Budget Enablers in FPL: Gameweek 9

This weekly article profiles budget FPL players that you may wish to consider for selection in your Fantasy Premier League squads when looking to enable funds to be spent elsewhere in your team.

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Goalkeeper – Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.4m) vs Watford (H)

In light of Hugo Lloris’ lengthy injury absence and Alisson’s return to Liverpool training, the Argentine has usurped Adrián (£4.6m) as the cheapest starting keeper from a ‘top 6′ side.

What’s more, Spurs’ back-up shot stopper is the joint cheapest FPL goalkeeper with likely playing time over the next three months.

Admittedly Tottenham Hotspur are not in the best of form right now but they have a great run of fixtures up until gameweek 15 with the sole exception of Liverpool away next weekend.

His price tag ensures he is highly likely to become a great value asset even without regular clean sheets as Spurs’ two keepers are averaging over one save point per game this season. A home game to the worst team in the league on Saturday ought to see Gazzaniga buyers off to a good start.

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Midfielder – Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) vs Newcastle United (H)

After his first league start and fourth consecutive attacking return in all competitons for Chelsea, the left winger merits consideration for a midfield berth in our FPL teams with an average of 3.33 key passes/90 minutes.

One downside is that he is yet to score in the Premier League and he shot straight at Angus Gunn of Southampton when presented with a great goalscoring opportunity last time round.

I believe his price point allows Mount (£6.8m) and Abraham (£7.7m) owners to even triple up on Chelsea attack if space allows such is the ease of their upcoming fixture run.

But until we see him get off the mark and cement more starts, I think Mount is still the better choice for those without either midfielder. With just one tricky fixture on paper until gameweek 18 though, it could only take two weeks or so until the English prospect goes from a punt to a staple in our FPL sides.

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Forward – Neal Maupay (£6.0m) vs Aston Villa (A)

I have been waiting since the first week of the season to include the Frenchman in my article and now feels right ahead of Brighton’s next three fixtures with the leaky Everton and Norwich City to both visit the AMEX after the Seagulls’ trip to Villa Park.

Three goals from six starts is a very respectful return for a striker of his price point and his xG of 3.2 suggests that he is capable of maintaining a 50% ratio.

Maupay sits tenth and joint seventh respectively for the most shots in the penalty area and six yard box for all players in the league.

Both Villa and Norwich sit in the bottom four for the highest xGA, which is why I think Maupay is well capable on embarking on a goalscoring run following on from his strike in gameweek 8.

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