Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17 tips: Week 8 preview

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Week 8 could be the most exciting yet as the top two go head-to-head at White Hart Lane. With unbeaten records and a 100% winning start at stake, Tottenham and Manchester City could turn out to be the game of the season so far.

Elsewhere, Slaven Bilic desperately needs his West Ham side to pick up three points at home to Middlesbrough, while the free-scoring Gunners make the trip north to face Sean Dyche's Burnley.

Here's all of the team news you'll need to have your Telegraph Fantasy Football team ready for Week 8, starting with our top three betting tips.

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Betting tips

  1. It's not often Tottenham will be underdogs when playing at White Hart Lane, so take advantage of rare 19/10 odds that they'll beat Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
  2. West Ham desperately need a win and will fancy their chances at home to a struggling Middlesbrough side.A Hammers win with both teams to score is currently available at 17/5.
  3. James Milner has been fantastic in recent weeks and could continue his run as first goalscorer at the Liberty Stadium with tempting odds of 12/1.



Everton v Crystal Palace (20:00)

Everton and Crystal Palace kick-off Week 8 with an intriguing clash at Goodison Park. The hosts suffered their first defeat of the season at Bournemouth last weekend, a result which surprised many considering the Toffees' recent form.

Palace are now in full-flow, winning three on the bounce, and a win on Friday could take them above Ronald Koeman's side in the table. 

However, defensive stalwhart Scott Dann (£3.2m) will be absent for the visitors - he's ruled out with a hamstring injury until at least mid-October. That means 9% of TFF managers will need to find a suitable replacement and they could seek refuge in Everton's Seamus Coleman (£3.6m). The attacking right-back is one of the first names on Koeman's team sheet and is in decent form, chipping in with a stunning goal against Middlesbrough in Week 6.

The game is likely to be decided by the performance of the two powerhouses in attack. Everton's Romelu Lukaku (£6.4m) and Palace's Christian Benteke (£5.2m) have 32 and 21 TFF points respectively, with the latter scoring the Eagles' dramatic winner at the Stadium of Light last weekend. Lukaku is still preferred however, if budget is allowing, with four league goals scored in his three latest outings.


Swansea City v Liverpool (12:30)

Saturday's lunchtime kick-off features two sides moving opposite directions in the table. Four defeats in their last five has seen Swansea plummet down to 17th, while three wins and a draw has propelled Liverpool to fourth.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds have already scored 16 goals in just six matches, the majority of which have come from midfield. James Milner (£4.2m) is looking increasingly appealing. Despite being classified as a midielder, he regularly features as a left-back but still manages to get forward at will. He takes penalties, set-pieces and doesn't have the burden of losing points from conceding goals, which makes his cheap valuation a tempting option for TFF managers.

The Swans haven't kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season which has seen all of their defensive options feature in less than 1% of TFF teams. Gylfi Sigurdsson (£4.6m), once a target of Liverpool, is arguably their most influential player and 19 TFF points so far is a positive return for a player in a struggling side.

Adam Lallana (£4.9m) is tipped to shine once again. He's been fantastic for Liverpool so far this season, with three goals and three contributions to his name, and he now seems to have his place nailed down in Klopp's starting XI.

Hull City v Chelsea (15:00)

Chelsea are winless in three following back-to-back defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal. Their poor string of results has seen the Blues drop to eighth, which is slightly concerning when you consider the blistering start they made in the first three weeks. 

Hull's fortunes have been quite similar. Having beaten the champions Leicester on the opening day of the new campaign, they then went on to beat Swansea 2-0 before losing three of their last four.

The Tigers seem to be increasingly reliant on the talents of Robert Snodgrass (£3.6m), who has 36 TFF points from six appearances in midfield.

John Terry (£4.0m) may return for the visitors which would be a welcome return for Antonio Conte's side. They haven't won since he suffered his ankle injury in Week 5, conceding seven times in that short spell.

Diego Costa (£6.7m) and Eden Hazard (£5.8m) have 65 TFF points between them so far and the pair look set to start for Chelsea at the KCOM stadium for the seventh consecutive time.

Sunderland v West Brom (15:00)

Sunderland are still yet to collect their first win of the season having let a 2-0 lead slip at home to Crystal Palace in Week 7. Jermain Defoe's (£5.2m) goals will be crucial for the Black Cats' survival once again and fortunately for David Moyes the former Tottenham striker is in red hot form. He has four league goals so far this campaign and should continue in attack.

It's hard to know what to expect from West Brom. Their form has been up and down, with their league record reading WLDLWD so far.

Saloman Rondon's (£4.7m) injury-time equaliser snatched a point at Stoke last weekend and the Venezuelan should play another key role in attack with record-signing Nacer Chadli (£4.0m) providing his support. 

