Every week the brilliant Holly Shand brings us her insight into the blend of FPL form vs FPL fixtures to help us decide on the best transfers for the coming Gameweek.
The crucial balance of form against fixtures in FPL is beginning to show a clearer picture, now all sides and signings have bedded in over the opening eight gameweeks. It's time to interpret the data to inform our future transfer decisions.
The combined chart demonstrates the teams with the best balance of form and fixtures going forward. There's also my top three transfer targets for Gameweek 9.
The FPL fixtures chart uses the Hub's fixture ticker, focusing on attack for the next four Gameweeks. The form charts also have attack in mind, studying the number of goals scored per game, whilst reflecting the format of the site ticker.
FPL Fixtures Chart
It's Crystal Palace who take a narrow lead from Everton in the Gameweek 9 Fixture charts, with a cluster of sides not far behind them in the chasing pack. It was encouraging to see Palace slot four goals away against Leeds United; they aren't often known for their high levels of goal-scoring. Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) managed just a solitary assist in that game, but he's still the most enticing option in this Eagles side having had eight shots and created eight chances in his last four games.
Everton have been inconsistent of late, but with James Rodriguez (£7.9m) and Richarlison (£7.8m) now both fit and available once more, their attack will be bolstered with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) the main beneficiary, as he looks to improve on the eight goals he's scored already this campaign. The argument for an attacking double-up is a clear one again, but it will be a struggle to slot in Rodriguez given the wealth of midfield options at our disposal right now.
FPL Form Chart
Southampton are the clear leaders in the Gameweek 9 Form Chart, with Chelsea not far behind them. It was encouraging to see the Saints manage to score two goals even in the absence of Danny Ings, and it's clear that Che Adams (£5.9m) is going to relish the challenge of filling his boots. Adams has three goals and two assists from his last four appearances, chalking up nine shots in that period.
It's a worry to see Arsenal slump down the rankings to the bottom three with just one goal in their last four games. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m) still sits in over 10% of sides, but he's an expensive outlay for an out of form side who simply aren't scoring enough goals right now. Luckily, there's an abundance of options to replace him with.
Form vs Fixtures
The top spot is retained by the side who took the lead last time around, with another convincing result and yet more positive fixtures to come.
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