FPL Gameweek 9 Differentials

Premier League play has resumed. Even though two weeks without Premier League football feels like a month, there won’t be another break until the World Cup starts.

Let’s look at some of the differentials that might make gameweek nine memorable.


Raheem Sterling (£10m, Chelsea) vs. Crystal Palace (A)

Chelsea’s start of the season under the new ownership has not gone well. Graham Potter is their new coach as of right now. Chelsea played one game under the Englishman, a Champions League matchup with Salzburg. The Blues played well in their 1-1 draw with the Austrian team.

Chelsea’s goal was scored by Sterling, who was by far the team’s most talented player and had at least two other opportunities. In addition, he was getting into scoring positions and was active in the penalty area.

Raheem Sterling has seven goals and three assists versus Crystal Palace across all competitions. In addition, the Blues’ matches up till the world cup have always had an FDR rating of 2 or 3. Therefore, the Englishman might be a game-changing option.


James Tarkowski (£4.4m, Everton) vs. Southampton (A)

Everton defenders have become popular picks with FPL managers due to back-to-back clean sheets for the team against West Ham and Liverpool, with Nathan Patterson benefiting the most. 

Patterson’s injury during the international break puts Tarkowski in the Toffees’ next-best choice in the backline. Priced at 4.4 million, Tarkowski has emerged as Everton’s top goal-scoring threat with five attempts and three successful shots.

Thomas Soucek (£5.4m, West Ham) vs. Wolves (H)

Beginning this week, David Moyes’ team will play in a series of fixtures. The FDR rating for four of their upcoming five games is 2. Therefore, the moment has come to consider the resources on the South London side.

Tomas Soucek is one player who has appeared to be at or near his offensive peak. Do you remember him from two seasons ago when he would occasionally make up goals just for fun? That might occur once more!

Among his compatriots, the midfielder leads in terms of shots inside the box (11), xG (1.53), and big chances (2). In addition, he ranks fourth among players with a fee of £6.5 or less for shots inside the box.


Joe Willock (£4.9m, Newcastle) vs. Fulham (A)

Okay, you may be asking why we would advise a guy for a game who has only scored 2 or 3 points this season. Nearly every goal threat for Newcastle is either injured or not fully fit. Two, Willock has threatened to tally a point for himself for some time.

Only Almiron has taken more shots within the box than Willock has among Newcastle players. He also has the fourth-best xG, after Isak, Wilson, and Almiron.

For Eddie Howe’s team, Willock has been more than simply a goal danger; he has also been inventive. His xA is third-best. Willock’s ranking as the North East club’s third best for xPts can be attributed to his attacking and creative approach. He is also the eighth-best midfielder for xPts among players who cost £6.0 or less.


David Raya (£4.5m, Brentford) vs. Bournemouth (A)

When the Bees travel to face goal-averse Bournemouth this weekend, Raya is anticipated to start in goal. 

In seven games this season, the Cherries have only scored six goals. The weak goal-scoring record of the opposition makes this game ideal for Raya to post his second shutout.

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