FPL Square Table Gameweek 9

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> With Callum Wilson in scintillating form at home to a Norwich side who shipped 5 in the last game to Villa , is he the standout captaincy choice this week?

Of course he’s not! Are you forgetting that he plays for Bournemouth and blanked his last game??? I think always captain someone from the so called top 6 (replace Leicester with Man Utd), and this week I’m looking no further than Chelsea’s Abraham at home to Newcastle. He has both form and a great fixture.
Well I guess that depends on whether you own him or not and if you do whether he is the best possible option in your squad. I would argue that whilst he is a decent option in that sub-£8.0m price bracket, he isn’t necessarily the best. Abraham (£7.7m), Pukki (£7.1m), Wesley (£6.1m), Haller (£7.4m), Maupay (6.0m) or even Wilson’s penalty-taking teammate King (£6.3m) could all easily outscore Wilson potentially. For me personally, my own club (Wolves) are riding on the crest of a wave at the moment and it is the Mexican Maestro Raul Jimenez (£7.1m) who I would consider passing the armband to – if I owned him! All that said though, I think you’d be mad to consider someone not in the elite bracket with the captaincy this week considering the tantalising fixtures on offer. 
Callum Wilson is a fantastic captain option this GW but Harry Kane is the standout captain choice for me, at home to Watford who top the xG conceded charts away from home (9.08). Wish i owned him
Wilson a good and safe option for captain in GW9. No player has shown better consistency than him this season and I wouldn’t expect Norwich to stand in the way. However, there are several other players with higher point ceilings and favorable matchups. Abraham versus Newcastle, Kane versus Watford, and Salah/Mane away to Manchester United are also appealing. If you’re looking for a multi-return haul, any of the above are worthy candidates.

> Chelsea’s young English attacking trio of Abraham , Mount and Hudson-Odoi are on a hot streak , does tripling up on these attackers offer good value for money as Chelsea host struggling Newcastle?

Abraham and Mount have proven already how much value there is in the Chelsea squad from an FPL perspective. Both of them look nailed were rewarded with call-ups to the England team. I’d be wary over CHO though. He may be eased back into the side and is competing for a place against Pedro, Willian and Pulisic, all of which are full internationals and have more experience. I’d stay clear of CHO for now and maybe use my third Chelsea pick on Tomori or Alonso. 
Firstly, I don’t necessarily agree with this statement; Newcastle look to have turned a corner, and whilst that corner may have a big fucker with a knife ready to stick in their kidney, we don’t know that yet. The win against an albeit absolutely woeful Man Utd side will have given them some confidence to kick on and not view Chelsea as a game they have already lost. I’m also not totally convinced by Chelsea and still envisage their season to be full of ups and downs as rookie manager Lampard tries to get some consistency from a team of kids and those who have possibly passed their peak. Abraham strikes me as being a bit too nice to make it to the very top levels of FPL must-own territory, Hudson-Odoi is still returning from injury and played for his country in the mid-week and Mount looks a little too lightweight at this stage of his career. So tripling up? No. Selecting two from three? Not for me. A punt on one of the above? Yeah, why not. Although I haven’t. I’m still riding with zero Chelsea as I feel there is value elsewhere that will return more consistently. 
Only WAT have conceded more goals than NEW away from home this season so Chelsea attacking assets will rightly be popular. However, a triple-up may be a step too far, CHO is a wait and see for me. Plus, Tomori is a cheap way into the Chelsea defence so he might take the 3rd Blues spot in many FPL squads. Chelsea rank number 1 for shots conceded in the box in the last 3 GW’s (15)
Many FPL managers will already own Tammy Abraham and/or Mason Mount, and they should complete the trifecta by bringing in Callum Hudson-Odoi. You would be hard-pressed to find another player in better form than him. Since returning from injury on 25 September, he has a goal and three assists in all competitions, and he also bagged two goals for England’s U23 squad during the international break. CHO appears to have locked down the starting role at LW, with Willian moving to the right, Pedro on the bench, and Pulisic reportedly ill with the flu and in poor form for both club and country. At £5.9m it’s a low-risk / high-reward transfer. Snap him up before the rest of the world catches on.

>Which Team looks the most certain to bank a clean sheet this game week?

That’s a toughie as you’d expect both Liverpool and Man Utd to both score at Old Trafford, Spurs and Watford to bag in their North London derby and Arsenal to concede away from home. Chelsea and Man City are the clear favourites for a clean sheet however going on play-style, I’d go with Man City as I doubt Palace will get over 30% possession.
Truthfully? Wolves. At home to Southampton and as already mentioned a team high on confidence who are rediscovering their mojo after some early season Europa League fixture congestion. In Patricio, Coady and Boly, Wolves have a trio of players who should be able to nullify the threat posed by Ralph Rabbithutch’s side.
I like the look of the Leicester defence this week. 2 home goals conceded this season.
Liverpool. Don’t laugh, I’m serious! Manchester United have scored only three goals in their last five, and Liverpool have allowed only three in their last five. Two of their last five matches resulted in clean sheets and both were away matches. And with all the injuries and tactical problems at United, I doubt they will pose much of a threat this weekend.

