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FPL best midfielder picks: Budget, differential and premium tips for Gameweek 10

By Andrew Francis

Published: 11:45, 25 October 2023

Can you pick the right midfield options for FPL success? We’ve crunched the numbers to identify the best picks ahead of Gameweek 10. 

Among the higher point-scorers in FPL are the players who pull the strings from the middle of the park, whether they excel in making or scoring goals.

Our FPL rating system — Squawka Score — has been engineered to identify the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, judging a player’s output per 90 minutes for a group of specifically selected stats.

What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here

If you think you can beat our FPL boffins, you can join the Squawka Challenge League here.

Best FPL midfielders
Top midfielder pick for Gameweek 10
Best cheap midfielders for Gameweek 10
Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Salah tops midfielder list

Here are the top 10 Premier League midfielders based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Mo Salah 81% Liverpool 12.8
Bruno Fernandes 78% Man United 8.3
Bukayo Saka 76% Arsenal 8.5
Solly March 75% Brighton 6.3
Bryan Mbeumo 74% Brentford 6.7
Cole Palmer 74% Chelsea 5.0
Jack Grealish 74% Man City 7.3
Jacob Murphy 73% Newcastle 4.8
Phil Foden 72% Man City 7.6
Gabriel Martinelli 71% Arsenal 7.7

Which Brighton winger is the key play?

Every week, we will bring you a Differential Duel to highlight a player who both ranks well according to our Squawka Score system and isn’t being picked by the vast majority of FPL managers.

We will then crunch the numbers and pit the chosen differential against a comparable asset who is proving popular — it is then on you to choose your fighter.

This week, we’ll be comparing Brighton teammates, Kaoru Mitoma (36.9%) and Solly March (5.1%).

Brighton have been in great form in the final third this season but is there a reason to switch from Mitoma to March this week?

March, who is owned by fewer players, is also 0.2m cheaper than his teammate. As you can see by the Comparison Matrix below, March is also ahead of Mitoma in most of the key metrics when it comes to conversion and accuracy.

Here’s how their 2023/24 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix


Plenty of cheap options to mull over

We all want to load up on premium picks, but your £100million budget must always be in the back of your mind.

This is where bargains come in handy to balance out your squad. Using our Squawka super computer, we have picked out some budget midfielders for consideration who fare best according to the key fantasy football metrics.

The best 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Anthony Elanga, Nottingham Forest (64%)
  2. David Brooks, Bournemouth (64%)
  3. Pablo Sarabia, Wolves (64%)

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Fabio Vieira, Arsenal (63%)
  2. Manor Solomon, Spurs (63%)
  3. Leon Bailey, Aston Villa (61%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Anthony Gordon, Newcastle (80%)
  2. Pedro Neto, Wolves (58%)
  3. Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest (48%)

 Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Is your midfield almost set and ready to go? Hold fire for a moment — we have only more factor for you to consider before submitting your team.

Below, using our Squawka Score system and the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR), we have the identified the top selections from each of the Premier League clubs deemed to have an ‘easy’ fixture in Gameweek 10.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Arsenal Bukayo Saka 76% 5.6
Aston Villa Moussa Diaby 56% 5.1
Bournemouth Dango Ouattara 40% 4.4
Brighton Solly March 75% 4.4
Burnley Josh Cullen 12% 4.0
Liverpool Mo Salah 81% 7.9
Newcastle Jacob Murphy 73% 7.0
Spurs James Maddison 71% 5.2
West Ham Jarrod Bowen 59% 4.5