Fantasy Focus: Rashford and Bamford poised to impress in Gameweek 7
Gameweek 7 of the Premier League action promises to offer another exciting round of matches with Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal being the headline act of the weekend. Last week’s action was a bit low scoring in terms of fantasy points when compared to previous weeks, but the upcoming round of games are likely to be full of exhilarating encounters with plenty of interesting clashes lined up. Here, we assess some of the individuals who can help your fantasy teams score big.
Player: Ben Chilwell
Match: Burnley vs Chelsea
After an underwhelming start to the campaign, especially on the defensive front, Chelsea seem to be coming into their own. The addition of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has certainly helped in that regard with his assuring presence at the back making their backline more confident. Ben Chilwell’s acquisition over the summer has been another boost to their defence and the full-back has hit the ground running for the Blues. The English left-back’s playing style seems to be tailormade for Chelsea’s current system and he’s already had a huge impact offensively with a goal and three assists from seven games. He’ll be hoping to continue his fine run of form against Burnley, who have just one point from five league games so far.
Player: Kevin De Bruyne
Team: Manchester City
Match: Sheffield United vs Manchester City
When compared to his own lofty standards, it can be argued that Kevin De Bruyne has not had the best of the starts to the new season from a personal point of view. Lest we forget that he was last season’s Premier League Player of the Season as well as PFA Players' Player of the Year. However, the Belgian international wasn’t at his best for Manchester City’s first few games and the club dropped points as a result. That said, they will be pleased that there were glimpses of his former self in City’s midweek win when De Bruyne set up two goals. He’s scored once and provided three assists this season and will be looking to add to that tally against Sheffield United – a club against whom he was involved in all three of City’s goals in their two meetings last season, scoring once and supplying two assists.
Player: Mohamed Salah
Match: Liverpool vs West Ham United
After a strong start to the season, Liverpool’s talisman Mohamed Salah has had quiet outings in recent weeks. The Egyptian international though will be keen to have his scoring boots on again soon and will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet against West Ham United on the weekend. Salah has a good record in the league against the Hammers. He’s scored six goals as well as provided two assists against West Ham in six Premier League matches and will be desperate to be on target once again when the London club comes to Anfield. The ongoing campaign has seen him net seven times so far and the fact that he will be up against West Ham’s attacking full-back Aaron Cresswell indicates that he might be among the goals.
Player: Marcus Rashford
Team: Manchester United
Match: Manchester United vs Arsenal
Whether it’s off the pitch with his philanthropic efforts or on the pitch with Manchester United, Marcus Rashford is on fire at the moment. The English attacker will head into the clash against Arsenal on Sunday on the back of a fine hat-trick as a substitute against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Rashford didn’t have the best of starts to the season, like most Manchester United players, but he’s picked his game up in recent weeks and will pose a major threat to Arsenal’s defence. His first two Premier League goals came on his league debut for the club against Arsenal. However, Rashford has failed to score against the Gunners since but based on his current form, it’ll take a brave man to bet against him being on the scoresheet against Mikel Arteta’s men.
Player: Patrick Bamford
Team: Leeds United
Match: Leeds United vs Leicester City
When Leeds United were promoted to the Premier League, doubts surrounding Patrick Bamford’s ability to ply his trade in England’s top-tier was the question on everyone’s lips. However, a lot has changed after Leeds’ first six matches. It’s safe to say that Bamford has now silenced his critics and his hat-trick in the last gamemweek 6 against Aston Villa was the icing on the cake. While he admits that he didn’t give the best account of himself in his previous Premier League stints with Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesbrough, Bamford’s netted six goals and set up two more in Leeds’ opening six league games of the campaign. Up against a susceptible Leicester City defence in gameweek 7, Bamford will be confident of extending his scoring run.
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