Game Week 10 Top Picks
Game Week 10 Tips: Our First Thoughts
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The most recent set of Fantasy Premier League fixtures saw a record number of clean sheets with 9 in total and with 3 out of 10 fixtures not seeing a single goal there were finally some rewards for those managers who have invested more heavily in their defence. With only Iheanacho getting himself on the scoresheet out of any of the top 10 strikers it was another low scoring week for many FPL enthusiasts and again it was left to the midfielders to do much of the points scoring.
The standout performance of the week has to go to Chelsea who thrashed Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United 4-0 and this is reflected in the team of the week having two Chelsea players – Gary Cahill and Pedro. The other 9 players in the FPL team of the week were made up of footballers from 8 different teams with Stoke the only other team to have two players represented - showing a turnaround in their fortunes too.
Theo Walcott (and Arsenal in general) disappointed the managers who had transferred him in in droves and the most captained player Sergio Aguero also failed to impress and has been the subject of much debate on Twitter - our GW10 members article looks at whether or not you should drop Aguero here.
Although it is early days in game week 10 it already looks like Philippe Coutinho will be the most transferred in player and rightfully so given another top performance – something we predicted last week. Romelu Lukaku also looks set to close behind him as one of the most reliable strikers so far this term – at least grabbing an assist last week.
With those pointers as to where people’s minds are at for GW10, we give you our initial thoughts on the early transfer and where it should be as we look to help you get maximum points in the final week of October.
Game Week 10 Tips
As much as Arsenal disappointed against Middlesbrough there will be hundreds of thousands of managers very tempted by their visit to the Stadium of Light. It seems like very dark days in Sunderland right now and their obligatory bad start to the season now seems to be stretching in to worrying territory and Moyes is finding himself under increasing pressure as he still searches for his first win as boss. The fact that Middlesbrough claimed a point at the Emirates last week may well spur Arsenal on even more and although the Black Cats almost earned a point of their own at the Olympic Stadium in GW9, they are just bang out of luck (and talent, belief and organisation for that matter) and it is hard to see them getting any points in this game.
The lunchtime kick off will see a few captain choices on Sanchez and Walcott and Ozil is sure to be popular too. You need coverage in this game and it is highly likely that another Arsenal clean sheet will be forthcoming.
Man Utd Vs. Burnley
On paper this is a tempting game to back Man Utd for and you have to think that there will be a response to the 4-0 beating that Chelsea handed out last week. But Burnley will have other ideas and having beaten Everton last week they are under no real pressure compared to the Old Trafford side who will be expected to win this game. Expect to see Burnley try and do a Mourinho and park the bus – only a brave or foolish man would still have the likes of Ibrahimovic in their sides but some of the defensive options might provide points in gameweek 10 and with Bailly looking likely to be out for some time with a nasty knee injury their could be chances for the likes of Luke Shaw to return to the side. In short though – this is probably a game to avoid.
Southampton Vs. Chelsea
Two teams who have impressed in recent weeks go head to head in this game and Chelsea in particular have impressed defensively with three clean sheets in a row. Marcos Alonso at £5.9m isn’t cheap but with a position that is more like a winger at times he is sure to be amongst the assists this season and grabbed his first against Manchester United last week. Eden Hazard also looks like he is enjoying his football again with 2 goals in 2 games and Pedro has also impressed in that time – just be aware that the Spanish forward’s game time is far less guaranteed than Hazard’s.
Southampton have also impressed and Nathan Redmond has also scored 2 in his last 2 games – he has also only missed 3 minutes of the entire season so he is unlikely to let you down on the game time front. The Saints looked decent against Man City without ever really fully threatening them and it will probably need an improved performance to break down this resolute Chelsea back line – but there are cracks and it will come down to the taking of chances on both sides as this could be a low scoring game.
Redmond, Hazard and Alonso are good long term prospects – with the latter probably being the one to go for in this game.
Betting Tip: Correct Score: 1-1 at 11/2 with Paddy Power
Crystal Palace Vs. Liverpool
Liverpool have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season and so far they pretty much sum up how to play Fantasy Premier League this year – to flood your team with talented attacking midfielders! With so many to choose from, the concern has always been rotation but with Klopp looking to have settled on a winning formula and no European games to cause much need for resting players, we can choose multiple Liverpool players without needing to scramble to the team sheet every time they play.
Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, James Milner and Adam Lallana have all returned points totals of 45 or more so far this season and with all of those players costing £9m or less (and some a lot less) there is plenty of value to be had. Coutinho has always been the class act at Liverpool and still has so much improvement in him at his age, another top performance last week saw him in the team of the week and an away trip to Crystal Palace will be another chance for him and his Liverpool teammates to grab the goals and the points.
Crystal Palace have not kept a single clean sheet this season and were easily dispatched by the Champions last weekend. They are certainly capable or scoring goals themselves but they always concede – something Liverpool are also guilty of. This game should be entertaining and I’m sure a certain Christian Benteke will have his say somewhere in the game, but everything points to another top Liverpool midfield display and as we head towards the 5th November it could well be fireworks at Selhurst Park in game week 10. Coutinho is the star player and there is certainly a case to be made for doubling up on the Liverpool midfield these days – Firmino or Mane are probably the better long term options as the second mid.
We have plenty more to come this week including the game week 10 podcast – if you have any questions then fire them in the comments below and we will cover the best ones on the pod.