Gameweek 9 was a low-scoring week until the last game kicked off and Harry Kane finally ended his Wembley curse. We saw a lot of drama last weekend but is there something we can learn from it all? In this piece I will give my take on what we saw last weekend, and what it means for FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 10 and beyond.
by Nekzad Bajan
KANE BANISHES WEMBLEY CURSE
Harry Kane failed to score at Wembley in spite of having produced more shots (28) and attempts on target (10) than any forward at home. However, the Englishman wasted no time in making amends on Sunday. In spite of his struggle at Spurs’ temporary home, Kane has now moved to the top of the FPL player standings for the first time this term, with four braces in six gameweeks.
With a trip to Manchester United’s injury-hit defence who lost at Huddersfield this week, Spurs will hence hold little fear at the Theatre of Dreams. Following that game, the home clash against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 11 will give him the opportunity to move even further ahead of the pack.
The striker missed the midweek cup defeat to West Ham, but all reports today suggest that he will be fresh and fit for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford. Kane then has his favourite away opponent Arsenal in Gameweek 12, after which favourable fixtures follow until Gameweek 18. Kane is one of the most trusted strikers in the Premier League and is the perfect in-form striker with no risk rotation unlike City’s Sergio Aguero. Kane should be a permanent fixture in your lineups yet again, as he is definitely up for that Golden Boot race again.
DAVIES MISSES OUT AS TRIPPIER DELIVERS
Ben Davies is owned by 21% of FPL managers with only Kane, Eriksen and Alli owned by more managers among Spurs assets. Davies is joint-third among defenders in Fantasy with 49 points. However, the Welshman has only started in two of the last five gameweeks.
The return of Danny Rose puts his place in more jeopardy and hence, managers have started to part with the Welshman. On the other side, Kieran Trippier’s Fantasy star continues to rise. The right wing-back has four assists in his last six outings and sits on 47 points- just two behind Davies. He is owned by just 7% of managers compared to Davies’ 22%.
However, as we have witnessed this season, Pochettino will continue to rotate full-backs, particularly now that the manager has a full quota of four to select from.
For all those who own Davies, I think he deserves one last chance this week. In my opinion, the Welshman should make it to the XI this week and grab some Fantasy points for us managers. As for Trippier, I feel he is a gamble because I don’t see his place confirmed and he could be rotated sooner or later in the coming gameweeks.
ARSENAL TRIO LOOKING GOOD
The Everton match marked the first time Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil played together this season. With forty minutes gone at Goodison Park, the trio could not do much. However, in the last five minutes, the Gunners scored three and the three amigos of them grabbed big points for their dwindling ownership.
Lacazette scored his first PL goal on the road while Ozil produced a big 13-point performance with a goal, an assist and maximum bonus points. The Chilean’s goal, assist and bonus point produced 11 points and got him right back into our Fantasy watchlists, in a season fractured by all manners of distractions.
Sanchez has now delivered in his last three starts. His £11.8m price tag is prohibitive for many but he remains to be a strong differential owned by just 2.3% of Fantasy managers. Ozil is certainly looking very confident while French striker Lacazette is still finding his feet in the league. However, in this game all three demonstrated their attacking prowess in spades and looked very strong together. They are worth monitoring for the next couple of gameweeks.
Wenger continues to select his young players for the Europa League campaign, keeping his big, damage-dealers fresh for the Premier League. Arsenal face Man City, Spurs and Man United in the next six gameweeks. However, with enough rest and a strong attack upfront, Arsenal players can start rewarding their Fantasy managers soon.
That is all from me for this week. Make wise transfers, stay safe and enjoy the FPL weekend. Good luck and I hope you all have green arrows!