Six to pick and three to drop: Fantasy Football tips – gameweek 9
It’s gameweek nine in the Premier League this weekend and all 20 sides will be vying to outperform each other as we come towards the end of October.
The table is beginning to take shape now, with the two Manchester clubs pulling away as first and second whilst the battle for third looks like it will come down to one of Chelsea, Spurs or Liverpool.
Two of those sides go head-to-head in what is undoubtedly the weekend’s biggest matchup. Liverpool travel to Wembley to take on a Spurs side coming off a fabulous result in the Champions League midweek as they drew 1-1 with Real Madrid. Liverpool had fun on the continent too, thrashing Maribor 0-7; could that finally kick-start their season?
Meanwhile at the other end of the table, Crystal Palace will look to build off last barely believable win weekend’s win over Champions Chelsea by travelling north to shoot down the Magpies. And struggling Everton have to try and rebound from their Europa League defeat by taking on an in-form Arsenal.
There are so many unique matches this weekend that it should make for a confusing time selecting your fantasy team this weekend. But have no fear, Squawka’s got you covered!
Taking history and form into consideration, here are Squawka’s six players to pick and three to drop on your Premier League Fantasy Football this weekend.
Drop: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Club: Manchester United
The Armenian started the season in blistering form, but has only topped 3 points once in the last five gameweeks. He was dreadfully poor against Liverpool and Benfica, and may even be “rested” against Huddersfield as United seek to get back to winning ways. 26.5% of you have selected him so far, but now would be a good time to drop him.
Pick: Anthony Martial
Club: Manchester United
We can get to the absurdity of Martial being listed as a midfielder for days, but the fact is he is and this gives you a great chance to bag the high midfield points reward for goals. United face Huddersfield this weekend and with Marcus Rashford’s fitness in doubt, Martial is sure to start. Yet only 2.5% of people have selected him, which is baffling given he presents good value at £8.0m. Pick him up now!
Pick: Steve Mounie
Huddersfield’s French forward took the Premier League by storm with a brace on the opening weekend. However since then he didn’t do much and then picked up an injury. But he’s ready to return this weekend against a Manchester United side that will be missing Eric Bailly and may or may not have Phil Jones too. United will probably win, but don’t be surprised if Mounie announces his return with a consolation goal. He’s dirt cheap, so that 1.1% number needs to be higher.
Club: West Ham
Everyone thought that Javier Hernández signing for West Ham made a tonne of sense, and on paper it did. But football isn’t played on paper and Chicharito hasn’t been as good as he should have been. More troubling is that he’s struggling with a hamstring injury. 16.4% of you should reconsider.
Pick: Sergio Aguero
Club: Manchester City
The penny appeared to have finally dropped for Sergio Aguero this season as the Argentine actually began playing well in Pep Guardiola’s system. Then he got injured in a freak car accident and sat out the last couple of games. He’s been tremendous this season and is fit again as City host Burnley. He’s on the expensive side but has proven a reliable source of points. 8.9% is an awful low number for a player this good.
Pick: Fabian Delph
Club: Manchester City
If you want to get in on the City good times but don’t exactly have the cash to spare then why not take a look at Fabian Delph? The Englishman is only 0.8% owned but appears to have made City’s left-back spot his own in the absence of Benjamin Mendy and at just £4.5m is a bargain. He’s listed as a midfielder so you won’t get those sweet clean sheet bonuses, but at this price who cares?
Drop: Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois is obviously one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League, a 13.2% ownership proves that. But Chelsea are playing Watford this weekend having failed to get a win their last three games. Moreover they haven’t kept a clean sheet in month and three of their last four contests with Watford have seen them leak goals. Incidentally Watford are currently above Chelsea in the table, too. So that’s nice.
Pick: Wilfried Zaha
Club: Crystal Palace
Who doesn’t love Wilfried Zaha? The dynamic dribbling winger has undergone a career renaissance after struggling at Manchester United under David Moyes (although who didn’t?) – he’s missed most of the season with injury, but in his comeback against Chelsea he was a genuine delight in a free-roaming forward role, scoring the winning goal. This week Palace head up to Newcastle and it’s easy to see Zaha continuing his comeback up north. He’s not too expensive and the 3.5% of you that have held on to him should be happy. Those that sold him? Get him back!
Pick: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Everton take-on Arsenal this weekend, and you can feel it coming, can’t you? It’s in the air. Everton are an absolute disaster right now. They’re bottom of their Europa League group and are sinking fast in the Premier League. All that money they spent seems to be for naught as they look shapeless and bereft of confidence, having won just 4 of their 14 games this season. Meanwhile Arsenal are rounding into some serious form and have Jack Wilshere coming back to life.
So of course Everton are going to win this game somehow. Bet on Gylfi Sigurdsson as that somehow too. His set-pieces are surely Everton’s best route into pulling off an upset. £8.2m isn’t cheap, but he’s surely going to end up being the matchwinner. 2.8% have already got the right idea, everyone else should follow suit to reap the rewards.