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Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 7 Fantasy Forecast

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Premier League, The Hype Train's team, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL and league supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. With the 2020/21 Premier League season starting tomorrow, we provide our Gameweek Forecast predictions, speculating how we think the first round of games will be played out. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Premier League 2020/21: Gameweek 7 Fixtures

Wolves open up the Gameweek with Crystal Palace visiting town, with another spread out fixture list seeing Man United host Arsenal, relegation rivals do battle when West Brom travel to the capital to take on Fulham, with the Gameweek ending at Elland Road with Leicester visiting Leeds.

Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 7 Forecast

Enjoy our FPL Forecast article, with each of our team forecasting how we think the Premier League will shape up this upcoming Gameweek. If you agree or want to challenge us on our point of view, get in touch with us on our main Twitter account, @RealHypeTrain.

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 7

Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United 1-3 Man City

Burnley 2-1 Chelsea

Liverpool 3-0 West Ham

Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

Newcastle 2-1 Everton

Man United 0-0 Arsenal

Spurs 3-1 Brighton

Fulham 1-1 West Brom

Leeds 0-2 Leicester

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 7

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Everton (Avoid): After telling the rest of the team that sooner rather than later Everton were going to lose their first game and get back to their old selves. I even took joy in correcting them and letting them know that Digne got his red card after the Toffees went 2-0 down. Missing key men in Digne and Richarlison, Southampton didn’t allow any Everton player a touch in their box in a convincing South Coast win. I can see them struggling against Newcastle who I am sure will go with a 5-5-0 formation at the weekend.

Leeds (Avoid): Despite Leeds looking assured as ever in the Premier League, it is also the case that Leicester have been building up a head of steam. Wesley Fofana coming into the defence has created a different dynamic, and the Teenager has settled in quickly in helping Leicester to three consecutive wins in all competitions. This is going to be a tight fixture, but I think Vardy and his party will have the upper hand. It would also be classic transfer tactics to put in a striker who got a hat-trick to only watch them do nothing the next game.

Liverpool (Watch): West Ham have been resolute lately, getting draws out of Spurs and Manchester City, and then also beating Leicester comfortably. I think Liverpool are now going to grind out more games, but the quality is still there in the team to get a win in this fixture. Thiago looks fit, Trent and Robbo are back to their best, and Salah and Mane are both in-form. Amongst all the defensive injuries people are too quick to write off Liverpool.

Southampton (Watch): The Saints have been quietly going about their business, after two losses to begin the season, they have gone undefeated in their last five league games, keeping four clean sheets in the process, and scoring eight goals in the process. Ralph Hasenhüttl has got the defensive backbone reinstated and I can see Villa unable to cope with it. Best yet, Danny Ings is back in-form for the club and will most likely be the difference.

Gameweek 7 – FPL Differential Picks:

WOL/CRY: Wily Boly (WOL, DEF, £5.5mil, 2.5% ownership)

SHU/MCI: Raheem Sterling (MCI, MID, £11.6mil, 7.3% ownership)

BUR/CHE: Edouard Mendy (CHE, GK, £5.0mil, 2.6% ownership)

LIV/WHU: Diogo Jota (LIV, MID, £6.3mil, 2.1% ownership)

AVL/SOU: Che Adams (SOU, FWD, £5.8mil, 2.0% ownership)

NEW/EVE: Yerry Mina (EVE, DEF, £5.5mil, 2.3% ownership)

MUN/ARS: Marcus Rashford (MUN, MID, £9.5mil, 7.7% ownership)

TOT/BHA: Hugo Lloris (TOT, GK, £5.5mil, 5.7% ownership)

FUL/WBA: Karlan Grant (WBA, FWD, £6.0mil, 0.0% ownership)

LEE/LEI: James Maddison (LEI, MID, £7.0mil, 2.4% ownership)

Differential Captain: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

This was a hard week to pick a captain as there were lots of candidates, but Man City are a very ‘differential’ team right now in that you don’t know what you are going to get out of them. After dropping points to…West Ham…Pep Guardiola travels to a Sheffield United side who haven’t gotten out of first gear yet. The good news is that the City team is full of pro’s, and I expect a couple of them to pull through for them this week, Sterling being the first name on that list.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 7

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Edouard Mendy (CHE)

DEF: Ruben Dias (MCI)

DEF: Wesley Fofana (LEI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV)

MID: Hueng-Min Son (TOT) (VC)

MID: Raheem Sterling (MCI)

FOR: Danny Ings (SOU)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT) (C)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)


GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

MID: Pedro Neto (WOL)

DEF: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (MUN)

DEF: Romain Saïss (WOL)

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 7

Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United 1-3 Man City

Burnley 0-3 Chelsea

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham

Aston Villa 2-3 Southampton

Newcastle 1-4 Everton

Man United 2-1 Arsenal

Spurs 5-1 Brighton

Fulham 1-1 West Brom

Leeds 2-1 Leicester

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 7

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Edouard Mendy

DEF: Ben Chilwell

DEF: Romain Saiss

DEF: Sergio Reguilon

MID: Kevin De Bruyne

MID: Heung Min Son

MID: Christian Pulisic

MID: Jack Grealish

FOR: Harry Kane (C)

FOR: Danny Ings

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewandowski (VC)


GK: David De Gea

MID: James Rodriguez

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold

DEF: Max Kilman

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 7

Wolves 2-1 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United 0-2 Man City

Burnley 0-1 Chelsea

Liverpool 3-1 West Ham

Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton

Newcastle 0-3 Everton

Man United 1-2 Arsenal

Spurs 3-1 Brighton

Fulham 1-1 West Brom

Leeds 1-2 Leicester

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 7

Top FPL player targets this weekend:

From a personal perspective, I’ve rotated my goalkeeping choices 4 times this season and it’s an area of struggle. With Palace travelling to Wolves, I’ve had enough of Vicente Guaita getting yellow cards in the couple of games he had in the spotlight, but it seemed a change was on the cards. Edouard Mendy (£5.0m) was my preferred selection and the transfer I’ve gone for due to a trio of games that Chelsea should excel in defensively.

