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FPL Gameweek 9 round-up: Saturday review, injury news and the things we learned

There were huge Fantasy Premier League (FPL) hauls aplenty on Saturday, with Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Joshua King all registering three attacking returns in comprehensive victories for their sides and two Chelsea defenders supplementing their clean sheets with goals.

Our usual, more detailed Scout Notes will follow for all of the day’s games but in the meantime, our resurrected Scoreboard series rounds up the key goings-on from the day’s Gameweek 9 fixtures.

You can read about the Friday night match between Arsenal and Aston Villa here.

The graphics below are taken from LiveFPL, Ragabolly’s excellent and ever-expanding website, and our own Premium Members Area.

GOALS, ASSISTS, PROJECTED BONUS

INJURIES AND BANS

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Raphinha (£6.7m) is an injury concern for Leeds United’s plum-looking Gameweek 10 clash against Norwich City, having limped out of the Whites’ draw with Wolves.

The Brazilian was seen on crutches and wearing a protective boot in the aftermath of that game, with Marcelo Bielsa unable to offer us much after full-time.

“He received a knock, we don’t know the extent or gravity of the injury.” – Marcelo Bielsa on Raphinha

There was at least a more positive update from the player himself, who said he was “fine” in comments posted on social media this evening.

Kalvin Phillips (£4.8m) was back on the bench at Elland Road but Marcal (£4.6m) missed the game for the visitors, even if his calf injury doesn’t sound serious and he could be back for Gameweek 10.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was also optimistic of goalscorer Armando Broja’s (£5.0m) chances of recovering from an ankle knock in time for the trip to Watford.

“I hope so. It doesn’t look too bad, hopefully. It will take a few days [for him to recover], I think. He is not allowed to play [against Chelsea] on Tuesday anyway, so we’re okay. He is a threat for us, definitely. He is helping our team.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl on Armando Broja

N’Golo Kante (£4.9m) and Raheem Sterling (£10.7m) sat out wins for Chelsea and Manchester City as precautions.

Fresh from a double-digit haul at Goodison Park, Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) will miss Gameweek 10 after picking up his fifth booking of the season today.

GAMEWEEK 9 TAKEAWAYS

LIVRAMENTO IS THIS YEAR’S LUNDSTRAM?

Tino Livramento (£4.3m) isn’t an ‘out of position’ defender in the mould of John Lundstram but he’s providing similar value from a £4.0m starting price, with Saturday’s goal against Burnley meaning that he has banked an attacking return or clean sheet in five of the last six Gameweeks. This was no fluke, either, as he registered three shots and created another three chances against the Clarets, hitting the post with another effort.

Among £4.5m-and-under defenders, Livramento is second to and only four points behind Shane Duffy (£4.4m). And while Livramento’s ever-present starter status remains intact, Duffy was an unused substitute in Brighton’s loss to Manchester City. It was likely a ‘horses for courses’ selection by Graham Potter, with the Irishman’s lack of pace probably a consideration, but Adam Webster (£4.4m) made his comeback from injury on the bench and Tariq Lamptey (£4.4m) produced an eye-catching cameo to further the medium-term concerns about Duffy’s security of starts.

MOUNT AND FODEN ON THE CRUSADE FOR MID-PRICE MIDFIELDERS

So much value is being offered by £6.0m-and-under midfielders this season (the eye-catching Maxwel Cornet (£6.0m) is now firmly on the radar in that price rung after his brace against Southampton) that it’s easy to overlook the options in the bracket above. But Phil Foden‘s (£8.0m) recent promise finally culminated in a massive 18-point haul at the Amex, with Mason Mount (£7.4m) topping even that with a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 7-0 win over Norwich City.

Foden’s strikes were somewhat fortunate given the deflections involved but he was nevertheless putting himself in positions to score in his false nine role, topping the Gameweek 9 count for goal attempts, shots in the box and efforts on target.

