Gameweek 9 saw a hat-trick of hat-tricks as Mason Mount, Josh King, and Mo Salah all incredibly scored three goals each. In this week’s preview we cover four of the current top five sides as well as Norwich’s next opponents (sorry Norwich). As always, we’re using our popular FPL Fixture Tracker to assist us!
FPL GW 10 Tips – Attack
Pep Guardiola’s side put four past high-flying Brighton in gameweek 9 and now have a great set of upcoming fixtures. No side is expected to score more than City’s 10.69 xG over the next five.
Gabriel Jesus (8.6m) has outscored the rest of his attacking and midfield teammates with two goals and five assists so far this season. The Brazilian returned to action last gameweek with his fifth attacking return in seven starts.
With two goals and two assists, Bernardo Silva (7.0m) has outscored every other City midfielder so far and continues to play his way into the starting XI. However, possibly the most exciting City option right now is Phil Foden (8.1m) who has accumulated three goals and two assists in his four consecutive starts since returning from injury.
After scoring seven (!) against Norwich last gameweek, Chelsea deserve a closer look as their accommodating fixtures continue. Newcastle and Burnley await in the next two weeks before porous Leicester, Manchester United, and Watford.
Romelu Lukaku (11.5m) and Timo Werner (8.6m) were both midweek casualties ahead of Norwich’s gameweek 9 visit and remain sidelined for the time being. Mason Mount (7.5m) stepped up to score a hat-trick on his return to the starting XI and now has six attacking contributions for the season. His expected assists from last season suggest the points may continue to come.
The other notable Chelsea attacking threat (we’ll touch on the defenders later) was Mateo Kovacic (5.3m) who bagged a second double-figure return of the season and now has five assists and a goal. His price point certainly makes him an option worth considering.
It’s been a far from ideal start for Leeds in their second season back in the Premier League, but a trip to Norwich this coming gameweek is hard to ignore given the Canaries’ abysmal form.
Raphinha (6.7m) is Leeds’ top point scorer so far thanks to three goals from eight starts. The Brazilian picked up a knock last time out but should recover to face the league’s basement boys.
Also likely to recover from injury just in time to face Norwich is Patrick Bamford (7.8m). The England forward contributed directly to three goals in five appearances before injury ruled him out of the next four. Leeds have sorely missed their frontman, and with around 4% ownership, he could be a deadly differential this coming week if fit.
FPL GW 10 Tips – Defence
Having conceded just three league goals and managed six shut-outs, Chelsea are the go-to side for defensive FPL returns.
Marcos Alonso’s time in the sun seems to be over for now as Ben Chilwell (5.8m) extended his remarkable scoring run to three consecutive league games. Rotation always looks, but in this form Chilwell looks undroppable.
Similarly, Reece James (5.5m) is back in the side and also scored last gameweek. The right wing-back has only completed 90 minutes twice, but has scored on both occasions and now has four attacking returns in just 278 minutes. Both James and Chilwell come with risks, but their attacking contributions paired with Chelsea’s strong defensive record make them very enticing options.
The Reds have matched Chelsea’s six clean sheets, most recently keeping out Manchester United last week. Liverpool are expected to keep 2.51 clean sheets over the next five fixtures.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.6m) is currently level at the top of the defender’s scoring charts with Joao Cancelo on 51 points. The Liverpool right-back has been involved in five clean sheets and contributed three assists in his seven starts and is justifying his increased price over teammate Andrew Robertson (7.0m).
Virgil van Dijk’s (6.6m) security of starts and goal-threat makes him a viable option if budget allows. As we saw last week Joel Matip (5.0m) could be dropped or rested at the drop of a hat, so he is best avoided unless you have a capable bench.
Currently sat in 5th place, Brighton have made a fantastic start to their Premier League campaign. The Seagulls face Newcastle, Aston Villa, and Leeds in three of their next four games.
Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez (4.6m) was a popular pre-season option and has so far justified his popularity with four clean sheets. In defence, Shane Duffy (4.4m) still provides value despite several price rises, whilst bonus points magnet, Lewis Dunk (5.0m) has accrued seven bonus points without a goal or an assist to his name yet.
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