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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. The EJJ
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A. Gazzaniga and Conolly
    B. Pope and Greenwoo

    1. Peekay
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

    2. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

  2. Peekay
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Best 4.5m midfielder for the bench?

    1. KUNingas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dendo

    2. DF
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      still hayden for me, despite the ban.

  3. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Captain which one?

    Kane
    Sterling
    Aguero

    1. Donster
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Aguero

  4. lifes a pitch
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Will bellerin replace chambers?

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not this week, but within 3 yes

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Soon, maybe not this GW

  5. Gorbitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Dendonck
    B) Lundstr
    C) Dunk

    1. Effe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  6. DR0GBA
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Tomori + James > Soy + CHO (-4)

    A) Yes
    B) No

  7. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    1. Yarmolenko
    2. Maddison

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yarmolenko will be on the bench today.

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        What happen with him

        1. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Benched as a precaution

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2

    3. Stef rocks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2

    4. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thanks chaps, Maddison it is.

  8. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Have
    A) perreira king
    B) soy wilson

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  9. Salarrivederci
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Lets go!
    Pope
    Otamendi - Tomori - Soyuncu
    Mane - KDB - Pepe - Mount
    Kane (C) - Abraham - Pukki

  10. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    uh oh Yar mo

  11. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    GTG? Benchorder right?

    Pope
    Mings VVD Ota
    Maddison Mane Sterling Mount
    Pukki Abraham Auba

    Button Cantwell Lundstram Kelly

    Ta!

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think so, my dilemma is Cantwell/Mings and going Mings..

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers and GL!

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          You too

  12. Gorbitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Last minute help please. Play one:

    A) Dendoncker (SOU)
    B) Lundstram (ARS)
    C) Dunk (avl)

    1. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      b

    2. Effe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  13. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Bluemoon thin Sterling benched?

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Makes sense. He's been pants recently, could do with a rest.

      1. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Too much uncertainty for the captaincy then for me unfortunately, although he could start. Wilson for me purely because of opposition. Who you on fella? Fancy a punt on TAA (c) ?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Abraham probably. Wouldn't capt TAA, tomorrow isn't a given.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      who cares

      1. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Sterling owners?

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          so Bluemoon definitely knows what the lineup will be?

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I checked forum, just a random opinion imho

  14. Markus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rico or connelly first sub?

  15. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    1. Jimenez
    2. Maddison (dont have Vardy)

    Thanks.

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2

    2. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2

    3. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2

    4. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Gone for 2 as also dont have Vardy

  16. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    This week

    A) Have kane for 1 week punt then bring aguero in

    B) have aguero now and save the ft

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    2. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      b

    3. Effe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    4. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  17. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Good luck people! And enjoy

    1. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      u too gaffa

  18. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Digne and Pukki double digits, one of those gameweeks?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Hopefully

  19. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A. Ryan
    B. Pope

    Cheers.

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  20. paza12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Boly or Otamendi on WC? Cheers

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ota

  21. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Son & Mahrez owner, Lundstram 1st sub, no FT.

    A) Stick
    B) Mahrez -> KDB (-4)

    (Already have Aguero and Otamendi). Currently sticking.

    Cheers

  22. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    wilson or tammy (c)????

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      T

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        had it on him for the past two weeks... now tempted by last minute impulse to change to wilson... should resist!

    2. Effe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Tammy (c)

  23. Junior ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sterling or Mané for my wildcard?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mane

    2. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      depends on our team. I believe in Mane

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mane

    4. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Raheem

  24. Maarrrr17
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Last Minute thoughts on wc

    ryan
    ota lowten scyoncu
    debyrune mahrez mane mount
    kane wilson tammy

    dendonck, lundstrum, rico, button

  25. roflbeard
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Pope (Button)
    Soy Trent Aurier (Diop, Lund)
    Mane Dilva Son Mount (Cantwell)
    Tammy Wilson(C) Auba

    GTG?

  26. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Vardy or Tammy fir captain

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Tammy

  27. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rico or Otamendi?

  28. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Wilson or Sterling for a C ???

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Wilson

  29. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Richarlison upfront again!

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He's there best striker to be fair

  30. kraftwerker
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Last minute head scratcher: Lund or Montoya first sub?

    Good luck guys and girls.

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      L