Burnley (GW7) are up first for Frank Lampard’s side, before a home tie against Sheffield United (GW8), with Newcastle away (GW9) rounding out a nice little run. Mendy has a big frame and was brought in to be a shot-stopper first and foremost – I’m pretty sure Mendy proved his worth his a host of good reflex saves to keep the game goalless at Old Trafford, that at £5.0m he’ll offer a lot of value for players.

Elsewhere, Phil Foden (MCI) is on my future list of transfers for Daniel Podence (WOL), whilst if you’re looking for other hot property players, Patrick Bamford (LEE) is still a cheap pick, whilst Ben Chilwell (CHE) might be the top pick if you’ve lost faith with a Virgil-less Liverpool defence, or have a now-injuted Timothy Castagne (LEI) or a suspended Lucas Digne (EVE).

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Arsenal (Watch): Just got a feeling that United’s big wins in the Champions League have no bearing on their league appearances. An organised Arsenal side, though lacking in central defenders, might be on course for an away win.

Leicester (Watch): Leeds weren’t heavily tipped to win at Aston Villa but rattled the cages of expectations with ease. Leicester aren’t as bi-polar as Aston Villa have proven to been in the space of a couple of games, and should have enough in attack to leave Elland Road with the points – just as players in mass start trusting Leeds players.

Newcastle (Avoid): I think it will be another good week for Ancelotti’s maestros, especially as they’ll be looking to avenge a bad day at the office against Southampton. Newcastle’s problem will be finding a settled shape as Everton will stretch the game and it will be a back-foot performance for the Magpies. I seriously hope they prove me wrong.

Southampton (Watch): I’ve gone for Southampton to get a draw at Villa, but in reality this is a winnable game for a Saints side that are proving shrewd in attack – it doesn’t take many chances for the ever-evolving partnership between Che Adams and Danny Ings to get among the goals.

Gameweek 7 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Harry Kane (TOT)

Alternative: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

Differential: Raheem Sterling (MCI)

With a total of 13 goal involvements already (5 goals, 8 assists), Harry Kane *should* be the default captain this week with Brighton making the visit from the south coast. You don’t need to have volumes of data to explain that the Englishman and his strike partner, Heung-Min Son are in good form – it’s so painfully obvious that both are worthy of the armband against a Brighton side who have been unlucky not to pick up a few more results than they have.

Brighton will attempt to be compact and might limit Spurs, and even though I can see it happening, this season has no plan or logic. It’s just a league littered with crazy statistics each and every week.

If you’re looking elsewhere for points, as a Newcastle supporters I’m not keen to watch Everton’s visit. The Toffees have a good record recently when visiting Tyneside and I just worry that Steve Bruce has no idea what to do with Calvert-Lewin. We’ll probably make Everton’s job easy on Saturday by playing players out of position and dropping key players.

There’s also Mane and Salah against West Ham for current Premier League champs, Liverpool. Yes, The Reds will likely concede, though on the other hand they still have the best attacking outfit in the league by a country mile so goals between The Egyptian King and his smiling Senegalese partner in crime are virtually assured most weeks.

Other Gameweek Comments:

It will be a littler after 4pm GMT time when this Forecast is posted. The team got together last night (Thursday) to talk about our picks for the weekend and even at 11pm, Phil and Sam both said to me that it was too early to make any assured or correctly adjudged points about FPL for the upcoming Gameweek. There are so many 11th hour calls due to a hectic fixture list for virtually every club, especially those in European competition.

So it just feels like being an FPL content creator now is a difficult life and it would kind of be off-putting to me as a video creator (among other things) to spend hour after hour creating polished content, only for it to have a five minute shelf life – it’s like when you buy fresh fruit and it’s gone off just hours after putting it in the fridge.

There are lots and lots of social media (as well as financially driven) accounts that hit you with stats, form, this and that until you’re red in the face with information, but unfortunately none of it is sticking with me or the team here as it’s all irrelevant as the conditions of the league are rapidly changing most weeks. We’re all doing our moves at the very last minute, and consequently so, our regular Forecast that we’ve been doing for going on four years, is now a ‘last minute’ article for those, like us, who are wisely waiting until the last minutes to set their teams and make their transfers. In this climate, it’s probably a good idea.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 7

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Edouard Mendy (CHE)

DEF: Romain Saiss (WOL)

DEF: Ben Chilwell (CHE)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV) – (VC)

MID: Heung-Min Son (TOT)

MID: Phil Foden (MCI)

MID: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)

FOR: Danny Ings (SOU)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)


GK: Alex McCarthy (SOU)

MID: Mateusz Klich (LEE)

DEF: Max Kilman (WOL)

DEF: James Justin (LEI)

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