Mount, meanwhile, can boast the best expected goal involvement (xGI) figure of any midfielder in Gameweek 9 so far, even if his mammoth FPL score comes with a big, fat, yellow-and-green caveat of it ‘only being Norwich’.

It wasn’t all success stories at this price point, however: Kai Havertz (£8.1m) – captained by 11% of the top 10k – somehow failed to get in on the act in that thumping win for the Blues.

CHELSEA’S DEFENDERS: HIGH RISK, HIGH REWARD

We were given another weekly reminder that Thomas Tuchel holds all the cards with our Chelsea defenders, with the German benching Marcos Alonso (£5.9m), Andreas Christensen (£5.1m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.2m) for the humping of the Canaries. Ben Chilwell (£5.7m), who now has 35 points in three Gameweeks, Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) and Reece James (£5.5m) again demonstrated the upside of owning a member of the Blues backline, however, notching attacking returns to go with their clean sheets. It’s Newcastle and Burnley up next before the international break, so it’s an emphatic hold on most of our Chelsea defenders (Alonso perhaps aside) ahead of Gameweeks 10 and 11 – and all eyes on the teamsheet in the midweek EFL Cup clash with Southampton.

A GOOD DAY FOR BUDGET FORWARDS

Sub-£6.5m players have been responsible for eight of the 11 goals scored by forwards in Gameweek 9 so far.

Joshua King (£5.5m), back from injury and playing through the middle of Claudio Ranieri’s 4-2-3-1, scored a hat-trick, while Broja has two goals in as many starts and Hwang Hee-chan (£5.7m) made it four goals in six apperances since his Gameweek 4 debut with the opener at Leeds.

Both names currently on our Watchlist on the sidebar of our homepage, Hwang and Broja have another good-ish five Gameweeks’ worth of fixtures to come before we reach the hectic December period.

STAT WATCH – GAMEWEEK 9

After what seemed like years of dormancy as a Fantasy asset, 2016/17 cult favourite King burst back onto the scene on Saturday. A total of four big chances and an xGI figure of 2.13 haven’t been beaten in Gameweek 9 so far, and he now has six attacking returns in his last four appearances for the Hornets.

Christian Benteke (£6.3m) matched King for big chances on Saturday, notching back-to-back goals in successive Gameweeks and only being denied a match-winner against Newcastle after a foul was spotted in the build-up. He is top for xGI among all Premier League players since his return to the Palace line-up in Gameweek 8.

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1,700 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Early days but line up for next GW is as follows;

    Foster
    TAA - Cancelo - Chilwell - Livramento
    Salah - Son - Foden - Mbueno
    Vardy - Hwang - Toney

    Subs: Ramsdale - Livramento - Jansson - ESR

    Slight benching headaches, but any tweaks to the XI needed?

    1. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Apologies, Livra is not in the XI, but first sub currently.

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Probably most likely Brentford return away to Burnley on the bench

    3. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Looks absolutely prime - WC last week?

    4. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Looks very solid sir

  2. FPLBRAH
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Dreadful start to the week. Think I finally need to use my WC. What are your thoughts?

    Current team:
    Sanchez
    TAA Azpi Cancelo
    Salah Raphina Mbeumo Gray Sarr
    Antonio Vardy
    Subs: Foster Reguillon Tsimikas Scarlett

    WC team:
    Raya Foster
    Chilwell TAA Cancelo White Livra
    Foden Salah Mount ESR Mbeumo
    Antonio Vardy Toney

    Cheers!

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Already answered previous page

      1. FPLBRAH
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Just seen now, thanks. I think your right probably just chasing points. Do you think the WC is even necessary?

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No from me. Just 3-4 major changes which can be achieved by using FTs.

      1. FPLBRAH
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thanks, what changes would you make out of curiosity?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          In current team, getting rid of Sarr and adding Toney upfront is an option. Or you can just do Sarr to Smith Rowe/Mount/Foden (whichever you can afford).

          Downgrade Reguilion to enable above moves.

