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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 9

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 9, and for once a standard Saturday deadline of 11:00 GMT.

To say it’s been a rollercoaster of an international break would be an understatement. Injuries coupled with coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a pleasant cocktail for Fantasy managers. Whatsmore, we are approaching a crossroads in the season with fixture swings encouraging many to play their Wildcards.

To help you with your crucial transfer and armband decisions, this Gameweek Guide will summarise the latest news from a turbulent couple of weeks.

The all-important Team News: Neale brought us the latest in his two round-up articles; one from Friday’s press conferences and one from Thursday’s. Further details can be found in his notes on each club along with his Predicted Line-ups.

Neale has also put together a comprehensive list of minutes played over the international break, along with the journeys undertaken by those playing abroad. Brazilian Thiago Silva (£5.5m) looks set to miss Gameweek 9 as a result of his late return.

Sell Salah?

The most expensive player in FPL contracted COVID-19 during the international break, leaving owners in quandary. For Career Hall of Fame No 1, Fábio Borges, the decision to sell or keep will partly depend on how long Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is ruled out for:

I seriously doubt It’s worth to sell Salah for a hit if he is ruled out for just one Gameweek (which seems the most likely scenario).

– Fábio

The latest from manager Jurgen Klopp suggests everything is in place for Salah to resume training as soon as he tests negative for COVID-19:

Although whether he’ll be ready to face Brighton in Gameweek 10 – Liverpool play at 12:30 GMT on Saturday – is anyone’s guess. And any indication of a longer absence will spark further sales: the Egyptian is already the most-sold player ahead of the deadline.

Sadio Mané (£12.1m) could temp managers as a replacement, Pro Pundit Holly pointed out that the Senegalse has underperformed in recent matches:

Sadio Mané has just one goal in the last four Gameweeks, coming from four big chances. It is unusual for Liverpool’s winger to be so poor in his conversions and you would expect a big improvement going forward.

– Holly

However Holly does mention that Salah is superior for shots, shots on target and shots inside the box – almost doubling Mané’s tallies across the board. So when fit, the Egyptian would appear the better option.

Moving to Manchester

Some managers may consider moving early on Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) while Bruno Fernandes (£10.6m) currently tops this week’s captain poll. 

Both Manchester clubs feature in the ‘strong’ section of teams with the best upcoming fixtures.

Getting De Bruyne is perhaps a week too soon given that City travel to Tottenham Hotspur, although many on Wildcards are including the Belgian in their XV’s. But following their trip to London, Pep’s troops enjoy an excellent run starting with home matches against Burnley in Gameweek 10 and Fulham in Gameweek 11.

Pro Pundit Az researched De Bruyne’s record against the relegated teams last season:

In the four games he played against the last season’s doomed teams, De Bruyne produced three goals and four assists. A great return. City won all of these encounters convincingly, with the 8-0 rout at home to Watford probably their highlight of the campaign.

– Az

As our Tom Selleck look alike then pointed out, Fulham and West Brom (City’s opponents in Gameweek 13) are yet to keep a shut-out on the road, displaying some mid-table defensive statistics. They appear ripe for Manchester City to rediscover their attacking mojo – and chief creator De Bruyne will doubtless be involved.

But facing West Brom this Gameweek has made Bruno Fernandes the most-bought player, with just under 700,000 acquiring the Portuguese at the time of writing.  

Fernandes currently sits in both the Wildcard teams of Pro Pundit Zophar and Simon March.

Over the course of the season, Fernandes is joint second with De Bruyne for chances created (20). And form is on his side, as moustachioed Az revealed:

What is interesting here is that despite creating the same number of chances as De Bruyne, Fernandes has fashioned the majority of chances for players in the last two games (12), putting up just eight opportunities in the six games prior to this weekend. 

This suggests that Fernandes is growing in importance in the United attack and we could see him becoming even more instrumental in all the good things that the Red Devils do in the coming weeks.

– Az

But there are other options to consider from Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team, Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) has caught the attention of both Holly and Lateriser:

Marcus Rashford has had 14 shots between Gameweeks 5 and 8, despite delivering just one goal from two big chances. He also ranks highly for shots on target (six) and shots in the box (eight): he should present an intriguing option as Manchester United finally find some form.

– Holly

While Lateriser looked to a tactical shift that could benefit the FPL midfielder.

With Luke Shaw (£4.9m) out with a hamstring injury, Alex Telles (£5.5m) is set to return to the left-back slot following a bout of illness. This could dampen the prospects for Bruno, as he likely won’t be on all set pieces, and Telles is a lot more attacking which will allow Rashford to make more runs inside.

According to our upside-chasing Pro Pundit, the double pivot used by Manchester United in recent matches makes them better defensively, which in turn means Telles can hold the width on the left. Therefore Rashford is going to be playing further forward than Fernandes and making more central runs.

