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Watchlist Update – Richarlison biggest mover among mid-price midfielders

We have continued with our extensive update of the Watchlist ahead of a return to Fantasy Premier League action in Gameweek 9.

After going through our Goalkeeper and Defender sections earlier this week, we have moved onto the midfielders.

There is little change among the premium options but we have shuffled the pack when it comes to the mid-price assets.

Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard (£11.3m) stays top of the pile going into Gameweek 9. He has proved remarkably consistent this season and still only has one blank to his name in 2018/19. A home match against Manchester United this week may be more difficult than some expect, but Hazard will relish a chance to heap the misery on former manager Jose Mourinho. After that, it’s Burnley (away), Crystal Palace (home) and Everton (home) for Hazard, whose creativity and goal threat underlying statistics show he can sustain his current output in those fixtures.

Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) is another non-mover in spite of the current doubt over his fitness. The consensus seems to be that the Liverpool man’s injury is not too serious and that he was sent home from international duty with Egypt as a precautionary measure. We are sure to find out more at Jurgen Klopp’s Friday press conference. If Salah is fit, then he holds the key to unlocking Liverpool’s potential over the next four matches. They face favourable opponents in Huddersfield (away), Cardiff (home) and Fulham (home).

Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.1m) has been in fine form this season, and during the most recent international break, he was finally able to extend that to England duty. His brace against Spain earlier this week has only drummed up interest in him even more. Sterling has blanked in just one match this season and with a home match against Burnley up next, that is sure to continue. A trip to Spurs and an encounter with Manchester United in two of the next three looks tougher on paper, but Man City should find them easier than most. Outside of that the defending champions also face Southampton, West Ham and Bournemouth. Sterling may be in better form than Salah, but the popularity and pedigree of Aguero presents a popular alternative. There seems to be no such option at Liverpool currently.

Sadio Mané (£9.9m) is looking a doubt for Gameweek 9 following a thumb injury and procedure during the international break, but he is still being assessed for the trip to Huddersfield. Until we know for certain that he won’t play this week it is hard for him to drop down this list, especially considering Liverpool’s appealing fixtures, although we have put a down arrow to reflect the doubt over him. While he cannot compete with Salah for goal threat anymore, Mané is still a much cheaper route into the Liverpool attack.

Rising up the list is Everton man Richarlison (£6.8m). We have now added the Out of Position factor to him after Marco Silva deployed him as a forward in the Gameweek 8 win at Leicester. The Brazilian netted in that game and, given the other options available to the Toffees, we cannot see Silva reversing that decision. Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) has been making a strong case to replace Richarlison on this list as he recorded more shots, more efforts on target, more chances created and more FPL points than him in the last four Gameweek. We’ve decided to stick with the former Watford man for now on account of his new position and cheaper price.

James Maddison (£7.0m) also rises up the Watchlist as Leicester’s fixtures continue to increase in appeal. The midfielder has demonstrated a nice balance of creativity and goal threat over the last four Gameweeks and is sure to capitalise on the fact the Foxes currently sit third for attacking potential on the Season Ticker over the next seven Gameweeks.

Ryan Fraser (£6.0m) drops a little after he pulled out of the Scotland squad with an injury during the international break. The Bournemouth man holds onto his Favourable Fixtures factor though as Southampton (home), Fulham (away) and Newcastle (away) are three of the Cherries’ next four. However, Fantasy managers should be aware that Bournemouth’s schedule does tighten up between Gameweek 11 and 14 when they face Manchester United (home), Arsenal (home) and Man City (away) in a four-week spell.

A goal in his last match and a very attractive set of fixtures in the next three sees Andre Schürrle (£5.9m) edge up the Watchlist. The Fulham midfielder still ranks favourable for shots taken over the last four Gameweeks (joint-third) and faces Cardiff (away), Bournemouth (home) and Huddersfield (away) between now and Gameweek 11.

Anthony Knockaert (£5.5m) sticks around despite his blank in Gameweek 8. Brighton & Hove Albion sit top of the pile for offensive potential on our Season Ticker when sorted for the next seven Gameweeks, and Knockaert looks their best option in midfield. The Frenchman is cheaper than Pascal Groß (£6.7m) and has outperformed him this season by 19 FPL points too.

