Footstock Fantasy Football Gameweek 9Gold contests are available for all of the FPL Gameweek 9 fixtures. There's also separate competitions for just the Saturday fixtures, plus contests for the six fixtures occurring across Sunday and Monday. In this article, the focus is on the Gold contests, where there is no limit on the number of stars allowed from the respective card ratings. The prize pots have been boosted in some places this weekend, from the usual £1,500 prize pool. The minimum for the GW9 Sun/Mon Gold stands at £3,000 and we have seen these pots approach £5,000 at the deadline.
StrategyIt’s important to understand the Footstock Scoring Matrix when creating those lineups, as it does differ from FPL GW9 tips and is far more rigorous. Goals (20) are worth double the points of an assist (10), a win (6) is worth more than a clean sheet (5) for defenders. Goalkeepers score 10 points for a clean sheet, which is double the amount a defender gains. This is important to note, with some prolific goalkeepers having a high base return. Wingers like Adama Traore, Wilfred Zaha and Allan Saint-Maximin are particularly suited to the scoring matrix for their actions such as successful dribbles. When picking a side, the win bonus is an important factor to bear in mind, so it doesn’t make sense to select players form opposing sides within the same lineup. As with GW9 FPL tips, the points ceiling is far higher for offensive players, so I tend to select more attacking lineups. With no substitutes allowed, it's important to try and pinpoint players who still start, although we will have early team news for the opening fixture of the respective contests; Newcastle United against Chelsea on Saturday and Fulham vs Everton on Sunday. Players can gain the six point win bonus from appearances as a substitute though. For the Gold contests, there's a minimum requirement across the nine players to have at least one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and one striker. You are only permitted to enter a maximum of eight cards from one team.
FixturesWe have all Footstock Fantasy Football Gameweek 9 fixtures available here. Setting your lineup is similar to playing a Free Hit in Fantasy Premier League, although you aren't limited to three players per club, there's no set budget and very offensive formations are viable. When selecting lineups, it's important to first consider the likely winners, then identify potential goalscorers and assisters, clean sheet potential and those players with a high base points potential.
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The big favourites for the weekend according to the bookies are Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, with Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal looking the best options from a tougher set of fixtures across Sunday and Monday.
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LineupsTaking all of the above data into account, I've constructed lineups for the various Gold contests on offer this weekend to create the best team for GW9.
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