Yet to join Footstock and want to know what all the fuss is about? View our beginner's guide and sign up with this link to get a 50% deposit bonus as contest credit, up to a maximum of £100, plus an exclusive £15 welcome bonus. FPL Matthew is arguably the best FPL manager in the world, with three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes. He has recently taken his FPL skills to try his hand at Footstock on a budget. Read on to find out Matthew's planned teams for the forthcoming gameweek. A veteran of FPL, I have recently started to play Footstock as well, which combines football card trading with fantasy football. Most of the content for Footstock seems to revolve around people with large expensive collections - I want to show how its perfectly possible to have fun and make money playing Footstock on a budget that is relatively small and without taking big risks. I have more than quadrupled my investment in six months whilst playing a low-risk strategy and having a lot of fun along the way!

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I think this is a great time to join, with players prices currently very reasonable, new monthly 'Monster'  contests and the recent addition of auctions for European players. If anyone has any questions about Footstock, my Twitter DMs are open (@FPL Matthew).

Contest Strategy: Footstock on a Budget

Once you've built up a collection of player cards, its time to start entering some Contests. As I'm playing Footstock on a budget, I am focusing only on the Freeroll (because, why not?) and the "Bronze" Contests, which cost just £1 to enter. It's important to understand Footstock's scoring matrix. With the Bronze Contests, you can only select players rated at 1 and 2 star, meaning that you won't be competing with the likes of Bruno Fernandes or Kevin De Bruyne. Hence, they're a brilliant leveller for those on a budget. You also have to include at least one Basic 1-Star rated player. Like most fantasy games, goals are very important: with 20 points for every goal, as well as assists to a lesser degree (10 points). Clean sheets are also important to goalkeepers (10 points), who also get points for saves, meaning that decent keepers in worse defences can also do well. Clean sheets have less of an impact for defenders, who only get five points, so attacking returns are more key overall. Various underlying statistics also attract points, as you can see from the matrix above, although two key ones seem to be 'contests won' (successful dribbles) and crosses. Players also get a bonus six points if their team wins the match, meaning that it's important to try and identify winnable fixtures. Also, because there are (currently) no substitutes in Footstock, you'll want to pick players who you think have a good chance of starting the game.

Gameweek 9

In this article each week I will be focusing on the Bronze Contests and any Freeroll Contests. I will carefully select which to enter based on the fixtures and my own collection. This week there is a choice of a Saturday only contest, a Sunday only one and one covering the whole weekend. There is also the weekly Beat Kammy Freeroll. In addition, there are also Single Match contests, starting at 50p entry and the new "Single Player" and "Two Player" contests, costing a pocket-friendly £2 to enter. This week, looking at the fixtures and my own collection, I have decided to go for the Saturday Bronze contest as well as the Beat Kammy Freeroll, which covers the whole weekend. So, these are my two planned Contests for this weekend:

Matthew's planned GW9 contests

GW9 Saturday Bronze

This will be my first priority this weekend, so let's look at the fixtures involved:

GW9 Saturday fixtures

In this contest, I need to select six players of one or two-star rating (at least one one-star) and at least one defender and one midfielder. Again, to assist with my selections, I'm going to look at team attacking and defensive stats in the last six gameweeks, using the Hub's Opta Stats Tool:

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