In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Gameweek 9.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 9 for all the key information, stats and tips you need going into the weekend’s action.

The second international break has come and gone and along with it has brought plenty of issues for FPL bosses. Injuries and illnesses have been flagged up forcing people to look deep into their bench. A free hit may be the solution this week if none of your issues is too long term and you’re happy with your setup, so take a look at how we’re shipping up this week.

Gameweek 9 Team

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Gameweek 9 Hub XI

Goalkeeper

The Southampton defence has been growing into the season well and last week’s performance against Newcastle saw them concede the joint fewest shots and shots inside the box. As a result, McCarthy holds onto this spot as he faces Wolves. Nuno’s side has struggled offensively averaging just a goal a game this season. I think this game could be a quiet game to round off Gameweek 9 with both teams looking strong at the back.

Defence

He returned the goods last week but I didn’t expect him to be as attacking and advanced as he was. Chilwell’s left wingback role is an FPL manager’s dream and he hit the target on three occasions last week, scoring once. He had an injury scare over the international break but pending his fitness, he looks one of the best options in the game at the moment. Newcastle’s attack was non-existent against Southampton and with an injury to Callum Wilson, goals don’t look like they’ll be easy to come by.

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‘Chilwell’s left wingback role is an FPL manager’s dream’

West Ham just about held onto their clean sheet last week against Fulham thanks to a rather intricate penalty at the death by Fulham. Cresswell continues to provide goal and assist threat with four key passes last week as well as having corners and free-kicks to his name. Sheffield Utd are a one or none team when it comes to goals at the minute and have averaged a goal every two games so far which can only be bettered by Fulham.

With an injury to his teammate, Telles looks nailed in the left-back spot pending his fitness. The Baggies have registered the least amount of big chances over the past four games (2) and are on par with their xG, scoring a goal a game on average. Telles is yet to appear in the Premier League but I’m willing to take a punt this week.

Midfield

Grealish made his mark over the international break and deserved much more than an assist against Arsenal. His upcoming fixtures are a sea of green so expect to see him here regularly over the coming months. Opponents Brighton have put in some fantastic defensive numbers in the last four Gameweeks conceding the least amount of shots and shots inside the box in the league but that has come against relatively kind opposition. Aston Villa’s attack is on the rise and they have notched up the second-highest shots, shots inside the box and big chances over the last four games. I fancy Grealish to continue his run of points.

Chelsea’s new signing Ziyech has really settled into to the side and he’s starting to build upon consistent starts. While it’s an extremely small sample size and very unsustainable, he’s yet to start and not return a double-digit haul. His opponents this week have conceded on average two goals a game in the past four gameweeks, slightly higher than their xGC of 6.61. Over this period, Newcastle have been solid when it comes to big chances but they’re conceding plenty of shots (the most) and shots inside the box. Chelsea are likely to be without Havertz and Pulisic which isn’t ideal for the team’s attacking unit but is good for the Algerian in regards to minutes and Chelsea aren’t lacking forward options.

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Since returning from injury, Ziyech has returned double digit scores in both starts

In the absence of his Egyptian teammate, Sadio Mane gets a berth in the Hub XI for Liverpool’s home tie against Leicester. Mane seems to thrive when Salah steps aside but the Reds have been desecrated over the international break and in recent months. While they are being massively stretched, they still look strong going forward a potential option for Klopp is to try to outscore their opposition and rely on the trusty Allison in net.

Everton’s attack is back up to full strength and it’s really showed what one or two key player’s being absent can do an attacking unit that looked so fluid at the start of the season. Rodriguez gets a place in the midfield for a plum tie away to Fulham. Fulham’s defensive has shown signs of improvement but their kind run of fixtures is coming to an end so I expect those numbers to head in the opposite direction in the coming weeks. With an average of a goal a game conceded on the last four, compared to 2.75 previously, it is an improvement but I expect the Colombian to make them look like a Championship defence.

Fernandes stole the show at Goodison Park and he’s a shoo-in for the game against West Brom. Everyone knows the benefits of taking set-pieces and especially at Man Utd. That being said, West Brom no longer look clueless at the back with their stats improving over the in recent weeks; like Fulham they’ve conceded a goal a game on average over the last four Gameweeks, compared to an average of 3.25 goals a game before that.  Apart from Spurs last week, their previous fixtures have been relatively kind but if United can get one early I don’t think it’ll be too difficult for Bruno to return some attacking points.

Forwards

Calvert Lewin continues to appear in the side and his trip to Craven Cottage looks a plum fixture. There was an element of fortune for his assist last week but I expect plenty more chances this week after Everton were stifled against Man Utd. As previously mentioned, this is a great fixture and it plays right into the forward’s strength with Fulham conceding the most headed chances over the last four Gameweeks (14).

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Calvert-Lewin should be back in the goals in the coming Gameweeks

Bamford keeps his place this week in a front two as he faces Arsenal. The Gunners’ defence was put to the sword by Aston Villa last week and I think Bielsa’s men will be able to exploit their backline once again. I raved about Bamford’s stats last week and it’s no different this week. With his bargain-basement price, he’s great value and he’s definitely proving his doubters wrong. Leeds also have some important players returning to fitness which should aid the striker and their defence but while there’ still some issue at the back, the other end of the park is becoming even more important

Bench

There’s plenty of money on the bench this week with Macey, Watkins, Vestergaard, and Kilman all featuring.

Gameweek 9 Captaincy

Sadio Mane takes the captain’s armband against Leicester.

Notable omissions

It’s been a while since a Spurs player failed to feature but both Tottenham and Man City players are absent this week. I’m keeping close tabs on the latter with their upcoming fixture run but this week I’ve steered clear with both teams improving defensively and but not firing with all cylinders up the other end of the park.

Vardy is a player I was tempted to pick with Liverpool’s injury woes but fielding just two upfront this week meant I couldn’t find a spot to fit him in.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 9 for all the key information, stats and tips you need going into the weekend’s action.

 

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