Gameweek 9 FPL Q&A with FPLTips and FFPundits

2:56pm Nov 18 2020

Mo Salah to miss Gameweek 9 game against Leicester City after testing positive again for Coronavirus, according to the Egyptian FA

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As the second international break of the season comes to an end, it’s time for the latest edition in our Q&A series with FFPundits and FPLTips of the 2020/21 season!

Here’s a look at some of the brilliant and thoughtful questions that have been sent in to us via Twitter, ahead of Gameweek 9.

Please note that all player prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of writing and recording.


Q.Is now the Time to sell Spurs assets?”

Kane and Son have been quite comfortably the top-scoring FPL assets this season, producing 25 goal involvements between them, but there is a growing temptation to move them on due to their upcoming schedule.

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

Their next fixture with a difficulty rating (FDR) of 2 comes against Fulham in Gameweek 16.

Whilst there’s no immediate rush to sell them, there are strong alternative options with both form and fixtures in that premium price bracket.

Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Jamie Vardy have produced eye-catching performances in recent weeks and have far more enticing schedules than the Spurs duo.

George Ezomo (@Geejnrr) asks:

Q. “What’s the plan with owning Salah now?”

Last Friday, we got the news that Mo Salah had tested positive for COVID-19 whilst away on international duty with Egypt.

His return to action will ultimately depend on how long it takes for him to produce a negative test result but based on what we’ve seen with previous players who’ve tested positive, it seems likely that he’ll miss between 1 and 2 matches.

With his form and with Liverpool’s favourable schedule right up until mid-January, I’d lean towards keeping hold of him and turning to your bench for a solution in Gameweek 9.

However, those on a wildcard could take the opportunity to switch to Sadio Mané, who offers similar potential to the Egyptian barring penalty duties and is much more of a differential.

UPDATE: The media suggests that Mo Salah has again today (Wednesday 18th November) returned another positive test for COVID-19 whilst away on international duty with Egypt, and will now miss Liverpool’s Gameweek 9 game against Leicester City on Sunday night.

Get Back In The Kitchen (@GetBackInTheKi6) asks:

Q. “Who are the best defensive options around the £5.0m mark?”

The next 9 Gameweeks see Brighton face just two teams rated higher than a 3 on the FDR, giving Tariq Lamptey potential to add to his 1 goal and 3 assists.

Only Robertson (31) has had more touches in the opposition’s box this season, amongst FPL defenders.

Aston Villa have a kind schedule over the next 7 Gameweeks, while West Ham have favourable fixtures right through until mid-February, so both Targett and Coufal remain strong defensive options.

No side have conceded fewer goals than West Ham (6) over the last 6 Gameweeks, while only Southampton (4) have kept more than their 3 clean sheets.

Aston Villa have shipped the joint-fewest number of goals this season (9), keeping 4 clean sheets.

Sonison (@dodo_lili12) asks:

Q. “Who would you suggest as a Chilwell replacement?”

Ben Chilwell was forced off in the first-half of England’s defeat to Belgium with a back problem but it’s not yet clear how serious the injury is, so be sure to wait for the press conference later in the week before selling.

But if it does turn out to be something that will rule him out, any of the three budget defenders mentioned in the last question could be options to downgrade to.

For more of a like-for-like replacement, Man City defenders Cancelo and Dias stand out with a favourable schedule up until early February.

Burnley, Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle are the next four teams to visit the Etihad.

Whilst Guardiola does have a history of rotating his full-backs, Cancelo has made 4 consecutive Premier League starts, where he’s amassed 2 clean sheets and an assist to average 6.0 points per game.

His 11 attempted assists over that period ranks top, not only amongst defenders, but also amongst Man City teammates.

Rahul Doshi (@rahuldo07) asks:

Q. “Are you going to wildcard this GW? If not when do you plan to use it?”

The plan has been to use the first wildcard as late as possible, so ideally ahead of Gameweek 16, with a view to more easily navigating the Blank and Double Gameweeks that are likely to fall in the weeks that follow.

We’ll know more about those when the January TV fixtures are announced.

However, there definitely is temptation to scrap that plan and instead play it ahead of this weekend, so we’ll be taking a look at a potential wildcard draft in tomorrow’s ‘Gameweek 9 Team Selection: Part 2’ video.

The final question for this episode comes from Jay FPL (@NoWayItsJai):

Q. “What’s the plan with Chelsea assets? Time to buy or wait and see?”

It looks as though Chelsea have finally started to click going forwards; they’ve scored 10 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks and only Southampton (11) have managed more.

They’ve made big improvements defensively over that spell too, with no side keeping more than their 2 clean sheets and only four teams shipping fewer goals than their 4.

It’s surely no co-incidence that Hakim Ziyech made his return from injury over this period.

He’s started in each of the last 2 Gameweeks, where he’s amassed 1 goal and 3 assists, to average 12.5 points per game.

No player has created as many as his 4 big chances in this time.

But Chelsea’s upcoming schedule isn’t overly appealing, with Leeds being the only fixture with a difficulty rating (FDR) of 2 in the next 10 Gameweeks.

Ziyech is definitely the most tempting purchase of all the Chelsea assets but I’d argue that Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne, though more expensive, are both bigger priorities right now.

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