Norwich City host Aston Villa at Carrow Road on Saturday with Teemu Pukki poised for a big match. The Finnish striker has tallied six goals and two assists this season for the Canaries. Unfortunately, for Norwich City, Pukki has had a hand in eight of the team’s nine goals. Manager Daniel Farke needs the rest of his side to step up in the final third. His need could be Fantasy Premier League managers’ gain.
Despite Norwich City’s reliance on Pukki, the Canaries are set for a big weekend at home against Aston Villa and here is why.
Teemu Pukki is perfect for FPL gameweek 8
Fantasy Premier League managers have given up on Pukki. At least, 86,362 FPL managers sold Pukki this week as Norwich City prepare for Aston Villa. The number of managers to give up on the striker is a bit much, but after two straight matches without a goal, it seems reasonable that managers would look elsewhere.
But they have given up on Pukki at their own expense. Norwich City play fellow newly promoted team Aston Villa in FPL gameweek 8. Norwich City won the EFL Championship last term while Aston Villa earned promotion through the playoffs.
Although both teams made signings in the offseason, they are, for the most part, still EFL Championship quality teams. Last season, Norwich City defeated Aston Villa in both matches in the second division. Both matches ended in 2-1 scorelines with Pukki getting a goal in their game at Villa Park. Will they do it again? Aston Villa’s form points to yes.
The price of Pukki
Pukki will set you back just £7.2 million for gameweek 8. It is a hefty price compared to his gameweek 1 fee of £6.5m. Of course, that was before Pukki scored or created a total of eight Norwich City goals. He goes into the weekend with 53 FPL points.
Do you need more reasons to buy Teemu Pukki for gameweek 8? Norwich City have lost just once at home in 2019-20. They have collected six points from nine scoring eight goals.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, are winless away from Villa Park. The Villains have tallied zero points from nine and scored just three times. Aston Villa have conceded the fifth-most away goals (seven) this term.
Can Pukki and Norwich City get at Aston Villa’s defence? With the away form of Aston Villa going into the gameweek 8, the Canaries should be able to get the best of their opponents. If the trend of Norwich City’s goals being scored or created by Pukki, then the striker should come good once more this weekend.
Pukki’s form this season has been so good, one newspaper recently linked him with a move to Manchester United in January. The Norwich City hitman is incredibly important to his team and FPL managers should miss out on his services in gameweek 8.