An underwhelming Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 8 was left to hang over FPL managers for a while with the international break following it.
However, Premier League action is back and it’s time to rid ourselves of the memory of a GW that produced an meagre 36 points as the average score.
Chelsea and Tottenham enjoy comfortable home fixtures against Newcastle and Watford while Manchester United and Liverpool face off in the big clash of the weekend at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are on the road to Sheffield United while Manchester City visit Crystal Palace.
Leicester City assets are also proving enticing and they face Burnley at home.
Here are a few tips to help guide you through GW9.
CAPTAIN – CALLUM WILSON | BOURNEMOUTH | 7.9M
Callum Wilson has quietly been one of the most effective forwards this season. The prolific scorer has blanked only once this season – away to Arsenal in that dreadful GW8.
Prior to that though, the England international delivered in every outing this term with five goals and three assists to his name, earning 48 points in the process which betters the tallies of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.
Wilson has registered eight shots on target at home this season which is second only to Teemu Pukki (9). With Norwich City to face this time, he is likely to get on the score sheet.
The Canaries are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have conceded 16 goals in the last six GWs.
HARRY KANE (10.9m) has not lived up to his reputation this season but he’s been picking up a few points of late. The England captain has delivered in four of the last five GWs but hasn’t had a double-figure haul since the opening round. That said, he’s scored two goals and bagged three assists while on international duty and Watford at home is as good a fixture as any to hand him the armband.
TAMMY ABRAHAM (7.7m) is keeping up his run of excellent form having returned to goal-scoring ways against Southampton last time around. The striker is having more shots than anyone else in the league at the moment and with Newcastle to host next, he’s primed for more goals.
JOHN MCGINN (5.8m) is one of the bargains of the season so far with three goals from midfield. He did fail to deliver at Norwich last time but he’s back home this week and has Brighton to play. Following his hat-trick for Scotland, his confidence should be soaring.
ONE TO GET
RICARDO PEREIRA | LEICESTER CITY | 6.2M
He may be expensive but with the current run of fixtures for Leicester City, Ricardo Pereira may be worth his price tag. The attacking full-back is brimming with potential for goals and assists and has scored in his last two outings. With 40 points this season, he’s the highest-scoring defender alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold. Arsenal are the only top six team the Foxes face in the next nine GWs.
ONE TO AVOID
ASHLEY BARNES | BURNLEY | 6.5M
Having started the season in sensational form, Ashley Barnes has fallen off a cliff. The Burnley striker has now blanked in his last five GWs and his underlying stats have taken a hit as well. With Leicester and Chelsea to face next, don’t expect that to improve any time soon.
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI | CHELSEA | 5.9M
He’s only played 106 minutes in the league this season after beginning the campaign injured but Callum Hudson-Odoi has already impressed with two assists and five key passes. Meanwhile, he’s either scored or assisted in all four appearances he’s made across all competitions this term. Southampton away in GW8 was his first start of the season and no one had more shots inside the box (2) or created more than his three chances. He faces Newcastle at home next and the Magpies have conceded 11 goals away – the second most in the league.
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