Mo Salah continued his fantastic start to the season as each of the top three sides in the league once again kept clean sheets in gameweek 8.
This week, we’re taking a look at some less obvious sides for our FPL picks. As always, we’re using our popular FPL Fixture Tracker to help us!
FPL GW 9 Tips – Attack
Only Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City have a higher xG total than Arsenal over the next five fixtures. The Gunners are expected to score 8.58 thanks to games against Aston Villa, Watford, and Newcastle.
Bukayo Saka (6.4m) is Arsenal’s leading point-scorer (ahead of Monday’s gameweek 8 fixture) with 29 points to his name. His importance to the side’s attack is almost unrivalled and, taking his price into account, he may be worth some consideration over the next few games. Emile Smith Rowe (5.4m) and Martin Ødegaard (5.5m) provide cheaper, but arguably less exciting alternatives.
However, if excitement is what you’re after in the Arsenal attack, there are no better options than the once-talismanic Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (9.9m). FPL’s forgotten man has under 3% ownership and has never been cheaper. Aubameyang netted in gameweeks 4 and 6 to help justify possible investment.
A mixed bag of fixtures on paper help the Foxes’ to the fifth-highest xG over the coming games. Having put four past Manchester United in gameweek 8, Leicester could be on the rise.
At 34 years old, Jamie Vardy (10.6m) shows no signs of slowing down, currently topping the Premier League scoring charts with seven alongside Mo Salah. Vardy has produced attacking returns in six of his eight games this season, including five goals in his last four.
Elsewhere, Kelechi Iheanacho (7.0m) is finally starting games and has rewarded his manager’s faith with an attacking return in each of his two consecutive PL starts. Surprisingly, Youri Tielemans (6.4m) has emerged as Leicester’s most impressive midfield FPL asset with a goal in gameweek 8 taking him to two goals and two assists for the season.
We wrap up our preview of attacking sides with Spurs, who put three past Newcastle last time out. Tottenham have a decent set of games on the horizon, with underperforming Leeds and Burnley in gameweek 12 and 13 to look out for.
Son Heung-min (10.1m) has been the star of the (often misfiring) show this season. Despite Tottenham’s ropey performances, Son has kept pace with the best in the league, supplying 51 points to his owners. The Korean has blanked just twice and is currently the go-to man for Spurs.
The much-maligned Harry Kane (12.1m) finally got his PL season up and running with a 12-point haul in gameweek 8. There’s no questioning his quality, and with ownership of just over 5%, Kane could provide a deadly differential.
FPL GW 9 Tips – Defence
This season’s surprise package couldn’t quite pull-off a shock against Chelsea, yet restricted the league-leaders to just one goal. Only two sides have a higher expected clean sheets score than Brentford over the next five.
Pontus Jansson (4.7m) may have three assists to his name, but is unlikely to justify the extra cost over cheaper alternatives in the form of Rico Henry (4.5m) and Kristoffer Ajer (4.5m).
Anyone on a wildcard should definitely consider David Raya (4.6m) between the sticks. The Spaniard has narrowly outscored his far more popular compatriot Robert Sánchez so far this season.
After a tough start to the season, Wolves have hit a run of form with three consecutive wins. Two clean sheets so far this season is nothing to write home about, but just eight goals conceded is a positive indicator for the reasonable fixtures ahead.
There are plenty of value options in the Wolves backline with Conor Coady (4.5m) and Max Kilman (4.5m) providing the cheapest routes into Bruno Lage’s defence. At just a fraction more, Marcal’s (4.6m) superior attacking threat may be worth the additional investment.
Rounding off this week’s preview after picking up their first win of the season is Southampton. The Saints have managed three clean sheets so far and face Burnley, Watford, and Norwich in the next four.
There’s only one place to start in the Southampton defence – Tino Livramento (4.3m). Early adopters have been loving Livramento’s points this season, and even after several price rises, the former Chelsea man is still the best Southampton pick.
Unless you’re doubling up with Jan Bednarek (4.4m) or Alex McCarthy (4.5m), there’s little point in looking beyond Livramento.