5 Players to Consider for FPL Gameweek 8

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Arsenal v Tottenham: Bukayo Saka

Arsenal faces Tottenham for the first North London Derby of the season this weekend in a blockbuster game that sees first-place Arsenal take on third-place Tottenham. With both teams having strong starts to their Premier League seasons, this game is one to watch.

Though Saka may not have played as many minutes as he may have expected this international break, he was still in the throes of the game when on the pitch, playing a large part in winning England’s penalty in the 3 - 3 draw with Germany.

Saka currently sits second for most assists in the Premier League, with four assists in the seven games he has made an appearance in. Along with this, Saka has also opened his goalscoring account this season, with one goal coming in the 3 - 1 loss to Manchester United.

The young Englishman was more than impressive in his last North London Derby, and will be hoping to replicate his prior magic, namely scoring in the 3 - 1 win in 2021.

Manchester City v Manchester United: Joao Cancelo

The Manchester Derby returns to the Etihad this weekend in one of the most anticipated games this match week. With City looking just as dominant as last season and United picking up some pace after their less than stellar start to the season, this clash could deliver the drama.

Joao Cancelo has a goal already under his belt this season coming in the 6 - 0 demolition of Premier League new-boys Nottingham Forest. Along with this, Cancelo also has three assists so far this season in all competitions.

Cancelo has also had prior joy in this fixture, registering an assist in the 2 - 0 win against United in 2021.

Overall, with the weaknesses United have shown so far this season, creative players like Cancelo may have the chance to create chances and goals.

West Ham v Wolves: Jose Sa

Wolves make the trip to the capital this Saturday for the evening fixture against West Ham.

Wolves have had a disappointing start to the season, sitting 17th with only six points to their name. However, a consolation is that their opponents, West Ham, currently sit just one below them in 18th on four points.

Sa has kept three clean sheets in seven games this season, which for a side struggling like Wolves is an impressive feat, in fact, Wolves’ goal difference of -4 is not compared to the likes of Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth. Adding to this, in the Premier League alone, West Ham have only scored three goals, meaning a clean sheet could be on the cards for Sa this weekend.

Sa is actually one of the most valuable goalkeepers in fantasy football at the moment, just behind Newcastle’s summer signing Nick Pope. Sa has actually won 37 points so far this season, the same as Saka, but will only set someone back £5 million.

Bournemouth v Brentford: Ivan Toney

Brentford travels to the South Coast for their Saturday afternoon clash with Bournemouth. Not much separates the two sides on the table, just a point between ninth place Brentford and 12th place Bournemouth. However, Brentford forward Ivan Toney will be hoping to make more of a difference on the pitch.

Toney was given his first ever call-up to the England squad this international break, but couldn’t unseat Harry Kane for the striker position against either Italy or Germany. This lack of game time by Gareth Southgate may only motivate Toney further to find the net against The Cherries.

Toney is currently the fourth top scorer in the Premier League with five goals in seven games, along with another two assists to his name. These goals make him one of the top three most valuable players in fantasy football this season, behind only Kane and Erling Haaland, scoring 47 points so far.

Liverpool v Brighton: Pascal Gross

Brighton travels to Anfield this weekend for a tough away fixture against Liverpool.

However, Brighton have had a stellar start to the season and currently sit fourth in the table, four places above opponents Liverpool, who aren’t quite the dominant force they have been in past seasons.

Pascal Gross has been one of the stars of an impressive Brighton so far this season. The German was omitted from Hansi Flick’s highly competitive Germany side, therefore giving Gross the time to rest up and prepare for the return of the Premier League.

Gross has two assists and three goals in two games for Brighton this season, including an impressive brace against Manchester United on the opening day of the season and the only goal in a 1 - 0 win over Leeds.

Overall, any game against Liverpool will be tough, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have slumped to draws against Crystal Palace and newly-promoted Fulham, meaning Gross could exploit some of the frailties in Liverpool’s back line this season.

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