Scout Picks: GW8
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Malkolm Nilsson Säfqvist 4.7m
Second overall for points amongst goalkeepers, Malkolm Nilsson Säfqvist has established himself as possibly the best budget keeper – as many suspected he would be ahead of the season. Halmstad’s defence have kept just 1 clean sheet but only conceded more than 1 goal on 2 occasions. With 1 penalty save and 11 defensive bonus points on the season, at home to a resurgent Degerfors attack, Nilsson Säfqvist will be crucial to Halmstad’s chances of winning the game and keeping the score down.
Aslak Fonn Witry 8.4m
Aslak Fonn Witry has been mixing stellar home displays with somewhat disappointing away performances, both in terms of points and general involvement. Even though the derby against Hammarby was played at their shared home of Tele2, it seemed like the away factor showed up again and it could be a tactical tweak from the coaches that is worth keeping an eye on, alongside set piece involvement. At home to Göteborg in GW8 Witry will likely take on a more creative role again and Göteborg, who have kept just 1 clean sheet in their 5 last games, will have their work cut out for them.
Erick Otieno 6.0m
Having risen 0.5m from his starting price already, Erick Otieno is proving to be a popular pick. With 3 clean sheets, 1 assist, 2 offensive and 9 defensive bonus points on the season, Otieno now faces a Mjällby side who have scored just 1 goal in 3 away games.
Elohor Godswill Ekpolo 7.0m
Highlighted back in GW3 as one of few Häcken assets who had impressed, Elohor Godswill Ekpolo has since scored 24 points in 5 games. Still without a single clean sheet, he has made up for it through 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 offensive and 10 defensive bonus points. With Varberg coming up next for Häcken, Ekpolo has potential to lay down a marker and break through the template longer term.
Sebastian Larsson 9.9m
Having served his suspension in GW7, Sebastian Larsson now returns as an interesting option again. Despite managing just 1 goal and 1 assist, he averages 5 points a game thanks to his stellar potential for bonus points. 8 offensive and 4 defensive bonus points has kept him ticking along, but at home to Mjällby in GW8 we could be looking at his first big haul of the season, as he gears up ahead of the European Championship.
Edward Chilufya 7.0m
With 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 2 games, Edward Chilufya is heating up once again. Despite not being able to maintain his fantastic pre-season form in terms of attacking returns, Chilufya has looked threatening throughout and with no more games to come for a while, he and Djurgården can go all out against Göteborg.
Magnus Eriksson 8.8m
Magnus Eriksson has seen one of the most interesting changes to his position on the field this season in comparison to last. Taking on a slightly deeper more creative role, he has gone from producing 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 offensive and 3 defensive bonus points in 13 games last season to 5 assists, 7 offensive bonus, and 7 defensive bonus points in just 7 games this year. Bonus points looks sustainable, as does the assists in a Djurgården side looking like early title contenders alongside Malmö.
Jonathan Ring 7.4m
Jonathan Ring had a disappointing 2020 at Djurgården before moving back to Kalmar. So far he has not set the world alight but 1 goal and 2 assists from 6 games is by no means a disaster. Averaging 2.8 shots a game in a quite advanced role, he now entertains Hammarby who have kept just 1 clean sheet all season.
Jacob Ortmark 5.8m
With 2 goals, 2 assists, 2 offensive and 4 defensive bonus points, Jacob Ortmark is trying his best to establish himself as one of the better budget options in midfield. He has taken 9 shots in his last 3 games and now travel to Östersund who have let in 4 goals in 3 home games.
Alexander Jeremejeff 9.3m
Despite scoring 4 goals in 7 games, Alexander Jeremejeff has dropped in price by 0.2m. It seems managers are disappointed by the lack of bonus and no doubt the Double Gameweek we just had played into this as well. Jeremejeffnow plays Varberg at home, who have let in 14 goals in 7 games and he should be primed for more goals ahead of the international break.
Deniz Hümmet 6.3m
Deniz Hümmet did not manage to hit the back of the net away to Degerfors but it was not for lack of trying, registering 7 shots. Having taken 20 shots in his last 5 games and scoring 2 goals, the stage is set when perennial title contenders Malmö rolls up to Behrn Arena. Can he make the most of it?
Every week in the Scout Picks, a captain is selected from the 11 chosen players. The Captain Pick is meant to give some guidance into who has the biggest potential for points this Gameweek and who looks relatively safe, according to the Scout.
This Gameweek the Captain Pick is Magnus Eriksson, who is proving to be a lot more fantasy-relevant this season than he was in his half-season last year. With strong bonus appeal, assists, and some goal threat (even if he has yet to score), Eriksson should be in the points against Göteborg.
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