Game Week 9 Tips
Game Week 9 Tips: Our First Thoughts
In association with Premier Punt
So last week was one to forget for many managers – none more so than for a good friend of mine who decided to triple captain Sergio Aguero and ended up with a -3 for his troubles. With penalty misses galore in GW8 it was left to the less likely heroes to rescue game week 8 for many Fantasy Premier League managers.
Theo Walcott and Charlie Austin continued their good recent runs and both obliged with 2 goals a piece whilst the wheels continued to come off again at Man City. Joe Allen was another player to sit up and take note of and Bournemouth’s demolition of Hull City spoke volumes of the directions both clubs are heading for the rest of the season. Stanislas in particular has been on top form of late.
Enough of the looking back anyway… it’s time to look forward to the game week 9 picks – and remember, it wasn’t all doom and gloom last week as we picked many players who performed such as Costa and Walcott.
Game Week 9 Top Picks
With the exception of the Super Sunday fixtures the matches taking place in GW9 are fairly kind to the bigger teams and the standout fixture is perhaps Arsenal’s home game against Middlesbrough. It will be interesting to see whether Hull City live up to a tag they don’t want as Stoke visit the KC Stadium to see if the whipping boys are exactly that. West Ham will be looking to build upon a big 1-0 victory of Crystal Palace last weekend as they host Sunderland who looks odds on to go down this season and Liverpool will be looking to build upon their impressive start to the season as they play the second of their back to back games at Anfield when West Brom come visiting following their 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
As much as a home game for Arsenal against Middlesbrough looks tempting it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a whitewash. The last two games for the North East side have seen them concede only one goal in each, however this will be their biggest test so far this season and Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez are the two danger men for the Gunners. There is a serious case to be made to get both of these players in your side – particularly given the value to be found in Walcott who is still sub £8m (£7.8m at the time of writing). 5 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League this season for Walcott make him hot property and whilst you won’t get much differential from the Englishman if his form continues, he currently still has an ownership of less than 14%.
Sanchez is the other player who has the explosiveness to destroy a team singlehandedly and it is difficult to take such a player out of your team. The only real justification to do so is to spread your bets by bringing in a player like KDB at Man City and now is perhaps the time to do this whilst Walcott is in such good form to cover Alexis.
The most consistent strikers in the league right now that have form that is bang up to date are Romelu Lukaku, Charlie Austin and Diego Costa. Two of these would be considered premium players and Austin of course is more of a value player. Claude Puel put FPL managers off following his 2 goal heroics against Burnley by stating that Austin was still not guaranteed his starting place but that is perhaps more motivational than a pointer to his real thoughts and it would seem almost impossible to drop him following him scoring 4 goals and an assist in his last 4 games.
£6.4m is a steal for a proven Premier League goal scorer like Austin and an away trip to Man City should not frighten Southampton too much when you consider their current form. An away trip to Barcelona on Wednesday will mean City could well return physically drained and although Southampton have their own European concerns they will likely rotate much more than City who will be distracted in Catalonia.
6 goals in Lukaku’s last 5 games mean he is a must have player – a thought that is currently shared by 23.2% of FPL managers. £9.4m is good value and they take on Burnley at Turf Moor in game week 9 who are joint favourites with the bookies to by relegated this season and who conceded 3 at Southampton last weekend.
Diego Costa is another big form player who is likely to be the other player in your forward line if you don’t have the two we have already mentioned. Costa is in red hot form this season and has been the real shining light in this Chelsea team that does look like it is back on track now. A tough home game against Man Utd awaits but it will be surprising if Costa doesn’t come back to haunt his old manager on Sunday.
We have two top players for GW9 that we have featured in our differential and value player article here.