Ben Foster (£2.8m) is the second highest point-scoring goalkeeper in TFF 16/17 with 20 points accumulated so far. He should continue in goal with the defensive unit of Gareth McAuley (£3.0m), Jonny Evans (£3.1m), Craig Dawson (£3.0m) just in front. Allan Nyom (£2.8m) made his first start for the Baggies in Week 7 and may continue at right-back with Tony Pulis still yet to decide who will be his fourth regular starter in defence.

Watford v Bournemouth (15:00)

Bournemouth were buoyed by their 1-0 win against Everton in Week 7 but face a tricky trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. Watford beat Manchester United 3-1 here last time out, with Etienne Capoue (£3.3m), Juan Zuniga (£2.9m) and Troy Deeney (£5.1m) all on the scoresheet. 

The former, who is in 13% of TFF teams, has racked up 35 points via four goals and a key contribution - a healthy return for a bargain-priced midfielder.

The Cherries' top point-scorer is right-back Adam Smith (£2.5m), who has produced two clean sheets, a goal and a key contribution. Only Burnley have stopped the Hornets from scoring this season and with Middlesbrough, Swansea and Hull to come after Week 8, now may be the time to load your team with Watford's attackers.

West Ham v Middlesbrough (15:00)

An early-season relegation scrap sees 18th placed West Ham host 16th Middlesbrough. It's crunch time for Slaven Bilic who has lost five of his side's opening six matches, with just a single 1-0 win against Bournemouth earned in Week 2. 

'Boro themselves are in disarray having lost three on the bounce, and they too picked up their sole win of the season in the second gameweek.

The Hammers have been poor at the back so it's not surprising to see James Collins (£2.8m) as their most-selected defender in just 2% of teams. 24% of managers have kept faith with £5.3m-rated Dimitri Payet, who can still churn out key contributions from nowhere with his ability from set-pieces.

Diafro Sakho (£4.5m) could return in attack which would be a huge boost for the hosts. Andy Carroll (£5.0m) is still injured and they've only managed seven goals so far this season.


Manchester United v Stoke City (12:00)

Manchester United enjoyed a welcome return to winning ways in Week 7, dispatching Leicester City 4-1. Chris Smalling (£4.3m), Juan Mata (£5.1m), Marcus Rashford (£5.6m) and Paul Pogba (£5.7m) were all on target for the Red Devils and they carried that momentum into midweek against Zorya with a 1-0 win in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£6.6m) was the goalscorer then and will be relishing the opportunity to face a Stoke side that has already conceded four times to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Manchester City.

The pressure is mounting on the shoulders of Mark Hughes, and the former Red Devil desperately needs his side to start picking up points. Can he cause an unlikely upset at his old stomping ground?

Leicester City v Southampton (14:15)

Leicester won their first ever Champions League home match in midweek, with summer-signing Islam Slimani (£4.9m) doing the damage. He scored twice against Burnley in Week 6 and should continue up front alongside £6.3m-rated Jamie Vardy. 

Vardy only has two league goals so far, which is still one more than £5.0m-rated Riyad Mahrez. The pair are in 13% and 22% of TFF teams respectively and Claudio Ranieri will hope they can rediscover the form that made them so unstoppable last season.

The Saints are in the ascendancy having won back-to-back games with clean sheets. Cedric Soares (£3.1m) and Ryan Bertrand (£3.1m) have been brilliant in the full-back positions, with Charlie Austin (£4.6m) their hero infront of goal. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (14:15)

The standout fixture of Week 8 comes from White Hart Lane as the league's two unbeaten sides go head-to-head. 

City had won every single match they'd played under Pep Guardiola until a 3-3 draw at Celtic Park in midweek, while Spurs have made their best ever start to a league campaign with 14 points accumulated from their first six games.

The visitors will be without star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (£6.0m) who has been ruled out of most of October with a hamstring injury, while Nolito (£5.5m) will also be missing as he continues to serve his three-match suspension.

Fortunately for the Sky Blues, they have the in-form Raheem Sterling (£4.9m) in their ranks. He has four goals and three key contributions so far this season and also scored in the Champions League on Wednesday too.

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min (£4.6m) has been equally impressive, with four goals in his last three league appearances. He too scored while playing European football midweek, and seems a decent option in attack with a modest price of just £4.6m.

The hosts won this fixture 4-1 at a similar stage last season, a result that kick-started Spurs campaign and brought City's to an early halt. Will there be a repeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday or can Guardiola maintain his 100% winning start in the league?

Burnley v Arsenal (16:30)

Arsenal are in scintillating form of late, winning their last four league games including a 3-0 win over Chelsea in Week 7. These results have coincided with the standout performances of Alexis Sanchez (£6.0m) and Theo Walcott (£4.8m), who chalked up 17 TFF points between them last time out.

Burnley have been solid at Turf Moor though, winning 2-0 against both Liverpool and Watford. Their hopes will lie on the creative ability of Steven Defour (£3.3m) in midfield, with Andre Gray still absent (£4.5m) in attack as he continues to serve his four match suspension.

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