In this article, we give our top 5 GW9 FPL picks and identify which players could return big FPL points.
Before that we need to review the performance of our GW8 FPL picks:
Harry Kane – 1 point
Jamie Vardy – 2 points
Glenn Murray – 9 points (1 goal, 3 bonus)
Mo Salah – 3 points
Joe Hart – 2 points
So a pretty disastrous weekend of picks, with Murray being the only player to return points. Here’s hoping these picks do a lot better!
Raheem Sterling (£11.1m) is Man City’s 2nd highest FPL scorer on 50 points, only 2 behind Sergio Aguero. He has started the campaign in fine form, scoring 4 goals and assisting 2.
His underlying stats have also been impressive, registering 2.7 Sh90 (shots per 90) and 2.25 Kp90 (key passes per 90). Sterling has also played the most minutes out of the attacking players (588 mins), 2nd only to Bernardo Silva (633 mins).
For any FPL manager looking for a way into Guardiola’s rotating team, although expensive, Sterling seems to be the most consistent. Due to Hazard’s great start to the season, it has meant that FPL managers have avoided Sterling leading to only a 5.6% ownership.
Sterling and City face Burnley at the Etihad this weekend, the only team to still have a 100% win rate at home. Man City have scored the most goals at home (13) and have had the most shots per game (28) while having the most shots on target per game (9.8).
Burnley on the other hand have the most shots conceded per game (23.3) away from home. We fancy Sterling to start and score some big points for GW9, and at his ownership could prove to be a great differential.
Richarlison’s good start to the season continued in GW8, scoring his 4th league goal of the season. Due to his red card, the Brazilian has only played 477 minutes and returns a goal every 119 minutes. For a left sided attacker, we think that these are some great stats, especially for a £6.8m midfielder.
In game week 8, Richarlison started the match against Leicester as a forward, replacing the ineffective Tosun. This could prove to be a great opportunity for both Richarlison and his FPL owners. The position move may only be temporary, but if it remains a permanent fixture it could be a similar success to 2017/18 Arnautovic, where the same situation occurred.
Bournemouth have been one of the stand out performers of the season so far, currently sitting 6th in the league. They are also the 4th highest goal scorers in the league (16), which has been helped by the in-form Callum Wilson.
Wilson (£6.4m) has scored 3 goals and registered an impressive 7 assists according to FPL, contributing to over half of the teams goals. His stats are also great, outscoring his strike partner Josh King in most departments:
Bournemouth are unbeaten at home so far, winning 3 matches and drawing 1. They face Southampton in game week 9, who have conceded 7 goals in their 4 games on the road. We think that Wilson will continue his fine form and add to his goalscoring against the Saints.
Shaqiri has had a slow start to his Liverpool career, only playing 96 minutes in the league that have all come from the bench. Liverpool however have had an eventful international break, with both Salah and Mane picking up injuries. Although the extent of these have not been confirmed, it seems that if there was any time to start Shaqiri, it would be in GW9.
Liverpool face Huddersfield away this weekend, one of three teams yet to win a league match this season. Huddersfield have conceded an average of 11 shots per game at home, while Liverpool have averaged 14 shots per game away.
Although he has only played 96 minutes, Shaqiri has an impressive 3.75 Sh90 and 1.88 Kp90 including 3 FPL assists. If Shaqiri does start this match, we think the game is tailored for him to register his biggest FPL points haul of the season.
The Frenchman has been in brilliant form this season since his run of starts under Emery. Lacazette has started the last 5 matches, scoring 4 goals and assisting 3. Unlike many of the leagues player, Lacazette was not involved in international football over the past 2 weeks. This will not only guarantee his minutes for the match, but have an advantage playing against defenders who have been playing for their countries.
Arsenal face Leicester on Monday night at the Emirates, looking for their 7th win in a row in the league. Meanwhile, away from home Leicester have been a mixed bag, winning 2 and losing 2. Having conceded 7 goals over these 4 matches, including 4 against Bournemouth, we fancy Lacazette to add to his tally.
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