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Euan’s FPL Preview: the GW9 essentials

Written by Sport, Sport Features

Aston Villa vs Brighton

Jack Grealish (7.4m) hauled a massive 15 points in GW7 against Southampton, his second big return this season. Brighton at home kicks off Villa’s attractive run of games between GW9-GW15, making the Villa talisman an FPL essential. Grealish has had 10 shots inside the box this season, and has had 9 goal contributions so far. He has also created 5 big chances this season, the highest for midfielders. He is the third most owned midfielder (31.2%), meaning that it’s a high risk strategy for FPL managers to not own him, given how likely a double digit return is from Grealish in this period of fixtures. Not terrible.

Liverpool vs Leicester

After a scintillating performance against last season’s Champions League quarter finalists Atalanta, Diogo Jota (6.4m) is a man in red hot form. Jota has already scored 3 goals in the league for Liverpool this season, and has an impressive 60% shot accuracy. If Jota can nail his place in the starting line-up, he would be massively undervalued at his current price, highlighting the reward for managers who transfer him in sooner rather than later. With an impressive xGI of 0.58 per 90, the Liverpool forward is the ultimate differential at just 5.9% ownership.

Fulham vs Everton

After both missed the game against Newcastle, the return of James Rodriguez (7.9m) and Richarlison (8m) will be a massive boost for Carlo Ancelotti. With upcoming fixtures against Fulham, Leeds and Burnley, Rodriguez at £7.9m looks a must have.

Everton averaged 3.2 big chances per game in the opening 5 gameweeks, but have only registered one big chance in gameweeks 6 and 7, which highlights how badly Everton have missed Richarlison and Rodriguez. The Columbian has a created 1.05 big chances per 90 this season, and has averaged an impressive 6.8 points this season, the Everton man is a must have in your FPL team if you don’t already own him.

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Last modified: 14th November 2020

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