Fantasy Premier League 2022/23: Week 9 tips and expert advice | Soccer News


Sky Sports continues its weekly column bringing you essential advice from the world’s best Fantasy Premier League managers.

In our last column, Holly Shand and Wes Prickett (PL Heisenberg) discuss which players should be on your wildcard squad, if you should be captain Erling Haaland Where Mohammad Salah and if it’s time to own Heung Min Son.

Gameweek 9 deadline is at 11 a.m. on Saturday and you can also join the official Sky Sports Fantasy League with the code e7ft7m.

Who is your perfect wildcard team?

FPL Heisenberg: I would choose a 3-4-3 formation – Nick Pope (£5.2m); Joao Cancelo (£7.2m), Reece James (£6m), Kieran Trippier (£5.4m); Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m), Mohamed Salah (£12.9m), Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m), James Maddison (£7.9m); Erling Haaland (£12m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.9m), Ivan Toney (£7.3m). Bench – Daniel Iversen (£3.9million); Andreas Pereira (£4.6m), Emerson Palmieri (£4m), Neco Williams (£4.1m).

Holly Shand: My perfect wildcard team is also a 3-4-3 formation with a top midfielder and striker – Vicente Guaita (£4.5million); Joao Cancelo (£7.2m), Reece James (£6m), Kieran Trippier (£5.4m); Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m), Kevin De Bruyne (£12.3m), Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m), James Maddison (£7.9m); Erling Haaland (£12m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.9m), Ivan Toney (£7.3m). Bench – Danny Ward (£4m); Andreas Pereira (£4.6m), James Justin (£4.3m), Neco Williams (£4.1m).

Is this the week to drop Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) or would you keep him another week against Brighton if you own him?

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Although Liverpool beat Bournemouth 9-0, Mohamed Salah had a day to forget in front of goal as he missed two chances at once from very close range.

FPL Heisenberg: dungeon salah if you have it, he was within the goals of the international truce which should make his confidence the world for good. He also returned to Liverpool earlier than most international players have returned to their club, so should be well rested ahead of Gameweek 9 at home to Brighton.

Holly Shand: There is merit in holding salah for Brighton and I probably would if I owned it. I personally think that Kevin De Bruyne is the best option of premium midfielders because he plays in a team that scores more goals and alongside the top scorer in the league at the moment in Erling Haaland.

Captain for GW9 – Erling Haaland or Mohamed Salah or someone else?

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Watch Erling Haaland’s first 10 Premier League goals for Manchester City, as he becomes the first player to reach this landmark in his first six appearances

FPL Heisenberg: Haaland for me – his underlying stats (expected goals, shots in the box, etc.) are all great and we all know how good he is at converting those chances into goals. Haaland faces Manchester United who have improved under Erik ten Hag, but that doesn’t stop me from making Haaland my captain.

Holly Shand: Haaland for me – we can ignore the perceived mounting difficulty in his case as he has been an absolute cheat code in FPL this season. He’s the only player to average more than one goal per game and as it’s a home game Manchester’s blue half will likely have the upper hand.

Heung-Min Son (£11.7m) scored during the international break – is he on your radar?

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Heung-min Son ends his goalscoring drought with a stunner to put Tottenham 4-2 against Leicester

FPL Heisenberg: Not yet, Son has two tough away games against Arsenal and Brighton in Gameweeks 9 and 10. More importantly, his minutes are still under threat from Richarlison (£8.5m) and Dejan Kulusevski (£8.1m). Another factor to consider is that if you go for Son, you’ll have to sacrifice another premium player because you can’t have all the heavy hitters. To me, Son is a classic example of not selling if you have it, but also not buying if you don’t.

Holly Shand: Yes – any player who can score a hat-trick as a substitute [in Spurs’ 6-2 win over Leicester] must be back on the fantasy radar. The problem is that he doesn’t offer the same level of consistency as other premium players, so I’ll probably keep him on my watch list for now.

Is Dominic Solanke (£5.7m) worth picking up with Bournemouth fixtures?

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Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke has scored once this season in five Premier League appearances

FPL Heisenberg: It’s a good budget maker at just £5.7m and it has some great fixtures. At this price he doesn’t have to come back every Gameweek, but if he scores two or three goals in the next six Gameweeks it will be a decent comeback.

Holly Shand: He is a great facilitator for his price, with low ownership and good matches to come. We have to remember that Bournemouth have struggled to score goals this season and there are plenty of similarly priced forwards who consistently deliver.

Leicester also have an attractive run – are there any assets apart from James Maddison (£7.9m) on your radar?

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James Maddison produces excellent finish to level Leicester against Tottenham

FPL Heisenberg: Defensively, none of their players appeal to me because they lose way too many goals. Their forwards share playing time and produce inconsistent returns, so I’m not interested in either of them. That does not bother me Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) optional, but as I prefer Maddison and I wouldn’t want to overtake Leicester, so I won’t be going for Barnes anytime soon.

Holly Shand: No, Leicester have been so disappointing at the start of this season that we cannot consider their players until we have seen a significant improvement in their form. James Madison is of course the exception to this rule.




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