Shrewd Moves and Differentials - Gameweek 9

10:20am Oct 20 2016

Looking to go against the grain and pick up points on your FPL rivals? Here are our Gameweek 9 Shrewd Moves and Differentials.

Fantasy Football Pundits’ resident writer @FPLThunshot has resurfaced as the international break comes to an end, offering a bag-full of goodies for the Fantasy Premier League community ahead of Gameweek .

This week, FPLThunshot explores another worthy batch of sub-10% owned FPL players for your consideration, whilst offering insight on the players and their upcoming fixtures.

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Dejan Lovren – Liverpool

  • £4.9m
  • 3.5%
  • 0, 2, 7
  • West Brom (H), Crystal Palace (A), Watford (H)

Liverpool seem to be firing on all cylinders at the moment and look to be a top side in the Premier League this season. The Reds began their Premier League campaign with a nightmare fixture list, but after 8 games, Klopp’s men sit 4th in the table, only 2 points behind league-leaders, Manchester City.

Now, however, Liverpool begin a run of 10 favourable fixtures, witch their next home games against West Brom, Watford and Sunderland respectively. Pair this with a strong display of recent form, I believe that Liverpool players offer the best return of investment for the next 3 or 4 Gameweek’s.

Liverpool have been a strong attacking side since Klopp took charge, but their defence has struggled to keep clean-sheets this season. They did, however, manage to secure their first clean-sheet of the season against Jose’s Manchester United team in Gameweek 8 so could be a sign of things to come.

Dejan Lovren is the best cheap and nailed on option into the Liverpool defence, in my opinion. Given the way the fixtures have fallen for Liverpool, I expect the Reds to keep some clean sheets and pick up those all-important bonus points.

Other recommended differential defenders under 10% TSB

  • Virgil van Dijk – Southampton [£5.4m, 9.0% owned]
  • Ashley Williams – Everton [£5.1m, 9.1% owned]
  • Nacho Monreal – Arsenal [£6.0m, 4.8% owned]

Mesut Ozil – Arsenal

  • £9.5m
  • 7.9%
  • 10, 3, 10
  • Middlesbrough (H), Sunderland (A), Spurs (H)

If you weren’t able to pick up Alexis Sanchez due to his price and you missed Theo Walcott in Gameweek 8’s Shrewd Moves article, I see no better Arsenal midfield option that Mesut Ozil. He, like the Arsenal midfield, has been in great FPL form with two double-digit hauls in his last three games.

He’s known for being a play-making midfielder and made his living last season racking up assists, however, he’s been more involved in goal-scoring this season which is a good thing for both Arsenal fans and FPL managers who own him. He even scored a hat-trick this week in Arsenal’s Champions League 6-0 win against Ludogorets.

Arsenal also have a good run of upcoming fixtures, playing Middlesbrough at the Emirates and Sunderland the week after, who are looking more and more like a Championship side each and every week.

Arsenal seem to be firing on all cylinders and Mesut is likely to start each game, without the risk of rotation. He’s a great pick for Gameweek 9 and beyond and is likely to be amongst the FPL points if Arsenal’s form continues.

Other recommended differential midfielders under 10% TSB

  • Robert Snodgrass – Hull City [£5.7m, 8.0% owned]
  • Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City [£10.6m, 9.3% owned]
  • Dele Alli – Spurs [£8.2m, 6.5% owned]

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth

  • £6.4m
  • 3.2%
  • 2, 8, 9
  • Spurs (H), Middlesbrough (A), Sunderland (H)

Last week, we tipped Charlie Austin to come good in the forward differential spot and boy did we hit the nail on the head. Callum Wilson was also a recommended differential forward, who scored a goal and an assist in Bournemouth’s 6-1 win against Hull.

Wilson is sure to lead the line for Bournemouth week in, week out. Despite not taking the penalty this past weekend, Wilson is likely to remain as Bournemouth’s spot-kick taker (this was likely done to give Junior Stanislas his hat-trick).

Bournemouth have a tough game against a strong Spurs defence next week, but, as West Brom’s Nacer Chadli scored against Spurs last week, I wouldn’t bet against Bournemouth failing to score too. Wilson has the possibility of grabbing a goal next week and then has plenty more favourable fixtures against Middlesbrough, Sunderland, and Stoke respectively.

I may potentially bring in Wilson to free up more funds for my midfield and I think this is a perfectly viable strategy for FPL managers.

Other recommended differential forwards under 10% TSB

  • Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace [£7.7m, 8.6% owned]
  • Troy Deeney – Watford [£7.1m, 8.2% owned]
  • Charlie Austin – Southampton [£6.5m, 7.7% owned]

Article written by @FPLThunshot – Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter for more Fantasy Premier League discussion and opinion.




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