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How I plan to deal with FPL fixture swing in Gameweek 10

Fantasy Premier League managers should keep a keen eye on the upcoming swing of fixtures in Gameweek 10.

This is where advanced planning becomes so important. Looking ahead is always vital for a Fantasy manager but it is difficult when those plans involve getting rid of in-form premium players.

That’s the dilemma that I’m facing over the next couple of weeks with Harry Kane (£10.9m) and Son Heung-min (£9.6m). 

Without potential bad news around Neal Maupay (£6.5m) and Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m) starting, I’m happy with my team for this week.

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But going forward there’s big decisions to be made with some key fixture swings. This is what Tottenham Hotspur fixtures look like after the West Brom game:

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Until Gameweek 16 I don’t see a single fixture where I’d look to captain a Spurs player. Even when they play Crystal Palace (away) in Gameweek 12, there’s the option of Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) against Fulham (away).

No-one can doubt that the pair have been in form, with 142 FPL points between them so far this season. But that has coincided with a relatively easy fixture run, and as shown above it’s about to get a bit more difficult.

I don’t always buy into the common FPL thought process that if you’re not captaining an expensive player they shouldn’t be in your team, but in this case they are blocking me investing into other teams with great fixtures, predominantly Manchester City. It may be worth considering a plan to get them in.

Manchester City Attack

How De Bruyne and Sterling compare as FPL assets for 2020/21?

I am a little bit worried about the Man City attack. They’ve averaged 1.31xG per match so far this season. You can see how low this is compared to their usual high standards from previous seasons:

  • 2019/20 – 2.48
  • 2018/19 – 2.24
  • 2017/18 – 2.11

We are looking at a much smaller sample size so far this season, and it’s worth noting they’ve played some tougher games in Wolves, Leicester, Leeds, and Arsenal. But something isn’t quite right.

The fixtures from Gameweek 10 look appealing though, and are perfect to start increasing the number of goals they’re scoring. Not many people would bet against City doing extremely well and it’s worth thinking now about how you might get them in.

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In fact if you couple a Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) or Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) with Salah or Sadio Mané (12.0m) you get this captaincy rotation:

  • GW10 Man City vs Burnley (home)
  • GW11 Man City vs Fulham (home)
  • GW12 Liverpool vs Fulham (away)
  • GW13 Man City vs West Brom (home)
  • GW14 Man City vs Southampton (away)
  • GW15 Liverpool vs West Brom (home)
  • GW16 Liverpool vs Newcastle (away)
  • GW17 Liverpool vs Southampton (away)
  • GW18 Man City vs Brighton (home)
  • GW19 Man City vs Crystal Palace (home)
  • GW20 Man City vs West Brom (away)

In Gameweek 16 you might want to consider Spurs players again, but we can probably re-assess that closer to the time. Either way I know I want to give De Bruyne or Sterling a chance, and I don’t think many people would argue against them turning on the style during this fixture run. 

Man City Defence

Cancelo stars for City as Sheff Utd's weak right-side bodes well for Chelsea

With the most clean sheets last season, City still aren’t usually a team we often consider when buying a defender. But when a lot of FPL managers (including myself) are looking to keep Salah, it becomes difficult to triple up on attack, and with the above fixtures there is a lot of clean sheet potential.

Looking at the defender attacking potential over the season so far one defender in particular stands out – João Cancelo (£5.4m).

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Only four defenders have created more chances so far this season, and when you consider he’s played just three matches it’s impressive to have created on average three chances per game already.

As always rotation will be a concern, especially when Cancelo has been playing left back. City have Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) who can play there as well as Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) when he’s back from injury.

Given Cancelo’s performance levels he deserves to keep this spot, but we know that’s not how it necessarily works under Pep.

If you wanted to go a little safer there’s Rúben Dias who’s just a little more expensive at £5.5m and Kyle Walker (£6.0m) who has also been playing really well this season. I’m not sure how much of my savings I would put on them being completely nailed, but they feel a safer bet than Cancelo.

