Fantasy Premier League produced another low-scoring round in Gameweek 9 as the average score was only 36 points with no team scoring more than two goals.
Premier League champions Manchester City are coming off an emphatic win the Champions League and host Aston Villa this weekend while Arsenal entertain Crystal Palace.
Chelsea and Manchester United have away fixtures against Burnley and Norwich City while Liverpool and Tottenham face off in the big clash of the weekend at Anfield.
Here are a few tips to help guide you through GW10.
CAPTAIN – KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITY | 10.1M
Many will flock to Raheem Sterling after his midweek hat-trick against Atalanta but history tells us that Kevin De Bruyne is the more reliable option.
The Belgian has created more chances and provided more assists than anyone else this season. Those powers of creativity have been particularly strong at home.
In three fixtures at the Etihad Stadium this season, the playmaker has bagged two goals, five assists and eight bonus points. His tallies of 11, 13 and 17 points in those GWs means he’s averaging 13.6 points per home game with Aston Villa to face next.
He was also substituted in the 67th minute against Atalanta while Sergio Aguero and Sterling played the full 90 minutes.
RAHEEM STERLING (12.1m) has proved his worth again with a stunning display on Tuesday night. With three goals and two assists in that game, he can’t be ignored. While he will certainly be involved in plenty of attacks, it’s a tough ask to expect a repeat performance against Villa.
PIERRE EMERICK-AUBAMEYANG (11.1m) is due a goal and Crystal Palace may just be obliging at the Emirates. The Gabon striker is still Arsenal’s most potent threat and could well have Alexandre Lacazette starting alongside him again.
DANIEL JAMES (6.1m) is not a reliable option given United’s inconsistency but a bold choice doesn’t have to be. He was the best player against Liverpool and against a Norwich side that does leave their defence exposed, they’ll struggle to cope with his searing pace.
ONE TO GET
RAUL JIMENEZ | WOLVES | 7.1M
With a goal and two assists in the last two GWs, last season’s FPL phenom is back in consideration. Wolves appear to be over their initial shock at juggling Europe League fixtures along with their normal league schedule and have a kind run of games coming up where they only face one of the top six sides until GW16.
ONE TO AVOID
TEEMU PUKKI | NORWICH CITY | 7.0M
Having started the season like a house on fire, Teemu Pukki’s opportunities in front of goal have been limited since Norwich were hit hard by injuries. The striker has now blanked in five of the last six GWs and play host to United next who are one of only five teams to concede less than 10 goals this season and boast the lowest xGA [expected goals against] this campaign.
RYAN FREDERICKS | WEST HAM | 4.5M
The West Ham right-back has been flying under the radar but after picking up an assist in GW8, he’s shown he’s worth looking at. The defender has returned in his last three home games with Sheffield United coming to visit this weekend. The Blades have only scored three times in their last five games.
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