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This week, @FFPundits_Drew from the Fantasy Football Pundits has provided us with his top Differentials and Safe Picks for Saturday’s Gameweek 9 Starting 11 contests.
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Safe Pick – Romelu Lukaku (MUN)
A regular goal scorer this season for club and country, as well as the current top goal scorer in the Premier League with 7 goals in 8 games.
The Belgian has a great record vs the so called ‘smaller teams’ and Huddersfield, who are without a win in their last 6 Premier League games, are now struggling after their promising start in August.
Manchester United will go out on the offensive this weekend after last weeks disciplined display, with a goal scoring performance required to keep pace with Manchester City.
Differential – Tammy Ambraham (SWA)
Tammy Abraham is taking full advantage of Wilfred Bony’s absence by scoring 2 goals in Gameweek 8 vs Huddersfield, taking his tally to 4 for the season.
This week The Swans are at home to Leicester City, who are without a win in their last 3 Premier League games.
Abraham’s blend of good form and fixtures make him a cracking differential for Gameweek 9 for those managers seeking to gain an advantage over their rivals.
Safe Pick – David Silva (MCI)
On the score sheet in last weekend’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City, David Silva is a regular starter for Pep Guardiola and already has 6 assists in the Premier League this season.
Sean Dyke’s Burnley side offer a different challenge on Saturday, defensively organised and have 2 clean sheets in their last 3.
With the awareness to find space and the passing ability to unlock a defence, I see Silva as the key player this weekend to create opportunities and chalk up some assists for Starting 11 managers.
Differential – Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
A popular player during preseason, Wilfried Zaha’s season was halted prematurely after Gameweek 1 due to injury.
Having made a goal scoring return in Gameweek 8, Zaha helped Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace to their first win on the season vs Champions Chelsea.
A midfielder playing as a forward, vs a Newcastle United side who haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 4 games, he gets a place in my line-up!
Safe Pick – John Stones (MCI)
Manchester City have 4 clean sheets in their last 5 Premier League games, all without Vincent Kompany. John Stones is now showing us why Pep Guardiola paid £47m for the former Everton defender.
This weekend, a home tie vs Burnley who will be happy to sit back and allow City to keep possession. Can Burnley offer an attacking threat without the ball?
Having scored twice in the Champions League this season, Stones is a threat from set pieces in addition to his potential clean sheet points.
Differential – Craig Dawson (WBA)
Ever present for West Brom this season, Tony Pulis loves a clean sheet and has 3 so far this season.
On Saturday West Brom travel to Southampton, manager Maurcio Pochettino has the Saints set up primarily as a defensive unit.
If a fixture ever had 0-0 written all over it, it’s this one! (Cue a 6-goal thriller)
Dawson scored 4 goals last season so we know he can offer attacking returns, so like Stones, has the potential to benefit Starting 11 managers at both ends of the field.
Safe Pick – David de Gea (MUN)
A solid Manchester United defence has contributed to an incredible 7 clean sheets in 8 games this season, with the Spanish goalkeeper producing some stunning staves when called upon.
Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield have only scored 5 goals all season, failed to score in their last 3 games and currently ranked 17th for goals scored in the league.
Jose Mourino will be expecting clean sheet number 8 this weekend and Starting 11 managers should take advantage of this.
Differential – Fraser Forster (SOU)
Echoing my thoughts earlier for Craig Dawson, Frasier Forster looks a good shout for a differential goalkeeper on Saturday.
The Southampton stopper has 3 clean sheets this season, along with a penalty save for those lucky enough to capitalise.
Who will blink first on Saturday evening? Pulis vs Pochettino both waiting patiently to hit the other on the break.
Gameweek 9: Captaincy Pick
So, who should you trust with that precious captain’s armband?
Many this week will be opting for Manchester City players, personally I fancy Romelu Lukaku.
Whilst I expect Manchester City to win, Burnley’s defensive unit will not collapse the way Stoke’s did last weekend.
Huddersfield is the perfect fixture for him to bounce back after the goalless draw with Liverpool. David Wagner’s side are in a poor run of form and these are the type of fixtures Manchester United drew last season, Lukaku was signed to turn those draws in to wins.
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