Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17 tips: Week 7 round-up

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Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all recorded wins in Week 7, with the standout performance coming from Jurgen Klopp's Reds.

City and Spurs are the only two sides that have maintained an unbeaten start to the season and the pair are set to go head-to-head in Week 8.

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Player of the week

James Milner topped the Week 7 stats guide with 17 TFF points in Liverpool's 5-1 demolition of Hull. The midfielder, who has regularly featured at left-back for the Reds this season, produced two goals and two key contributions for the 1.5% of TFF managers that have him in their side.

Team of the week

Sergio Aguero marked his return from a three-match ban with a double of his own against Swansea, as Pep Guardiola's Manchester City continued their impressive 100% winning start to the new season.

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Liverpool's midfielders continue to flourish, with Lallana and Coutinho both joining Milner in the team of the week.

Manager of the week

Michael Ewins from Bournemouth was the manager of the week, scooping himself a £200 first prize. His team, MEMOWM3 16, chalked up a whopping 114 TFF points, more than three times the average score of 35. 


Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City

Manchester United erased memories of two league defeats in a row with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Leicester.

The Foxes, who were so formidable in defence was season, conceded three goals from set-pieces in the first half, with United's Daley Blind (£4.1m) earning a key contribution for each.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£6.6m) has now gone two league games without scoring, but strike partner Marcus Rashford (£5.6m) has filled the void with goals of his own in each.

Paul Pogba (£5.7m) was on the scoresheet for the first time since his return to the Red Devils, racking up 10 TFF points in the process with a key contribution also to his name.

Jamie Vardy (£6.3m) and Riyad Mahrez (£5.0m) were both hauled off for Leicester and substitute Demarai Gray (£3.3m) capitalised, grabbing a consolation with a stunning long-range strike. 

Bournemouth 1-0 Everton

Bournemouth brought an end to Everton's unbeaten start to the new season with a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Vitality. 

Artur Boruc (£2.7m) was in brilliant form for the hosts, making a string of important saves to keep the free-scoring Toffees at bay. There were also clean sheets for Adam Smith (£2.5m), Simon Francis (£2.6m), Steve Cook (£2.2m) and Charlie Daniels (£2.2m) as Eddie Howe's side made it back-to-back 1-0 wins on home soil.

The result was damaging for Ronald Koeman's side who dropped down to fifth with all of the teams around them picking up three points. Bournemouth, however, now rise to 15th, with winnable fixtures against Watford and Hull to come in the next two gameweeks.

Liverpool 5-1 Hull City

Liverpool are on fire. The Reds made it three league wins on the bounce with five goals against Hull, all of which came from their selection of midfielders.

James Milner (£4.2m) is now the club's leading TFF point-scorer, and despite being technically classified as a midfielder, he's regularly featured as a left-sided defender. He scored two penalties and chipped in with two key contributions, making it 17 TFF points for the week.

Adam Lallana (£4.9m) wasn't far behind on 13, he scored his third league goal of the season and added a key contribution for Phillipe Coutinho's (£5.3m) third too.

Sadio Mane (£5.0m) was also on the scoresheet, Lallana again with the key contribution, and the only dampener for the hosts was a goal conceded by Loris Karius (£3.3m) on his Premier League debut.

With no European distractions this season Jurgen Klopp's side look like they could be a real force in the league. Can they make it four consecutive wins with a win at Swansea in Week 8?

Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham's 2-1 win at the Riverside means they've made their best start to a top flight campaign for 51 years. Four wins and two draws from their opening six place Mauricio Pochettino's side in second, four points behind City, with the pair set to go head-to-head at White Hart Lane in Week 8.

Son Heung-Min (£4.6m) scored yet another brace as the South Korean made it six league goals in his last six outings. Vincent Janssen (£5.0m) is set to have an extended run in the side with Harry Kane (£6.8m) out injured and the Dutch international chipped in with a key contribution in the build up to Son's first.

Ben Gibson (£2.7m) pulled one back for the hosts but three league defeats in a row has seen 'Boro slip down to 16th. They have a trip to West Ham to come in Week 8 - a match which both sides desperately need to win.

Stoke City 1-1 West Brom

Stoke were denied their first win of the season because of an injury time equaliser from £4.7m rated striker Salomon Rondon.