However, if you want to take a risk and go for the big points then Cancelo could be the one.

Cheap Forwards

For a lot of people who might be looking to move cash from Kane into midfield with Sterling or De Bruyne it will be worth looking at the abundance of cheap forwards we have the option of choosing from.

For now my main strategy is not to change this position too often. They’re all performing well and will likely continue to tick over during the medium to long term and there’s probably bigger transfers to priortise. Here’s how they’ve gotten on so far:

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Patrick Bamford (£6.0m) is the one that sticks out to me so far, Leeds are creating plenty of chances for him. None of the forwards listed have taken more shots in the box.

He has blanked three times in the last four Gameweeks however, because of trickier fixtures against Man City, Wolves and Leicester. The upcoming fixtures don’t get much easier either and I think for me I’d be looking at bringing him in closer to Gameweek 12.

If I had to bring one in now (taking into account I already own Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) then it would probably be Callum Wilson (£6.5m) who has the short to medium term fixtures to keep up his current points scoring.

I still look at the cheap forwards at £6.5m or less and prefer them to the midfielders at the same price. That’s why my long term strategy is to go with two of them up front alongside Calvert-Lewin and to pump more money into midfield. At least until I realise I should never have sold Kane.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM FPL GAMEWEEK 7

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1,012 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Guys any suggestions or save?

    Martinez
    Robbo chilwell lamptey *
    Salah son grealish havertz
    Kane dcl bamford

    4.0 kwp dallas bissou

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Save

    2. Almathkourq8
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Havertz >>> Ziyech

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Save

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Havertz preventing a knighthood.

  2. Almathkourq8
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Good morning guys..
    Please RMT.. wild card active

    Guaita - McCarthy

    Chilwell-Cresswell-Justin-Tierney-Lamptey

    Son-JWP-Mané-Riedewald-JamesR

    Wilson-DCL-Kane

    Appreciate your advice

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Do NOT get the wasteman guaita on WC...

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Get salah over mane with the downgrade money

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bellerin over Tierney

  3. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA Semedo Kilman
    Salah Grealish Son Zaha
    Maupay Kane DCL

    Steer Bissouma Lamptey Dallas

    Pick 1:
    A. TAA -> Chilwell
    B. Maupay -> Wilson
    C. Save FT.

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Blumpf is winning? But the media told me he had 0.001% chance to win!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      You placed some bets?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        No I did last election for a nice pay day, but covid messed up a lot for dumpy drumpf this time. Didn't like the odds

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Is he? Who's telling you that?

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Bookies

  5. HARLEY
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Guys any suggestion to use 1 of my 2FT?

    McCarthy
    Robbo Chilwell Lamptey
    Salah Son(c) Zaha Grealish
    Kane DCL Wilson
    (Steer KWP Kilman Bissouma

    1. HARLEY
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      ITB 1.0

    2. Bielsa Murderball
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Looks perfectly fine 🙂

      • Bielsa Murderball
          2 months, 23 days ago

          You could get mendy intead

        • Bielsa Murderball
            2 months, 23 days ago

            *instead

          • Whiskerz
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Nice team. Maybe grealish to a Chelsea mid for 1 week. But its probably just better to burn a ft.

          • Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Same as mine Except, Martinez for Mc Carthy and Lamptey for PVA . I am cap Kane

        • Bielsa Murderball
            2 months, 23 days ago

            guys, best differential captain this gw? Have kdb, salah, son, kane, bamford, dcl, grealish.