Both players featured in the Captain Sensible article for Gameweek 9.

But given top billing by Jan Sienkiewicz were Chelsea duo Timo Werner (£9.4m) and Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m).

Werner is included for his goal threat while Ziyech offers assist potential:

Over the last four Gameweeks, only Patrick Bamford (4.22) and Jamie Vardy (2.12) have recorded a superior figure for expected goals (xG) non penalty than Werner (2.08), remembering, of course, that he now takes the spot-kicks too; Since his debut in Gameweek 7 no player has created more big chances than Ziyech, helping him lead the Premier League for expected assists (xA), with a score of 1.10.

– Jan

Our double-points maestro noticed weaknesses in the Newcastle defence that could suit both Chelsea players – they have given up more chances down their right flank than any other side (22), while only Crystal Palace (37) and Sheffield United (33) have conceded more attempts from set plays in 2020/21 than Newcastle (32).

But, as ever in FPL, we are rarely free of all doubt. Describing Newcastle as a “head-scratcher”, Holly pointed out:

They’ve conceded the most goal attempts (74) in the whole Premier League, but are second-lowest for big chances conceded with three. They are frustrating attacks who are then producing low quality attempts.

– Holly

Is this enough to put you off captaining a Chelsea player? Not for “closet Chelsea fanLateriser, who currently has the armband on Werner.

However, there are a number of other armband candidates to consider. One player given just a brief mention in Jan’s article was Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m).

David, no stranger to captain success himself, highlighted the potential for Everton’s number 9 against a suspect Fulham defence in the Captaincy Video:

In the last four matches Fulham’s expected goals conceded is 6.01, which is the fourth worst in the league – they’ve only actually conceded four goals which means they’re over performing against their xGC: they should have conceded two more goals than they did.

And then if we go into the specifics of where these chances are getting conceded for Fulham, in that period they conceded 14 headed attempts which is actually the joint most in the league. So when you consider what Calvert-Lewin is best at – which is his aerial presence – it does seem like quite a nice matchup.

– David

Quite a nice matchup indeed. Pro Pundit Az went as far as calling Calvert-Lewin the “outstanding captaincy choice this week”.

Value Villains

Top of the season ticker for the next six Gameweeks, Aston Villa not only supply an armband option of their own in the shape of Jack Grealish (£7.5m), but also offer excellent value across their attack.

Picked out by Seb as his differential on the Scoutcast, Ross Barkley (£6.0m) could be an excellent complement to Grealish. The former Evertonian has been posting impressive underlying numbers. Writing in the Scout Notes for the Villa’s win over Arsenal David noted:

Barkley is putting that advanced presence to good use too. In the last four matches, no Premier League player has played more key passes than him.

– David

Pro Pundit Fábio Borges is even considering an attacking triple up, having added Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) over the international break to join Grealish in his squad.

Zophar debated Watkins v Patrick Bamford (£6.1m) on his Wildcard, favouring the Villa player given the fixtures. 

However, speaking on the FPL Wire, Lateriser questioned whether fixtures mattered for Bamford given that his impressive stats were put together despite playing against Manchester City and Liverpool. He suggested Bamford could be the better long term option. 

Comparing Bamford to Watkins and Che Adams (£5.9m), Holly explained what all the fuss is about:

Delving into the underlying statistics, Bamford is top among all players for big chances (seven) [over the last four Gameweeks] … He’s also the most impressive of the trio in terms of shots (18), shots on target (eight) and shots inside the box (16), posting the leading tallies of any player once again.

– Holly

With so many good players pushing for a place in our teams, sacrifices will have to be made. As Sam Bonfield concluded in her latest piece:

It is impossible to own everyone – but it is possible to set your team to return as many potential FPL points as possible by carefully distributing our FPL budget across the field.

– Sam

Community latest

For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 9 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

Finally, a quick heads up that the Gameweek 10 deadline is on Friday next week. 

And may your arrows be green!

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2,161 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    Convinced by Lateriser for hit. Good luck all

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      What hit? Rashford?

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Imagine listening to someone whos not even top 3m

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      don't let others influence you, that's where you went wrong.

      Make your own decisions and stick by them

      1. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        This is so true.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        It’s Daniel

      3. Forgetmeknot
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        I agree with your second line, but gaining advice and listening to others should be a part of that decision making

  2. Longiss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    Rashford and Lamptey or Ziyech and Chillwell?

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      B long term

    3. theodosios
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      ZC

  3. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    Do I need to take a hit here??. 0ft 1.5itb but saving money ITB to get salah back

    Martinez
    Chilwell lamptey balbuena*
    Sterling* bruno(c) son soucek
    Vardy Werner dcl

    Forster Mitchell Burke dunne

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Gtg

  4. The Chosen One...
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    a) KWP (wol)
    b) Lamptey (vil)
    c) Ayling (ARS)
    d) Kilman (SOT)

    which 2 to play?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      B, c

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      A & D

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    All set.

