Holly Shand evaluates the best players to select for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 8. With Kevin De Bruyne struggling with an injury, there's three midfielders to consider as potential replacements...
"Sergio Aguero has to be the main target for your fantasy Gameweek 8 team and potentially the captains armband too."
The Headline Pick: Sergio Aguero - Wolves (H)
Manchester City have the standout fixture of the weekend when they face a Wolves side with just one win this season. Sergio Aguero has to be the main target for your fantasy Gameweek 8 team and potentially the captains armband too: he's the second highest FPL asset this season, behind injured teammate Kevin De Bruyne.
Aguero has a flawless record this season and despite starting from the bench on two occasions, he's returned in every Premier League game. He now has eight goals and seven assists, with more of those attacking returns coming on home turf.
Wolves may be jaded, having travelled to Turkey to face Besiktas on Thursday. Aguero has spot-kick duty, which could provide another source for those valuable fantasy points. Wolves have conceded nine goals in their last four games: Manchester City have scored seventeen in that time.
Sergio Aguero is now available to back at 11/5 to score two or more goals against Wolves this weekend.
The Budget Pick: Andriy Yarmalenko - Crystal Palace (H)
Andriy Yarmalenko has finally built himself back up to full fitness and is in fantastic form. He missed much of the last campaign with injury, so it's a delight to see him back to his best and he comes in at a very budget friendly £6.0 million.
Yarmalenko now has three goals in his last four games and seems to be central to everything that the Hammers are doing from an attacking perspective right now. He's been involved in half of their goals over the past four gameweeks.
He's set to be a bargain fantasy asset if he can maintain this form over the course of the whole season. For those looking to release some funds to downgrade the injured Kevin De Bruyne, Yarmalenko looks set to be the best option in this lower price bracket.
The VAR Pick: Teemu Pukki - Aston Villa (H)
The Pukki party hasn't exactly been bouncing over the last two gameweeks, but a return home to Carrow Road will do well to boost Teemu Pukki's fortunes. Norwich seem to be a different side when they are on home soil, scoring eight goals in three games.
Pukki's record at home is sensational: he has double digit returns in all three games, with five goals and two assists. With spot-kick taker Vrancic out injured long term, VAR and penalties could work in his favour here too.
His opponents, Aston Villa, have struggled defensively on the road this season. They are without a clean sheet from three games, conceding more than two goals per game on average. It will be a struggle to keep Pukki and the rest of this Norwich attack out.
You can back VAR and bet on Norwich to score a penalty against Aston Villa at odds of 4/1.
The Sleeper Pick: Heung-Min Son - Brighton (A)
Heung-Min Son looks to be the best direct replacement for Kevin De Bruyne and he's flying under the radar somewhat. Having missed the start of the season through suspension, his ownership has only just crossed the ten per cent barrier of differential status.
He has quietly been chalking up the attacking returns, and he now has two goals and three assists from his last four games, with no blanks on his card for recent form. Spurs are finally beginning to settle into this season and Son looks to be more advanced than traditional striker Harry Kane.
Surprisingly, Brighton are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season, conceding four goals in three games. Son's underlying statistics are promising: he has eleven shots and nine chances created in his last four games, with a good chance to return both goals and assists.
The Wildcard Pick: Mohammed Salah - Leicester (H)
Mohammed Salah lies high on the transfers out list for Gameweek 8, but it's normally at these times in the season where he can be most punishing. Don't let the patchy form and tricky fixture run persuade you to sell the best fantasy asset in the Premier League.
Kevin De Bruyne's injury does free up a significant amount of funds in our fantasy squads, which could make Salah more affordable, despite the stiff £12.5 million price tag. He has one goal and two assists from his last four games, but significantly, only one of those has come at Anfield.
His home form is excellent: four goals and one assist from three games, with returns of 12, 15 and 9 points against Norwich, Arsenal and Newcastle respectively. Liverpool have a perfect record this season and won't fear an in-form Leicester side in front of their home crowd.
Back Salah to score two or more goals at 4/1 against Leicester.
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