FPLTips Team Selection - Gameweek 9 potential WILDCARD1

1:14pm Nov 20 2020

There’s a chance FPLTips will activate their Wildcard for Gameweek 9. Let’s preview both their currently and potential wildcard team.

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Welcome to ‘Part 2’ of the Gameweek 9 Team Selection, where we’ll be taking an updated look at FPLTips’ squad before moving on to discuss a potential wildcard draft.

Gameweek 9 Preview – Current Squad

Goalkeeper and Defenders

The defensive options are starting to look a bit weary but the form of McCarthy and Walker-Peters has salvaged things to some degree.

They’ve kept 4 clean sheets in the last 6 Gameweeks and are up against a struggling Wolves side in Gameweek 9.

Matt Targett came in as one of three early transfers to freshen things up, with a home tie against Brighton up next for Villa.

The Seagulls have scored 3 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks; only West Brom, Arsenal (each 1) and Burnley (0) have fared worse.

Leeds have shipped 4 goals in each of the last 2 Gameweeks but Arsenal’s poor form in front of goal gives cause for optimism with Ayling.

The Gunners have failed to score from open play in the last 4 Gameweeks.Only Burnley (8) have landed fewer than their 11 shots on target in that time, while only 4 teams have fashioned fewer than their 4 big chances.

Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes was another early transfer over the international break; he comes in ahead of that home meeting with West Brom.

The Baggies have conceded 10 goals in 4 away matches this season; no side have shipped more.

With huge doubts over Salah’s availability after the Egyptian tested positive for COVID-19, it’s likely that Bissouma will have to deputise this weekend.

Whilst his ceiling is typically low, his long-range strike at Everton in Gameweek 4, along with his average of 2.0 shots per game this season, offer a glimmer of hope for an attacking return at Villa Park.

The plan is to move Son on to De Bruyne ahead of Gameweek 10 after giving him one final outing this weekend.

With 7 of his 8 goals coming on the road this season, the South Korean is averaging 14.0 points per game in away matches.

The trip to the Etihad this weekend will essentially be the acid test for Spurs, ahead of some much tougher fixtures.

Grealish can do no wrong for club or country at the moment; he’s averaged 6.3 points per game over the last 4 Gameweeks.

No player has created more than his 4 big chances in that time, with only Ziyech able to match that tally.

Forwards

With 2 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks, Calvert-Lewin has averaged 5.0 points per game coming into the meeting with Fulham on Sunday.

Despite shipping only 4 goals over the same period, Fulham have allowed opponents 8 big chances, with only Leeds, Everton (each 12) and Sheffield Utd (13) faring worse.

Patrick Bamford came in as the third transfer, replacing Jimenez, having earned 7.0 points per game over the last 4 Gameweeks.

Gameweek 9 Team Selection - FPLTips

The Leeds talisman ranks top amongst forwards over that period, with 8 shots on target, 16 shots in the box and 7 big chances.

The plan is to give Kane one final outing this weekend before moving him on to Jamie Vardy for Gameweek 10, helping to fund the move from Son to De Bruyne.

Spurs face four traditional ‘big six’ teams and Leicester over the next 7 Gameweeks.

Captaincy Selection

As mentioned in the ‘Part 1’ video, one of the reasons for bringing Bruno Fernandes in this Gameweek was with a view to giving him the captain’s armband and that remains the plan.

He’s averaged 8.5 points per game over the last 6 Gameweeks, with 5 goals and 3 assists.

Gameweek 9 Preview – Wildcard Draft

The plan as things stand is to persevere with this current squad for Gameweek 9 but there has been some temptation to play the wildcard.

So, let’s take a look at a hypothetical wildcard draft:

Goalkeepers

Emi Martinez would come in between the sticks, though Fabianski or perhaps even Ederson at the premium range, are alternatives.

Aston Villa have conceded the joint-fewest number of goals this season (9) and have great long-term fixtures.

Defenders

There would be a lot more money spent in defence than with the current team, with a spot for injury-doubt Robertson, should he be passed fit.

Along with Cancelo and Lamptey, he ranks amongst the top 4 defenders for touches in the opposition’s box in the last 4 Gameweeks.

Priced at just £4.3m, regular starter Jamal Lewis would be selected as the fifth defender, for cover from the bench.

Midfielders

Doubts over Salah present an opportunity to pick up Sadio Mané as a differential for the time being, while Fernandes, Grealish and Bissouma would all keep their places from the current team.

Kevin De Bruyne would be coming in a week earlier than planned, replacing Son.

From Gameweek 10, Man City welcome Burnley, Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle to the Etihad over a six-match spell.

Forwards

There would be just one change amongst the forwards, with Ollie Watkins eligible for selection after removing Jed Steer from the squad; Harry Kane being the man to make way.

FPLTips - Gameweek 9 Wildcard team

Final Thoughts – Current Squad vs. Wildcard Draft

So, there are a few problems that the wildcard could fix, particularly in defence and on the bench, but the midfield and forward positions wouldn’t be too different.

One advantage of sticking with the current squad is being able to give the Spurs duo the chance to prove themselves in the first of their many tough fixtures to come.

The current defence is very light and not really viable in the long-term but it would temporarily allow for a punt on Jamie Vardy, alongside three other big hitters.

Salah news will also be key in deciding whether to hit the wildcard button.

He’s reportedly set to receive another COVID-19 test on Thursday which will determine whether or not he can return to England.

But again, for now, the plan remains to stick with this current squad.

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