The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for Gameweek 9.
The international break is finally behind us and therefore we can now focus our attention back on Premier League action from Saturday afternoon.
The first fixture of Gameweek 9 sees Jose Mourinho make a return to Stamford Bridge to take on joint league leaders Chelsea in Saturday’s 12:30pm kick-off in what should be a very entertaining clash.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini-league rivals and continue your strong start to the season into Gameweek 9.
Premium: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.3m
Manchester City face a Burnley side on Saturday afternoon who have conceded the most shots of all teams in the Premier League so far this season with 161. £11.3m priced Aguero was omitted from the Argentina squad over the international break to rest an recover and therefore should be ready to burst into action for Pep Guardiola’s side and remain the game’s top scoring forward pick.
Mid-Priced: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.5m
Alexandre Lacazette was my mid-priced pick in Gameweek 8 and boy did he deliver against Fulham’s obliging defence. The £9.6m priced French forward scored twice and collected two bonus points to match his season high gameweek score of 12 FPL points. With attacking returns in his last six fixtures, I expect Lacazette to be amongst the points when Arsenal face Leicester on Monday night.
Budget: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – £6.4m
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson produced an attacking masterclass against Watford in Gameweek 8, scoring one goal, two assists and two bonus points in a 14 FPL points haul. Similar to Aguero, the English forward has had a two-week break and will be looking forward to playing Southampton on Saturday afternoon. At £6.4m Wilson is offering exceptional value as he currently sits second of all forwards for points scored.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £12.8m
The doubts surrounding the fitness of Mohamed Salah is a worry at the time of writing, but a fixture against a leaky Huddersfield side is far too tempting to pass up. Last year’s top scoring player has had some time to rest after leaving the Egyptian camp early and should he start in Saturday’s late kick-off, has the potential to explode into life. Saido Mane is also a doubt, having suffered a hand injury and therefore Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling would be my back-up premium midfield pick if Salah doesn’t make the starting eleven.
Mid-Priced: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) – £7.4m
Gylfi Sigurdsson makes his debut in my picks as Everton welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park in Sunday’s only fixture of the Gameweek 9. Priced at £7.4m the Icelandic playmaker has now settled into Marco Silva’s side and has been pulling the strings in recent weeks. Four goals in his last four fixtures outlines the form of Sigurdsson right now and he also controls most of Everton’s set pieces which furthers his appeal even more.
Budget: Josh Murphy (Cardiff) – £4.8m
I don’t think I have selected a Cardiff player yet this season, but at £4.8m Josh Murphy has caught my eye in recent weeks. The winger has started the last two fixtures, scoring once and firing off nine shots from the left wing position. Gameweek 9 opponents Fulham are yet to keep a clean sheet and Cardiff manager Neil Warnock will have his sights set on a rare win in this attractive home fixture.
Premium: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £6.3m
Trent Alexander-Arnold was benched in Gameweek 8 as Liverpool played last season’s champions Manchester City, which has placed some uncertainly over his starting place in my mind. Scottish defender Andrew Robertson has nailed down the left back position as his own and with Liverpool now boasting the second tightest defence in the league £6.3m priced Robertson offers excellent attacking and defensive threat against Huddersfield.
Mid-Priced: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £5.7m
Benjamin Mendy would be my preferred Manchester City defender due to his attacking
threat, but for Gameweek 9 I like the look of Aymeric Laporte mainly due to his security of starts for Pep Guardiola’s side. Burnley should offer little going forward in what should be a very straightforward win for Manchester City. £5.7m priced Laporte has started every single fixture this season for the Citizens.
Budget: Matt Doherty (Wolves) – £4.7m
Irish defender Matt Doherty has set the Premier League alight for newcomers Wolves in
recent weeks with his ultra-attacking performances at wing-back for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side. Wolves’ defensive statistics this season have been exceptional and I for one will be bringing at least one defender into my wildcard side for Gameweek 9 ahead of a home fixture against Watford.
Premium: Ederson Moraes (Manchester City) – £5.7m
Manchester City’s home fixture against Burnley is too good of an opportunity not to double up on defence for my picks in Gameweek 9 and Ederson Moraes completes the lot at a price of £5.7m. Ederson has secured four clean sheets in a row and has five in his opening eight fixtures this season, boasting the best defensive record in the Premier League.
Mid-Priced: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – £5.0m
Newcastle are about to embark on a very attractive run of fixtures over the next three
game-weeks against Brighton and Watford at home and Southampton away. £5.0m-priced Martin Dubravka should add to his two clean sheets over those fixtures starting on Saturday afternoon against Brighton.
Budget: Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – £4.5m
Bournemouth welcome Southampton to the Dean Court on Saturday afternoon in a fixture Eddie Howe will surely be eyeing up as a win. Since losing to Burnley in Gameweek 6, Bournemouth have only conceded once and scored an impressive six times. Their strong home form should be enough to pick up all three points this weekend.
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