The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for Gameweek 10.
Gameweek 9 was certainly a gameweek to forget for many. The average score of 43 FPL points says all we need to know about a drab, low scoring weekend of action as many premium FPL assets failed to produce points hauls.
Looking ahead to Gameweek 10, the standout fixtures sees Manchester City travel to face Spurs for Monday night football. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all have strong fixtures and judging by bookies odds, should be picking up three points in their respective fixtures.
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 10.
Premium: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.3m
Frustratingly, Pep Guardiola continues to afford premium forward option Sergio Aguero reduced minutes as he consciously manages a reoccurring knee injury. Thankfully, this hasn’t stopped the Argentine striker from scoring six goals and four assists in only 641 minutes of action. The £11.3m priced goal machine was rested for Manchester City’s Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, which means he should be ready to take on Spurs on Super Sunday.
Mid-Priced: Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £9.0m
Leicester’s talismanic forward Jamie Vardy gets the nod for my mid-priced selection in Gameweek 10 due to an attractive home fixture against West Ham in Saturday’s late kick-off. The £9.0m priced striker has scored three goals and one assist this season in limited game time due to a two-game suspension he served through Gameweeks three and four. With some attractive fixtures on the horizon, Vardy will be keen to boost his goal tally if he is to better last season’s tally of 20 league strikes.
Budget: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – £6.5m
Bournemouth have scored the fourth most goals in the Premier League over the opening nine gameweeks, which is an encouraging statistic ahead of an away fixture with Fulham. The Cottagers boast the worst defensive record of all teams having conceded 25 goals in nine gameweeks, six more than their closest rivals Cardiff have. £6.5m priced Wilson has been passing the eye test and should be afforded plenty of opportunities to add to his three goals and seven assists for the season.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £12.8m
Mohamed Salah rewarded my faith last weekend against Huddersfield despite doubts about his fitness by grabbing the winner in a hard fought win for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The premium priced Egyptian scored twice against FK Crvena Zvezda in Liverpool’s Champions League fixture on Wednesday evening and looks to be hitting form at the right time. Liverpool have scored 16 league goals this season with Salah and midfield partner Saido Mane grabbing four apiece. Interestingly the £12.8m priced midfielder has seen his ownership drop in recent weeks and could be a differential captain pick for Gameweek 10 in some mini-leagues.
Mid-Priced: Mesut Özil (Arsenal) – £8.4m
Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in search of their eight Premier League win on the bounce. Arsenal manager Unai Emery named Mesut Özil as captain for last weekend’s win over Leicester and he duly rewarded faith by grabbing the spotlight in a scintillating performance. The German scored one goal, assisted another and racked up two bonus points in an all-round impressive performance ahead of Gameweek 10.
Budget: André Schürrle (Fulham) – £6.0m
I was delighted to see Cardiff score four goals in Gameweek 9 as my budget pick Josh Murphy finally delivered on his underlying statistics. Another budget option coming into form is Fulham’s André Schürrle, priced kindly at £6.0m. Since nailing down a place in the starting eleven in Gameweek 3, Schürrle has scored four goals, two of which came over the last two gameweeks. Fulham welcome an unpredictable Bournemouth to Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
Premium: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £6.4m
It’s hard to believe that Liverpool signed Andrew Robertson from Hull in July 2017 for a fee of £8m in what seems to be one of the bargains of this Premier League era. The Scottish full back received rave reviews for his performance in Liverpool’s midweek Champions League tie against FK Crvena Zvezda. His form in the domestic league has been phenomenal producing six clean sheets, two assists and nine bonus points over the first nine gameweeks of the season. Liverpool welcome Cardiff to Anfield on Saturday afternoon in what should be a straightforward win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Mid-Priced: Jose Holebas (Watford) – £4.8m
Attacking defenders are all the rage this season in FPL and a prime example is the rejuvenated Watford Jose Holebas who started the season in electric form for Watford. The defender scored one goal and assisted his teammates on four occasions in the opening four gameweeks in what looks like one of the bargains of the year, due to a starting price of £4.5m. After serving a one game ban last time out, Holebas should return to the starting eleven for a home clash against Huddersfield boasting the worst goal scoring record in the league, on Saturday afternoon.
Budget: Cédric Soares (Southampton) – £4.4m
Southampton’s budget priced defender Cédric Soares was up to his usual tricks last weekend as he produced a second big FPL points haul of the season. In both fixtures where Southampton recorded clean sheets this season, the Portuguese wing back has mopped up all bonus points on offer. Saturday afternoon sees Rafa Benitez’s goal shy Newcastle arrive at St. Mary’s in a fixture Mark Hughes will have earmarked as a potential three points and a clean sheet for the Saints.
Premium: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £5.5m
Chelsea’s world record-breaking goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has secured four clean sheets in his opening nine fixtures in English football. Chelsea boast the joint second best defensive record in the Premier League, having only conceded seven times this season. An away fixture against Burnley on Sunday afternoon should offer the Spaniard a chance to have a 50% clean sheet record to his name.
Mid-Priced: Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – £4.8m
An injury to Petr Cech back in Gameweek 7 promoted Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno to first team duties. The £4.8m priced goalkeeper has been unlucky not to keep a clean sheet, having only conceded on two occasions. Arsenal travel to face Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon who boast the second worst scoring record of all teams in the Premier League this season.
Budget: Matt Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m
Brighton face Wolves on Saturday afternoon on the back of two clean sheets in a row. Budget goalkeeper Matt Ryan has been making a mockery of his pricetag over these fixtures by scoring 20 FPL points in two fixtures. Brighton have a nice run of fixtures now right up to December.
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