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Premier League Fantasy Football Tips: Round Eight

The final round of action before the October international break, Round 8 of the Premier League begins tomorrow lunchtime when Brighton host Tottenham. All 10 fixtures will be played across Saturday and Sunday meaning there are just two rounds of our Daily Fantasy game to pick this week - 6 games on Saturday and 4 including Arsenal, Chelsea and the Manchester clubs on Sunday.

Using the average taken from the thousands of picks to have been made in our main game - the Premier League Predictor - we're able to provide you with a 'predicted goals' tally for each team in every round of the competition and we believe this can come in handy when choosing between certain players for your fantasy points. Here's how the data is looking ahead of this weekend.

Round Eight: Predicted Goals (PG)

As usual, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are expected to score the most goals this weekend with their PG tally considerably larger than all other teams and that's despite it being smaller than their actual average goals per game total so far this season (3.86)! The rest of the 'Big Six' are also expected to fare well, though it's perhaps interesting to see United ranked so highly after their recent poor form. The Red Devils' PG of 1.77 is perhaps more reflective of their opponents, Newcastle, than it is of their recent attacking displays.



Based on the data, City and Tottenham stand out as the teams who are most likely to keep a clean sheet in Round 8. Spurs visit Brighton who haven't scored in either of their last two matches.



Round Eight: Players to Consider

With the above data and notes in mind, here are my tips for this weekend's action. I'm backing Norwich to maintain their impressive goalscoring form at Carrow Road, West Ham to continue building on their recent strong performances and Chelsea to resume their gradual improvement as the season develops.



Teemu Pukki
Norwich have been playing well at home this season and Teemu Pukki is very likely to be involved in goals they score this season. The Canaries had plenty of high scoring games at Carrow Road in the Championship last year and have scored 8 goals in their 3 home games so far in this campaign.

Andriy Yarmolenko
After a bad injury last season, Yarmolenko had fallen off a lot of people's radars for this new season but he's back and performing well now, scoring in each of West Ham's last two PL games. The Hammers have a winnable home fixture against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening and there's no reason why he can't pick up some more attacking returns.

Marcos Alonso
Though they still have issues at the back, particularly from set pieces, Chelsea have been improving defensively and Marcos Alonso is highly likely to keep playing at left-back with Emerson sidelined due to injury. This means he's a fairly safe pick in my opinion and is arguably a better attacker than defender meaning he could well pick up an assist or even a goal against Southampton.


Best of luck to you all with your fantasy teams this weekend.