Thursday, 24 October 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 9

European midweeks are wonderful, aren't they? Nights when dream matches like Arsenal - Dortmund and Real Madrid - Juventus take place. It's quite an adventure in the far east, where watching your favourite team perform on the biggest stage requires something little short of an all-nighter.

Lewandowski's winner was a cruel blow on Arsenal's performance, and the Gunners will be looking to bounce back instantly. Torres-inspired and Mata-less Chelsea continue to get results, with a very good 0-3 win at Schalke. United's experience showed as they overcame Sociedad, while Man City might have finally come of age in Europe with a great result in a difficult ground. It's worth keeping an eye on the Europa League games tonight for FPL purposes.

Gameweek 9 fixtures

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Aston Villa vs Everton
Liverpool vs West Brom
Man Utd vs Stoke
Norwich vs Cardiff
Southampton vs Fulham
Sunderland vs Newcastle
Chelsea vs Manchester City
Swansea vs West Ham
Tottenham vs Hull City

Player Picks


Sergio Aguero (11.2) - With braces against West Ham and CSKA (both away), the Argentine is showing the sublime form that fired City to the title two season ago. Is fast becoming a must-have.

SAS (Suarez 11.4, Sturridge 10.0) - Following the third week in a row where both delivered points, is there any reason to not buy/hold?

Christian Benteke (8.8) - There's no dearth of in-form strikers, but Benteke is better than most and almost always seems to deliver when fit. Besides, this is probably as low as his price will get.

Wilfried Bony (7.5) - Has started both the previous league games after starting the season with sporadic cameos


Eden Hazard (9.0) - Oscar is now matched for price (and almost points) by Hazard, whose value dropped like a stone as several managers jumped ship following a series of disappointing displays. With 4 goals in his last 3 Chelsea appearances though, Hazard has waltzed back into form and favour and is worth considering.

David Silva (9.3) - Manchester City have followed up the crushing defeat to Bayern with a series of goal-laden performances, and Silva looks primed to improve on last season. With the likes Toure attracting a bunch of attention (37% ownership), it could almost be said that Silva (5%) is differential as far as City are concerned.

Michu (9.0) - The biggest achievement of Michu's Swansea career was failing to score or assist in the 4-0 win last week. Fully expect him to fail in that respect from now.

Ravel Morrison (4.5) - The Hammers firecracker extended his run with an assist against Man City, and is a fantastic low-price option as the fixtures take a turn for the better.

Adam Lallana (6.2) - The Southampton skipper has been raking in the points of late, and is primed to keep doing so with Fulham and Hull to visit before the international break.

Aaron Ramsey (6.9) - At some point, you just have to give in.


Neil Taylor (4.4) - Ben Davies' injury makes Taylor an enticing option given his price and the schedule. Fully expect him to drop back to the bench in a month though.

Nathaniel Clyne (4.5) - With two favourable home games and a trip to low-scoring Stoke in the next three gameweeks, Clyne could pack quite a short-term punch. Plus, he's cheap.

Michael Dawson (5.2) - More of a hold than a buy, given the visit from Hull City.

Glen Johnson (5.7) - Not the cheapest investment, but Liverpool should register two clean sheets before the next international break. Plus, he played in right midfield at St. James'.


Michel Vorm (5.0) - The Dutchman continues to be the pick of choice as the schedule is enticing for a while yet.

Artur Boruc (4.7) - See Clyne, Nathaniel.

The Blogger's Team

Got Boruc and Vorm. Selection dilemma.

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