THE international break is on its last legs and Dream Team Game Week 8 is almost upon us.
It looks set to be a barnstormer too with the resumption of European competitions midweek after a full round of Premier League fixtures.
So which players do we expect to score BIG points in the next week or so?
We’ll get the most obvious answer out of the way first: Mohamed Salah (£7.3m).
The prolific Egyptian is 23 points ahead of his nearest Dream Team rival and the chasm could grow wider after Liverpool face Watford and Atletico Madrid in Game Week 8.
Diego Simeone’s men are no pushovers but unleashing an in-form Salah against the Hornets may result in Jurgen Klopp breaching the Geneva Conventions.
On a similar theme, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.8m) is expected to return to action this weekend having recovered from injury.
Anfield’s homegrown hero was Dream Team’s outright best defender before he was sidelined – his comeback should erase a few headaches among the gaffers who have retained his services in recent weeks.
After a testing run of fixtures that included away trips to Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool, Manchester City’s fixtures appear much more favourable going forward.
Pep Guardiola’s side welcome Burnley to the Etihad this Saturday for their annual 5-0 thrashing before a trip to Club Bruges on Tuesday.
Joao Cancelo (£5.2m) has justified his price tag so far having returned 47 points after seven Game Weeks and, if selected, he will be hopeful of adding at least another eight points to his tally across City’s two upcoming fixtures.
In terms of attacking assets, it’s something of a lottery as any one of eight City players could feasible bag 20+ points in the next week.
Phil Foden (£5.5m) scored a wonderful goal against Liverpool before the international break and was named Player of the Match following England’s win over Andorra but if we had to back just one player to thrive in Game Week 8 it would be Kevin De Bruyne (£5.7m) – the Belgian is overdue a Star Man display.
We are contractually obliged to mention Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.6m) of course.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has blanked in his last two Premier League outings and is therefore due a goal this weekend as Manchester United take on a Leicester side struggling for clean sheets.
Ronaldo bagged a leisurely hat-trick against Luxembourg by way of a warm-up for Saturday’s trip to the King Power.
And we might as well complete the holy trinity of premium forwards by shouting out Romelu Lukaku (£6.0m), assuming the hulking Belgian is deemed fit enough to take on Brentford and Malmo.
Elsewhere, it could be a profitable Game Week for Son Heung-min (£5.1m) who was typically superb against Aston Villa prior to the international break.
Newcastle may be set for a successful future following their Saudi takeover but their new owners’ wealth won’t help them much this Sunday when they host Spurs having drawn three and lost four in the league this season.
Son also has the chance to add to his returns next Thursday if Nuno Espirito Santo deploys him against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League.
You wouldn’t rule out a clean sheet for Hugo Lloris (£3.2) although don’t expect the Frenchman to play midweek – he’s generally been rested on Thursday nights.
Finally, Michail Antonio (£4.6m) also has two bites at the cherry in Game Week 8 in the form of Everton on Sunday and Genk in the Europa League.
West Ham’s bullish forward has scored six goals and provided four assists in all competitions this season – his tally of 57 points makes him the third-best forward at the time of writing.
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