Liverpool, Bournemouth, Chelsea and Brexit make the Preview

Fantasy Football – Gameweek 9 Preview – Written by @NiallHawthorne

As International Break #2 draws to a close, we look back on what we’ve learned from the most recent Premier League hiatus.

Racism is still abhorrently present in society, and unfortunately nearly as widespread as another human scourge, namely ‘whataboutery’. The UK government are ploughing on with their bold Brexit plans to make every UK citizen worse off in both their future and their pockets. The England football team veer from terrible to bloody brilliant in the blink of an eye. Donald Trump is taking US foreign policy to never before seen levels of clusterf*ckery, and finally we’ve reached full circle in the X-Factor where already famous people are now entering to…become famous????

We’re through the looking-glass people. And we’re also heading for GW9. All aboard!

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Defender: Trent Alexander Arnold, Liverpool        

This week’s opponents for Liverpool have scored a derisory five goals in their last seven games, and have failed to score more than once since GW1. Their strikers are bereft of form, their midfielders are bereft of talent, and their manager is bereft of a single f*cking clue.

While Manchester United v Liverpool encounters at Old Trafford tend to be tense, dour affairs, there’s a real chance that Liverpool could run riot this weekend, handing out a spanking to their biggest rivals that hasn’t been seen since the days of Moyes.

The beauty of having TAA in your team is that he could benefit from the lack of forward thrust from his opponents, while also having a hand in most things going the other way.

Midfielder: Heung-Min Son, Spurs       

While Spurs were taking ‘Spursiness’ to whole new levels GW8, they face a frankly terrible Watford side at home this weekend. Pochettino hasn’t been fired during this international break (at time of typing), so clearly Daniel Levy is giving him some time to sort out this mess.

Son had positive attacking returns from GW4 – GW7, so I’d expect him to be back in the action this weekend taking the sting out of the hornets.

 

Forward: Callum Wilson, Bournemouth  

Golden Rule #58272638 of this FPL season:

When a side with an in-form striker is facing Norwich City at home, you need to have him in your team.

The Canaries have shipped 21 goals in 8 GW’s thus far, and are showing no signs of being able to stop the haemorrhaging.

Callum Wilson has 5 goals and 3 assists thus far, and you’d be a brave man to back against him notching once more this weekend.

Captain: Tammy Abraham, Chelsea    

Newcastle United conceded five goals in their last away fixture (v Leicester in GW7) and while they kept a clean sheet in GW8, that was only against Manchester United, so…y’know.

This weekend free-scoring Chelsea welcome the Magpies to Stamford Bridge with Abraham bang in form. 8 goals in 8 games is too good to ignore, and he gets my first Captaincy nod of the season. No pressure Tammy… or Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham if you want to get the full name on the back of your shirt.

 

Outsider: Adame Traore, Wolves      

You’re going to just have to take my word for it that Traore was already pencilled in for this slot for GW9, before he went and tore apart Manchester City in GW8.

Besides, I don’t care if you don’t believe me. I know it’s true.

With 1.7% ownership, you shouldn’t care if I’m telling the truth either. You should listen to me though and get him in. Now.

 

Draft: Neal Maupay, Brighton & Hove Albion

Name a striker that costs £6.0M, has three goals this season and is owned by just 0.6% of FPL Players?

Wait, I’ve given the answer away, haven’t I?

I didn’t think this through…

 

Fantasy Football – Gameweek 9 Preview – Written by @NiallHawthorne

Written by Niall Hawthorne.

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