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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.

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1,012 Comments Post a Comment
  1. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    McGinn to Jota seems a bit too obvious

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Pretty sure no active teams have McGinn

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Mine has been falling in a very active way.

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Pretty sure you'd be wrong 😉

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

    Firmino now the new Giroud?

    1. Free hitting is a ladder
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Hopefully Bobby and Trump will be out of a job in the morning!

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I suspect Klopp is going to start using Jota as a rotation options for the front three. Each of the four will get a week off then play in turn.

    3. ivantys
        2 months, 15 days ago

        That's an insult to Giroud. He played 1/3 of his time and almost scored same as him.

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Giroud is the best supersub, agree

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Firmino has been the new Kuyt for years. Crap player only rated by Pool supporters

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Looks like someone else who hasn’t a clue about football and stuffs their head with stats

        2. Weeb Kakashi
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Firmino isnt crap. Your comment is crap.
          Not a pool Supporter though.

    4. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Thoughts on foden to jota - 4??

      Thanks

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        If you're willing to take the risk of a non starter always in the side.

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        your bench seems good

      3. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Not for me

      4. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        No, both could do similar at weekend but after that game reconsider

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Both rotation risks I guess

      5. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Not for me

    5. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Love the Jota kneejerking boys - Keep going!

      1. ivantys
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I love the Rushford one more

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Firmino does all the leg work so Salah Mane can do their thing. Jota will affect their output so be careful what you wish for.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Exactly why Firmino will start against City.

        2. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yes. I wish for a 6m Liverpool midfielder hogging all the goals so I can take out the 12m Liverpool midfielder he’s stealing the action from.

          1. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            So you're happy when Mane and Salah are no longer reliable captain picks. Good luck with that.

            1. Black Knights
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I think you’re overstating firmino’s importance tbh. I think most people have for a while. They’re winning 4-0 without him right now.

              Plus yeah, sure. Kane, Son, Ings have all been my captain this season. KdB will likely be. Plus whoever else we can afford from not having Salah/Mane. IF this hypothetical situation ever came to me, or course.

        3. ...al
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Firm is the glue and why the unit was so successful in the past and present

      3. jdoyle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        If Jota starts and scores vs City then I'm getting on the hype train.

        6.2 Liverpool mid christ

        1. Silver_and_Gold
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 15 days ago

          6,3 🙂

        2. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          If cows could fly...

        3. Honourvolley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Henderson is only 5.4!

        4. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Haha I read that in a Jethro voice

      4. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        One more jota please

        The more casuals get him the funnier it will be when he gets benched this Sunday

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          🙂 😉 🙂

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Time for him to come off the bench and score. Again.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            If we're going by whats already happened then hes yet to score away from home

        3. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          He will still be impact sub and score one though...

      5. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Sterling to Jota, yay or nay?

        1. TLF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No

        2. ...al
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Step away from the internet

      6. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bowen to jota after this gw for me. I'll still have soueck

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Why do ppl even buy Soucek who returns once in 10 games.

            1. pablo discobar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              The fixtures have been bad. Expect more now fixtures have changed dramatically

              1. ivantys
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Waste of a 4th mf slot imo. Unless you get him as a fodder but still waste of 0.3-0.4

                  1. St Pauli Walnuts
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    What are you basing this on exactly? This season only where he hasn't scored (though been quite unlucky not to on several occasions) in 7 games in a tough fixture run? How about extending your research beyond that. He scored 15 in 39 last season, most of them in a poor quality league sure but he scored 3 in 13 in the Premiership. He clearly has good goal threat and very nice fixtures coming up, he's a great option as a 5th mid (I've barely seen any teams where he is a 4th mid).

          • fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Meslier
            TAA Coady Lamptey
            Salah Fernandes Jorginho Mahrez
            DCL Bamford Kane

            Forster Konsa Stephens Douglas

            2 FT, 0.7 itb

            Thinking, Jorginho >> Jota...

            But need to free up 0.4 with the other FT, any ideas?? (Konsa >> Kilman only gives 0.3)

            Thanks

          • keefyefc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I wish I'd got Foden/McGinn , Podence etc
            I've got the big 4 midfielders of Grealish , Salah , Son ,Jrod plus Hendricks ?
            Who should I take out ?

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              For who?

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Ser Diogo of House Jota

              2. keefyefc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                If Jota nails a starting place

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  He’s in super form but Bobby too important for the team so hard to see him nailed. Certainly more mins though

                  1. keefyefc
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    I'll see if I can find an extra £1.3m & upgrade Hendricks

            2. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              What seems to be the problem, officer?

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Robertson, Podence to Chilwell, Jota?

            1. chilli con kone
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Still too early to being Jota in imo

          • chilli con kone
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Is it likely the first wildcard would have expired by the time of the DGWs for City, Utd, Vills, Burnley?

          • BENOIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Ferguson, Saiss, Jimenez ----> Chilwell, Bellerin, Wilson???

            Worth -4 . All 3 are rising in next day or so.

            1. Mr Wizard
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yes

          • davies
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            A) Bellerin Soucek

            B) Coufal Jota

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              C

          • LOLarov
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Why can’t TAA and salah do this at the weekend hahaha

            1. ElliotJHP
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Salah scored at the weekend

              1. LOLarov
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Goal and assist. Trent assist.

                Calm yourself lad it was a joke!!

                1. ElliotJHP
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  I am a beacon of calm

          • Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Should I get:

            A) Son & Kane
            B) Jota & Brewster

            No brainer right?

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              .,.

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Anyone considering a Salah/Mane double up considering how many goals they’re scoring?

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Too expensive

            2. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Salah + Jota

              1. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                If he’s first choice of course but if not getting him only for him to be benched every 2nd week

            3. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Awful value

            4. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Not scoring enough in the league though.

            5. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              If Jota, takes some of their points both Salah Mane become overpriced and less consistent.

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Liverpool mid triple up anyone?

            1. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Si

          • Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Would've been handy if Pool could've turned in a performance like this against Sheffield Utd or West Ham.

            1. baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              They defend better than Atalanta

          • Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            You would expect a Italian team to be a bit more composed in defense than Atalanta are.

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Atalanta, GA

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                *Atlanta

                1. Ha.
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  ...

          • Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Jota hatty

          • ivantys
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Hope Klopp finally realized firmino is crap and they will score more goals with jota playing. And that they are playing to win the league not to feed salah the golden boot.

            • It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Best league in the world!

              1. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                League of Campions

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Another farmer team trouncing influencing FPL picks then.

              1. LarryDuff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                You're intolerable

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  I said the same about Rashford and United assets after Leizpig

            • Railwayman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              When di Firmino made a run lake that last time ? Probably back in 2018., that's why he doesn't score goals anymore...

            • Cahill
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Did Jota just break the Internet?

              1. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                I think you need to change service provider

            • Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Firmino in the mud

            • Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Jota using up his season’s worth of goals in a CL match

              😆

            • El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Jota making things very complicated