Thinking of using your wildcard this weekend? We’re sure you aren’t alone so we’ve been studying the numbers so read on for our best tips ahead of Gameweek 7.
We spent all summer creating Squawka Score, our fantasy football ranking system, which gives each player a percentage score and is designed to help you identify the gems set to propel themselves onto the FPL main stage. And now after the first few weeks of the season we’ve been given some ideas as to how the campaign could play out.
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We’ve used Squawka Score to pick our squad for Gameweek 7, which has a few interesting fixtures. While we’re not expecting you to fully change your team, unless you’re an early Wildcard user, we’ve assembled a 15-man squad (within a budget of £100m) with players you should be considering — taking into account value, points, performances and fixtures — when looking at early transfers.
Gameweek 7 picks
Alphonse Areola, West Ham
FPL price: 4.1m
Squawka Score: 53%
Areola has emerged as the best low price goalkeeping option this season, helping West Ham to a great start to the season. 26 points already have already been collected by owners of the Frenchman, and West Ham come up against a blunt looking Sheffield United side this weekend.
Sven Botman, Newcastle
FPL price: 4.7m
Squawka Score: 49%
Newcastle were imperious last weekend, putting eight past Sheffield United and they face another side struggling at the bottom of the league this week in Burnley. Botman represents a good double threat, with a clean sheet a big possibility as well as the Dutchman being a real menace at the other end of the pitch, especially from set pieces.
Dan Burn, Newcastle
FPL price: 4.5m
Squawka Score: 48%
Another player to keep an eye on in that fixture is Burn. His huge frame is always a threat from free kicks and corners, something that could prove profitable against a Burnley side that have conceded 13 goals in just five games this season.
Kurt Zouma, West Ham
FPL price: 4.5m
Squawka Score: 41%
Everyone saw how vulnerable Sheffield United were at set pieces last weekend, and Zouma could be the man to profit from that this weekend. He’s already found the net against a newly promoted side this season and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him improve on that record this weekend.
Son Heung-Min, Spurs
FPL price: 9.1m
Squawka Score: 64%
The Spurs man has really come to the fore in the wake of Harry Kane’s departure. Five goals in his last three games have shown his ability in the final third and, with several favourable fixtures coming up, it might be worth bringing ‘Sonny’ into your squad early.
Bukayo Saka, Arsenal
FPL price: 8.6m
Squawka Score: 77%
Saka showed his status as ‘Starboy’ against Spurs, contributing a goal and an assist, and Arsenal take on easier opposition this weekend in Bournemouth. Saka has already amassed 44 points this season and seems a no brainer if you are considering a wildcard.
Mo Salah, Liverpool
FPL price: 12.5m
Squawka Score: 82%
There are string of favourable fixtures on the horizon for Liverpool, so getting Salah in now and avoiding any nasty price rises could be a great idea. 43 points have already come the way of owners of ‘the most consistent player in the Premier League‘ so don’t miss out any further.
Kaoru Mitoma, Brighton
FPL price: 6.6m
Squawka Score: 65%
Mitoma was back to his best last weekend, coming on as a substitute and scoring twice. He hasn’t quite hit the heights of last season quite yet but last weekend could’ve been the start of a big run for the Japanese superstar.
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Erling Haaland, Man City
FPL price: 14.1m
Squawka Score: 76%
It’s hard to find the words to describe Haaland sometimes. ‘Goals’ is probably the best one though. Eight of them to be precise. Only one side have stopped the big Norwegian from scoring so far this season and it’s hard to see Wolves adding their names to that list.
Darwin Nunez, Liverpool
FPL price: 7.4m
Squawka Score: 71%
He’s had his doubters but Nunez looks to be finding his feet properly this season. Some classy goals against Newcastle and West Ham have opened the eyes of some and jumping aboard the Darwin train now, before Liverpool face some tasty looking fixtures, could be hugely profitable.
Carlton Morris, Luton
FPL price: 5.5m
Squawka Score: 49%
A double gameweek for Luton might not represent much value at first glance, with the Hatters conceding 11 goals already but, with games against Everton and Burnley, Morris could find his name on the scoresheet. He might not be the best long term option but, as a short term stop gap, he might be the best around.
Matt Turner, Nottingham Forest
FPL price: 4.0m
Squawka Score: 52%
Destiny Udogie, Spurs
FPL price: 4.7m
Squawka Score: 39%
Joachim Andersen, Crystal Palace
FPL price: 4.6m
Squawka Score: 53%
Luca Koleosho, Burnley
FPL price: 5.0m
Squawka Score: 11%
Every week we’ll give you a full squad we recommend for that specific Gameweek, but it’s not feasible changing all 15 players on a regular basis if you want to stay competitive. These will merely be our favourite 15 picks within a 100M budget for that Gameweek, for if you’re considering using your Wildcard, or want to overhaul your squad at a cost.
We’re also playing along in the traditional style, tweaking our team one transfer at a time. And we’re challenging you to beat us in our own mini-league. You can sign up here or use the league code 8ju9vx to join the Squawka Challenge League.
Here’s our Squawka Challenge team for Gameweek 7.