Pro Pundit Teams

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.

andy-article

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:

andy-article 1

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.

andy-article 2

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).

andy-article 3

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:

andy-article 4

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

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,012 Comments Post a Comment
  1. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Jesus a great differential replacement if Ings is injured?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      only if Kun is out

  2. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Do we think Vardy will rise in price before GW10?

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Zouma rising tonight?

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Think so

  4. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    9 goals in 14 Europa games last year for Jota, loves these European nights.

  5. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I'm gonna resist temptation and get Jota in after the City game.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah, I agree.

      Gonna ship out TAA or Robbo now to maybe get Jota for Foden or Podence for gw9.

      1. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I have 2ft. Gonna ship out Saiss and bank 1ft. 2ft after the international break might get handy

        1. BeWater
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I'm going to do something similar. Zouma in for Doherty and then 2FTs over the break to assess.

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hey fam! How should I use my 1 FT (0.4 ITB) for one week punt. WC in GW9.

      McCarthy
      TAA Robbo Dallas
      Salah Son Havertz Foden Podence
      Kane(C) DCL

      Button Mitchell Davis Ferguson

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Foden to Fornals, Havertz to Ziy, TAA to Chilwell/Zouma

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        WC in 10 instead.

      3. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Easy. Bring Bale

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Sterling to Jota or KDB?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Sterling to Jota is a crazy move imo.

      2. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Keep

      3. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hold

      4. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jota

      5. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Madness. Unless you are joking of course ?

      6. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Sterling to Dele Alli, he’s due for a huge haul

    4. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Coufal or Masuaku?

      Lots of hype around Coufal, but Masuaku seems to have better attacking stats. Is it case of Masuaku (quantity) over Coufal (quality)?

      1. chilli con kone
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Coufal is safer

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Zouma/Chilwell double up or get one of Cresswell/Coufal alongside one of them?

      1. JamTart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I'm going Coufal and one of the others

      2. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I've gone with Zouma, Chillwell and Coufal

    6. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Will jota rise twice before next gw? Got 2 ft and no transfer to make otherwise. Would like the extra money later. He would replace Jrod who might fall too

      1. chilli con kone
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I dont think so but could be close

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

        No

      3. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Keep Jrod

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Keeping him would take some balls

    7. chilli con kone
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      RP.

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

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yes

    8. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      After this GW:
      A - Zouma, KdB/Sterling
      B - Chilwell, Aguero/Jesus

      1. chilli con kone
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

    9. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Cancelo looks like a great option if he keeps his position

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Or Dias

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yeah. Dias + Laporte seems to be peps preferred PL CB pair (for now).

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

          or both

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I’m considering Coleman,Saiss >> Dias,Cancelo over the coming weeks.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Could be great

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

        He could be a great option even if he doesn’t

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          As in, even with slight rotation he’s still worth it.

    10. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Best Ings replacement?
      A. Werner
      B. Jesus
      C. Martial
      D. Bamford

      Have DCL & Maupay. Giving Maupay another week, if he doesn't start will get Antonio for him.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        B could be gold if Aguero is out for some time.

      2. Steirish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

    11. timawflowers
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Play hames or foden this week?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hames if fit.

    12. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Jota price rise already!

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        All the noobs ain't it. That's the problem with so many playing the game

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          ziyech and grealish forgotten!

          1. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Yer. People get over excited and lose control. People bringing him in mid game.

    13. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I remember when Jota scored a hattrick last season in EL and then went on a dry run.

      Same case again or this won't repeat as it has to do with playing him with Pool players?

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Liverpool teammates makes a difference.
        Will Jota start though?

    14. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Trump wins!

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Judd Trump 6-3 against David Gilbert in the quarter finals of the Snooker Champion of Champions tournament in Milton Keynes.

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Come on Jimmy

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Carter?

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Get...

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Still 90 minutes until the first polls close on the East Coast

      3. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Looks good for him looking at how Flordia is going.