    Hope my (-4) pays off.

  6. Zlatan F.C
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Anyone?
      Should I play
      A) Podence
      B) Saiss

      Or do Podence to Jota for a hit?

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        A

    • Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Bottomed

      Kilman or telles(-4) go go go ???

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        No MUN and want to watch 8PM this evening? Then do it!

    • Igz08
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Play 2

      A) Lamptey
      B) Cancelo
      C) Kilman

      Captain

      A) Bruno
      B) Grealish
      C) DCL

      1. amit1964
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        bb

      2. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        B, C

        C

      3. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        A, b

        A

    • Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      martinez
      Lamptey, kilman, chilwell
      Sterling, bruno c, ziyech, hamez, grealish vc
      Kane, bamford

      Subs: dallas, brewster, kwp, button

      Gtg?

    • amit1964
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      mahrez will start?

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Doubt it

      2. Il Capitano
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Think it'll be Torres at RW

      3. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Bench order ok?
        Jorghino Maupay Saiss

      4. alsybach
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Which 2 out of 3 to play today?

        A) chillwell (new)
        B) Gabriel (lee)
        C) zouma (new)

        Put all eggs in one basket or spread the risk!?

        1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          One basket

      5. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Absolute scenes when Werner and Chilwel get a rest!

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          It would be fantastic for me 😀

          I have double Chelsea defense but not Chilwell!

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          werner no chance with pulisic and havertz out, chilwell is possible

        3. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          or worse still Bruno !!!

      6. FPL FAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Is it mad to go on WC without DCL?

      7. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        A) Reece James
        B) Cresswell

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          A or B please?

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          I'm happy with James. But I imagine most people would say Cresswell.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            Thanks mate, James it is!

      8. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        who to (c)
        Jim or DCL?

        1. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Surely not Jimenez

      9. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Captain KDB, Ziy, Grealish or DCL?

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Dcl

      10. Kakashi Of The Leaf
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Rashford or Martial captain?

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Rashford

      11. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Masuaku or Coufal ? Looking for gametime security in this pick

      12. tbhogal
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Start Lamptey or Saiss?

        1. MarcusAurelius
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Never bench Lamptey

          1. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            What if it's bench Lamptey or Cancelo?

        2. Bavarian
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Lamp

        3. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Saiss..

      13. King Henrik
        • 9 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Saiss to Telles

        Yes or No?

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          For free? Yeah if nothing else pressing

          1. King Henrik
            • 9 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            Yeah its for free. Had 2 free transfers and brought in Bruno. I could carry it over but Telles is really appealing.

        2. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          yes

        3. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Yes

      14. Better Call Raul
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Kilman
        Coufal
        Targett

        In that order ?

        1. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Coufal ahead of Kilman for me

      15. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        GTG?

        Martinez
        Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
        (c)Bruno KDB Grealish Zaha
        (v)DCL Werner Watkins

        Forster Lamptey Riedewald Neco

      16. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Am in a dilemma. Was gonna captain DCL but everyone has convinced me to captain Bruno.

        Go with the group or my gut feeling?

        1. Barnes Owl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Do what feels right. Not what others are doing

        2. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Gut feeling

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          who is convincing you? go with who you feel scores most.

      17. TikaDan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        ​Bench x2:
        A)Cancelo
        B) Bellerin
        C) Kilman
        D) Coufal
        E) Soucek
        F) C. Wilson

        1. Barnes Owl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          C
          F

        2. amit1964
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          be

      18. Barnes Owl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        1st on bench?

        Dallas
        Kilman

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Kilman i think

      19. Areyouthereyet
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Rashford or DCL for captain?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Rashford. VC on DCL.

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Go with your gut

        3. Areyouthereyet
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Thanks mate

      20. bring_on _the_fantasy
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Anyone Bruno Captainers concerned by Uniteds Aweful home form...

        Brunos home scores....

        2
        6
        3
        2

        1. Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Nope. Best player in the league

          1. bring_on _the_fantasy
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            yeah ok mate haha

        2. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          add them all up and that's what he'll be returning this week

          1. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            I hope

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          united have shown before they are poor against teams who have a deep block defensively but west brom are also terrible so not massively concerned

        4. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 23 hours ago

          Check the teams they played

      21. Bad Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        1. Going to ride out the price decreases with Salah
        2. Hoping betting against the hivemind will work out this week

        Martinez
        PVA Coufal Lamptey
        Bowen Son Lookman Rashford
        Maupay DCL Kane

        (Steer, Justin, Mitchell, Salah)

        Thoughts?

      22. UshFPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Very surprised not many people are getting Mane in for Salah. Even if Salah comes back quickly, Mane usually does better away and their next two away games are ideal fixtures