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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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  1. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is Rashford captaincy too much of a risk when I could go Hamez (c)?

    1. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Rashford is a risk. But Hamez is a risk too imo.

    2. Vazza
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Have Rashford as captain and Hamez vice

    3. Vazza
        1 month, 26 days ago

        From next week, would Bruno really be worth 1.0m more than Rashford?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Bruno should be 11.5 and Rashford should be 8.5 so yeah.

          1. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            This

        2. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nah

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THIS team???

        Martinez

        Chilwell Creswell Kilman

        Ziyech KDB Bruno Grealish

        Werner Kane DCL

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Decent

        2. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Kilman and Werner the weak points but yes it’s good

          1. Forgetmeknot
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            What’s the thinking on Werner being a weak point?

            1. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Just think there’s better value options in both Forwards and Chelsea players in the long term

              1. Forgetmeknot
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Fair does, I think he will score well but that’s the beauty of the game I guess!

        3. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Good team. Bruno (c)

      • jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A Play one of Justin, Strujik, Mitchell
        B Get Coufal for a hit and play him

        1. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A. Play Mitchell with Justin first on bench.

      • Ninjaa
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        My wildcard team, think I'm settled. Thoughts please chaps

        McCarthy Forster
        Chilwell Cancelo Lamptey Coufal Targett
        KDB Bruno Ziyech Grealish Reidewald
        Vardy DCL Watkins..

        1. jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Gtg

        2. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nice

        3. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          It’s very good well done

        4. Vazza
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Good team. How are you intending to bring Salah in?

        5. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Anything worth a hit? 1.2ITB, probably WC GW10

          Leno/Steer
          Chilwell Semedo Mitchell*
          Bruno Son Rashford* Grealish
          DCL Watkins Brewster*
          (Justin KWP Salah*)

        6. FPL-Albion
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          How on earth did KDB rise last night?
          He was on minus 20 on fix and statistics.
          Was waiting on salah to kdb just in case of any late news!
          Salah didn’t even go down either when at minus 100!!!

          1. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Fplstats is less and less reliable.

            1. FPL-Albion
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yeah shocking. It might now price me out of getting salah back

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            1.3m sales, 46% to 29% ownership, now on -307.5!

          3. jb1985
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I dont understand this either, clearly rigged for some players.

        7. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Last question, please
          Right bench and order?

          Mccarthy
          Chilwell James ctaylor
          Mane Bruno(c) grealish soucek
          Kane DCL Bamford
          (Button ayling mitchell bissouma)

        8. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Bench one:
          Jota
          KDB

          1. PepSala
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Seriously?

          2. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Absolutely not

        9. PepSala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Bench Lamptey or Podence?

        10. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Captain in first game, yay or nay?

          Will it end up in tears?

          1. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I personally don’t like that. But a 20 pointer will soothe your nerves

        11. Westby37
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can I have any reassurance on this pls
          Martinez
          Zouma Mings Verstergaard
          Rodriguez Mane Fernandes Ziyech
          Watkins Vardy Calvert Lewis

          1. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It’s as good as any. Good luck

          2. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Good. Defence could do with improving but not urgent

        12. boroie
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Best £4.1m and under defender on WC...

          A - Kilman (I got him at £4m so his value to me is £4.1m)
          B - Neco Williams
          C - Nat Phillips

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            A

          2. Il Capitano
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A

          3. FPL_DON
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I’ve been the FPL DON for 6 years and now I see someone has started YouTube channel under my name, not happy Saturdays ruined

            1. Fantasy Gold
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Sue them.

          4. FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Hamez or Richarlison captain?

            1. jb1985
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I think Richi will be hungry greedy and hungry for goals.

          5. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Is Son > Ziyech worth it? Son could still do damage at home to City

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              For free?

              1. Jet5605
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yes. Team below

                McCarthy
                Chillwell - Taylor - Konsa
                Son - Bruno (c) - Salah - Grealish
                Vardy - DCL - Bamford

                Steer - Soucek - Egan - Mitchell

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Hmm I'd hold

            2. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Probably-ish.

          6. Jolly Good
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Son to
            a) Grealish
            b) Ziyech

            Captain
            a) Bruno
            b) Werner

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              ba

            2. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A A

            3. tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              aa if you go template.

              bb if you go differential

              ab if you go template but a bit differential

              lmao

          7. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Who scores more this week?

            A) Bamford + 4
            B) KDB

            I'm going to be bringing in KDB for Salah for a hit next week anyway, wondering if it makes sense to do it now but means benching Bam-Bam.

            1. tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A.

          8. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Rashford might not be risked as per Manchester Evening News

          9. screamer73
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Start one.
            A) N Williams
            B) Brewster

            1. jb1985
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A, as if he doesn't start then doubt he will come on. Assume right back slot is a toss up between him and Miller.

          10. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Bruno(C) gonna end in tears

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You reckon? Who you going with?

            2. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Keep telling yourself that...

              1. FPL Kaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I think the Everton boys

            3. tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Being too clever going for DCL is like when we all thought we were sooo clever with Duffy (C).

          11. boroie
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            A - Martinez & Kilman
            B - McCarthy & Targett

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              B

            2. Il Capitano
                1 month, 26 days ago

                B

              • waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                B

            3. Better luck next year
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Any transfers worth a -4 here?

              3.3 ITB

              Martinez
              Chilwell Reguilon Saiss
              Bruno (C) Son Ziyech Zaha Podence
              DCL Jimi

              Nyland Brewster Mitchell TAA*.

            4. boroie
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A - Ziyech
              B - James Rod

              1. jb1985
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                A - if your keeping long term
                B - if you just want to cover a few weeks

              2. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                A but get both if you can.

            5. boroie
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Any news on how long Trent is out for?

            6. Nesvy
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Better choice ?

              a/ TAA > Cresswell (-4)
              b/ play Dallas
              c/ play Mitchell

              Thanks

            7. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Captain & bench order correct?

              Martinez,
              Coufal, Chilwell, Zouma
              Grealish, Bruno, Zaha, Son
              DCL C, Kane, Bamford

              Forster, Lamptey, Robbo, Podence

              2.2 bank

            8. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Any chance Mane plays as a striker?

              1. tafrère
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Why would he ?

            9. smix
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Play Foden or move to Jota for a hit ?

            10. C_G
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              am i GTG?? WC Final! 1.9 ITB

              Martinez

              Chilwell Cresswell KWP

              KDB Bruno(C) Ziyech Grealish

              Watkins DCL(VC) Vardy

              Forster Lamptey Kilman Riedwald