The Numbers 20/21: Gameweek 8

Gameweek 8 feels a million years ago now, but tomorrow sees the return of the matchday markets, so we figured we’d remind readers of some of the most interesting performances going into the international break. We have a blinding example of a makeshift back-four, with three left-backs and a centre-midfielder in defence, but the firepower in midfield and attack should hopefully make up for it!

Nick Pope (69pts) put on a strong performance in a pretty forgettable Friday night fixture between Brighton and Burnley, and starts in goal for us. Sergio Reguilon (70pts) had a stunning 45pt base score in Spurs’ 1-0 win over West Brom, claiming the left-back berth ahead of the team’s other left-backs. Ben Chilwell (80pts) scored his second goal in a Chelsea shirt as they beat Sheffield United comprehensively, but unfortunately has to fill in at centre-half. Next to him is Tomas Soucek (66pts), whose goal at the London Stadium ended up earning West Ham a 1-0 win over Fulham, largely thanks to Ademola Lookman’s failed panenka penalty at the death. Completing the defence is Burnley left-back Charlie Taylor (60pts) who posted a base score of 35pt in that quiet game against Brighton.

Eberechi Eze (77pts) announced himself to the Premier League, assisting and also scoring a sublime free-kick as Crystal Palace beat Leeds 4-1. Jack Grealish (71pts) played another blinding game for Aston Villa in the 3-0 win over Arsenal. He is somewhat shoe-horned into a centre-mid role next to Bruno Fernandes (83pts), who scored a brace and assisted another in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory against Everton. Stuart Armstrong (67pts) registered his first goal of the season as Southampton put in a commanding performance to win 2-0 against Newcastle on the Friday evening.

Our options up front both have opportunities to link with team-mates in midfield, but based on their GW8 performances, they might do so to mixed effect. Anthony Martial (19pts) had a base score of -3 as the game rather passed him by at Goodison Park. Ollie Watkins, on the other hand, scored two goals to put the game out of Arsenal’s reach in the final fixture of the weekend.

Nick Pope – total payout 69p; base payout 44p

Sergio Reguilon – total payout 70p; base payout 45p

Ben Chilwell – total payout 80p; base payout 45p; 1 goal

Tomas Soucek – total payout 66p; base payout 26p; 1 goal

Charlie Taylor – total payout 60p; base payout 35p

Eberechi Eze – total payout 77p; base payout 30p; 1 goal; 1 assist

Jack Grealish – total payout 71p; base payout 36p; 1 assist

Bruno Fernandes – total payout 83p; base payout 21p; 2 goals, 1 assist

Stuart Armstrong – total payout 69p; base payout 27p; 1 goal

Anthony Martial – total payout 19p; base payout -3p

Ollie Watkins – total payout 84p; base payout 29p; 2 goal

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