GW9 FPL Q&A – Liverpool Double Defence?

Welcome to our GW9 FPL Q&A, where we have taken all of your questions from Twitter and answered the most popular ones. Be sure to check out last week’s Q&A article, we discussed the best Wolves FPL asset to own and the top striker for the coming fixtures.

Who is the best defensive option over the upcoming fixtures?

With this question in mind, we have considered defenders with an eye on the next 3 game weeks before the next international break. We have also strayed away from the obvious, high ownership picks such as Alonso to provide original and informative advice.

There are a number of teams that have some favourable fixtures coming up, both premium and budget options available. Leicester are one of these that catch the eye, with 2 home games over of the next 3. We highlighted the potential of Leicester’s players in our recent ‘must-have’ picks article.

These games include West Ham, Cardiff and Burnley, all teams situated in the bottom half of the table. In regards to FPL defenders, we think that early season favourite Perreira provides great value at £5.1m.

He has already scored 1 goal and assisted 3 this season, providing great attacking threat and points potential. Both Cardiff (4) and West Ham (8) haven’t been scoring bags of goals, and we think Leicester have a great chance to keep a few clean sheets over the upcoming weeks.

Our other budget/mid-range defender is Lucas Digne (£4.8m) of Everton. They have only kept one clean sheet this season, however 2 home matches against Crystal Palace and Brighton may change their fortune.

It looks like he has cemented his first team place, and Digne provides an attacking threat similar to Baines. He has already 1 assist and has registered 40 crosses, with Richarlison playing in a striker position more of these may turn to assists.

Should we consider doubling up on Liverpool defence?

Following on from the best defensive options, Liverpool have been a hot topic in the FPL community over the international break. They have the joint top clean sheets with Man City (5) and goals conceded (3).

Liverpool’s defensive assets have been popular amongst FPL managers, with Alisson(19.1%), Robertson(27.5%) and Alexander-Arnold(21.1%) being the highest owned. We think that there is definitely a case to owning double Liverpool defensive cover, especially with these upcoming fixtures:

Liverpool Fixtures GW 9-16

Liverpool’s next two matches are against the lowest scorers in the league (4). Both without a win, it’s a great opportunity for Klopp’s men to bounce back from the drew against City and assert their authority back on the title race.

Alexander-Arnold provides great value at £5.2m, being an attacking threat and regular set piece taker. After being rested against Man City due to fatigue, we would be surprised to not see him start in GW9.

Liverpool’s top FPL defender Robertson (£6.3m) has registered 2 assists so far this season. Although he is over £1.0m more expensive than his team mate, his assist potential seems to appeal to managers. His rarity to rotation is another factor that justifies his price, with Moreno being a league cup alternative for Klopp.

We think that if you are on a wildcard or have multiple free transfers, owning double Liverpool defence would be a wise move. Owning 1 seems to be essential over this period, but although the fixtures are great we wouldn’t recommend a points hit to rush in a double up. The fixtures are good long term and can be brought in if and when you can afford it.

Best budget midfielder – £6.0m or less?

After the recent injury scare to high flying Ryan Fraser, there has been a mad panic to find the next stand out budget midfielder. Although the Scotsman may return for GW9, it’s worth knowing the FPL alternatives. We have identified a few that could perform really well in the remaining campaign.

At the top of the budget, and the highest scoring FPL pick is Gudmundsson of Burnley. With already 1 goal and 5 assists, he has been Burnley’s star man and surprisingly flown under the FPL radar at only 3.1%. Although he isn’t a great short term pick with City and Chelsea in the next 2 matches, his set piece potential always offers a threat.

Our risky pick would be Everton’s new signing Bernard (£5.9m). He has only played 160 minutes but has already registered 2 assists. Last weekend was his first 90 minutes against Leicester, and he created 1 shot, 4 key passes.

It isn’t enough information to decide whether he is a starting player yet, but will be one to watch in an improving Everton side. His upcoming away fixtures are tough playing the top 6, but at home they face Palace, Brighton and Cardiff before December.

A notable mention to Andre Schurlle(£5.9m), who has the 4th most shots in the league. With 3 goals already this season, he is proving to be a great goal threat. With good fixtures in his next 3, Cardiff (a), Bournemouth (h) and Huddersfield (a) it could see him add to his tally and be a great differential at 4.7%.

 

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