The first gameweek following the return of European football delivered some memorable results, and some much needed victories while plenty of questions were answered, and a few more were posed in what was a weird and wonderful FPL Gameweek 6.
Here’s what you need to be across, as we build up to FPL Gameweek 7.
When does FPL Gameweek 7 start?
Saturday 30 September, 8:00pm AEST
FPL gameweek 7 kicks off with Aston Villa hosting Brighton in what promises to be an exciting affair. Both sides are extremely well coached, coming off victories, and have plenty to prove in their hunt for European football this season.
FPL Gameweek 7 notes
Is Arsenal’s goalkeeping debate over?
The North London derby marked the third consecutive fixture David Raya (£4.8 I 2.7%) kept goal for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. While he didn’t manage a clean sheet, who can against Ange’s Spurs, the Spaniard’s sustained presence in Arsenal’s goal is worrisome for Aaron Ramsdale (£4.9 I 13.7%) owners; is the Englishman’s reign as the Gunners’ number one over?
North London derby’s battle of the 10s
Arsenal hosted Ange Postecoglu’s firing Tottenham Hotspur in the most eagerly anticipated North London derby for some time. Both sides entered the match firing and have been led by their star attacking midfielders throughout this season. Martin Odegaard (£8.5 I 21.2%) could only watch as James Maddison (£7.9 I 32%) won the playmaking battle with two assists for Heung-Min Son (£9.1 I 16.3%)
Reds roll on
A 3-1 victory over West Ham used to be nothing to write home about for Liverpool. But, given the Hammers’ electric start to the season and the fact Jarrod Bowen (£7.1 I 8.7%) levelled just before half-time, it’s an impressive result for Liverpool. Led by Mohammed Salah (£12.5 I 29.5%), Jurgen Klopp’s men sit second, two points behind City, and if his equally destructive, slightly more chaotic strike partner Darwin Nunez (£7.4 I 11.6%) can keep his shooting boots on Liverpool might be in this title fight.
Newcastle’s day out continues Sheffield’s slump
8-0 is just short of a Premier League record victory but for Eddie Howe it won’t matter. After a slow start to the season his side kicked into gear and life against an embattled Sheffield United with 8 goals to 8 different scorers. More importantly a defence led by Kieran Trippier (£6.5 I 33.6%), who also nabbed a hat-trick of assists, marshalled their way to a second clean sheet of the season. Is this a sign of things to come on Tyneside?
Chelsea’s woes continue as Villa’s stock rises
In the end it took a sublime Ollie Watkins (£7.9 I 17.4%) between Robert Sanchez’ (£4.6 I 6.2%) to breach Chelsea’s defence but it was yet another match where the side’s attack lacked the potency and ruthlessness necessary for success. Chelsea had more possession but crucially missed 3 big chances, which reads like the story of their season so far. For Villa, Watkins’ opening goal of the campaign is a positive sign as their push for Champions League football continues.
Mitoma brace sinks Bournemouth
Kaoru Mitoma (£6.5 I 41.1%) has been arguably the form winger in the Premier League since his breakout during the middle of last season and his fine showings continued with two strikes in Brighton’s 3-1 home win. The Japanese winger now has three goals and three assists to start the campaign. Elsewhere, should owners of Evan Ferguson (£6.0 I 7.8%) be concerned by his lack of minutes as he returns from injury? Time will tell
Transfer targets under 15% ownership
DEFENDER: Lucas Digne (£4.6 I 4.3)
MIDFIELDER: Jarrod Bowen (£7.1 I 8.7%)
FORWARD: Darwin Nunez (£7.4 I 11.6%)