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King, Son and Doherty benched as Gameweek 9 continues

Fantasy Premier League managers who took the cheaper route into Bournemouth’s attack for Gameweek 9 were left disappointed on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of a plum home clash with an out-of-form Norwich City side, Josh King (£6.3m) has been named on the bench – after picking up 100,000+ new owners this week.

The Norwegian international has largely operated from the left-flank of midfield in a 4-4-2 system this season but Ryan Fraser (£7.1m) reclaims his berth for a first start since Gameweek 4.

This news is potentially massive for those who possess Callum Wilson (£8.0m) this weekend as King’s absence might see the England centre-forward take over penalty kick duties for Gameweek 9.

Meanwhile, Lewis Cook (£5.0m) and Adam Smith (£4.3m) return to the starting line-up for Bournemouth.

Opponents Norwich look to have altered their system after running into a poor patch of form in 4-2-3-1 before the international break.

Marco Stiepermann (£5.4m) drops to the bench to potentially facilitate a 4-1-4-1 formation with Alex Tettey (£4.5m) at the base of midfield.

Meanwhile, Kenny McLean (£4.9m) and Moritz Leitner (£4.5m) take up the central roles in the main midfield quartet, flanked by Todd Cantwell (£4.9m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m).

Naturally, Teemu Pukki (£7.1m) retains his place up-front.

Also causing Fantasy managers frustration on Saturday afternoon is Son Heung-min (£9.8m) who finds himself on the Spurs bench for a favourable home meeting with Watford.

Mauricio Pochettino has handed a recall to Dele Alli (£8.4m) and Lucas Moura (£7.1m) in support of centre-forward Harry Kane (£10.9m).

Meanwhile, Watford go for a back-three for the second match in a row as Quique Sanchez Flores tries a 3-5-2 formation which features Roberto Pereyra (£5.7m) in a strike pairing with Danny Welbeck (£5.9m).

Suggestions of a return to FPL viability for Matt Doherty (£6.0m) were quashed by a second successive benching.

Adama Traoré (£5.1m) gets a second start in a row in place of the Irish international.

Aston Villa line-up as expected for the visit of Brighton, with John McGinn (£5.9m) in the central midfield trio and Jack Grealish (£5.9m) in the front-three.

Meanwhile, Graham Potter’s men are led in attack by Aaron Connolly (£4.5m) and Neal Maupay (£6.0m), while Pascal Groß (£6.4m) and Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) provide the width.

After missing the last four Premier League matches with injury, Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) has been named on the Brighton bench.

Chelsea line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Newcastle, with Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m) alongside Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) in defence.

Mason Mount (£6.8m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) come into Gameweek 9 both owned by more than 35% of Fantasy managers.

It will be interesting to see how the Chelsea attack fares against Newcastle’s back-five, as Steve Bruce goes for the usual 5-3-2 system.

Both Longstaff brothers feature in midfield while Miguel Almirón (£5.8m) continues to be used out of position in the front-two.

Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) comes in for the injured Ashley Barnes (£6.4m) as Burnley travel to face Leicester.

The Foxes are led by Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) while James Maddison (£7.2m) looks set for a central role in the 4-1-4-1 system.

The Starting XIs

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Targett, Mings, Engels, Guilbert; McGinn, Hourihane, Nakamba; El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Burn, Webster, Dunk, Montoya; Groß, Pröpper, D Stephens, Mooy; Connolly, Maupay.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Rico, Ake, S Cook, Smith; Fraser, Billing, L Cook, H Wilson; Solanke, C Wilson.

Norwich XI: Krul; Lewis, Godfrey, Amadou, Aarons; Tettey; Cantwell, McLean, Leitner, Buendía; Pukki.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Alonso, Zouma, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Barkley; Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Willian; Abraham.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Willems, Clark, Lascelles, Schär, Yedlin; Saint-Maximin, M Longstaff, S Longstaff; Almirón, Joelinton.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Ndidi; Barnes, Pérez, Maddison, Tielemans; Vardy.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick, Brady; Rodriguez, Wood.