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Still too early to call, it's flipping by the minute still.

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            As the early tally's have been showen he has come into even money from 2/1 before polls closed.

            The wind is blowing favorably for Trump for sure.

            1. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              The bookies odds have swung sharply.
              Polls haven't revealed anything major yet.

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I am calling it now for Trump GNU.

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  That's fin Ogie.
                  However if you said you were voting Trump I'd would say you'd be going straight to hell, 1st class, one way 🙂

                  1. Gnu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    *fine*

                    1. Ógie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Lucky i don't have a vote then. 😉

                      You should be more tolerant of people who have a different world view than you have GNU,i thought that was what the left is supposed to be about.

                      1. Seanigula
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        Trump is doing better then expected, but it may come down to the final state to be decided, Pennsylvania. Interesting so far, given how much Biden was ahead in every poll.

                        1. Ógie
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          There is a clear trend emerging now that the Dems cannibalized their game day vote with postal ballots.

                          As the game day votes come in it is showing well in favor of Trump.

                          I think now it only a question of how much he will win by?
                          I am pretty sure he is going to get above 300 electoral collage votes as it stands.

                        2. Gnu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          Nothing 100% clear here but how do you feel this comment has aged in 20 hours? 😉

                      2. Gnu
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        This isn't about the left.Tolerance is why this vile excuse for a human being is in power. Simple as that, history is there to learn from our mistakes, these are being ignored.

      4. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jeezz Jarvish!!!

    15. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Better transfer this week?

      A. Saiss > Chilwell
      B. Foden > Ziyech/Grealish/Ward-Prowse

      1. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Focus on the weakness. Saiss > Chilwell.

    16. BaleKaneSon
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Is there any news on Mat Ryan? Is it time to transfer out or wait one week and cop the 0 and upgrade elsewhere.

      • The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jota price rise tomorrow

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Tonight

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Need to find £0.1 :
        Is Balbuena (£4.4m) similarly nailed as Coufal (£4.5m) ?

        1. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I got Balbuena. Moyes’ team likes him so he’s a sure starter I think. Can get his head on a set piece too.

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Txs, might go with him then, cs's are the bead and butter in that price range after all

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Do Saiss to Zouma tonight?

        Got no Chelsea defender.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Hold out if you can

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jota scored hatty in UCL and his price rising. Crazy lol. People buying him before game vs City away where he will be benched. Bunch of casuals

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          The same """managers""" who bought Rashford last week

      • JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Have the exact money to do TAA + Bissouma > Zouma + Grealish tonight. Should I go ahead or wait?

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          No. I am also in the same boat but I think Trent will haul a lot after the IB. Nice differential option to have. Matip also back in training, surely Trent will have more points than any sub 7m midfielder imo...

        2. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Find another way to bring in Zouma/ Chilwell imo... Liverpool will keep cs at some point & Trent will explode

      • The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Klopp just asked if Jota starts against City, he just scratched his nose and smiled. Anybody know what that means?

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          It means Pep is stunned

        2. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          itchy nose?

        3. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          It means Origi will start

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Has to start after this form, surely

        5. Must.Go.Faster.
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Nose was probably itchy and a bit ticklish at the same time

        6. MikeLowrey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          First transfer is looking like Pulisic to Zaha. What to do next?

          A) Roll FT
          B) Trossard to Joys (hope for some price rises)

          1. MikeLowrey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Jota not Joys!!

        7. toonstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Have 2 FT this weekend. What to do with Pulisic and Maupay. Keep or sell?

          1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Wait for news and decide on Friday

          2. Garth Marenghi
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Wait til Friday

          3. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            sell Pussylic, he’s going to a constant problem of injured/is he ready to start yet?

          4. toonstar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Cheers for the replies. Will just hold off till Friday.

        8. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Anyone figured out when is the best time to play the WC in UCL fantasy? GW5 or GW 6?

        9. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Lol but Jota isn't even starting PL games right ?

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            No, but is he any worse then Foden?