Fantasy Football Gameweek 10 tips – who to buy, sell and keep
Tottenham vs Manchester City is the standout fixture of this gameweek on Monday night, but Liverpool at home to Cardiff is surely where many FPL managers will be looking for points and hoping the Reds can rediscover their scoring touch after netting just two goals in their last three games.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth head to Craven Cottage for a tussle with Fulham. If you’re trying to work out if this will be the Eddie Howe side that scores four or concedes four, rest safely in the knowledge that this fixture could throw up both outcomes...
Buy! Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (MF, £12.8m)
Owned by: 31.3%
This week, a Manchester United player came dangerously close to making the Buy! section of this column. With three goals and an assist from three consecutive starts, Anthony Martial has to be on the watch list for fantasy managers. At £7.3m and less than 3% owned, he’s a great differential shout if you’re happy to roll the dice on this current Jose Mourinho side.
This time last year the captaincy choice wasn’t so much of a choice as simply “stick it on Salah and forget about it”. It’s well documented that the Egyptian is under pressure to reproduce his unbelievable form from 2017/18 this season, but there are signs he’s climbing up the gears again.
Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield didn’t set pulses racing, but there’s a case to be made for loading up on Reds stars this week with Cardiff next up at Anfield. That’s where Salah comes in. He struck his 50th goal for Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, in only his 65th appearance – a new club record.
With Cardiff having leaked the second-highest number of goals (19) this season (Fulham have conceded 25 and apparently have no defence), Salah will be hungry for goal No.51... and the rest.
Hold! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal (FWD, £10.8M)
Owned by: 12.0%
Gameweek 8 vs Fulham: didn’t start, didn’t matter, scored two goals.
Gameweek 9 vs Leicester: didn’t start, didn’t matter, scored two goals.
Gameweek 10 vs Crystal Palace: no idea if he’ll start, shouldn’t matter, could still score two goals.
The real conundrum with Unai Emery’s Arsenal lineup is actually more which of his two strikers should you be looking at for #FPL. Granted, it’s a great problem to have when the last few seasons have been considerably less exciting for Arsenal fans, but at the same time both have made their case to be in the starting XI.
Emery has experimented with both Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang in the team, but this typically leaves the Gabonese drifting out wide and potentially being less effective. Mesut Ozil was ludicrously good against Leicester, and could quite easily put another couple of goals on a plate for either striker to benefit from.*
Aubameyang’s lack of minutes in recent weeks have not discouraged more than 100,000 managers from bringing him in ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Crystal Palace, joining the 500,000 who already own the speedster.
*If he feels like it.
Sell! Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham (MF, £6.8M)
Owned by: 1.2%
It’s always disappointing to see a new signing injured so early in the season, particularly when Yarmolenko had the potential to be an interesting fantasy differential. The pain should be made more bearable for him at West Ham, however, since the Ukrainian now has the likes of Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere to play FIFA 19 doubles matches with as he goes about his recovery.
Brought in from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Yarmolenko is out for months after tearing his Achilles tendon in Gameweek 9. Injury expert Ben Dinnery puts a likely return date as April 2019, but the unfortunate reality is that unless he recovers ahead of schedule, it could be 2019/20 before we see him in league action again.
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