Premier League gameweek 8 is drawing near and it is time to see which strikers are likely to fire in the goals this weekend.
Gameweek 7 saw our top 5 pick Theo Walcott pick up his second assist of the season. Meanwhile, our other picks made contributions to their respective sides, scoring valuable points for Fantasy Premier League sides around the world.
FantasySports.co.uk now looks at the top 5 strikers for gameweek 8.
Theo Walcott – Arsenal
Games: 7; Goals: 3; Assists: 2
Theo Walcott is possibly having the best season of his career. Gameweek 7 saw Walcott picked up the game winning assist on Laurent Koscielny’s stoppage-time goal.
Walcott now has a goal or an assist in Arsenal’s last three matches. This week Arsenal host Swansea and he will have the chance to run at the Swans’ defence all day long.
Troy Deeney – Watford
Games: 7; Goals: 3; Assists: 1
Troy Deeney has gained 30 Fantasy Premier League points this term, and he should cost about £7 million. He has been a solid player all season for Watford, and last week, he picked up man of the match honours after scoring in the Hornets’ 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
This week, Watford travel to Middlesbrough. The Riverside club have not won in their last five matches and have given up 10 goals this season.
Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace
Games: 5; Goals: 3
Two goals in his last two makes Christian Benteke one of the most in-form strikers you can add to your team this week. Sure, he doesn’t come cheap, but this week Palace host a defensively poor West Ham.
The Hammers have given up the most goals in the English Premier League this season with 17. Benteke is an excellent choice for your Fantasy Premier League team in gameweek 8.
Jermaine Defoe – Sunderland
Games: 7; Goals: 4
Jermaine Defoe is one of Sunderland’s bright spots this season, if not their only bright spot. Like a lot of top strikers in the Fantasy Premier League, Defoe won’t come cheaply, but he should provide your team with points.
Sunderland host Stoke City in a massive six-pointer. A big goal from Defoe can set Sunderland up for survival this season.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
Games: 7; Goals: 4; Assists: 2
Alexis Sanchez has the highest rating of any Arsenal player on WhoScored.com at 7.83. He isn’t cheap in Fantasy Premier League, but he is worth every penny of it.
Before gameweek 7 against Burnley, Sanchez had scored or assisted a goal in Arsenal’s last four matches in all competitions. With the jury out on Swansea’s new coach Bob Bradley, Arsene Wenger’s team should theoretically roll over the Welsh side.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
Games: 7; Goals: 4
Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t scored in Manchester United’s last three Premier League matches. However, this week the club are playing Liverpool and Ibrahimovic has the ability to rise to the occasion in league fixtures.
Liverpool are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and their back four has been suspect at times. Manchester United are undefeated against Liverpool in five of their last six. An Ibrahimovic goal may not lead to a United win in gameweek 8, however, the Swede should play well against the Reds’ defence.