHU.

FPL managers are suggested to wait until all matches are done in case of injuries or early indications of PL starting XIs.

Probable Clean Sheets:

Liverpool (v Wolves) and Arsenal (v Everton) have more than a 50% chance of keeping clean sheets in the next gameweek, as per Drafthound. Brighton (v Bournemouth) and Man City (v Spurs) also have a high probability of 44% for a clean sheet.

Probable 2+ goals scored:

Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal are all expected to score more than 2 goals this game week. Firmino, Trent and Darwin could be potential additions to your team.

With respect to City and Arsenal, you should just look at taking in Haaland and Jesus if you have the cash.

The Man City striker was subbed out in the midweek European game after two goals, indicating that he could be in for a starting berth in the playing XI against Tottenham this weekend.

Teams to target:

Brighton

Highfliers Gross, Trossard and Mac Allister have all surprised FPL managers with their returns, with an emphasis on Gross.

Brighton travels to Bournemouth before welcoming Palace. With fixtures like these and the players’ price points, it may be time to double up on Brighton midfielders.

Manchester United

Winning four back-to-back games and against difficult opposition has put Man Utd assets on the radar.

Offensively, Rashford should be the one to consider. His goals combined with the fact that he can get an additional point for clean sheets make him tough to ignore.

Defensively, Dalot would be a good option. He is nailed on for a starting spot, is good going forward and can form a formidable partnership with new signing Antony on the right side of the pitch.

Possible captains

Erling Haaland

Scoring two goals against Seville midweek gives further proof (if anyone needed it) that the striker is in red hot form and absolutely CANNOT be ignored in FPL.

Gabriel Jesus

Three blanks in a row, Jesus will be desperate to end his goalless run with a goal against winless Everton.

Marcus Rashford

The midfielder should be a certain starter against Palace over the weekend and will be looking to carry on the good form displayed against Arsenal.

Differential Picks

Luis Sinisterra

Selected by less than 1% of the teams, the Leeds midfielder has scored back-to-back goals and now faces newly promoted Nottingham Forest in the next game.

James Maddison

By all accounts, Leicester has been poor this season but that is not to say that they have been short on goals, scoring 8 times in six games.

The English midfielder is on set-piece duties and for the Foxes to improve, Maddison’s form has to as well.

Villa, their opponents this week, have not been too good either, conceding 10 times this season. Seems like the perfect time for the Foxes to start hunting.