This week, as a preview to GW10, we try to second guess the burning questions on FPL managers’ minds and provide (hopefully) constructive answers to them! Do you have more questions? Drop us a note via any of our channels and we will try to answer.
How will Man City line up?
After putting forth a stunning line-up in GW09, every FPL manager is worried about how Pep will line up his City side for their Premier League game against Aston Villa. City would not expect Villa to come at them so Pep is excepted to do a bit of rotation.
Here is our guess on how City will line up
(near) Definite starters:
- GK -Ederson
- DEF – Benjamin Mendy
- MID – Fernandinho
- MID – Ilkay Gündogan
With Zinchenko easing back to injury and Rodri out, Pep actually do not have much luxury at the back and at defensive midfield.
- MID – Kevin de Bruyne
- DEF – John Stones
KDB was taken off when City was 4-1 up, suggesting that Pep intends to utilise the Belgian against Aston Villa on Saturday. Stones also came in before Otamendi when Rodri was hurt so is likely to be started in front of the pecking order.
Other predicted starters:
- DEF – Kyle Walker
- MID – David Silva
- MID – Bernando Silva
- MID – Raheem Sterling
- FWD – Gabriel Jesus
These five are predicted to start but this is by no means certain. Aguero played the entire 90mins in the Champions League so may mean that Jesus will get the nod for the Premier League. David Silva is also a regular in the Premier League (but not the Champions League).
Is the Pukki Party finally over?
The Finn had blanked in his last 4 GWs and his TSB has fallen from a high of ~42% to his current ~34%. We do not believe that the party is over and we would advise to continue to hold on to Pukki. His price may be 7.1 now (from a base of 6.5) but in truth there is not much real value for players cheaper than him at the moment bar a few (see below). Norwich’s next four home games are against MNU, BHA, ARS and WAT so we will recommend a hold if you have him and if you don’t, perhaps it is wiser to transfer him in after GW10 (vMNU).
Is Danny Ings a good player to have?
Yes. Based on form, Ings is the top player in FPL at the moment and his price of 5.9 is making him a must have. More interestingly, Ings have notched up 7BP in his previous 3 GW, a sensational return by any matrix.
The Saints typically do not score a lot and do not have favourable fixtures in the coming weeks (needing to play MCI and ARS) but he could be a budget pick for you to accommodate other big guns.
Should I get Jack Grealish into my team now?
The Villa boy is ranked second in form for the FPL midfielders and is priced sensibly at 5.9. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in his previous 4 games and looks to be the inspirational force behind his team at the moment.
However, we would not recommend bringing Grealish in now, simply because Villa faces a nightmare run of games in the next 6 GWs, when they have to play 4 of last season’s top 6. Also, if you already have John McGinn in your team (TSB 12.6%) it would not make sense to bring in Grealish. Both are equally likely to go forward and score.
How long more can I put my trust on Mo Salah?
The toughest question of them all is this. Fact #1 – Salah is nowhere near his prowess of the past 2 seasons. Fact #2 – He has blanked in his previous 3 GWs. Fact #3 – He is the most expensive player in FPL.
However, outside of the Premier League, Salah is still delivering the goods, having already scored three goals in three games in the Champions League.
We believe that this is simply a blip in Salah’s form so we recommend a hold. Over the course of the season, we can still expect the Egyptian to score around 15-20 league goals. Also, it was tactically apparent that Liverpool looked a lot less threatening without him (against United) so we expect him to turn it this GW. If you already have Mane it make not make sense to swap Salah in but otherwise, we recommend a hold.
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