Fantasy Premier League Game Week 9 Tips – Part 1

Wow, it feels great to be back in the hot-seat and bringing these tips back to you guys, and our brand new look website is just the beginning believe me.

So, its been a funny old season so far but one thing that has been pretty consistent is how solid the two Manchester sides have been. The reds have been impressive defensively with only 2 goals conceded in the opening 8 games and the blues have been emphatic in front of goal with some absolutely scintillating performances. Those two trends look set to continue in GW9 and we will be focusing in on the players to capitalise from the United and City dominance as well as searching for the top picks in the remaining 8 fixtures of the weekend.

Don’t Miss The Deadline

If you hadn’t noticed, this week’s GW9 deadline is Friday evening at 7pm with West Ham taking on Brighton at the Olympic Stadium. These Friday night fixtures usually make for great games but they are rare enough to mean you can guarantee at least one person in your mini-league will forget. There is nothing better than sharing your transfers bang on the deadline and then waiting for the expletive laden response from the person that has missed the transfer deadline… so take pleasure in getting your business done once the Champions League and Europa League games are out of the way.

Top FPL GW9 Picks

Sergio Aguero has had to sit on the bench for the last two games after recovering from a rib injury in the freak Amsterdam car crash and could be set for a return for Man City in gameweek 9. Jesus has been simply brilliant in his absence and the 7 goal mauling of Stoke last week saw a number of their players become most wanted. Jesus did play 87 minutes against Napoli and Pep may choose a home game against Burnley to rest the youngster in favour of the more battle hardened Aguero who has the experience to really bully this Burnley team.

This game might not be the pushover that everyone thinks though as Sean Dyche’s side have been impressive on their travels this term – Aguero is a top pick (and will give you some differential) but it is also a risk and may not be captain material as a result.

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Raheem Sterling looks like a snip at £8.1m and is pretty much becoming a must pick at that price as he seems to continue to find himself in the right place at the right time for a tap in. David Silva has also been impressive and has played in every game this season, completed 6 out of 8 of those. We wouldn’t bank on a clean sheet for City though, especially after they made harder work of Napoli in midweek than they might have done.

Chelsea vs. Watford

Watford have been the surprise package of the Premier League this season and an impressive 2-1 victory at home to Arsenal last time out further cemented this claim as they moved up to fourth in the Premier League. Chelsea were extremely poor last week at Palace and Batshuyai in particular was dreadful after failing to register a shot on target during his 57 minutes on the pitch. For that reason we expect Morata to be back for the Champions and he does become a top pick after his performances earlier in the season – most notably the hat-trick he scored at Stoke. He is another player who offers differential from Kane and Lukaku – the former having endured a tough game against Real Madrid and who could possibly blank back at Wembley this weekend.

Watford have looked good at both ends of the pitch and whilst it is probably not a game to back the defenders, they could expose some of Chelsea’s vulnerabilities at the back if they can get £6.2m Richarlison firing which he has done so often this season already. There should be goals in this game and we expect it be a closely fought affair – we’re going with 2-1 to the home side as they look to bounce back after last week’s disappointment.

Newcastle Vs. Crystal Palace

Improved performances for both of these sides last weekend and this will be an interesting game. Wilfred Zaha looks like he is ready to drag the visitors out of a relegation fight after recovering from injury and Andros Townsend offers even more value if you believe in a Roy Hodgson style resurgence. Newcastle on the other hand have some fantastic fixtures coming up and have some amazing value at the back to be had. Rob Elliot in goal is still just £4.1m and if you are concerned about injury to Ben Foster he could be a prudent swap given the upcoming games against Burnley and Bournemouth. Ciaran Clark was rested last week but is set to return this week and is another cheap option defensively for the Magpies.

We will be back with part 2 of our gameweek 9 preview later today where we will be discussing Manchester United’s chances against Huddersfield, the Spurs Vs. Liverpool game and the best of the rest.