THE FPL WATCHLIST - Gameweek 10
Posted by FFPundits
2:46pm Oct 23 2018
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy features on our FPL Watch List for Gameweek 10
Welcome to another instalment of the FPL Watchlist, where we take a look at three players who impressed over the weekend and will be options to transfer in over the coming Gameweeks for both @FFPundits and @_FPLtips.
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Benjamin Mendy – £6.3 | 16.3%
After missing 3 games through injury, Benjamin Mendy made his return for Man City during the goalless draw with Liverpool in Gameweek 8.
The 5-0 win over Burnley this weekend saw him earn a 2nd consecutive clean sheet and his 6th attacking return in as many games.
3 attempted assists by the Frenchman in Gameweek 9 was 2nd highest amongst defenders, with Cardiff’s Joe Bennett the only man to produce more (4).
Mendy’s average of 7.8 points per match ranks 2nd best amongst defenders this season, with only Lovren’s 9.0 points per match proving superior, though the Liverpool centre-back has made just 2 appearances.
With Spurs and Man Utd coming up over the next 3 Gameweeks, the fixtures don’t look too appetising in the short-term but the league leaders are the only side to concede 0 goals and 0 big chances during the last 4 Gameweeks – he’ll certainly be a popular pick on most daily fantasy sports games.
Mat Ryan – £4.5m | 3.9%
Brighton kept a 2nd successive clean sheet when they beat Newcastle by a goal to nil in Gameweek 9, with Mat Ryan picking up 5 bonus points and 3 save points, over those last 2 matches.
36 saves by the Australian ranks 3rd best amongst goalkeepers this season; with only Fabianski (37) and Hart (41) producing more.
No team have conceded more total shots (44) than Brighton over the last 2 Gameweeks, while only Southampton and Burnley have faced more efforts from inside the box.
However, only Man City (0), Huddersfield (0), Liverpool (1) and Bournemouth (2) have conceded fewer big chances than Brighton over the same period, excluding Arsenal and Leicester, who are yet to play their Gameweek 9 match at the time of writing.
So, although Brighton are conceding a high volume of chances, they’re generally low quality chances.
Their schedule over the next 7 Gameweeks remains very kind, with home encounters against Wolves, Leicester and Crystal Palace on the cards, as well as away trips to Everton, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Burnley.
Josh Murphy – £4.8m | 0.4%
Josh Murphy has started each in of the last 3 Gameweeks, scoring 2 goals over that period, in home matches against Burnley and Fulham.
The Cardiff midfielder has taken a total of 6 shots on target during that timeframe (last 3), which ranks joint 1st amongst midfielders, along with Gylfi Sigurdsson, beating Salah’s 5 and Hazard’s 4.
Similarly, 14 total shots by Murphy in that time can only be bettered by the Iceland international – with Sigurdsson producing 15 goal attempts in the last 3 Gameweeks.
With his £4.8m price tag, could the 23-year-old be an option for a cheap 4th midfielder, for rotation with Wolves defenders and Wan-Bissaka.
For example, it’s Liverpool away next for Murphy, but home fixtures against Leicester and Brighton could perhaps be occasions to utilise him in the starting lineup.
During those Gameweeks (11 & 12), Wolves face Spurs and Arsenal, while Crystal Palace are up against Chelsea and Spurs.
It would require downgrading either Richarlison or Maddison to accommodate the Cardiff midfielder, but is that a sacrifice worth considering in order to fund Robertson, Mendy and Alonso in defence?
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