Aaron Ramsey‘s (£7.4m) goal and assist against Fulham took his goal involvement tally over the last four Gameweeks to four, meaning we can no longer ignore him. Arsenal are in good form and still have appealing fixtures before they stiffen in Gameweek 14. Furthermore, Ramsey provides a cheaper alternative to Alexandre Lacazette (£9.7m). However, there is a slight doubt over his game time this weekend as his wife just gave birth to twins so we’ll be seeing what Unai Emery says about that in his pre-match press conference.

Paul Pogba (£8.1m) came close to being dropped off the list entirely, at the expense of Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) but he managed to survive the chop. Only Harry Kane (£12.5m) has more shots on target than Pogba over the last four Gameweeks and Manchester United have slightly more favourable fixtures in the short-term. After visiting Chelsea in Gameweek 9 they face Everton (home) and Bournemouth (away) while Burnley have Manchester City (away), Chelsea (home) and West Ham (away) as their next three.

Lucas Moura (£7.4m) has come off the Watchlist now that he has no points returns since Gameweek 4. His underlying statistics were never particularly encouraging even during his purple patch, and with Spurs facing some stiffer defences between now and Gameweek 14, it made sense to move Moura on.

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1,500 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 hours ago

    It doesn't sound like LIV/Klopp will be providing a full fitness update before HUD.
    https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/321198-jurgen-klopp-liverpool-fitness-latest

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 hours ago

      "He added: “I understand that you all want to know it but I never get any information on injuries from other teams! So why should we give it out there to the world?"

    2. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 hours ago

      Interesting. Very vague

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 hours ago

        Agree. Very, very strange.

        1. zotter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 hours ago

          I find that bad news as a salah owner

          1. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 hours ago

            I'm not too concerned about Salah. It's Mane I'm curious about.

          2. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            He's fully training so not too much too worry about regarding fitness

    3. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      Well I wouldn't either, but guess he'll be asked a lot in the press conference.

  2. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 hours ago

    Start GK this week:
    A) Foster v Wolves (A)
    B) Fabianski v Spurs (H)

    1. Akeem
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 hours ago

      A

    2. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 hours ago

      B.

  3. Akeem
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 hours ago

    RMWCT please:

    Ryan - Button
    Alonso - TAA - Doherty - Bennett - Yedlin
    Hazard - Salah - Maddison - Schurrle - Kenedy
    Aguero - Firmino - Jimenez/Iheanacho

  4. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    "Lalana looks tremendous in training"

    Hmmm!

  5. Monkey Hanger
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    Mane to be subbed off Saturday, immediately after team handshakes. 🙂

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      Handshake is a bit ambitious I feel.

  6. New Article
  7. wulfranian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    So many pods,fpl series out there.

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      And experts...

      1. wulfranian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 hours ago

        yes indeed

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      99 % trash

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 hours ago

        99.5 %

  8. Sionnoble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    Ederson
    Alonso Trippier Robertson Doherty
    Hazard Mane Richarlison
    Lacazette Wilson Mitrovic (c)

    Hamer Fraser Maddison Awb

    Any suggestions??? 1.7 itb 1ft

    Trippier to Duffy maybe?

  9. Jive Turkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 hours ago

    Patricio
    Alonos // Mendy // Boly
    Hazard // D Silva // Richarlison // Fraser
    Kane (c) // Wilson // Mitro

    Hennessy // Maddison // AWB // Shaw

    1ft; 1M itb

    Potential issues: No Pool, no Kun, Maddison bench (?), Shaw out

    A) Address weak link - Shaw to TAA
    B) Target popular captain choice - Kane to Aguero
    C) Take a hit - Kane to Aguero & Silva to Mane (only Pool asset can afford)
    D) Save tfer

    Really appreciate your thoughts on the above, thanks.

  10. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 hours ago

    G2G?
    Patricio (Fab)
    Doherty, Duffy, TAA, (1:AWB, 2: Yedlin)
    Hojbjerg, Hazard, Mane, Fraser (3:Maddison)
    Aguero, Arnie, Kane

    Only concern is I don't have Sterling, so if I can save my FT, then I can do Kane > Jimenez and Hojbjerg > Sterling

  11. Pogtits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    On WC, Mendy or Alonso?

  12. FredrikH
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Any changes needed or g2g?
    Patricio
    Alonso Trippier Robertson Doherty
    D. Silva Fraser Hazard
    Agüero Kane Mitrovic

    Hamer Knockaert WB Billing
    0.0 itb 1FT.