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Safe Pick – Harry Kane (T0T)
After 13 goals in 8 games for club and country, Kane is in fantastic form and he will be sad to see September come to an end.
In Gameweek 8, Kane finds himself taking on a Bournemouth side who have conceded 11 goals this season, with only struggling Crystal Palace below them in the Premier League table.
Despite a huge game for Spurs in the Bernebeu on Tuesday, I fully expect Kane to lead the line for Mauricio Pochettino on Saturday and find himself in the goals once again.
Differential – Michy Batshuayi (CHE)
Reports suggest that Alvaro Morata is close to making his return from the hamstring injury sustained during the defeat to Manchester City, however, Gameweek 8 is likely to come too soon for the Spaniard.
Morata’s replacement is likely to be Batshuayi, with Eden Hazard in support against the worst defence in the Premier League.
Having scored during the international break – Crystal Palace is the ideal opposition for Batshuayi to open his account for the season and stake a claim for more first team action.
Safe Pick – Eden Hazard (CHE)
The Wizard of Chelsea announced his return during the week, with 2 goals for Belgium in their World Cup Qualifier vs Cyprus.
As for Gameweek 8, On Saturday afternoon Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace, who sit firmly at the foot of the Premier League table having conceded 17 goals without reply.
With Morata unlikely to feature, Antonio Conte will be relying on Hazard to provide the attacking threat for his side, either supporting Batshuayi, or the possibility of playing as a false number 9.
Differential – Aaron Mooy (HUD)
With a goal and assist for newly promoted Huddersfield Town already this season, as well as set piece responsibility, the Australian is key to The Terriers goal threat.
Swansea City are struggling this season, 3rd from bottom in the Premier League and go into the game having lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
Huddersfield have only lost once at home this season and I expect them to beat Swansea this weekend, with Mooy’s performance key to that victory.
Safe Pick – Kyle Walker (MCI)
With 4 cleansheets in the last 4 Gameweek, Manchester City are showing us that if they keep possession, the opposition will not score.
With a home tie against Stoke City on Saturday, we can be confident that City will be extending that clean sheet run to 5.
Pep Guardiola expects his fullbacks to get forward, therefore Walker also provides an attacking threat which is evidenced by the 2 assists he has already this season.
Differential – Stephen Ward (BUR)
After Keane’s summer move to Everton and Heaton’s injury, you would be fair in assuming Burnley would struggle at the back this season. 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games has proved any doubters wrong.
Stephen Ward has been ever present in that Burnley defence and in addition to those clean sheets, he has also recorded a goal and an assist.
Sean Dyke has his side well organised and he will be expecting another clean sheet this weekend.
Safe Pick – Thibaut Courtois (CHE)
When you come up against a team that hasn’t scored a goal in any of the 7 Premier League games this season, as well as them having their first-choice striker out injured, you expect to keep a clean sheet.
This is exactly the position Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois finds himself in this weekend, with Crystal Palace in a terrible run of form.
A guaranteed clean sheet? Not quite, but it’s not far off.
Differential – Heurelho Gomez (WAT)
So, you’re reading this and expecting Arsenal to score against Watford this week? Hear me out.
What is the current state of mind for Sanchez and Ramsey after failing to qualify for the World Cup? Questions as to whether Sanchez and Ozil could be leaving in January? This could be the perfect time for Watford to face the Gunners.
Other than a hiccup against Manchester City, Watford have looked solid this season, therefore I see no reason why Gomez can’t add to his current tally of 3 clean sheets.
Gameweek 8: Captaincy Pick
So who should you trust with that precious captain’s armband this weekend to help you gain those additional double points?
Well, I agree with every captain polls I’ve seen on Twitter this week - your double points in Gameweek 8 have to come from Harry Kane.
Kane looks set to score again this weekend; the only question is, how many?
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