- Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 8 sees Manchester City host champions Liverpool
- Chelsea entertain struggling Sheffield United as Everton look to pile pressure on Manchester United
- West Ham welcome Fulham in capital derby, Newcastle travel to Southampton, whilst Arsenal meet Aston Villa
PREMIER LEAGUE – As the final weekend of games approach before the international break, who do you need to stay ahead in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 8?
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A big draw for Gameweek 8 will be Chelsea as the Blues host Sheffield United this weekend. At the top of many lists will be Timo Werner.
After an uncertain start to life in West London, the German striker is starting to hit form.
Having netted three times in as many league games, Werner also grabbed a brace in the UEFA Champions League during midweek.
Whilst Werner is starting to find his feet, the forward’s biggest draw now appears to be his spot-kick duties, having assumed responsibilities from Jorginho.
After his price dipped below 9.0, it now sits at 9.3, with his ownership on the rise at 22.5%.
The Blades look like relegation fodder for the moment, and though Chelsea can be unpredictable at home, Werner looks a great bet for the captain’s armband this weekend.
How good a signing does Diogo Jota look for Liverpool? The Portuguese can further show his wares this weekend in Gameweek 8 against Manchester City.
After netting in back-to-back league games, Roberto Firmino‘s position as starting XI material is beginning to look shaky, with calls for a Salah-Mane-Jota attacking trio.
Jota hit Atalanta for a triple in midweek, and though is not a guaranteed starter against City, his performances against the Citizens for Wolves in the past, could persuade Jurgen Klopp to place the winger on the left of midfield – or even on the wing.
Liverpool have added and extra dimension to their attack with Jota this season, who is now pushing hard for a regular starting berth.
Just 6.5% of managers own the player, but for those bold enough to back him, Jota’s value of 6.4 looks to be a potential bargain.
Southampton are again discovering their killer instinct in attack as the season rolls on and in Gameweek 8, Che Adams has piqued our interest.
The news of Danny Ings‘ injury is a huge blow to the Saints, but Adams is ready to step into the striker’s sizeable boots.
Having struggled to adapt to life on the South coast initially, the former Birmingham City man now fits the bill for many fantasy managers.
With two goals and three assists after seven games, Adams will now be handed far more responsibility in front of goal, and Newcastle could be the perfect platform to grab his opportunity.
Though the Magpies will be buoyed by their victory over Everton, Southampton however, will be a very different test.
At a price of 5.8, Adams is well worth considering.
Manchester United’s managerial position is beginning to look extremely shaky; in Gameweek 8, Lucas Digne could again rock the boat.
Though Everton have lost their last two games after their best league start in over a century, the Toffees will see this weekend as the perfect chance to return to winning ways.
The absence of the Frenchman at left-back has created problems, and though his missing the last two games through suspension cannot wholly accommodate their successive losses, Digne’s return is welcome.
James Rodriguez is expected to return to face the Red Devils also, and together with the Colombian, Digne can cause further havoc for United.
The full-back may only hold three assists thus far, but that could change this weekend.
Punt of the Week: Jarrod Bowen
Gameweek 8’s educated punt this weekend goes with Jarred Bowen, as Fulham travel to West Ham.
As a player has added a real injection of presence in the Hammers’ midfield, since his recruitment back in January, the forward is becoming an increasing influence in attack
With three goals this term already, the absence of Michail Antonio could now give Bowen a further avenue for goals.
After Sebastian Haller again drew a blank, Bowen has been mooted as a false number nine this weekend.
Fulham meanwhile – despite picking up their first clean sheet victory of the season last time out – are likely to come crashing down to earth here.
Bowen could make Saturday evening another difficult outing for the Cottagers.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 8 deadline is Friday, 16:00 GMT
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