FPLTips' TEAM SELECTION - Gameweek 10
Posted by FFPundits
1:29pm Oct 24 2018
Double Liverpool in defence and Mohamed Salah as captain for the FPLtips team in Gameweek 10
A score of 42 points in Gameweek 9 was around the overall average and saw a small drop in rank from 42K to 45K but ultimately, not much ground has been lost there and we can move swiftly on to the plans for Gameweek 10.
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There’s temptation to look at alternative goalkeeper options such as Mat Ryan and Lukasz Fabianski but with a trip to Brighton up next for Wolves, Rui Patricio gets the chance to redeem himself.
Brighton have scored just 3 goals over the last 4 Gameweeks; only Huddersfield, Newcastle (2), Crystal Palace (1) and Southampton (0) have managed fewer.
Similarly, only Huddersfield (2) have had fewer big chances than Chris Hughton’s side (3) over that period, while only Man City (0) have conceded fewer big chances than Wolves (3).
There’s also a case for downgrading Marcos Alonso, with the left-back having failed to find attacking returns in any of his last 5 outings.
But the primary replacement option would have to be Benjamin Mendy, who travels away to Spurs this weekend, so for now, Alonso keeps his place alongside Andrew Robertson.
Despite scoring 7 goals in their last 4 games, Burnley have only had a total of 3 big chances in that time; on par with Brighton and only Huddersfield have had fewer – with 2.
Liverpool have only conceded once in the last 4 Gameweeks and they’ll be looking for their 7th clean sheet of the season when they host Cardiff this weekend.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has featured on the bench for the last two league matches and there’s no certainty of him reclaiming his starting place in Gameweek 10.
But with Wolves defender Ryan Bennett set to come in to replace him if needed, there’s no harm in waiting another week to see what happens with that situation.
Reports suggest Eden Hazard is set to miss out in the Europa League midweek with a back problem and is an early doubt for the trip to Burnley.
But unless he gets ruled out, which seems unlikely, there’s surely no other reason to part with the in-form Belgian.
Over the last 4 Gameweeks only Willian (15) and Sigurdsson (17) have provided more attempted assists than Hazard (14), while only Kane (13) and Aguero (18) have taken more shots from inside the box (11) – if I was a betting man I’d go all in on Hazard to score this weekend.
James Maddison’s creativity continues to impress, especially with those deadly set piece deliveries; only 4 players have created more chances than the Leicester midfielder over the last 4 Gameweeks.
But it is somewhat concerning to see his goal threat significantly drop in that time. Of his 6 efforts at goal, only 1 found the target and none were from inside the box.
Mo Salah has almost gone in the opposite direction, with improved goal threat and far weaker chance creation numbers in his recent matches.
His 10 shots inside the box is just one fewer than Eden Hazard’s tally, while only Mahrez (8) has taken more shots on target amongst midfielders, in the last 4 Gameweeks.
Richarlison is the player amongst the midfield looking most disposable at the moment, finding only one return in his last 4 matches, since returning from suspension.
4 shots on target in that time isn’t terrible by any means but it is fewer than teammates Walcott and Sigurdsson – who’ve each found the target on 6 occasions.
But Everton’s Gameweek 10 opponents are Man Utd, who have looked far from solid at the back this season, conceding 8 goals over the last 4 Gameweeks; only Cardiff (10) and Fulham (13) have conceded more times over that period.
Marko Arnautovic came in as part of 2 free transfers last Gameweek with this upcoming run of fixtures in mind.
6 shots on target by the West Ham forward in the last 4 Gameweeks is level with Salah; only Aguero (7), Mahrez (8) and Kane (9) have taken more.
Once again, Sergio Aguero ranks top amongst all players with his 19 goal attempts and 18 efforts from inside the box, over the last 4 Gameweeks.
No player has had more than the Argentine’s 5 big chances over that period, matched only by Harry Kane.
Man City have scored 12 goals over the last 4 Gameweeks; a total matched only by Arsenal, while only Chelsea (18 to 15) have had more big chances during that run.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has seen a dip in form of late, having gone 3 games without a goal and mustering up just 3 efforts on target in the last 4 Gameweeks but the assist against Cardiff in Gameweek 9 may just buy him some more time.
The underlying numbers don’t appear to favour him this week either, with Bournemouth having kept back-to-back clean sheets, allowing just 5 big chances in their last 4 matches.
Only Spurs (4), Wolves (3) and Man City (0) have conceded fewer big chances over that period.
Eden Hazard is likely to be a popular captain choice in Gameweek 10, providing he’s available for the trip to Burnley.
No player has created more chances (13) than the Belgian over the last 3 Gameweeks, and only Aguero (12 to 9) has taken more shots inside the box in that time.
But Mo Salah’s goal threat is similarly impressive and the Egypt international has a favourable home fixture against Cardiff.
There isn’t too much to separate the two players in terms of form or fixture, so this one will largely come down to whether you want to back the higher owned player in Hazard, or trust in Mo Salah delivering and being slightly more of a differential.
For now, the armband is with the Liverpool man.
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