After a successful round of UCL fixtures, where all the 5 Premier League sides maintained their unbeaten start to this year’s flagship European competition, the Premier League is back again with FPL GW9. And we’re back again with our picks for GW9. So before we begin, let’s have a look at this round’s fixtures…
Fri 20th Oct:
WHU v BHA
Sat 21st Oct:
CHE v WAT HUD v MUN MCI v BUR NEW v CRY STK v BOU SWA v LEI SOU v WBA
Sun 22nd Oct:
EVE v ARS TOT v LIV
So, here are our picks for FPL GW9 straight from the AOF team….
1. David Robinson, Editor-in-Chief , AOF
GW 9 Pick: Wilfried Zaha (CRY) Price: £6.7m
Back from injury and back among the goals. Wilf Zaha was on fire last weekend vs Chelsea, inspiring Palace to their first league win this season and scoring the winning goal. This week he faces a Newcastle, who’ve being playing well, but are susceptible to conceding goals. They conceded 2 last week, that too against a Southampton side, who’ve had their own share of problems in attack. Zaha has a perfect opportunity this week to find some consistency and our Editor is backing him to get a goal or two this week.
Stat attack: Wilf Zaha created 2 chances and had 3 shots on goal last week vs Chelsea, scoring 1 and playing an important role in all of Palace’s attacking play.
2. Luke Marsh, Writer, AOF
GW9 pick: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) Price : £10.0m
To establish yourself as one of the best players, if not the best in a squad that is as talented as Man City’s certainly takes some skill. De Bruyne has done exactly that. Although, he’s not hit his peak level yet, KdB has still managed to yield a commendable 46 points on FPL. This GW, City face a Burnley side who’ve not lost a single game away from home this season. However, a trip to the Etihad is a completely different prospect, given City’s ominous form this season and KdB is set to be at the centre of any attacking masterclass that City manage to produce this weekend.
Stat Attack: Kevin De Bruyne has got 5 assists this season, which is the 2nd highest in the league. He got 2 of those in last week’s 7-2 home win vs Stoke.
3. Spencer Mackenzie , Writer, AOF
GW9 pick: Tammy Abraham (SWA) Price: £5.7m
One youngster who’s taken the Premier League by storm is Swansea City’s Tammy Abraham. On loan from Chelsea and he’s adjusted to his role in the Swansea City side in a trice. He bagged a brace in last week’s 2-0 win vs Huddersfield and has been quite consistent, given Swansea’s troubles in front of goal. He’s up against Leicester this week and has a good chance of finding the back of the net yet again.
Stat Attack: Tammy Abraham has 4 goals in the PL this season and is 3 goals off the top goal scorer in the league i.e. Romelu Lukaku (MUN).
4. Alex Cox, Writer, AOF
GW9 pick: Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi (WBA) Price:£4.8m
The Egyptian centre back has made a strong start to the Premier League season after his summer move to the Hawthorns. He’s amassed 34 points on FPL and has a goal and 3 clean sheets so far this season. West Brom are up against Southampton this week and the Saints aren’t prolific in front of goal by any means. This in turn gives Hegazi a great opportunity to get another clean sheet and maybe nick a goal or two, given the threat that the Baggies possess from set pieces.
Stat Attack: Hegazi has played every PL game for West Brom this season, completing 90 mins in 7 out of the 8 games in the Premier League this season.
5. Billy Stephenson, Writer, AOF
GW9 pick: Richarlison (WAT) Price: £6.2m
Richarlison, the Brazillian midfielder who arrived at Watford this summer has been phenomenal for the Hornets so far. He’s efficient, creative and decisive in the final third and most defences have found him a tough nut to crack. In Watford’s well deserved win last week vs Arsenal, Richarlison managed to notch up yet another assist in his debut season in the Premier League. He’s up against Chelsea this week and given the recent injuries to David Luiz and the continued absence of Ngolo Kante, he could be in with a chance to bag a goal or an assist this season.
Stat Attack: Richarlison is Watford’s top scoring player on FPL this season with 45 points and has 3 goals and 3 assists so far in the PL this season.
6. George Hamlyn, Writer, AOF
GW9 pick: Jesè (STK) Price: £5.8m
Jesè was Stoke’s marquee signing this summer when he arrived on loan from French giants PSG. He started off with a bang by scoring the winning goal vs Arsenal, however he’s been quite subdued ever since. He’s not to be solely blamed for the dip in form though; Stoke, as a team have been quite poor themselves. However, this week’s match up against a struggling Bournemouth side presents Jesè with a perfect opportunity to justify the marquee tag and to raise the spirits of the Stoke faithful.
Stat Attack: Jesè has 1 goal and 1 assist to his name this PL season and has scored 22 FPL points overall.
7. Siddesh K Iyer, Writer AOF
GW 9 pick: David Silva (MCI) Price: £8.6m
David Silva has been one of the most consistent players for Man City ever since he arrived from Valencia back in 2010. He’s been on fire this season and has played an integral role in City’s attacking unit, having an important role in almost every attacking move by City this season. His creativity and guile is of extreme importance in the final third and his co-ordination with his superstars at City is pivotal in keeping the fluency in City’s attacking moves. Moreover, this week’s match vs Burnley seems like the perfect opportunity for the Spanish maestro to notch up yet another goal or assist this season.
Stat Attack: David Silva has 1 goal and 6 assists to his name, topping the charts for assists. He has 51 points to his name on FPL, making him the second most prolific midfielder in the game.
Captain picks: Romelu Lukaku (MUN) v HUD
Harry Kane (TOT) v LIV
Gabriel Jesus (MCI) v BUR
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