    3. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      The Brentford attacking double up is still a wait and see for me. 62 points so far combined isn't compelling evidence even at their price bracket.

      The current term is far from broken - really just needs a couple of swaps in midfield and even then not convinced a hit is needed. Is there any cash itb?

  3. unclesbasement
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    On FH (Dont ask why) what do you think of this team:

    Raya(Steele)
    Cancelo,Chillwell,Jansonn(Livramento,Manquillo)
    Mount,Mahrez,Foden,Salah,Mbeumo
    Antonio,Vardy(Davis)

  4. Jafooli
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Toe be or not toe be.....but the question is what the F was going on?

    Anyone know?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Truth or dare gone wrong...

      1. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        ...gon very wrong 😆

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He's into method commentating, so, like the current ManU team, he's trying to get used to de feet...

      1. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        ...looks like an own goal to me 😛

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yup - he toed it...

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Every scholes a goal.

      1. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        How did it end up in the public domain? Totally bonkers....

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Daughter has a public Insta account and she posted it

        2. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          His daughter posted it to show how much her daddy loves her..

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          His daughter thought it would be a good idea to post in on the line.

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It seems that his daughter posted it to boost her Instagram fitness profile page.

          Weird all round, it's worse somehow when you see it.

          He might be biting her toe nail but it's just wrong.

          Twitter comments are hilarious in parts.

          1. Jafooli
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Link to good twitter comments?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              They're spread all over the first Tweet and other takes.

              https://twitter.com/Three0Walcott/status/1452064092722716675?t=e6a6kLgup6x4dS8tvc--sA&s=19

              These ones tickled from a footballing perspective, I've got a feeling it wil stick. The 2 second fleet video has been viewed 1.5 million times on Twitter alone.

    4. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Too tight to buy any nail clippers.

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I have a few blisters on my right palm. I'm worried now

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Maybe give the video half an hour break.

          1. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I'm actually watching repeats of The Golden Girls

  5. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    If you were to play your WC next week, which players/teams are “essential” and who would you avoid?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      For me, Brighton/Brentford would be essential. Would probably avoid any WHM players.

      Punt on Kane/Son/Mane. Double CHE defense.

    2. Squib
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No one essential barring Salah.
      Fixtures over form for me.
      Spurs fixtures great soon but they are not essential.
      I'd be Look to get in Son or even Kane on WC.
      Toney and Brentford fixtures good.
      One of the Chelsea wingbacks with bench cover. But the attack? Chase Mount points?? The rest too uncertain.
      Wolves attack? Probably for their rum one of Hwang or Jiminez but they will tick over without much likelihood of a haul.
      A city defender. Cancelo preferred for me but Dias safer.

      Cannot trust City attack.
      Will Foden retain his role? Will Grealish involvement increase? KDB??
      Is Bernardo or Gundogan worth it? Too risky for me.

  6. The White Pele
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    what would you do?

    Sanchez
    Cancelo Shaw Coady
    Salah Havertz Foden Gray
    Kane Antonio Jimi
    steele, White, Omobamidele, 4.5
    1 ft, 1.2 itb

    1. mgrea
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Coady to CHE def

    2. Squib
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Shaw and/or Coady out for Chelsea defender/s

  7. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    A. Hwang

    or

    B. Toney?

    1. Wild Card this!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Well, Hwang scored 1 point more in 300 minutes less.
      Personally, I'll go with both.

    2. Squib
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I have both. Toney more likely to haul if at all. I feel both will steadily accrue points very next month.

  8. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    If raph is out, easy first 11. If not, would you bench anyone for livra?
    Raya
    TAA cancelo Chilwell
    Salah foden raph mbuemo
    Kane antonio toney
    (Foster livra duffy normann)

    1. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No probably not. In fact I've benched him for next GW as I've got a bad feeling Watford score a couple after this GW.

  9. Dr Funk
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    107 points. 33 on the bench.

    What could have been. 🙂