Fantasy Premier League Tips: Southampton's Virgil van Dijk the player to watch in Gameweek Eight

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You have plenty of big decisions to make as you pick your Fantasy Premier League team for every Gameweek.

After the end of the international break, it's time to look ahead to Gameweek Eight.

There's lots to ponder, but here's a look at which player is the one to watch this week.

The spotlight will be on Virgil van Dijk of Southampton as he faces Newcastle United at home.
Watch the video above to find out why he deserves your attention in this round.



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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and two ins, two outs for Gameweek Eight

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2529004-595062.

Another international break comes to an end and we return to the excitement of the Premier League.

Sadio Mane’s injury amongst others have left Fantasy Premier League managers with a few concerns while there’s also the big clash between Liverpool and Manchester United to consider with the latter facing challenging fixtures ahead.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek Eight.

CAPTAIN – ALEXIS SANCHEZ | ARSENAL |11.9M

In the last Gameweek, Romelu Lukaku (11.8m) just about saved our blushes with a late goal against Crystal Palace.

This week, Alexis Sanchez is the top pick for the captaincy. It’s a bit unexpected given that he’s only just returned to the starting XI but he’s already made a strong case for the armband in his last couple of outings.

He’s registered an assist in each of the last two fixtures and delivered a stellar attacking display against Brighton in particular. He had the most shots on goal in the league during the last round, eight in total, and created six chances as well.

If the Chilean is getting back to his best, then Arsenal’s fixtures won’t really matter too much in terms of playing him. Like Harry Kane or Eden Hazard, he’s likely to deliver regardless of the level of opposition when he’s in his element.

In any case, the next three fixtures for the Gunners look pretty inviting. Most importantly though – and this is key – Sanchez is selected by just 2.6% of FPL managers. A player of that calibre and reputation is bound to score big, soon, and when he does that’s going to provide a few managers who pay his steep price a tidy differential…. perhaps even this weekend.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

ALTERNATIVES

HARRY KANE is in superb form and is probably a great pick for the captaincy this week and could easily wind up being this weekend’s highest scorer as Tottenham host Bournemouth who are second from bottom. However, the Englishman is yet to score at Wembley in the league this season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are arguably the most likely to score big this weekend as they entertain Stoke and with Sergio Aguero recovering from injury, GABRIEL JESUS (10.5m) and DAVID SILVA (8.5m) are both good options as well.

BOLD CHOICE

GYLFI SIGURDSSON (8.2m) is yet to deliver for Everton this season but he is creating chances and returns to the club in form after helping Iceland to wins over Turkey and Kosovo to secure a spot in next year’s World Cup.

TWO INS

VIRGIL VAN DIJK | SOUTHAMPTON  | 5.4M

Back into the fold and ideally, he should be straight back into several FPL squads as well. In his first start of the season in the last GW, Virgil van Dijk put in a beastly performance. Yes, he gave away a penalty, but a closer inspection of his stats shows he had three shots at goal, won 11 aerial duels and racked up three interceptions, seven clearances and four blocks. Beast.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

STEPHEN WARD | BURNLEY | 4.6M

The Burnley defender has sneaked up to third place in the game’s highest scoring defenders with 41, tied with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal. At just 4.6m, he’s a real bargain and apart from having to face City away in GW9 and Arsenal at home in GW13, Burnley have a good run of fixtures all the way to GW19.

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

TWO OUTS

SADIO MANE | LIVERPOOL | 9.4M

A hamstring injury away on international duty rules Sadio Mane out for the next six weeks and will no doubt see him dropped by most of his owners in FPL as well. Mohamed Salah (9.2m) and Philippe Coutinho (9m) are straight swaps while the likes of Silva and Christian Eriksen (9.7m) are also standout out options in midfield.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN | MANCHESTER UNITED | 8.5M

The Armenian began the season in fine form but his influence has started to wane in the last couple of weeks, providing returns only once in his last four outings. With Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea to face over the next four rounds, now may be the time to cash out.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L)

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Jurgen Klopp's big-game record encouraging for Liverpool ahead of Man United clash

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Liverpool fans may be feeling anxious about Saturday’s Premier League clash against in-form Manchester United, with the Reds, who have lost Sadio Mane to injury, having won just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

However, the Merseysiders can take encouragement heading into the match at Anfield from the club’s record under boss Jurgen Klopp against fellow ‘big six’ outfits – United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Last month Klopp’s team lost 5-0 at City after being reduced to 10 men, but that was only the second defeat they had suffered in 20 league meetings with other ‘big six’ sides since the German took charge in October 2015.

And they have nine victories from those games, giving them a win percentage of 45 – which is considerably higher than the figure for each of the other five clubs over the same period.

Here, Press Association Sport shows how Liverpool compare to their rivals on that front as they prepare to host United before playing Spurs away in their following league match.

‘BIG SIX’ CLUBS’ PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS AGAINST EACH OTHER SINCE KLOPP’S APPOINTMENT:

LIVERPOOL

P20 W9 D9 L2 Pts 36 (win percentage 45)

CHELSEA

P21 W7 D7 L7 Pts 28 (win percentage 33)

TOTTENHAM

P19 W6 D9 L4 Pts 27 (win percentage 32)

MANCHESTER UNITED

P17 W5 D7 L5 Pts 22 (win percentage 29)

MANCHESTER CITY

P20 W5 D6 L9 Pts 21 (win percentage 25)

ARSENAL

P19 W3 D8 L8 Pts 17 (win percentage 16)

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