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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 9

Welcome back from the international break, hopefully all those little niggly injuries that forced you to miss a day or two off work have cleared up and you are, like Premier League players up and down the land, raring to go for Gameweek 9. 

Over the two-week period Fantasy Football Scout has had a little makeover. You may have noticed drop-down menus appearing and the addition of an entire new section. Pro Pundits provides a platform for some of the leading voices and rising stars from across the Fantasy world to share their insights.

Learning from the best is an excellent way to improve as an FPL manager. Whether that’s by tracking the moves of The Great and The Good – it is noteworthy that Greyhead achieved his best-ever FPL rank last season of 85th overall – or hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth. 

Opening their equine gobs this week are Scoutcast regular Az, six-time top 5,000 veteran Utkarsh Dalmia (aka Zophar), community influencer Ash (aka the Chief), and former FPL winner Simon March.

Az has set his black box to record and will share his musings as the season progresses; Zophar talks us through his Wildcard choices; Ash considered replacement ‘keepers given the likely return of Alisson; and Simon prepares to leave the ‘Pukki Party’.

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 9?

FPL managers face a tricky choice ahead of Saturday’s 11:30 BST deadline. For the first time this season, the leading pair in the captain poll do not play for either Manchester City or Liverpool. Form and enticing fixtures propel Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson to the forefront of managers’ thoughts. 

David concludes in his Captain Sensible article:

Abraham’s statistical form over the last four weeks has been hugely impressive in terms of shot volume, placement, accuracy and quality, while Newcastle look particularly susceptible away from home under Steve Bruce. Meanwhile, Wilson is the standout Bournemouth option as Norwich come to the Vitality Stadium. While shooting less often than Abraham, his chances tend to be slightly more accurate and of higher quality when they do arrive.

The reason for Liverpool and Man City players being largely overlooked is down to uncertainty and unfavourable fixtures. How much can we trust Pep? Will Sterling or Aguero even start? And will Liverpool experience another hard-fought match against Manchester United? 

In the Captain Video for Gameweek 9, David explained why the league leaders might be in for a difficult afternoon on Sunday:

Man United … are potentially capable of frustrating Liverpool based on some decent defensive stats – they have conceded only 6 big chances in the last four … and Liverpool have a history of coming to Old Trafford and struggling … we can’t guarantee there will be an open enough game for Salah and Mane.

David also reminded us of Manchester City’s recent travails at Selhurst Park and noted that both Sterling and Aguero have room for improvement, while De Bruyne is returning from injury. He concluded:

If we are talking question marks there are just loads of them – the players I can’t trust, the fixture I can’t trust, so no Man City I can’t really captain one of their players this week.

Should we be worried about Sterling?

Questions were being asked in this week’s FPL Question Time about Manchester City players, with Fusen worried about Sterling’s form following one goal and no assists in his last four starts. Gregor, who has three top 1,000 finishes and came 29th in the world in 2016/17, replied:

I think he’s a keeper for now. Fourteen points over the last five Gameweeks is bitterly disappointing but given the strength of Manchester City’s next three fixtures, their need for wins and their emphasis to go on the attack, I think the returns should be just around the corner.

Neale concurred:

Sterling has always been … prone to as many frustrating blanks as he is double-digit hauls. I think back to Gameweeks 15-22 last season when he didn’t score more than six FPL points in a single fixture and remember a similar twitchiness to what we’re experiencing now … [I’ve kept him because] he has scored 463 points and banked 67 attacking returns in the last two seasons combined.

Sterling is included in the Scout Picks for Gameweek 9.

In Case You Missed It

In a community article, Hedge examined the lack of clean sheets so far this season, finding that the ‘big six’ have averaged just 1.8 shut-outs in the opening eight Gameweeks. Although his research suggests that the number of clean sheets will improve. 

Meanwhile in his members-only piece, Neale focused on defenders with attacking involvement. He picked out a few budget and premium-priced players worthy of consideration.

Neale also brought us all the treatment room latest in two quote-laden round-ups. There was good news for De Bruyne owners as Pep announced that the Belgian is back in training. And Rotation’s Alter Ego once again provided us with his handy summary for each team. Could Lacazette feature on Monday night?

Leicester City were given top-billing in Neale’s Frisking the Fixtures update: 

Between Gameweeks 9 and 17, the Foxes meet only one of the ‘big six’ – and that is a home fixture against an Arsenal side not renowned for their defensive aptitude.

Although Jamie Vardy surprised FFS community writer some witty pun when he used expected goals to review striker performance. The Foxes forward has an xG90 of 0.27 – the lowest he’s ever had across his 6 seasons at Leicester.

G-Whizz not only shared his thoughts with us in FPL Question Time this week but also posted the Gameweek 9 DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds. Chelsea and Leicester City have, respectively, a 48% and 46% chance of clean sheets in their home matches today.

And Meltens kindly previewed Gameweek 28 in Fantasy Allsvenskan. Impressively, with three Gameweeks to go there are four managers from the FFS mini-league in the top 10 overall. Well done to them!

To view all our discussions please visit our Hot Topics page, and if you’ve got some analysis, scout reports or features brewing, be sure to visit our community section to submit your article.

If you’re a member and are yet to get to grips with the custom statistics tables, you can view this movie for an explanation of how they work. Also, remember to tag them so that people can find the tables with ease.

