The deadline for FPL GW9 team selection is 1st October 03:30PM IST. Here are some things to keep in mind before you prepare your best XI for this gameweek.
The Premier League action resumes this week after a 2 week pause due to international break. We have some exciting fixtures to look forward to. Here is an analytic point of view to this game-week for your FPL teams.
USING THE PERFECT CHIP:-
A lot of fantasy players are considering using their free hit chip this week given the fact that lot of top teams face each other, so highly owned players are at a risk of accumulating lesser points than what is expected from them. A point to note is that GW 12’s fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed. Majority of teams have 4-6 players from City and Arsenal meaning that it’ll be extremely tough for them to accumulate points in that gameweek. So a better suggestion is to hold back your Free hit chip to use it later during the 12th gameweek. This is the perfect time to use wildcard and set your team up for the fixtures before world cup.
TAKEAWAYS FROM INTERNATIONAL BREAK:-
A 2 week international break has changed the complexion of a lot of fantasy teams in different ways. Some highly popular players suffered injuries during their international games. Some notable names to have suffered an injury include Alexander Isak, Nathan Patterson, and John Stones. Dejan Kulusevski also suffered a suspected hamstring injury.
In form players:-
Highly demanded FPL assets were in great form during the international break for their respective national sides. Aleksandar Mitrovic was on target in both of his games, bagging a hat-trick against Sweden followed by a goal against Norway on his way to the 50 goal mark. Heung Min Son and Richarlison also had great outings for their national sides. Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah had amazing games as well.
Confusion regarding premium picks:-
Heung Min Son’s crazy cameo off the bench in the last gameweek has raised confusion amongst FPL managers regarding the premiums to own. Kevin De Bruyne, Heung Min Son, Mo Salah, and Harry Kane are the four possible premium options right now. All of the teams have good fixtures going forward barring 1-2 games, but City’s fixtures still look the best and given Haaland’s fantastic form, Kevin De Bruyne might be the best option out of all.
Recommended player per position:-
Goalkeepers: Nick Pope, David Raya, Aaron Ramsdale, and Robert Sanchez.
Defenders: Trent Alexander Arnold, Joao Cancelo, Reece James, Ivan Perisic, Keiran Trippier, William Saliba, and Diogo Dalot.
Midfielders: Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Heung Min Son, Raheem Sterling, James Maddison, Luis Diaz, Bukayo Saka, Wilfiried Zaha, Allan Saint Maximin, Pascal Groß, Andreas Pereira, Gabriel Martinelli, and Marcus Rashford
Forwards: Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Gabriel Jesus, Ivan Toney, and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Teams having great fixtures:-
Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Leicester, Brentford, Chelsea, and Crystal Palace have great run of fixtures to come, investing in their players might turn out to be a masterstroke.
Ones to watch out for:-
- Bukayo Saka: After having a pretty silent start to the season, Bukayo Saka has finally come to the fore. The English winger has given solid returns in his previous 4 outings, and had two great performances during the International break for the Three Lions. At a price of 7.9 million Saka is definitely one to have an eye on.
- Wilfried Zaha: This one is based on the level of fixtures instead of form. Zaha started the season in sublime fashion but has dipped a bit afterwards. But what makes him an interesting pick is the difficulty level of Palace’s upcoming fixtures. The Eagles are set to enjoy a mouth watering run of fixtures, meaning that their main man Zaha has to be someone to keep an eye on.
- James Maddison: English creative midfielder Maddison has been the only form of spark in the Foxes’ side this season. Despite Leicester going through a terrible run of form, Maddison has constantly been a threat to the opponent sides. It would be fair to say that he has been the main man for the Foxes this season. Looking at Leicester’s upcoming fixtures, Maddison should surely be in the scheme of things of FPL managers going forward.
- Richarlison: Richarlison hasn’t been a mainstay in the Spurs XI this season. But with Kulusevski suffering a hamstring blow during his international games for Sweden and Richarlison’s crazy form for Brazil, it seems like he is on the verge of getting a run of games for Spurs and this might be the right time to slot him in your FPL sides.
- Dominic Solanke: Managers across the world have started thinking about a potential entry of Solanke in their FPL squads. This might be pretty weird as Solanke hasn’t even been a regular starter for the Cherries till now. But he has been trusted off late and Bournemouth have a great run of fixtures meaning that Solanke becomes a differential pick to have in your squads at just 5.7million as he is owned by only 0.7% of the managers.
- Leon Bailey: Bailey was featuring in a lot of initial FPL drafts but his hype has died down due to Villa’s rough patch of form. Bailey wasn’t able to produce the results that managers had expected from him. But he has shown a glimmer of hope through his past 2-3 performances. At just 4.7 million, he can be an excellent option for bench and could even cover up for injury issues to a starter in your squad.
Mistakes to avoid:-
- Say no to Impulsive decisions: Lot of FPL managers might be tempted to bench/transfer out some of the assets from City, United, Spurs, and Arsenal as they are facing off against each other. Making major changes to your squads just to avoid tough fixtures for a week is a pretty bad move, especially when the teams in question are of the quality of City and Arsenal. If anything, benching should be fine, transferring out players from these sides can prove out to be very costly.
- Losing faith in Pope: Nick Pope was one of the most transferred in players during last week’s FPL round. But after England’s dodgy defensive displays during the weekend, people have started to remove Pope just 1 week after getting him in, which should strongly be avoided. Newcastle enjoy a great run of fixtures and Howe’s side are very well structured defensively which makes Pope’s clean sheet points inevitable.
Erling Haaland is the most obvious captaincy pick despite the fact that City face United for the derby this week. Some other options to consider are Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, and Mo Salah.