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Brentford injury latest as budget FPL midfielder Mbeumo impresses

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 7 write-ups with analysis of West Ham United v Brentford.

For a briefer summary of Saturday’s games click here, while the recap of Sunday’s four matches is available here.

WEST HAM UNITED 1-2 BRENTFORD

  • Goals: Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) | Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m), Yoane Wissa (£5.9m)
  • Assists: Tomas Soucek (£5.9m) | Sergi Canos (£5.5m), Pontus Jansson (£4.6m)
  • Bonus: Soucek x3, Wissa x2, Mbeumo x1

MBEUMO ON TARGET

The ‘out of position’ Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) impressed again on Sunday, as the differential midfielder netted his second goal since Gameweek 5.

However, owners were perhaps unfortunate not to receive more than eight FPL points, as he missed a couple of early chances, including a strike which hit the bar. 

Incredibly, it was the fourth time he has hit the woodwork this season (see below). For context, Harry Kane (£12.1m) led the way with eight across the entire 2020/21 campaign. 

Mbeumo ended the match with four goal attempts, two shots in the box and 0.79 expected goals (xG), a total which comfortably trumped Ivan Toney’s (£6.3m) 0.08.

For the second Gameweek in a row, Yoane Wissa (£5.9m) arrived off the bench and grabbed a goal in the final stages of the game. The £8.5m summer signing from Lorient is still yet to start a Premier League match, but is certainly staking a claim for a place in Thomas Frank’s XI.

Elsewhere, Pontus Jansson (£4.6m) bagged his third assist of the season, and has now provided either an attacking return or clean sheet in six of his seven Premier League appearances.

With 12 points from five games, Brentford have had an excellent start to the season, and following their Gameweek 8 matchup against Chelsea, embark on a kind run which will surely see huge Fantasy interest in the likes of Mbeumo and Toney.

BEES INJURY LATEST

Kristoffer Ajer (£4.5m) was ruled out on Sunday with a hamstring injury, and as a result, will miss Norway’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers during the international break. However, he is expected to be available for Gameweek 8.

Vitaly Janelt (£5.0m) picked up a minor thigh injury during the warm-up and dropped out, while Shandon Baptiste (£5.0m) was replaced on 29 minutes with a dislocated shoulder.

Discussing the disruptions caused by injury, Thomas Frank said:

“I think it’s an even bigger result, we all know we have the lowest budget [in the league]. I am very satisfied with my squad but of course, we don’t have maybe as much quality or as much experience especially, but players are just ready to step in, missing three key players today. The ones who stepped in – Zanka, Mathias and Frank – so very pleased with that and got that win in the end, which you know maybe a draw could have been a deserved one but we definitely, in even games, you can nick it in the end and we did that today. There were three other games earlier this season where we should have won but we didn’t, but so pleased with the mentality.”

BOWEN CONTINUES FINE FORM

A late Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) goal means that the 24-year-old has now provided an attacking return in each of the last three Gameweeks. During that time, he has netted a goal, supplied two assists and outscored his more popular team-mate Said Benrahma (£6.6m) by 17 FPL points to 15.

Opening up the comparison across the opening seven Gameweeks reveals that Bowen has produced better underlying numbers in several key metrics, too, including shots in the box, big chances and expected goal involvement (xGI).

Jarrod Bowen v Said Benrahma key attacking statistics summary 2021/22

As for Michail Antonio (£8.0m), the highest-scoring forward in the game blanked for just the second time this season. However, owners will surely hold given his impressive start to the season, though the fixtures for West Ham aren’t straightforward:

Tomas Soucek (£5.9m) grabbed a rather fortunate assist, though manager David Moyes’ did suggest in his post-match interview that the Czech international is struggling to find his best form this season:

“Tomas has not quite got on the end of things as well and things have not fallen for him. He scored last week but it was chalked out at Leeds. 

I think he is fighting for a wee bit of his best form. Is it to do with Declan getting forward a bit more? Well I am hoping the two of them, can get goals and gives us two goalscoring midfield players but I think Tomas has struggled a wee bit.”