            1. HARLEY
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Son

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Chilwell

            3. Bielsa Murderball
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Don't have chilwell, but have zouma

              • Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Sonny

              • abhirup780
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Bamford

            4. Whiskerz
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Gtg or anything worth a hit?
              0ft . 1m itb

              Martinez
              Bellerin . Robbo . Lamptey
              Salah . Son . Zaha . Foden
              Kane(c) . DCL . Jimenez

              Dallas . Mitchell . Burke

              1. NO SALAH
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                No need to take a hit gtg.

            5. llmja
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              RM WC team plz

              Mccarthy/4.0
              Chillwell/Zouma/Coufal/Justin/Kilman
              Salah/Son/Ziyech/Zaha/Soucek
              Kane/DCL/Wilson

              Thank you

            6. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Instead of getting Firmino, casuals are getting Jota.

              Firmino brace against City imminent

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 23 days ago

                The ultimate sign of a casual is having Firmino

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Harsh on casuals

                2. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  I can’t argue against that tbh

              2. GuenDoozy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Both are equally bad picks

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Yeah but I think this will make Firmino better. The competition will make him score goals

              3. Ron_Swanson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Jota could be genius

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Yes. True but rotation risk imo

            7. NO SALAH
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Any advice for GW8? 2 FT and 0.2 ITB..

              Martinez
              Chilwell Reguilon Lamptey Kilman
              Sterling Salah Grealish Son
              Kane (c) DCL

              Bench: Brewster Bissouma Targett

              I am worried about Sterling's recent form. He looks exhausted in last couple of games. Is it worth doing Sterling&Bissouma to Ziyech&Jota or Sterling&Targett to Ziyech&Coufal.. When the fixture turns in GW10, I can jump on a KDB..

              Thanks

            8. GuenDoozy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Start Robertson or Lamptey?

              Currently on Lamptey but its a really tough one.

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                why own Robbo? Sell.

                1. GuenDoozy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Already on -4

            9. Malinwa
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              How benched is Saïss?
              Best replacement? (already have Chilwell-Justin-KWP-Mitchell-?)

              1. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Don't think we'll truly know the answer to that for a GW or 2. If you'd rather not wait, I'd say go for a Hammers defender.

            10. Azathoth
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              McCarthy - 4.0
              Konsa - Zouma - Robbo - Saiss - Taylor

            11. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Which one to sell of TAA/Robbo? Robbo been consistently better IMO since project restart but Trent looks to be finding some attacking form again in Europe.

            12. Azathoth
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              One more try
              McCarthy - 4.0
              Konsa - Zouma - Robbo - Saiss - Taylor
              Mane - Son - James - Romeu - Stephens
              Kane - Wilson - Watkins

              a) Saiss to Dias/Cancelo
              b) Mane to Mo/KDB
              c) James to Greal/Ziyech
              d) Save

              Thanx

            13. Jinswick
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Which 2 would you bench this week?

              A) Foden (LIV)
              B) Barkley (ars)
              C) Holding (AVL)
              D) Mitchell (LEE)
              E) Trent (mcy)

              1. balint84
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                D-E

            14. Azathoth
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              CD

            15. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              CTaylor set to drop , really don't need to lose that 01 with transfer plans up to GW10

            16. bennygrimshaw
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Ryan Forster
              TAA Lamptey Justin Saiss Taylor
              Salah Podence Son Sterling Anguissa
              Jimenez Werner Brewster

              I have 2FT transfers to use any advice? Looking at getting Saiss/Podence/Jimenez out maybe

            17. Spg76
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              WBA Spurs score predictions?

              1. balint84
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                1-1

            18. gstegnar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Hi guys, i need your feddback.

              My team is:
              button/mccarthy
              webster/mitchell/TAA/KWP/dier
              barkley/zaha/salah/son/havertz
              DCL/ings/wilson

              I have 1 FT and 0,2 mil left in the bank.

              Havertz should go be transffered out, not only due to covid-19, but mainly his performances
              Ings has a long term injury
              Son should perhaps be transffered as well, since Spurs have a difficult schedule ahead

              Should I trade Havertz to 5 mil midfielder and then buy KDB/Sterling?
              Later on, trade Ings for... ? :/