Gameweek 9 preview

October 15, 2015

17 Oct 12:45 Spurs v Liverpool
17 Oct 15:00 Chelsea v Aston Villa
17 Oct 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham
17 Oct 15:00 Everton v Man Utd
17 Oct 15:00 Man City v Bournemouth
17 Oct 15:00 Southampton v Leicester
17 Oct 15:00 West Brom v Sunderland
17 Oct 17:30 Watford v Arsenal
18 Oct 16:00 Newcastle v Norwich
19 Oct 20:00 Swansea v Stoke

Most international breaks pass without incident. I can’t remember a time when a leading player has returned with a long term knock. Until now. Depending on which paper or website you read, Sergio Aguero could be out for anything between four and eight weeks. What is certain is that he definitely misses this week, and his chances of lining up against United in the Manchester derby next week also seem to have been written off.

Yet, is it really that big a deal? He was hardly banging them in before the Newcastle game. And the fact that he’s the most expensive player in the game means you can afford anybody you want.

Not that you would, but even by choosing Rooney or Costa at the top end of the strikers market, you’re going to have a few million left in the bank. Of the £10 million plus players, Daniel Sturridge offers the best differential potential. With only a 5.5% ownership, managers still seem reluctant to take a risk on him. Danny Ings is another that has suffered a serious injury this week. He is out for the season. It’s not as a result of his international debut, but of Jurgen Klopp’s first training session. With Benteke still out – Sturridge is definitely IN.

The ideal situation to be in would be to have two free transfers available. The three most in-form players are currently Kevin De Bruyne and Alexis Sanchez in the midfield, and Graziano Pelle in attack. Aguero plus one of your under performing midfielders surely affords you Pelle plus one of De Bruyne or Sanchez. Both City and Arsenal fans will expect goals in their weekend matches with each playing a newly promoted team. David Silva also returned from international duty with an injury that looks set to rule him out for at least a week. Much like Sturridge, De Bruyne will be his team’s main man this weekend.

Or, if you haven’t got him already, Jamie Vardy should definitely be considered. In eight gameweeks he has only failed to contribute in one. The form of Romelu Lukaku, Odion Ighalo and Anthony Martial is worth noting with each of them contributing something in three of the last four gameweeks. There are plenty of options. In fact, opting for Costa may sneak you ahead of your opponents. The Chelsea ogre is only owned by 6.1% of managers. They welcome Villa this weekend. Surely that’s a home banker. Isn’t it?

 

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