In this article, BigManBakar shares his best FPL Wildcard team for Gameweek 9 aimed at those FPL managers looking to push the button this week.

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Best FPL Wildcard Team for Gameweek 9

I have taken the numbers for this article from the Fantasy Football Hub OPTA stats tool. to come up with the best FPL Wildcard team for Gameweek 9.

 

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m)

I think the goalkeeper slot is the toughest one to nail if on a Wildcard this week.

There are plenty of options, with neither of them being obvious. Robert Sánchez is another one I really like, but I think I would prefer Ramsdale with his upcoming fixtures being slightly better.

With his recent performances, it looks as if Ramsdale has displaced Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s first choice keeper. The Englishman has registered three clean sheets in five Premier League starts.

Granted the fixtures in this spell have been relatively easy. Yet it’s worth noting that Arsenal have conceded just the two big chances in these five games.

What I like about Ramsdale is the fact that Arsenal face plenty of shots. He is likely to haul big whenever Arsenal keep a clean sheet due to the number of saves he can accumulate.

Ben Foster (£4.0m)

From the evidence we have this season, Foster looks like the most likely keeper in this price range to string together some starts so he would be my pick as the substitute goalkeeper.

Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m)

Chelsea have a really good run of fixtures coming up. In my opinion, Rüdiger is the best Chelsea defender to pick when it comes to security of starts.

The German has started over 90% of the fixtures he has been available for under Thomas Tuchel and is one of his favourites.

After missing the Brentford fixture due to some back problems, he is back in training and available for selection.

Having already had his rest, Rüdiger looks set to start for Chelsea in the upcoming fixtures.

Ben Chilwell (£5.7m)

Chilwell is coming on the back of some impressive performances for both club and country, where he has now scored thrice in three games.

Most Chelsea fans and journalists believe that he has done well enough in his recent performances to have regained his spot from Marcos Alonso.

Judging by Tuchel’s comments, they might be right:

“‘I was very honest, I felt him a little bit tired, I felt him mentally a bit drained and it needed time. So now he got his chance against Southampton and took it and he was able to score and play for England which gave him another lot of confidence and today he was strong again.”

What I also like about Chilwell is that he has already taken 12 corners in the two games that he has started.

The number of chances he can create via these set pieces can help him in his bonus accumulation.

With a very low ownership, Chilwell might be the perfect differential and a good long-term investment as well.

 

João Cancelo (£6.3m)

According to Fantasy Football Hub’s OPTA tool, Manchester City are ranked top for xG conceded, big chances conceded, shots conceded and shots in the box conceded this season.

This just highlights their superiority in terms of defensive statistics when you compare them with some of the other defences in the league.

Man City have already kept six clean sheets in the first eight fixtures, and are a team high on confidence.

His recent performances have been very impressive which makes me think that it’s his shirt to lose.

As we saw against Burnley at the weekend, he is versatile enough to play on both flanks should Pep decide to rotate.

Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.5m)

Trent is ranked third among all players in the league for chances created and fourth for big chances created this season. This makes him one of the most explosive assets in the game.

I see no reason not to select him in a Wildcard draft – he is an automatic selection for me.

Tino Livramento (£4.3m)

Livramento is an obvious pick. He has been excellent for Southampton this season and has made the right back position his own.

In case there is any rotation or injury to your FPL squad, Livramento is a good bench option to have.

Mohamed Salah (£12.8m)

There’s no debate on this one. Salah is top for xG in the league this season, in the form of his life and the most reliable captaincy option in the game.

Raphinha (£6.6m)

Raphinha has been consistent with his points in recent times but I still feel as if he has more to offer.

In my opinion, he remains the best midfielder in his price range, especially with the fixtures coming up.

The Brazilian has recorded 19 big chance involvements in 25 matches this calendar year and remains in a league of his own when it comes to budget midfielders.

Phil Foden (£8.0m)

Foden has been in great form recently so looks to have established himself into Pep Guardiola’s first eleven.

In my opinion, he starts both of Man City’s next two games against Brighton and Crystal Palace.

To be honest, I’m not totally convinced about Foden but with the lack of alternatives available in this price range, I think he is the obvious pick.

I’d select him with a view of upgrading him to Heung-Min Son in Gameweek 12.

Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m)

Mbeumo was very unlucky not to score against Chelsea in Gameweek 8.

He hit the woodwork twice, which has so often been the case in recent times. No player has hit the woodwork more times than Mbuemo (6) this season.

The Frenchman is classified as a midfielder in the game, but he’s often the furthest man on the field for Brentford.

He is the standout player in his price range, and has accumulated the highest xG among all the Brentford players.

Mbeumo is also top among budget midfielders for big chances.

Josh Brownhill (£4.4m)

Brownhill is the cheapest midfielder in the game who is nailed, which is what you want from someone in his price bracket.

He can do a job in emergency situations should there be any unexpected rotation or injuries.

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m)

This slot is essentially between Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy. I prefer Lukaku to either because of his fixtures.

I think it’s a case of one or the other. Personally, I don’t think the three premiums draft makes optimal use of value as it leads to an over-reliance on the third premium to perform very well week in week out.

For the immediate future, Lukaku offers a great captaincy option this week. Chelsea play Norwich in a week where Man United and Liverpool face each other.

It’s hard to speak for someone who has blanked four times consecutively, but I’m backing Lukaku to find his way back to form.

Michail Antonio (£8.1m)

Despite his recent blanks, Antonio’s underlying numbers are still impressive. The Hammers striker remains second only to Salah for xG (despite missing one game due to suspension).

West Ham are fourth for xG, averaging 1.9 xG per game. Meanwhile, their next two opponents Spurs and Aston Villa are averaging 1.5 xG conceded per game.

I’d give him at least the next two games because I think there’s a good chance he does well.

Ivan Toney (£6.4m)

Brentford showed in their recent game against Liverpool that they have the capability to score even against the tough defences in the league.

The Bees have amassed an xG of 2.3 against Liverpool and an xG of 2.1 against Chelsea.

This is why I would double up on their attack without hesitation. In isolation, both Mbeumo and Toney are bargains to be taken advantage of.

I believe Toney is a set and forget pick for the long run. He is on penalties, and his creative ability is extremely underrated.

Toney is top among all players for big chances created this season. He is also third amongst forwards for expected goal involvement (xGi) – with only Antonio and Lukaku faring better.

With the high volume of chances that Toney creates, he is highly likely to get bonus points as well whenever he registers an attacking return.

Best FPL Wildcard Team for Gameweek 9

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