> Which of the high value premium assets is most likely to blank this week?

Sheffield Utd are a smart outfit so I wouldn’t expect much from Aubameyang. I’m expecting at least one of Salah and Mane to blank too, but as to which one is a coin flip. Regarding premium defenders, I don’t expect Liverpool or Everton to keep a clean sheet so it could spell bad news for TAA, VVD, Robertson and Digne owners.
Straightforward answer here. Aguero because he is allegedly carrying an injury, Sterling because he may be rested following another busy international break or Mane because Salah won’t pass to him. I’ll go for Aguero just because of the injury doubt.
I own him so i’m hoping Mo Salah runs riot, but the Egyptian King has yet to score or assist against Man United. Despite the red devils struggles recently, the’ve only conceded 3 home goals in 4 games against Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea & Palace.
As an Aubameyang owner I hate to say it but this fixture away to Sheffield United doesn’t instill a whole lot of confidence in me. The Blades have allowed only one goal in their last three matches and did well to hold Liverpool to only one goal in GW7. And with Lacazette reportedly ready to make his return in this match, there might be some competition for position in front of goal.

> A Struggling Manchester United have the daunting task of entertaining a so far perfect  Liverpool at old Trafford , should managers who own a united defender bench them or roll the dice?

Although United sit in 12th place in the league, you can never write them off and they’re clearly under-achieving so this might change on Saturday, you never know. I expect United to score so if you have an attacker, I’d keep them in. Maguire is arguably the most threatening player in the league from set-pieces so keep him in too. De Gea is injured though, so sell him if you have him.
Are you taking the piss? Seriously? I mean come on. When was the last time Man Utd entertained ANYONE at Old Trafford?!? No, their brand of dull as dishwater football with no pattern to their play, limited ideas and second-rate players to implement the schoolboy tactics that Solskjaer employs (and I’m being generous here) will be ripped apart. The only hope Utd have is that De Gea is confirmed out injured as I don’t honestly see Romero conceding as many as the Spaniard would.
You’d think it’s madness for managers to own United defensive assets. But they’ve conceded the least amount of shots in side the box (42) alongside their Manchester rivals. They also top the expected clean sheet charts so far. So despite them struggling infront of goal, they’re still tight at the back at OT. Fancy Liverpool to score at least one despite all that. BENCH.
Bench them? Transfer them out!


> Based on form and fixtures who is the must own player this week?

As mentioned earlier, it’s got to be Tammy Abraham at home vs Newcastle. I’ve only just realised that he’s the 2nd most owned player in the game so captaining him might not be as big of a differential as I thought! He’s bagged 8 goals in 8 games so far this season, including 2 braces and a hat-trick. His ‘explosiveness’ makes him prime captain material.
After a couple of weeks to process the 3-0 annihilation that was inflicted upon them away at Brighton last time out, I see Spurs hosting Watford with a point to prove. The answer to the question above could be one of two names. Kane or Son. If they work in tandem, they could run riot and we could potentially see another destruction akin to that imposed by Man City a few weeks ago. My vote goes to Son who will probably end up playing a bit higher up the field than Kane. Two goals and an assist with maximum bonus. 
I’d love to say Tammy Abraham but only 2 of his 8 goals have come at home. I’m gonna say Raheem Sterling this week. He looked decent for England in midweek and City will be looking to bounce back after their shocker at home to Wolves in GW8.
Tammy Abraham seems set for a multi-return haul versus Newcastle, and I (finally) brought him in for this fixture. But I also want to give a shout for the out-of-form Spurs assets, particularly Kane and Son. We can reasonably expect that Watford will offer little attacking threat and will be forced to sit back and defend. The game script suggests plenty of chances for Spurs, and the carelessness of their defending might offer Kane a penalty.

> Man City’s defence has been a shambles since injuries to Laporte and Stones, with a tricky looking fixture away to palace and some favourable looking home fixtures for other teams would you consider the unthinkable  and bench your City defender this week?

