Who's HOT & Who's NOT? - FPL Gameweek 10
Posted by FFPundits
11:39am Oct 26 2017
Players from Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City make it on to our Hot or Not list for Gameweek 10
Welcome to the madhouse, Fantasy Premier League bosses…
Unpredictability levels in the world of FPL have perhaps never been greater than they are at present, with star players flickering in and out of form, shock results occurring on a weekly basis, and squad rotation policies wreaking havoc with untold numbers of FPL squads.
What’s more, the managerial merry-go-round is now in full swing, which looks set to add to the inconsistent nature of this season’s Premier League.
Attempting to establish some order out of the chaos, I present to you ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’ for Gameweek 10. As always, I wish all FPL players the very best of of luck!
Nicolas Otamendi vs. West Brom (a)
Manchester City are in incredible form going into their Gameweek 10 clash with West Brom – they remain unbeaten in the Premier League, and have kept five clean sheets in their last six.
Nicolas Otamendi has been an almost ever-present for Pep Guardiola’s side so far this season, and has weighed in with a couple of goals – the latest of which came in their Gameweek 9 victory over Burnley.
By contrast, the Baggies have failed to score from open play in four of their last five, so yet another clean sheet for Otamendi and co. looks a real possibility in Gameweek 10.
Richarlison vs. Stoke City (h)
Watford are turning out to be this season’s ‘surprise package’, and were impressive yet again in Gameweek 9, despite eventually losing out to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Marco Silva’s side currently sit sixth, and have an excellent opportunity to build on their good form as struggling Stoke travel to Vicarage Road in Gameweek 10.
In Richarlison, the Hornets appear to have unearthed a real gem, and he’s slowly becoming a big hit with FPL bosses as his popularity continues to rise.
The young Brazilian took his FPL tally to 50 for the season with an assist in Gameweek 9 – his third in as many Gameweeks.
After a recent price rise, he’s now yours for £6.3m – which is still an absolute bargain when compared with several other midfield options.
Alexandre Lacazette vs. Swansea (h)
Arsenal bounced back from their Gameweek 8 defeat at Watford by putting five past Everton in Gameweek 9, with Lacazette on the scoresheet for the fifth time in Premier League this season.
The Gunners face Swansea at the Emirates in Gameweek 10, where the Frenchman has scored four Premier League goals in as many games. What’s more, with the likes of Ramsey, Wilshere and Ozil in good form, he’s likely to receive plenty of service.
Perhaps a touch on the expensive side at £10.3m, however the big advantage that Lacazette offers is that he is a guaranteed starter – the same cannot be said of Manchester City’s attacking duo of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, who are vulnerable to rotation.
Also, with Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku going head-to-head in Gameweek 10, Lacazette could be your perfect alternative.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Ahmed Hegazi vs. Man City (a)
If you’re in search of your first win in seven, the last team you want to face is Manchester City – but that’s the reality for West Brom as Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers visit the Hawthorns in Gameweek 10.
Ahmed Hegazi remains the most popular defender among FPL bosses, despite the Baggies failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their last four – it would be a real turn up for the books if Tony Pulis’s side were to end that record against a City side who are averaging over three goals per game.
For Gameweek 10, Brighton’s Shane Duffy at £4.5m could be your ideal replacement in a straight-swap.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan vs. Tottenham (h)
It’s no goals and no assists in four Gameweeks now for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as United suffered a shock defeat at Huddersfield in Gameweek 9.
Jose Mourinho’s side face in-form Spurs in Gameweek 10, who have conceded just three goals in their last six Premier League fixtures, while United’s goal-crazy start to the season has curtailed in recent weeks – could a fifth-straight barren Gameweek be in the offing for Mkhitaryan?
The Armenian started Gameweek 9 on the bench, and after Jose Mourinho publicly criticised his side’s attitude after the defeat, it’s anyone’s guess who’ll make the starting eleven in Gameweek 10.
Roberto Firmino vs. Huddersfield (h)
For the second Gameweek on the bounce, Liverpool’s goal-shy forward completes our ‘not’ section.
The Brazilian was largely anonymous yet again as Jurgen Klopp’s side were taken apart by Spurs in Gameweek 9 – the former Hoffenheim man has failed to earn over two points in any of the last six Gameweeks.
All eyes will be on the Reds to see how they react in Gameweek 10 after their Wembley horror show, as they take on a buoyant Huddersfield side at Anfield.
However, with the fit-again Daniel Sturridge back in contention, I have a feeling that Klopp may just have run out of patience with his number 9, along with a number of FPL bosses, as his popularity begins to decline.
Admittedly, striking options within Firmino’s price range are limited, so my best advice would be to consider some of the cheaper options available and then use that extra cash to bolster your midfield, where there are an abundance of great options.
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