FPL Game Week 9 Tips
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FPL Game Week 9 Tips
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The world of Fantasy Premier League can be a strange one at times and it is weeks like this that remind me how large the world is and how long it still takes for some far reaches of the planet to receive football news. It seems that all anyone in FPL has talked of since the weekend is the injury to Sergio Aguero (not to mention many of his Man City teammates) but a day after his injury was announced a further 10,000 managers added him to their squads than the 120,000 who added him straight after his 5 goal haul against Newcastle. Unbelievably – a further 1,000 have added him since we recorded our game week 9 podcast on Monday! If you are one of them then we seriously suggest that you bookmark this website!
One of the biggest talking points on this weeks podcast was the injuries to key players like Aguero, Silva, Kolarov and co and this has then sparked the inevitable wildcard questions – something that got quite heated on Twitter first thing on Monday – and who said international breaks were boring?
Our poll on our Sergio Aguero post currently shows Pelle as being the number one target for most managers to replace Aguero with and he certainly represents a good chance this week as he has the fixture and the form. So, without further ado, let’s look at the top game week 9 tips…
Best Game Week 9 Attackers:
It is all about the front line this week with Diego Costa returning from suspension, the injury to Aguero, the prospect of Daniel Sturridge playing under Jurgen Klopp and of course the returning England international Jamie Vardy making us question whether he can find a way to the top of the FPL strikers leaderboard just 2 points of top placed Pelle.
Graziano Pelle Vs Jamie Vardy: Southampton Vs. Leicester
The top two FPL strikers go head to head this weekend and both head in to the game is good goal scoring form. You would expect the Saints’ defence to hold tighter than the Leicester backline and the home advantage could be key here. That being said, we will fancy Leicester to score and if they do Jamie Vardy has become the key man for them in front of goal. Over 50% of FPL managers will be hoping Riyad Mahrez can return to form but we fancy the Southampton duo of Pelle and Mane to continue their fantastic form this week and 3 home goals is certainly not out of the question.
Pelle is likely to become the most transferred in player this week and he has already been drafted in to 182,000 new teams this week alone. His price will rise (perhaps tonight – Tuesday) so we would encourage you to act fast on this one if you want him.
Wilfried Bony: Man City Vs. Bournemouth
It is easy to forget the force that Bony once was as he has struggled to pin down a starting place in the multi-talented Man City squad, but he should replace Aguero this weekend and Man City will still fancy their chances against a Bournemouth side who are about to face their stiffest test in the Premier League so far. The concern over injuries is a legitimate one as Silva, Kompany, Kolarov, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero have been such hugely influential players for them over the years – but they still have the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony to call upon and they will have enough quality to see them through.
If Bony can convert his chances then he should bag at least one goal in this game and of course KDB is another player who we will be championing this week. We don’t expect a Newcastle style drubbing but we do expect City to continue their good Premier League run and get all three points here.
Diego Costa: Chelsea Vs. Aston Villa
We are often quick to play down players returning from an absence but this is Diego Costa returning from suspension rather than injury and whilst he will be lacking some level of match fitness he will have been training hard and has a point to prove – as do the rest of the Chelsea team. Mourinho is under the most amount of pressure he ever had in his career and whilst he may not have covered himself in glory in his 7 minute rant on Sky Sports last weekend he will have his team ready against this poor Aston Villa side.
The Villa defence has been particularly fragile this season and we all know that Chelsea will not be looking to play out a 1-0 win – Mourinho will want to win this one in style and we expect that to be the case. Costa could be deadly this week.
The Best of the Rest: Sturridge, Lukaku, Martial, Ighalo
These players all represent good value and have seen good levels of form in recent weeks. However, the fixtures are against them and although it is not impossible for them to perform well in GW9, we are not really expecting big things from them this week. Liverpool have tough fixtures coming up and so Sturridge is a risk, whilst Lukaku probably represents the best chance this week out of this lot (but again Everton play Arsenal next week). Needless to say, we prefer the other top GW9 picks and our number one choice is Pelle if you don’t have Mane, or Bony if you do.
If you haven’t checked out our game week 9 podcast then you can listen in here… it is highly recommended by all the big guns on Twitter so check it out now: