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The key underlying statistics from the last four matches ahead of FPL Gameweek 9

Following the drama of 2020/21’s first eight Gameweeks, Fantasy Premier League managers finally have some emerging trends and patterns to inform our decisions moving forward.

With fixture swings occurring soon, what does the data tell us to do with our Spurs assets for Gameweek 9? Which defences are worth investing in and which fixtures are now favourable for potential captains?

We have taken a deep dive into the numbers from Gameweeks 5 to 8 to find the answers to these questions.

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  1. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Son Reguilon to Bruno Cancelo or only Son move and play Kilman?

    2FTs 1.6ITB.

    Martinez
    Robo/Kilman/Chilwell
    Salah/Son/Hamez/Grealish
    Kane/DCL/Bamford

    Martin/Reguilon/Mitchell/Stephens

    1. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Will also probably not bring City for now and do Kane to Vardy next week

    2. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I’d just do the Son move. Cancelo can wait. Having the two free transfers next week will be helpful.

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I think hold Reguilon and bench him to save the spare transfer ... no rush to get a City defender before the Spurs game

  2. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 5 days ago

    A) Fernandes + DCL
    B) Ziyech + Vardy

    Which pair?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      B

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        With Richarlison back fancy A for Manu fixtures & DCL for FUL, LEE, BUR

    2. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      B

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      A

  3. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Planning to WC GW 10, best 1 week punt with 2 FT?

    A) Trent + Mitro to Richarlison + PVA
    B) Trent + Mitro to Martial + Cash
    C) Trent + Son to Digne + Bruno
    D) Son + Mitro to Rash + Watkins

    1. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      C

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      C

  4. jb1985
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Finally pulled the trigger and brought Ziyech & Watkins in for Son & Brewster leaving me with the team below, still debating to start Coufal instead of Justin. Now time to log off and not check until deadline day (beard).

    GW9 Team:

    Martinez,
    Chilwell, James, Justin,
    Grealish, Salah(c), Sterling, Ziyech,
    Kane, DCL, Watkins

    Button, Coufal, Bissouma, Mitchell

    1. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Why wouldn’t you start the defender vs Sheff United over the one vs Liverpool?

      1. jb1985
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Still not 100% set on Justin, Will monitor Liverpool situation as I thought with weaken right side with TAA missing, if Justin plays left wing back he may get some attacking returns but then i guess that doesn't help if Liverpool go on to score 3 or more goals and he gets a YC.

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Pool will need to score more if their defence is gonna be ropey. So I’d start with clean sheets and assume sheff are worse at scoring than pool. Attacking returns are a bonus.

  5. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Who will win the games:

    Scotland or Serbia
    Northern Ireland or Slowakia
    Hungary or Iceland?

    Thank you!

    1. Klaren
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Serbia, Slovakia, Iceland.
      All low scoring, 1 or 2 could go into extra time.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Serbia
      N.Ireland
      Iceland

    3. King Henrik
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Scotland
      N.I
      Hungary

  6. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    I know that this sounds bit mad, but this season already had a strong feeling of 2015-16 to it. I'm not saying that we Foxes are going to win the EPL again, but it would not surprise me one little bit if a minor (e.g Villa/Southampton) or middle (e.g. Spurs/Everton/Arsenal) team wins the league. Even Man Utd have a chance! 😀
    It just feels that unfortunate things are happening to Liverpool and Man City. Famous last words I suppose .....

    1. Klaren
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Unfortunate things are happening to Liverpool indeed but I'm not sure what's wrong with City. They had their strikers injured but even when they play, the team doesn't seem to have half the attacking threat they had in the previous seasons. If they keep on playing like this, I can't see them winning the title.

      I do hope they improve though as I'm tripling up on City from GW10 onwards 🙂

    2. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      It is good when the league is balanced and exciting. If the champion is always the same, it is boring. In Germany for example Bayern Munich have always been champions over the past eight years. I would not mind if Southampton FC were champions. This would be just as surprising as in the 2015/16 season. All the Champions League games and so on cost the good teams their strength. The clubs in midfield do not have this problem because they do not have to play Champions League and so on.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Yup - no Europe midweek was a massive factor in Leicester's title in 15/16, Chelsea's in 16/17 and nearly Liverpool's in 13/14

    3. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Seems like not being in Europe this season could be a big advantage. Less travelling so less possible exposure to COVID, fewer muscle injuries etc etc. Will help Everton, Villa, Saints.

    4. Amey
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Don't give me hope 😕

  7. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Anyone know if/when the UK broadcasters will split up and move the 15:00 Saturday GW9 kick offs now they have done away with the PPV model?

    1. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yes more games will move into 1230, 530, 745 slots. And Sundays can have 12, 2, 4, 6, 8.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        I think I have come to the realization that I don't captain players I can't see on the live games.

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I did not realize they dumped the PPV model Miguel.

      Why did they dump it i wonder,was it because nobody was buying the PPV or customers canceling their subscriptions and investing in dodgy box's?

  8. Mufc202020
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    What would people do with this team?

    Martinez - Martin
    Lamptey - Kilman - Dias - Chilwell Braithwaite
    KDB - Grealish - Zaha - Bruno - Bissouma
    Brewster - Kane - Werner

    1.4m and 1FT
    Thanks all

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Save

      1. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Not even a Kane to Vardy/Rich/DCL???

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Not urgently

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Do Kane to Vardy next week.

          1. Mufc202020
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Next week rather than this week? Against a Liverpool team with one fit CB?

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Save

  9. martyhan
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC please

    Martinez button
    Chilwell, lamptey, coufel, justin, taylor
    Ziyech kdb Salah grelish Bruno
    DCL, Brewster, Watkins

    1. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      The midfielders are awesome, but the forwards a bit weak. I would downgrade a midfielder and upgrade a forward.

      1. Black Knights
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        DCL and Watkins have great fixtures and form. Not bad as a 2, with Wilson and bamford available if a switch is needed.

    2. Gregor
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Mint.

    3. Il Capitano
        7 months, 5 days ago

        It's a beauty

      • Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        You cover it all but you will have to change formation sometime to bring Kane

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        nice and balanced

    4. Tsssst
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      1. Jimenez > DCL
      2. Werner > Vardy
      3. Son > Grealish/
      4. Foden > Ziyech

      Which two are the priorities for next GW for a -4?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        1 and 4

      2. Il Capitano
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Can you do Jimi to DCL & Foden to Grealish?

          1. Tsssst
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            wish i could, 0.4 out 🙁

        • colby_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          I'd say 1 and 4.

      3. dshv
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Who will do more in gw10 to replace son with:

        1. Zyiech
        2. Grealish
        3. Keep son

        (Have watkins and chilwell)

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          More to do with - Who will do more in gw10 & the following weeks .. 1&2 have the fixtures. Son hasn't produced from the last 2

        2. colby_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Probably an unpopular opinion, but I prefer 3. It's a close call on all three choices, though.

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        GTG for next GW?

        Martinez
        Coufal Chilwell Kilman
        Salah Grealish Son Bruno
        Maupay Kane DCL

        Steer Bissouma Lamptey Dallas

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Yes - was gonna say Maupay to Watkins but you have the Steer problem

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Yes, will sort them hopefully after gw9.

        2. colby_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Looks strong. I might flip Bissouma and Lamptey on your bench, but that's about it.

        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 4 days ago

          Maupay to anyone? Wilson possible?

      5. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        A brand new 5.5 mil defender on corners introduced this week shhhhhh

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Who who .....tell me tell me !!!

        2. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Telles?

        3. Amey
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Telles more about him 😎

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Pity he's not playing for pool

      6. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Is Richarlison a good pint now at only 7.8m? Good fixtures and on pens

        1. RocketMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          his stats are good, but it seem DCL is always in the right place.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          2 very good fixtures but then the fixtures turn quite badly.. 2 fixtures not enough for me to bring him in although I would love to have him for those.

        3. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          He's probably coming in for me as a punt. Everton are a different team with him playing, and the next 3 fixtures scream goals.

        4. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Yes for me.Good punt.

        5. Il Capitano
            7 months, 5 days ago

            He's a good choice for the next few

          • WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            A good punt!

          • Must.Go.Faster.
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Considering him for Danny Ingjury, but now I’m sold. Cheerz for asking the question Kaka.

          • Tshelby
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Thinking of getting Jesus on a wildcard. What's the latest news on Aguero? City has some nice fixtures coming.

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Can someone explain a few things about Champman FPL

          • PP6
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Thoughts on PVA for 4 games with the view of switching to Cancelo after City vs United?

            1. PP6
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Or is there anyone better for 4 games max 5.4.

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 5 days ago

                Just get Cancelo now

                1. colby_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 5 days ago

                  Agree with this.

          • George James
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Best move here? Want United and villa attacking cover ideally.

            1FT 0.1ITB.

            Martinez • Steer
            Lamp • James • Robbo • Coufal • Chillwell
            Son • Salah • Podence • Bowen • Bissoum
            Werner • Kane • DCL

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Salah to Bruno and Podence to Grealish

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                Wow! What did I miss MS? Sell Salah?

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

                  He said he wanted United and Villa cover so I did it. Didn't say I couldn't sell Salah

            2. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Your team looks good! I'd prefer to bank the transfer, but watch out for price rises/falls that could affect any plans you have.

            3. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Looks good. Downgrade one of the front 3 to get Grealish or Bruno

          • wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Which one?
            a)Kane+Trossard->Antonio+Ziyech(-4) and keep Son
            b)Kane->Antonio/Vardy and keep Son and Trossard
            c)Son->Ziyech and keep Kane and Trossard

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              c

              1. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 5 days ago

                cheers.Even if Trossard is injured?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 months, 5 days ago

                  Maybe A then

                  1. wulfrunian
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 4 days ago

                    cheers

            2. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              B for me.

              1. colby_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                If you went Kane to Vardy, that is.

              2. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                cheers.Even if Trossard is injured?

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            IB Boredom... what would you do here? 1FT, 0itb. WC intact also

            McCarthy
            Chilwell, Saiss, Cresswell
            Salah, Son, Ziyech, Rodríguez, Grealish
            Kane, DCL
            (Nyland, Mitchell, Justin, Davis)

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              I am sure you know Saiss is the only issue.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                Play Justin / Mitchell and sage FT? Or move me Saiss now! Spurs also issues and no Man U this week and no city. Plenty to ponder imo.

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  7 months, 4 days ago

                  I dont see a goalfest against WBA. Save FT. See how Son and Kane go against a stronger opposition. Use the 2 FTs in 10 to move either or both to get KDB/ Sterling and possibly Vardy.

            2. cheese XL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Team looks good for this week. Hold and have 2ft next gw to bring in city/utd/leicester attackers

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            Does it look ok? Who do I captain?

            Martinez
            James Lamptey Coufal
            Salah Sterling Son Ziyech
            Martial DCL Bamford

            Steere Podence Dallas Mitchell

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Yes!
              Salah, Ziyech or DCL imo

          • RED_ARMY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            Don't see the point of keeping Kane ahead of Son if you're not going to captain him in the next few. Am i missing something?

          • Sparky6670
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            2FT and £7.5m ITB

            Ryan McCarthy
            TAA (inj) Justin Konsa Mitchell (inj) James
            Mane Barnes Zaha Son Stephens (inj)
            Bamford Mitrovic Wilson (inj)

            Use the 2FT and maybe a hit to help repair or WC?

            Mitro was going but now have so many injuries might need to keep unless I wield the WC!

            1. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Maybe something like TAA to Robertson/Cancelo/Chilwell, and Barnes to Salah or KDB? If you have 7.5m ITB and 2FT, I wouldn't wildcard.

              1. Sparky6670
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                Was thinking Stephens to Bruno and TAA to Cancelo

                1. colby_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 4 days ago

                  That'd work. Would you then downgrade a fwd (Mitrovic?) to Brewster, or a mid to Bissouma? Something like that.

          • cheese XL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            Vardy or Bruno for next 5 weeks?

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

              Bruno

            2. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Bruno.

            3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Would like to say Vardy but looking at the ppm history, it's got to be Bruno

          • jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            A LEI question. Have I got this correct: when Pereira returns from injury Justin will move over to the left replacing Thomas and then he will be replaced, in turn, by Castagne when he returns?

            1. Klaren
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              Castagne should return before Pereira.

              Pereira is unlikely to be back before December.

            2. Klaren
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              But yes, he should be fine until both Pereira and Castagne are back.

              1. jtreble
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                Oops, mixed up Castagne‘s return date. :). Thanks for your reply.

          • JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 months, 4 days ago

            A) Fernandes + DCL
            B) Vardy + Ziyech

            Which option would you go with?

            Cheers 🙂

            1. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              I like A.

          • Ray In Bruges.
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            Looking for some help here; trying to figure out how I can avoid WCing

            McCarthy (Nyland)
            TAA*** Zouma Justin (Kilman, KWP)
            Fernandes JRod Grealish Son (ASM***)
            Werner Ings*** DCL

            1FT, 0.5ITB

            a) Ings + TAA > Lamptey + Bamford/Adams (-4)
            b) Ings + ASM + TAA > Brewster + Ziyech + Cancelo (-8)
            c) WC to this:

            McCarthy (4.0)
            Cancelo Chilwell Lamptey (Kilman, KWP)
            Fernandes JRod Grealish Ziyech KDB
            Werner DCL (Brewster)

            Open to any other suggestions....kindly appreciated!

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              A with Chilwell

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                7 months, 4 days ago

                And Bamford

            2. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 4 days ago

              TAA + Ings > Cancello + Brewster. That frees up funds for GW10 to do whatever you'd like with ASM.

          • focaccia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 1 day ago

            Pick one of my wildcard drafts:

            A.
            Martinez
            Cancelo - Chilwell - Cresswell
            Fernandes - KDB - Salah - Grealish
            DCL - Bamford - Watkins
            subs: Forster - Justin - Kilman - Soucek

            B.
            Martinez
            Cancelo - Chilwell - Cresswell
            Fernandes - KDB - Salah - Grealish - Ziyech
            Bamford - Watkins
            subs: Forster - walker peters - Kilman - Brewster

          • BNMC
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 1 day ago

            I've renamed my team to Yellow Flagged FC in honour of the carnage.