Community Competitions

In the Pundits Playoff Community Tournament the squads have been announced and Matchday 1 is about to take place. There is still time to vote for your favourite team avatar, please do so via this link. The entry from “A Whole Lawro B*llocks” looks particularly good to me. 

For a full update on all FFS mini-leagues and community competitions, please click here to read the latest round-up. 

For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. A link has also been added to the ‘Scout Leagues’ section on the home page

The fixtures for Gameweek 9 can be found below:


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Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

Best of luck for Gameweek 9!

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1,509 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Perthite
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Did I pick the bench correctly?

    Heaton (Pope)
    VVD Robertson Otamendi
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount Traore
    Pukki Abraham
    (Rico Lundstram Greenwood)

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Rico over troare for me

      1. Perthite
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        That was the borderline decision. Could have played 5 defenders.

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      No.

      1. Perthite
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Thanks for the vote of confidence!

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      I would play Rico over Otamendi.
      In fact I did.

      1. Perthite
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        I figured if I have him I have to play him.

    4. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Yes, Rico will get fk all

  2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    I actually like that Silva went for Sidibé over Coleman and Iwobi in midfield

    But in no world is Walcott over Calvert-Lewin a good idea

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Coleman is suspended.

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Ah nvm

  3. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qBUBxnqOf0

    Just a taster for CHO punters

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      On my radar

    2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Hahahaha Vs Fulham u10s

      1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Not worried at 5.9 and a sea of tasty fixtures

  4. Jurgen Flopp
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Anyone else got Richarlison?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Last year

  5. Jon Snow
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Damn I missed the deadline, luckily had already set up my captain and team but feel like a right mug wasting a transfer

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      You know nothing.

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      What transfer do you think you would have made?

  6. The Pope
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Wilson (c)... who's with me?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      o/

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Not quite ... could be good this week

      1. The Pope
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        hopefully 🙂

    3. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      me and half the people on this site

    4. AC Yew
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Meee hoping for a brace!

        1. The Pope
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          yep!

      • SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Certainly am - frankly the wildcard left me no time to actually think about it. Tammy vice.

        1. The Pope
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Tammy v for me too

      • Dannyb
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        o/

    5. toerag
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      KDB (c) yay

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Let's goooo

    6. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      all i want tonight is double digit from (C)Kane---is that too much???pleaseee

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Yeah.

      2. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Yes please

    7. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Excuse my ignorance, but who’s CHO?

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Callum Hudson-Odoi

      2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Hudson-Odoi

      3. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Calteck

      4. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Hudson-Odoi

      5. FOO FIGHTER
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Plays for CHE

        • SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Callum Hudson Odoi. Also known as 'Toon slayer'.

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          The new Chicarito 😉

        • AnyLaporteinastorm
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Ah of course! Cheers

      6. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Looks likely I'll be forced into an early Son -> Mane move this week 🙁

        Hopefully Son can grab a few today

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            I am hoping for a Aurier haul...

        2. Like i said Lacazette
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          updated yet?

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Go and check.

          2. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Just now!

        3. Arse Biscuit
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Updated

        4. gamesmad11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          updated

        5. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          updated

        6. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Noice

        7. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Quick update from fpl towers!

        8. gamesmad11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          does anyone have the link to check what transfers your rivals made during the GW?

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Just check their transfer history.

            1. gamesmad11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              CHeers

          2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            You can go and look at their transfer page now.

            1. gamesmad11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              thanks

          3. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Just go on their profile and click view transfer history

            1. gamesmad11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              thank you

        9. The One True Marvin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Can anyone see Everton winning today?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              Not really.

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Everyone in my mini league capping Sterling. I'll have a lot of egg on my face if Sterling hauls and Abraham blanks.

          3. noahzark22
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Does anyone else hate the term 'tasty' to describe favorable fixtures?

            Please discontinue. TYIA

            1. noahzark22
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              That Salah fella is tasty though

            2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              Can we deal on spicy?

              1. noahzark22
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 10 hours ago

                I have the same reaction when music terms are described as tasty or crunchy or food realated descriptor.

                1. The One True Marvin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 10 hours ago

                  I must admit I've never in all my life heard music described as crunchy.

          4. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            the moment of truth for my Iwobi love in - playing him over Sigurdsson is a big move and hopefully it pays off, he's much better centrally

          5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Everyone in my league has Tammy (C). I still own him, but I’m captaining KDB. Who gets more?

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              KDB because I'm capping Tammy.

            2. FOO FIGHTER
                28 days, 10 hours ago

                Better hope KDB starts. Palace also a solid team at home.

              • noahzark22
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 10 hours ago

                Kdb

              • toerag
                • 9 Years
                28 days, 10 hours ago

                kdb to turn it on

            3. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              Wildcarding last week left me realizing that there are a number of players I have an irrational/repressed dislike.
              A Norwich fan told me this story about one such player (Maddison) who went into a nightclub in the city and somebody got too close to him and he started ranting about how expensive his shoes were. "Do you realize how much these shoes cost...it would take your months wages to get these" etc.

              Silly really - good player, but didn't want to pick him.

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  28 days, 10 hours ago

                  Maddi is overated anyway.

                • Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  28 days, 10 hours ago

                  People make mistakes especially when young ... not an excuse to behave poorly but we are competing for FPL points 😉

              2. noahzark22
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 10 hours ago

                No Salah, no sterling, let's get it in boys!

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