Player to Buy – Jamie Vardy (£9.1m)
Last week, I mentioned that Callum Hudson-Odoi is a must buy as he establishes himself as a regular starter for Chelsea. CHO ended up with an assist as Chelsea went on to win against Newcastle.
This week, It’s time to go all-in on Jamie Vardy. Leicester City are in a great run of form and have wonderful fixtures coming up over the next 7 game weeks. See below –
At £9.1m, Vardy isn’t overly expensive and would definitely bring value at this point in the campaign. His 6 goals and 1 assist so far are among the best in the league and currently sits in 7th place among all FPL point totals.
The eye test is proving positive for Vardy and Leicester City altogether – James Maddison continues to control the middle with Youri Tielemans, meanwhile Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, and Schmeichel are controlling the back. Their only 2 losses were against United and Liverpool, both matches were away from King Power stadium.
Look for Vardy to keep contributing as he is a guaranteed starter each and every week for the Foxes and is their penalty taker.
Honorable mentions – Matt Doherty (£6.0) & Danny Ings (£5.9)
Player to Sell – John McGinn (£5.9m)
John McGinn is the beating heart of Aston Villa this year. He’s strong, charismatic, and energetic every time he touches the ball.
If you were able to buy McGinn earlier in the season then you were fortunate enough to grab some points from the Scotsman as he has 3 goals and 1 assist so far this year. With that being said, it’s time to move on…
2 blanks in the last 2 matches against defensively shorthanded Norwich and at home to Brighton, McGinn has taken a back seat as an FPL asset. Not only has he stopped producing but the upcoming games are a clear sign the Villa have there work cut out for them.
Villa have enjoyed reasonable success in the EPL so far this year sitting in 12th place and winning 3 of the last 4 matches they have played. Much of that has to do with the play of McGinn, Wesley, and Jack Grealish, but as the fixtures show, there is probably no value in Villa until mid-December.
Honorable mentions – Rihad Mahrez (£8.6) & Ashley Barnes (£6.4)
Player to Hold – Raheem Sterling (£12.1m)
This might look like an obvious choice, but the frustration with Man City’s results and “Pep Roulette” is making managers question whether or not £12.1m is worth the risk. Premium players in the last few weeks have been struggling altogether, but I strongly feel the Sterling is a hold from this point onward in FPL.
The past 6 game weeks have been difficult to swallow for Raheem Sterling owners. His production has taken a dip and City in general, look a little shaky with the amount of injuries that are piling up.
In my opinion, this is a perfect time to hold Sterling as pressure will build on FPL managers to make a decision, and without a doubt, some will crumble and sell.
The next two matches are at home against Aston Villa and Southampton. Villa have defended admirably so far, but they have conceded 100 shots inside their box – only Norwich have conceded more (102), and if they allow such space inside the box against City, they, and Sterling, will surely punish.
On top of this, City are coming off the back of an excellent 5-1 UCL win against Atalanta where Sterling himself was electric, scoring 3 and assisting 2, so form is very much there for Sterling.
It’s only a matter of time before his form in UCL and for England translates across to the Premier League.
Honorable mentions – Harry Kane (£10.9) & Sebastien Haller (£7.4)