NOT A CHANCE! I know Palace are a bit of a bogey team for City but I expect Scum to dominate the game from start to finish. Any possession Palace get will have to be sent long to Benteke or Jordan Ayew, none of which I rate enough t damage against City. Man City defensive options are thin, though. Otamendi seems like the only real option who’s nailed on and shows any sign of value.
First and foremost, I don’t own a City defender. Secondly if I did, I would consider captaining (well, vice-captaining) them not benching the fucker!! Is this what it has come to? Do people honestly believe the Champions of England will be threatened by Crystal Palace? No, I don’t get that logic. City will be missing key players for sure, but they will have way too much for them. Although… #HaveManCityConcededYet?
Wouldn’t be benching any City defenders this GW, Palace don’t score many at home.
I wouldn’t bench any City player in any game, especially not against a Palace team that has been struggling to score. I think the surprise result versus Wolves and the long international break has us overanalyzing City’s defensive “crisis.” If there’s one thing that we can always trust in, it’s that Pep will figure it out

>Allison looks set to reclaim his place between the sticks, which budget keeper  should Adrian owners be looking to transfer to?

You Adrian owners are a lucky bunch, aren’t you? Just as Alisson comes back, Gazzaniga falls on your plate as he becomes Spurs’ first choice GK to replace the injured Lloris. For £4.4m, he’s well worth the price as Spurs are capable of keeping a clean sheet against almost anyone. I’d like to nominate Schmeichel as a set and forget option for the considerable future though. I brought him in ahead of GW7, just in time for his 2nd clean sheet of the season. I expect him to significantly add to that tally over the next 10 games or so.
Well, the simple answer is Gazzaniga (£4.4m) at Spurs. You could also be tempted to await the news on De Gea’s injury and see if Romero (£4.8m) is a viable option. For me though, based on their run of fixtures in the next four, I’d take a look at Roberto (£4.4m) at West Ham. All that said, however, I’m not mad on grabbing second choice keepers as my prime FPL keeper. There’s a reason they sit on the bench for 99% of their working life. I’d rather have a playing Mat Ryan to be honest. 
Matty Ryan is rightly a popular choice, but if managers can afford the extra cash i’d look at Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester’s fixtures are favourable
If you can afford the upgrade, a move to Rui Patricio could prove profitable. Wolves appear to have found their form again and their upcoming run of fixtures are very appealing. If not, Matt Ryan is the safe (and boring) choice. 

> Vardy Party or Pukki party this week?

Vardy. If I see that P*kki gif again, I’ll flip. (or drown my sorrows in WKDs)
Whilst its true that Pukki’s form has apparently dropped off a cliff , and Vardy’s star is on the rise again, I would still be tempted to stick with the Finn despite my hatred of that bastard GIF on twitter. I just think Pukki gets into better positions and his quality of chances is better. I think is a bit premature to discard him just yet.  
100% Vardy, if his Mrs lets him play lol. Norwich look like they’ve run out of steam. They’ve only scored 1 away goal all season.
Why not both? James Maddison’s return to the Leicester will surely create more chances for Vardy against a Burnley side that hasn’t kept an away clean sheet all season, allowing five goals in four games.  And while Pukki has only scored one goal in his four away matches, he faces a Bournemouth defence that has conceded seven in four home matches. There will be plenty of chances for both Vardy and Pukki to party this weekend.

> Over the last few game weeks bench players have proved vital , If you have the popular high ownership bench of Lundtsram , Cantwell , Greenwood what order do you go this week?

1) Lundstram. He’s nailed on to play, listed as a defender and often joins in with attacking returns #DoubleThreat

2) Cantwell, Nailed on to play but Norwich have been weak away from home. Unlikely to get a clean sheet point too. #Toothless

3) Greenwood. Mason is unlikely to start the game and it’s even more unlikely for him to score/assist if he does come on #BenchWarmer

Easy. Greenwood last. Cantwell second and find someone else to be first Sub as you would be insane not to play the out of position Lundstram at home to a team as flaky as Arsenal. 
Many will start super JL this GW, he’s a defender playing in midfield. For that reason i’d have him first on the bench. Greenwood will only ever be a 1 point cameo player, he couldn’t even get a start when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was United’s only fit striker. Cantweel is one to monitor after his recent hamstring niggle. He also has the same number of shots as Scott McTominay this season, says it all really.
(1)Lundstram, (2) Cantwell, (3) Greenwood. But in my opinion Lundstram has earned himself a starting role in most FPL teams. Sheffield United are proving to be one of the more reliable teams defensively, and Lundstram’s playing as an OOP offers him more chances for a big point haul. Yes, he faces Arsenal this weekend, but the gap between Sheffield United and Arsenal is not as big as we might have guessed. Cantwell is next in line for his consistent starting role in Norwich’s attack and the likelihood of his involvement in a goal if they manage to put one past a leaky Bournemouth defense. Greenwood isn’t very good, and his manager doesn’t appear to favour him. Keep him as far away from your starting 11 as possible.



So there you have it, your questions have been answered by the panel now it’s down to you to make the important decisions for your squad.

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