Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 9

Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek

After a week out, due to internet connectivity problems at FPL Connect HQ, Connect Picks is back with our predictions for the upcoming GW9.

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the link > where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Results for Gameweek 7

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I had the best gameweek in GW7 after finally getting something from going with Alexis – who bagged an assist and a clean sheet – for the second week in a row.

I was also just 3pts out on my predicted TSP (top scoring player) prediction with Kane, who scored an expert brace away to Huddersfield – had he managed an assist or a goal in that game, he would have pipped Fellaini to the top scoring player that week and bagged me even more points!

Elsewhere, the previous week’s star picker in Pilko was returned back to earth with a thud after his predicted TSP and differential both failed, with Lukaku only getting 6pts and Defoe blanking.

After finally getting on the scoreboard in GW5, Gaz joked to myself and Pilko that this was the start of something special… so much for that! 2 more blanks have followed since then, leaving Gaz on just the one point still with both his TSP (Mkhi) and differential (Mahrez) blanking in GW7.

Here’s things as they stand going into GW9;

  1. Pilko – 6pts
  2. Simon – 3pts
  3. Gaz – 1pt

Gameweek 9 Picks


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Otamendi – 15pts
  • Differential; Martial – 10pts


Justification for TSP: I’m going for something different this week, as I’m struggling to see any massive returns for the premium forwards and if you look at the top scoring players of the week to this point, only once has it actually been a premium forward (Agüero – GW5). Man City will keep so much of the ball against Burnley that they will hardly have any defending to do and that should mean a very good chance of a clean sheet and with KDB on fire at the moment with his pinpoint deliveries both via set-pieces and open play, I fancy Otamendi to score a goal and bag maximum bonus in what I can see as a 2/3-0 win for City.

Justification for differential: Nearly everytime this man gets on the pitch, he’s either scoring or assisting and the only reason he’s only currently selected by 2.5% of FPL managers, is because of rotation with Rashford who has also been in terrific form for United. Rashford however, picked up whats been reported as a knee injury in Benfica, leaving United’s left wing wide open for Martial to reign supreme and I’m backing him to do just that against a Huddersfield, who’s surge seems to have come to a sudden end. Martial to get on the scoresheet and pick up a couple of bonus points as well as a clean sheet.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane – 13pts
  • Differential; Hazard – 10pts


Justification for TSP: A lot of people have lost faith with Kane after his recent blank against Bournemouth, reinforcing the negativity surrounding Spurs at Wembley, but whilst Kane has been undoubtedly unpredictable, he’s also been explosive and it honestly wouldn’t surprise me to see him score a brace against Pool in this weekend’s showdown. Spurs should feel ecstatic after their draw with Madrid at the Bernebau, with Kane the main instigator of the goal they scored with his flick being deflected in by Varane. They will have had ample rest and the last time a team came to Wembley and didn’t park the bus, they lost 3-1 and Kane netted a brace in that game too, as Simon rightfully argues in his latest Simon Says article (Time to say goodbye to Kane?) so Kane to get back to scoring ways with a brace for me and maximum bonus.

Justification for differential: Not entirely sure any justification is needed for this one if I’m honest. Anyone who watched the Chelsea game against Roma will understand why. Hazard looked back to his sparkling best and he loves scoring at Stamford Bridge, demonstrated in the brace he scored last night. Watford have been well-organised defensively away from home, but Conte needs a win and if anyone can break down a well-organised defence, it’s Hazard. A goal and 3 bonus points for me.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Sterling – 17pts
  • Differential; Antonio – 10pts


Justification for TSP: What more can be said about this City side at the moment? They are simply just too good for teams at the moment. Burnley have been brilliant this season, especially against the big boys, but I just can’t see anything other than a heavy win for City. KDB will be running the show as he has been doing so effortlessly recently and he will be able to pick the holes in the Clarets defence. With Sterling coming off first in the UCL match with Napoli around the 70th min mark, Sterling should be assured a starting place and I can see him profiting the most from City’s playmakers. A brace and an assist for Sterling with 2 bonus points.

Justification for differential: My very own differential. He finally repaid my patience with him last week, but it had been coming in fairness. He’s at the heart of everything going forward for West Ham and with Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez up top, he has the opportunity for assists and the skill and pace in and around the box to score goals. With a lack of options around this price in midfield, Antonio is a solid option and I have feeling he’ll be in the points again this week against Brighton. Go and get me another one Michail my son!



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