West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio

Brentford XI: Raya, Zanka, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Baptiste (Jensen 29), Norgaard, Onyeka (Bidstrup 81), Henry, Mbeumo (Wissa 82), Toney


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  1. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 5 hours ago

    WC - watcha reckon ? .6 itb

    Ramsdale Sanchez
    TAA Cancelo Rudiger
    Salah Raphinha Jota Saka
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    Pinnock - D. Luiz - Livramento

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 5 hours ago

      Firmino not going on international duty whilst Jota is makes him a dodgy option imo. Maybe stretch to a city mid if you can like Foden instead at that range.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Otherwise yes it’s nice

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Ramsdale Sanchez
        TAA Cancelo Rudiger
        Salah Raphinha Son Doucoure
        Lukaku Antonio Hwang

        Pinnock - D. Luiz - Livramento

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          🙂

        2. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Beautiful. I made a draft very similar to this. Toying with KDB + Toney vs Son + Antonio

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            I think if you lose Antonio then Benrahma should probably come in somewhere

            Ramsdale Sanchez
            TAA Cancelo Rudiger Pinnock
            Salah Benramha KdB
            Lukaku Toney Hwang

            Allan - D. Luiz - Livramento

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 5 hours ago

              As a West Ham fan my relationship with their assets is better when I’m not double invested in them. Antonio I can accept because he is an FPL god, blankrahma not so much

  2. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 5 hours ago

    Sanchez
    Trent christensen rudiger
    Salah sarr benrahma raphinha
    Antonio jimenez ronaldo

    What would you do here? 2.2 itb

    1. Mozumbus
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Upgrade gk if no better use of funds

        1. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Everything is ok then?

          1. Mozumbus
              15 days, 5 hours ago

              Looks good. Not sure about the bench though.

      • Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Are people overreacting to Arsenal's 3 CS against some of the worst attacks in the league by going for Ramsdale?

        I tend to prefer Raya.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Ramsdale Sanchez rotation 😉

        2. SINGH
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Why Raya? Brentford early season excitement but won't be long till teams find them out.

          Since Ramsde has come in Arsenal's defence looks better and composed. Somewhat similar to when Martinez had that short stint as number 1 GK Arsenal looked solid

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 4 hours ago

            In recent years, all the promoted teams that got off to good starts kept doing well through the end of the season (Wolves, Sheff Utd, Leeds). Some of them dropped off the NEXT season, but for FPL purposes that doesn't matter. All the promoted teams that went straight back down were bad from the start (Fulham twice, WBA, Cardiff), with the partial exception of Norwich.

            Brentford's underlying stats are really good. They aren't posting results that exceed the performances.

      • Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Absolute WC blooper missing the Hwang rise, but here it is anyway

        Ramsdale // Foster
        TAA Cancelo Rudiger // Livramento Manquillo
        Salah KDB Raphinha Townsend // Luiz
        Lukaku Toney Hwang

        1. SINGH
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Why Hwang? Previous history shows he isn't prolific.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Relative to the rest of Wolves’ attack he’s fat ronaldo. Comments from Hwang about him taking a more central role with Jimenez going wide to create for him

      • KingPulis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Thoughts on Jota in my side with 0.8m ITB/1FT:

        - No reliable alternative within the mid price bracket. Grealish/Foden tempting but likelyhood for cameos off the bench make them a nightmare now with fixture pile up

        - Jota has Watford (A), Brighton (H) two of next 3 and has started every PL game this season (even when Bobby fit). I believe he's first choice over Bobby at the moment

        - Even off the bench usually gets 25-30 mins

        - Is near top of chances (although finishing been poor), is 7.6m and plays up top for free scoring Liverpool.

        All in all think hes a definite KEEP for anyone thinking of selling

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          He's just very lucky that there's not many options to move to, other than that he's not doing too well and would be on the chopping block

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Right. He should have scored 2-3 more goals.

            1. DavvaMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              15 days, 5 hours ago

              I am in two minds to bin Jota or not, as mentioned not sure he starts the next game and how nailed he is.

          2. SINGH
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Spot on was surprised Pool even signed him. Don't see him different to Minamino.

      • 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Please help.
        A. Cancelo + Saka
        B. Alonso ( currently have) + Raphinha
        C. White + Foden + 0.2

        Already have TAA plus Rudiger and not willing to get rid of TAA. I am not too eager to get Raphinha as Leeds are not scoring many goals, so might not loose out on Raphinha hauling.
        Me currently inclined to C.

      • Finding Timo
          15 days, 1 hour ago

          Bench GW8 a) Toney or b) sarr?