Pep’s team selection was the talking point for all FPL managers as the top transferred players did not start. Kane and Sanchez, last season’s top scorers, rose to save many FPL teams. United registered their first loss of the season while Spurs recorded a resounding victory at Wembley. Here’s our review on GW9.
West Ham 0-3 Brighton:
The early kickoff brought many cheers for Brighton and pushed West Ham to 16th in the table. Groß assisted another, now playing a part in 6 of 9 goals Brighton have scored so far and his price has gone up to 5.8, while West Ham favourites Chicharito and Antonio had a horrible game. 45,874 triple captain chips were played this week and just one on Glenn Murray, who got 13 points. West Ham had 16 shots on goal, compared to Brighton’s 7.
Murray(3), Bruno(2), Duffy and Propper (1 each)
Chelsea 4-2 Watford:
Backed by 191,239 managers with the armband and one of the top captaincy picks, Morata blanked at home to Watford. Season start sensation Batshuayi scored a brace and Pedro came good with a goal and an assist. On the other end of the pitch, Watford’s favourite choice, Richarlison, bagged an assist yet again. It’s just 9 games in but it’s worth noting that Watford now sit 6th in the table. Doucoure, owned by 14.1% and bought by another 60,000+ managers for GW9 got another good point haul. Have you seen Richarlison’s miss yet?
Batshuayi(3), Pedro(2), Doucoure(1)
Huddersfield 2-1 Man United:
Lukaku, the most captained player for GW9 is dropping in ownership fast as FPL managers are looking for other goal scoring options. 59,180 managers have already transferred the Belgian hitman out and many others looking to follow suit, replacing him with a similarly priced Aguero. A shock result for United has now left a point gap at the table. Jones, owned by 500,000+ managers and brought in by 150,000+, got injured in the match and looked frustrated. We have no news on Jones at the moment but we shall keep you updated.
Depoitre(3), Rashford(2), Mooy(1)
Man City 3-0 Burnley:
City continued their amazing run in the league with another 3 goals. Sterling and Jesus, 2 of the 3 most transferred players for GW9 did not start. Sterling did not feature and Jesus came off the bench to bag one point. With managers agitated about which City players to pick, here’s what we’ve got. David Silva and De Bruyne look the most reliable options at the moment. No rotation risk and almost guaranteed points.
Otamendi(3), Sane(2), Aguero(1)
Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace:
Palace’s inspiring victory over Chelsea did not help them pick themselves up as they slumped to another defeat. Matt Ritchie grabbed, owned by just 4.8%, his 5th assist of the season, aiding in a late goal for Newcastle. Irrespective of the result, Zaha might be a good investment after GW 12 because of the fixtures and his keen eye for goal historically.
Merino(3), Yedlin(2), Elliot and Lascelles (1 each)
Stoke 1-2 Bournemouth:
The pressure on Eddie Howe has eased a bit with an away win at Stoke. Junior Stanislas, owned by just 0.1%, was the star of the match with a goal and an assist, scoring 13 points. Choupo-Moting’s ownership and price are steadily increasing and right now at 5.7, he offers a good cheap option in the mid.
Stanislas(3), Surman(2), Diouf(1)
Swansea 1-2 Leicester:
Leicester won their first match since August, thanks to Okazaki and a horrible own goal from Fernandez. Abraham, brought in by 293,427 managers, the second most transferred in player, had a bad day and added to the woes of FPL managers who already had Sterling, Jesus and Morata. Swansea enjoyed 55% possession and 20 shots on goal, but a very poor 4 shots on target, showing how badly they miss a playmaker. We’ve also seen Mahrez in good touch and might be a great differential for the next few matches.
Okazaki(3), Mahrez(2), Mawson(1)
Southampton 1-0 West Brom:
The WBA keeper was probably the busiest of the day as he faced a barrage of shots from Southampton. 20 in total, 3 blocked, 1 woodwork and 6 on target. Ben Foster, backed by 13.9% of managers notched up 5 saves and was the best WBA player on pitch, although he couldn’t stop Boufal from scoring, a slender victory for Southampton. Yoshida(4.5% ownership) has 44 points in 9 games and may be a differential you are overlooking.
Van Djik (3), Yoshida and Boufal (2 each)
Everton 2-5 Arsenal:
Probably the first match of the season the gooners truly rejoiced, thanks to a scintillating performance from Arsenal. Last season favourite Sanchez is owned by just 2.2% of the managers and he punished Everton with a goal and an assist, his 3rd assist in 3 appearances. But the star of the day was the £9.3m priced Ozil who brought out his best performance of the season so far, against helpless Everton. Koeman has been sacked as we draft this article, making things worse for Everton. Arsenal had a massive 30 shots on goal, 22 on target. Time to reconsider your team selection. Sanchez is £11.8m currently.
Ozil(3), Sanchez and Ramsey (2 each)
Spurs 4-1 Liverpool:
The most anticipated match of the week guaranteed full entertainment. Kane punished managers who did not believe in him with a GW topping point return. Alli, the 2nd most transferred out player for GW9 scored, for the first time since GW3. Salah, owned by 32.1% but capped by just 1% of them got a goal and was the best player on the pitch for Liverpool. Kane, thanks for saving my gameweek. I love you.
Kane(3), Alli(2), Trippier and Henderson (1 each)