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
Hello and welcome to all the FPL managers around the world. The latest instalment of our ‘Team FPL Connect Picks’ is here!
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Results for Gameweek 9
Back to back points for me and an even better week than last, with me hitting the nail on the head with Otamendi as my predicted TSP (top scoring player) with a guess of 15pts (Team FPL Connect Picks: GW9), which is what he scored exactly, bringing me home a lovely 3pts for correctly guessing one predicted points return.
Had Kane not destroyed Lovren at Wembley, I would have picked myself up another 2pts for correctly predicting who would be the top scoring player for that gameweek – to Gaz’s delight.
Gaz’s prediction of Kane for top scoring player was correct, but he only predicted a brace from Kane and 13pts, so he missed out on the correct score prediction for 3pts, but takes 2pts away from me for correctly guessing that Kane would be the top scoring player in that gameweek – so a decent week for him too.
He also came close with his differential prediction of Hazard, who bagged an assist and 5pts, just under the required 6+ points to acquire another point for correctly predicting a differential player.
Myself and Pilko’s differentials in Martial and Antonio both failed to return anything.
Pilko has been a solid picker and the runaway leader to this point, after his 4pt GW in GW6, but hasn’t managed to predict anything correctly in the last 2 gameweeks and with 4pts in my last two gameweeks, I’m now level with him.
Here’s how things currently stand;
- Pilko – 6pts
- Simon – 6pts
- Gaz – 3pts
Gameweek 10 Picks
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Sané – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Sánchez – 14pts
Justification for TSP: After City’s surprise struggle to break down Championship opposition Wolves at the Etihad last night, Agüero, Jesus and Sterling all were forced to play much longer than Pep would have liked, leaving, if it’s possible, even more question marks over the weekend’s line-up against WBA. Sané now looks a very important part of Pep’s 433 system, being the only natural left sided forward/winger they have and he has been electric recently, with 3 goals, 4 assists and 5 bonus points in his last 4 games in the Premier League. It would seem, given the rest he was given in the cup match last night, that Sané should play and with the incredible form he’s in currently, I wouldn’t bet against him bagging another haul against the Baggies on Saturday. I can see a brace, a clean sheet and maximum bonus for the brilliant young German talent.
Justification for differential: As mentioned in the latest captain article, (Captain Choices: GW10) Alexis is well and truly back, and to his best it would seem. Sánchez’s first double figure haul of the campaign against Everton ought to really make us sit up in our seats. Against Everton, he had 11 penalty area touches, fired in 7 shots, 4 of which were inside the box, as well as a minutes per attempt ratio of 12.9. Whilst Swansea have been very solid, defensively, away from home, the Gunners have been very good in attack at the Emirates with 11 goals, 85 goal attempts, 13 big chances created – only City (31) and United (16) have created more – and have the second best ‘minutes per chance’ ratio (4.4) behind only Liverpool (4). Sánchez will be the key instigator in the majority of their attacking play and with Lacazette, Sánchez and Özil all now playing together, they’re looking a formidable force and it’s difficult to see the Swans keeping them out, as Everton found out last week.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Agüero – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Duffy – 15pts
Justification for TSP: Despite Agüero’s long-hauled involvement in last night’s Carabao cup match against Wolves, I still expect him to start at the weekend. City struggled last night, but they’ll have they’re full strength squad out again and the Premier League is very different to the Carabao cup – I can see them returning to their best on Saturday. Agüero bagged a brace against the Baggies last time at the Hawthorns in a 4-0 win, so I’m thinking he gets it again and adds an assist to it with maximum bonus.
Justification for differential: I’m taking inspiration in Simon’s pick of Otamendi this week with Duffy. Brighton are playing Southampton at home and Southampton still don’t know how to score. Brighton are in great form and are keeping it relatively tight, for their respective quality, at the back. With the Saints struggling to score and Brighton high on confidence after their impressive 3-0 win against the Hammers, I think they’ll keep a clean sheet and the 2 big centre backs for Brighton have been threatening to score a goal, I think this could be the week one does, and I’m backing it to be Duffy and for him to get all the bonus points.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kolašinac – 18pts
- Predicted differential; Gray – 8pts
Justification for TSP: I’ve been impressed with the Bosnian brute so far. He’s been getting a fair few touches in opposition penalty areas, looks dangerous down the left and has already opened his goal-scoring account for the Gunners. Whilst Monreal has been taking the headlines in the Arsenal defence with his goals recently, I fancy an under the radar Kolašinac this week in a plum home fixture. He’s been very unlucky to date not to have more than just 1 goal to his name and I see a goal, an assist and a clean sheet along with maximum bonus points on Saturday.
Justification for differential: Watford have a gorgeous home fixture against an up and down Stoke team results wise, but whilst the results might be up and down, one thing that is certainly down, is there defensive capabilities. Most will be backing Richarlison in this one, Andre Gray could go under the radar. I think he will be back in the team after Deeney got the nod last week. He’s powerful and lightning fast and I can see him getting on the scoresheet against a side that have conceded 20 goals so far this season.