Spurs XI: Gazzaniga; Rose, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Aurier; Winks, Sissoko; Moura, Alli; Kane

Watford XI: Foster; Kabasele, Dawson, Cathcart; Holebas, Chalobah, Cleverley, Doucouré, Janmaat; Welbeck, Pereyra.

Wolves XI: Patrício; Boly, Coady, Bennett; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traoré; Cutrone, Jiménez.

Southampton XI: Gunn; Bertrand, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Valery; Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Romeu; Redmond, Ings.

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1,961 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    When Tammy can learn to head on target, it will be bliss 🙁

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      6'5 and cant head a ball lol

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Tomori has a few too many mistakes in him.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Haha, what about Aurier?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        Tomori isn’t that bad 😉

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          24 days, 13 hours ago

          Haha, a bit biased mate. But yeah Aurier has been doing it consistently for years now.

  3. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Tomori is a liability.

  4. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Nearly a howler from Zouma

  5. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    At least I didn't captain any jokers from these games

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      KDB?

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        Sterling. Expect him to be benched

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          24 days, 13 hours ago

          Hat-trick incoming. 😉

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Pulisic shitter sitter.

  7. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Kane sitter

  8. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Wilson out

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Whatttt???

      1. Daniel - The Veteran
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        Harry not Callum

  9. PUP02
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Fpl is dead today. Zzz.

  10. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    What a horrible FPL week

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Every week*

  11. Celt Abroad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    True story - I’m old enough that I can remember a week when my captain scored a goal.

  12. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Almost Pulisic goal, CHO assist. Chelsea all in attack mode

  13. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Jimmy Captain.... yesssssssssss!!!!!!

    1. dansmusen
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      So close to C him but went Wilson Congrats

  14. Would Ed Woodward
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Reckon Poch will be sacked if it stays like this?

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      No

  15. SirStevieG
    • 7 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Wilson is the ultimate FPL troll. Will probably blank the next month now everyone has him.

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      This!!!!

    2. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Still time

      1. SirStevieG
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        Nah Bournemouth are rubbish

    3. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      I can't believe I went him instead of Vardy party

  16. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    That entire Willian move looked fast-forwarded

  17. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Should’ve Rico (C)

  18. TAT
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Fell for the trap of captaining Abraham. KDB vice…

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      This

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        🙁

  19. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Dubravka is so good...

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Yeah, went on holiday there last year....

      1. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        😀

  20. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Should have listened to my gut about Rico this week.

  21. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    2-0 Northampton!
    F off Gary Neville!

  22. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    CHO should have had a hat trick of assists..

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Tammy coming off

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Hilarious

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Captained him twice. Blanked twice.

    3. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      noooooooooooo 🙁

  24. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Wilson is gonna troll us again

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Bold shout.

  25. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Andy Carroll is their best sub?

  26. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    KdB (c) is looking right so far. Captaining mid-price strikers just didn't feel right to me.

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Lol

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Bravo Camzy. I wasn't feeling it too, however, in my best ever season I followed the poll most of the time. The poll was so pro Tammy

    3. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Alonsoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    4. beric
      • 7 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Same here, good luck

  27. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Didn't want to captain Abraham but felt pressured into it

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      By who?

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Same, listening to myself from now on

  28. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Dubravka on 3 BP, he was immense. he has to slip one sooner or later imo

  29. gamesmad11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Aguero benched, Otamendi not in squad

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      Awesome, another sucker punch

      1. TwiggsJameson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        Great, Rico off the bench 🙂

    2. dark91
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      According to who?

      1. gamesmad11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 13 hours ago

        Me

        1. dark91
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 13 hours ago

          You are right

    3. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 13 hours ago

      I own both!

  30. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 13 hours ago

    Everton please buy Dacoure