FPL Update- The weekly precursor to the Players to Watch article is back ahead of Game-week 9, where we provide information as to which players to pick. This is our way of helping the Fantasy Premier League players climb up the overall rankings and won some prizes, including the ones in our Fantasy League.
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1. Nicolas Otamendi (MCI DEF: 5.5m)
Upcoming fixtures: Crystal Palace (A), Aston Villa (H)
The Manchester City centre-back bagged a 15 point haul against the Hornets in an 8-0 victory getting a goal and an assist in addition to the clean sheet points. He is second to Lucas Digne in terms of total attempts on goal (8) and tops among all defenders for shots inside the box (8). Also, no defender has been afforded more big chances than the Argentine over the season – all these stats despite missing a match in game-week 1.
With City having no senior centre-backs fit at the moment and losing to Wolves, Pep is currently having to deploy the Brazilian Fernandinho in the heart of City’s defence alongside Otamendi. It’s safe to assume that the Argentine defender is very much nailed on to start every game, whilst having a very budget-friendly price tag. It’s also worth mentioning that with Fernandinho partnering him, Otamendi becomes a good candidate for the bonus as well as he has fewer contenders to compete with, should City keep a clean sheet.
Read More: Latest Manchester City Vs Arsenal Game News
2. Heung-Min Son (TOT MID: 9.7m)
Upcoming fixtures: Watford (H), Liverpool (A)
Despite a poor performance by Spurs against the Foxes and the games that followed, the South Korean Heung-Min Son impressed yet again. He has given FPL Managers another headache, of which bandwagon to jump on to with multiple options in there. The Spurs’ winger had a total of 3 attempts on goal with 1 big chance. He also created the most chances in the game, joint top with Lamela (3), earning the assist for Harry Kane’s goal against Leicester.
In the last four matches, only Arsenal’s Pepe has had more attempts on goal than Son and only Raheem Sterling has had more shots inside than box. Spurs face home games against Southampton and Watford in the next three combined with an away trip to The Amex where they face The Seagulls.
Son still has ownership of just 8.6% and could prove to be a deadly differential in the upcoming weeks for FPL Managers.
3. Tammy Abraham (CHE FWD: 7.3m)
Upcoming fixtures: Newcastle (H), Burnley (A)
Another Chelsea man here, who looks like a no brainer with his form added with his fixtures. The Englishman has seven goals, his last four games with his only blank coming against Liverpool.
Only Aguero (21), Deulofeu (17) and Firmino (15) have had more attempts on goal than Abraham (14) in the last 4 weeks. Over the same period, only Aguero has had more Big Chances than the English International. In terms of expected goals, only Aguero and Haller have had a better xG than Tammy Abraham. Even in his blank against The Reds, Tammy was top for total shots on the day (3), all of them coming from inside the box and 1 of them being a big chance.
Chelsea has amazing fixtures in the next six games and Abraham looks the pick of the bunch. A double up with Mount could be the way to go in the coming game-weeks.
4. Roberto Firmino (LIV FWD: 9.4m)
Upcoming fixtures: Manchester United (H), Tottenham Hotspurs (A)
Firmino netted his third goal of the season during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Chelsea and found the target with both of his shots. Only Chris Wood and Sergio Aguero recorded more than his 2 big chances in game-week 6.
During the last four game-weeks, only Aguero (21) and Deulofeu (17) have had more efforts on goal, with the Brazilian ranking third with 15. No Liverpool player has fired more goal attempts or found more efforts on target than the Brazilian, while his tally of 16 shots inside the box is at par with Mohammed Salah. With a total of 5 big chances created this season is level with his teammate TAA, and only KDB has more this season with 10.
The 27-year-old has averaged 7.3 points per game this season. While Salah has 8.3ppm and Mane has 7ppm. Putting this in context, Firmino is providing the best points per million value compared to his counterparts and could be a great cheap option from that Liverpool frontline to have.
Differential Pick For Your FPL Team:
Nicolas Pepe (ARS MID: 9.4m)
Upcoming fixtures: Sheffield United (A), Crystal Palace (H)
Nicolas Pepe opened his account for the season. That was, as he scored a penalty helping Arsenal come back from being 2-1 down to win 3-2 against Aston Villa. Although it’s important to know, Pepe is not on penalty duties. Aubameyang let him score for him to open his account for the season.
Coming in at ownership of JUST 3.5%, Pepe could be the missing piece in every FPL Manager’s differential puzzle. In the last four weeks, no midfielder has had more attempts on goal than him. The Ivorian having 17 attempts on goal with nine of them coming from inside the box. Only Sterling, Salah and Cantwell have had a better xG in the last four game-weeks.
With Arsenal opting for a policy of “Scoring more than our opponents, because we are pathetic at the back” and with a favourable run of fixtures coming in for Arsenal, Pepe looks like an enticing attacking option. He can be the one to help FPL Manager’s climb up the rankings.
Thanks for reading and wishing you all the very best for the upcoming game-week. We at Beyond The Posts hope this article helps you find the missing piece/pieces in your FPL team. Make the right choices and score more. Let the best FPL team win!!