The Baggies hitman now has three league goals under his belt this term but the result itself is another blow to Mark Hughes' side who battled so hard to go in front through Joe Allen (£3.6m).

Goals are a real issue for the Potters with on-loan striker Wilfried Bony (£5.4m) still seeking his first for the club. Xherdan Shaqiri's (£4.4m) return is a boost but it'll take a few weeks for the Swiss to get back to full fitness.

Lee Grant (£2.5m) started in goal in the absence of Jack Butland (£3.2m) and Stoke will be counting down the days until his return. They've not kept a clean sheet since he sustained his ankle injury while on duty for England last season.

Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace

When you're at the bottom of the league, you have to see out 2-0 leads at home. Sunderland were two up on the hour mark, with Jermain Defoe (£5.2m) scoring yet another double for the struggling Black Cats.

However, just a minute later Joe Ledley (£3.4m) pulled one back for Palace and from that point on you could see the confidence drain out of the hosts.

James McArthur (£3.3m) equalised with his second league goal of the season and Christian Benteke (£5.2m) headed in the winner with 94 minutes on the clock.

If Sunderland are to survive they have to improve defensively, but in fairness to David Moyes' side, they are notoriously slow starters. The Blacks are now winless in their past 25 Premier League games in the months of August or September. 

Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City

Premier League leaders Manchester City maintained their 100% record under new manager Pep Guardiola with a 3-1 victory away at Swansea.

Sergio Aguero (£7.0m) marked his return from a three-match domestic suspension with a brace, opening the scoring and cooly slotting home a penalty in the second half.

Kevin de Bruyne (£6.0m) now has eight key contributions in six appearances, but the Belgian playmaker could be missing in Week 8 after sustaining a hamstring injury in the second half.

It would be a huge loss for City who travel to Spurs on Sunday, with both sides the only two still maintaining unbeaten league records. And Tottenham shouldn't be underestimated, let's not forget in this fixture last season Mauricio Pochettino's side won 4-1, triggering the downfall of City's league campaign.

Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea

Arsenal produced a scintillating attacking display to brush Chelsea aside 3-0.

Alexis Sanchez (£6.0m) continued his impressive run in front of goal, pinching the ball from Gary Cahill (£4.1m) before chipping the ball over Thibaut Courtois (£3.8m). That's four goals in his last four league matches for Sanchez, whose ownership continues to rise each week as he now finds himself in 21% of TFF teams.

Midfielders Theo Walcott (£4.8m) and Mesut Ozil (£5.9m) were also on the scoresheet and it was an enjoyable clean sheet for Petr Cech (£3.8m) against his former employers.

Hector Bellerin (£4.4m) showed the form that made him the highest point-scoring defender in 2015-16, earning 10 TFF points with a key contribution in the build-up to Walcott's goal.

As for Chelsea, they've dropped down to eighth with back-to-back league defeats and the pressure is mounting on Antonio Conte's shoulders. It's a must-win for the Blues at the KC Stadium in Week 8.


West Ham 0-3 Southampton

It's going from bad to worse for West Ham and Sunday's defeat at home to Southampton was by far the most concerning.

Charlie Austin (£4.6m) opened the scoring for the visitors, calmly finishing after good work from Dusan Tadic (£4.6m) and Ryan Bertrand (£3.3m) down the left.

Austin then returned the favour for Tadic, before James Ward-Prowse (£3.7m) wrapped up a convincing win for the Saints at the Olympic Stadium.

It's worrying times for Hammers supporters who have now watched their side suffer four league defeats in a row. They're down in 18th with just three points from their opening six matches and Slaven Bilic will need to put a run together soon if he's to have any chance of keeping his job.


Burnley 2-0 Watford

The form book went out the window for this one as Burnley eased to a 2-0 win against Watford.

Summer signing Steven Defour (£3.3m) was the creative spark for the Clarets, providing key contributions for both of Burnley's goals.

Jeff Hendrick (£3.3m) and Michael Keane (£3.0m) were the two on the scoresheet, both heading in from Defour's crosses.

The win takes Burnley up to 13th, level on points with Watford, who still have a marginally better goal difference.

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