FPL Players to Watch: Gameweek's 9 to 12
Posted by FFPundits
2:24pm Oct 16 2018
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah gave us all an injury scare whilst on international duty, but looks set to play in Gameweek 9
Welcome back to another instalment of the ‘Players to Watch’ series, where we’ll be taking a look at 4 players to consider for your FPL team over the next 4 Gameweeks, between Gameweek 9 and Gameweek 12.
We must also point out whilst some of the players in this article may seem like obvious picks (especially to those who own them) and due to their ownership – they’re more selections based on our own personal teams (@FFPundits and @_FPLtips) so consider this piece more of a brain-dump.
Please note that all player prices and ownership percentage were correct at the time of publishing. However, we will do our best to update these twice a day for you.
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Sadio Mané – £9.9m | 37.6% owned
Fixtures: hud, CAR, ars, FUL
After Mo Salah suffered a muscle injury away on international duty, the Egyptian is now a big doubt ahead of Gameweek 9 but his teammate Sadio Mané can be considered as an alternative route into the Liverpool attack.
Mané started the season strong, with 4 goals in his first 4 matches, before failing to find FPL returns in any of the 4 games that followed.
However, only 6 midfielders in the game have taken more than Mané’s 5 shots on target across the last 4 Gameweeks. Pogba leads the way with 8 efforts, while the in-form Eden Hazard has produced 7.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have taken on Spurs, Chelsea and Man City over those last 4 matches, so it’s no surprise that there’s been a drop in Mané’s individual attacking returns and in the amount of goals Liverpool have scored as a team.
They found the back of the net on just 6 occasions over this period, compared to their 9 goals scored between Gameweek 1 and Gameweek 4.
From Gameweek 9 onwards, they face Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham over a 4 Gameweek period; three sides that have failed to find a win between them across their last 5 matches.
12 goals conceded by Fulham and Cardiff over the last 4 Gameweeks is the joint-worst defensive record in the league, while no team have conceded more big chances than Fulham, over that period.
Over the course of the season, Huddersfield and Cardiff have each conceded 17 goals and only Fulham (with 21) have shipped more.
Raheem Sterling – £11.1m | 5.6% owned
Fixtures: BUR, tot, SOU, MUN
7.1 points per match by Raheem Sterling this season can only be bettered by Eden Hazard amongst midfielders (9.3) and with his premium price tag of £11.1m, the 23-year-old offers an alternative to Mo Salah.
The Man City midfielder has been directly involved in 6 goals this season, with 5 of those involvements coming during the last 5 Gameweeks – if you are a betting man and fancy Sterling to score vs Burnley then OddsMarket offers all the odds and information you need.
His tally of 7 efforts on target in that time is on par with Salah; only Hazard – with 8 and Pogba – with 9, have taken more amongst midfielders.
13 attempted assists by Sterling, over the same period, is on par with Maddison, David Silva and Bernardo Silva and is just one fewer than Hazard has produced.
Man City have enjoyed comfortable wins over Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton over their last 4 Gameweeks, taking a league-high tally of 29 shots on target and scoring a total of 10 goals during that period; only Arsenal have scored more – with 11 goals.
Guardiola’s side are at home for 3 of their next 4 games, welcoming Southampton to the Etihad in Gameweek 11 after Burnley face the league leaders in Gameweek 9.
Saints have allowed 10 goals past them over the last 4 Gameweeks; only Fulham and Cardiff have conceded more goals during that period (12).
Andrew Robertson – £6.3m | 27.7% owned
Fixtures: hud, CAR, ars, FUL
Liverpool have offered one of the strongest defences in the Premier League this season, with only Man City matching their tallies of 5 clean sheets and 3 goals conceded so far.
Andrew Robertson’s attacking potential and creativity down the left wing has been key for the Reds, with only 5 defenders providing more than his 2 assists, from the opening 8 matches.
Even more impressive are his underlying numbers, with the left-back’s tally of 13 attempted assists ranking 3rd best amongst defenders; only Trippier – with 14 and Holebas – with 17 have produced more.
But only 3 of those attempted assists came during the last 4 Gameweeks, where Liverpool faced those tough fixtures against Spurs, Chelsea and Man City, compared to his total of 9 attempted assists from the first 4 matches.
Liverpool created a total of 51 chances in the first 4 Gameweeks and that dropped down to just 31 chances created between Gameweek 5 and Gameweek 8.
But Gameweek 9 marks the start of a long run of favourable fixtures for Jürgen Klopp’s side, which is likely to see a return to a more creative style of play.
Huddersfield have taken just 11 shots on target over the last 4 Gameweeks, with only Fulham producing fewer in that time – with 10.
2 goals scored by Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham during the same period gives the trio the joint-worst goals tally in the league; also matched by Crystal Palace, Southampton and Watford, with no team scoring fewer goals in that time.
Marko Arnautovic – £7.0m | 17.0% owned
Fixtures: TOT, lei, BUR, hud.
Marko Arnautovic has provided 4 goals and 1 assist from 7 appearances this season and his average of 5.3 points per match ranks joint 6th amongst forwards; closely matching Aubameyang’s average of 5.4 and Kane’s 5.6, despite the huge difference in price.
When compared with other forwards, priced at £7.0m or below, 5 FPL involvements by Arnautovic is level with Jimenez, Murray and King; only Mitrovic – with 6 and Wilson – with 10, have been directly involved in more goals.
The West Ham forward’s total of 8 shots on target is just one fewer than Wilson has taken, despite featuring in one less game.
The Hammers have had to endure a tricky start to the season, facing Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd so far but they came away with positive results against the latter two teams.
Their tally of 6 goals scored across the last 4 Gameweeks is on par with Spurs and Liverpool, with only 7 teams producing more goals.
A London derby against Spurs awaits West Ham in Gameweek 9 before a long run of favourable fixtures, lasting right up until Gameweek 21.
Leicester and Huddersfield have each conceded 7 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks; only Watford (9), Southampton (10), Cardiff and Fulham (12) have shipped more goals in that time.
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