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Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 10 Fantasy Forecast


Ahead of each Gameweek in the Premier League, The Hype Train's team, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL and league supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. With the 2020/21 Premier League season starting tomorrow, we provide our Gameweek Forecast predictions, speculating how we think the first round of games will be played out. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Premier League 2020/21: Gameweek 10 Fixtures

Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 10 Forecast

Enjoy our FPL Forecast article, with each of our team forecasting how we think the Premier League will shape up this upcoming Gameweek. If you agree or want to challenge us on our point of view, get in touch with us on our main Twitter account, @RealHypeTrain.

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 10

Crystal Palace 2-0 Newcastle

Brighton 0-2 Liverpool

Man City 2-0 Burnley

Everton 2-1 Leeds

West Brom 0-0 Sheffield United

Southampton 2-1 Man United

Chelsea 1-2 Spurs

Arsenal 1-1 Wolves

Leicester 3-0 Fulham

West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 10


Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Chelsea (Avoid): Spurs are one of the teams to watch now, and the scary thing is that Gareth Bale isn’t even out of first gear yet. Chelsea are worth a goal at the moment, and whilst this isn’t a discredit towards the Blues, I am just going where the form dictates, and in this game it is firmly in the court of the visiting team. Kane and Son have been ridiculously good this year, it is clear that the duo is going to break the link-up record, but if Spurs kick on they could challenge this year. Mourinho has brought a balance to this Spurs team that will suit them in what will be a dogged encounter at the Bridge where Mourinho made his name.


West Brom & Sheffield United (Watch & Avoid): 0-0 alert! If you want to look at where clean sheets are this week, look no further. This game will have to do a lot to break out of the shackles of the perception this game has absolutely nothing in it. As such this game could provide lots of differential defensive returns, but at the expense of any attacking output.


Leicester (Watch): After a loss at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers will want to put his team back on the straight and narrow, and if you can’t bounce back against Fulham at home then you got a problem. This game has lots of potential for the usual suspects: Vardy, Maddison, Barnes, and Castagne if he returns from injury.


Manchester United (Avoid): Southampton are a different machine this year, they are stubborn as anything, and can create chance which makes them a dangerous team to play this season. Che Adams has also finally found some momentum that made his some a promising prospect, helping him break out of the mould of being just a ‘Championship player’. Adams has five consecutive FPL returns and this should worry a United team who have been reliant on set-pieces for results this year.


Gameweek 10 – FPL Differential Picks:

CRY/NEW: Eberechi Eze (CRY, MID, £5.8mil, 0.5% ownership)

BHA/LIV: Joel Matip (LIV, DEF, £5.4mil, 0.5% ownership)

MCI/BUR: Rúben Dias (MCI, DEF, £5.5mil, 2.0% ownership)

EVE/LEE: Richarlison (EVE, FWD, £7.8mil, 4.2% ownership)

WBA/SHU: Sam Johnstone (WBA, GK, £4.5mil, 1.1% ownership)

SOU/MUN: Che Adams (SOU, FWD, £5.9mil, 4.8% ownership)

CHE/TOT: Tammy Abraham (CHE, FWD, £7.2mil, 2.5% ownership)

ARS/WOL: Kieran Tierney (ARS, DEF, £5.4mil, 5.1% ownership)

LEI/FUL: Wesley Fofana (LEI, DEF, £5.0mil, 0.4% ownership)

WHU/AVL: Pablo Fornals (WHU, MID, £6.5mil, 2.1% ownership)


Differential Captain: Richarlison (Everton)

After a red card suspension Everton have part of their dynamic attack back in the team, and after a thrilling game against Fulham the impact of their Brazilian back in their team. Everton very much look like a team that are going to rely on a singular starting eleven to compete for the top seven or eight positions this year, and Richarlison is very much one of them players. Calvert-Lewin is the star of the current Everton team, but Richarlison is the other X Factor in Carlo Ancelotti’s team.


The Toffees host Leeds this weekend, and the Peacocks don’t have a particularly good defence, with last weeks clean sheet against Arsenal a rarity. But let’s face it, the clean sheet was more due to Arteta turning the Gunners into an expensive Burnley. Everton will get chances against Leeds, and their two forward men are great value in this fixture.


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 10

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Ederson (MCI)


DEF: Ruben Dias (MCI)

DEF: Wesley Fofana (LEI)

DEF: Andrew Robertson (LIV)


MID: Sadio Mane (LIV)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Hueng-Min Son (TOT)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV) (C)


FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) (VC)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI)


Substitutes


GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

MID: Pablo Fornals (WHU)

DEF: Lucas Digne (EVE)

DEF: Kieran Tierney (ARS)

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 10 Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle Brighton 1-3 Liverpool Man City 2-0 Burnley Everton 3-2 Leeds West Brom 1-0 Sheffield United Southampton 2-1 Man United Chelsea 2-1 Spurs Arsenal 1-2 Wolves Leicester 4-0 Fulham West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 10 Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Ederson


DEF: Aymeric Laporte DEF: Ben Chilwell DEF: Andrew Robertson


MID: Mo Salah (VC) MID: Diogo Jota (C) MID: Kevin De Bruyne MID: James Ward-Prowse


FOR: Dominic Calvert Lewandowski FOR: Jamie Vardy FOR: Tammy Abraham


Substitutes


GK: Edouard Mendy MID: Jack Grealish DEF: Max Kilman DEF: Kyle Walker-Peters

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 10

Crystal Palace 2-1 Newcastle

Brighton 0-2 Liverpool

Man City 3-0 Burnley

Everton 3-2 Leeds

West Brom 0-1 Sheffield United

Southampton 1-1 Man United

Chelsea 2-2 Spurs

Arsenal 0-1 Wolves

Leicester 2-0 Fulham

West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa


FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 10


Top FPL player targets this weekend:

My personal FPL strategy this season has been to throw caution to the wind and just drop points if the week calls for it – and I’ve been trigger happy and make moves without second guessing my initial judgement as there’s no longer a place for dwelling on transfers anymore.


Covid is destroying the very narrow, fragile boundaries that that FPL game has stuck to for year after year, with a sense that regardless of the Gameweek, your team is in a potentially vulnerable state. International football created a huge problem for players and then out of the blue with just an hour’s notice, Wilfried Zaha is the latest casualty to self-isolation.


My personal team has had nine cases of Covid or isolation in just nine weeks (naturally) so my transfers have virtually dictated by the pandemic and injury, all which makes me feel like I’m not really playing the game and my moves are destined by a higher power and then grounded by the inflation of most players in the game. To top that off, I’ve had the misfortune of having Trent Alexander-Arnold, among other injury victims, in my team when he got injured against Man City (GW8), so it’s been a campaign of reactionary moves… This season feels like a patchwork job on something old like a car to keep it ticking over in ill-health, both knowing and expecting that it will eventually breakdown in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a full moon, leaving you wondering the wilderness in search of wi-fi as the transfer deadline passes.


Gameweek 10 continues that trend with a Wilfried Zaha sized hole in my team. I haven’t hit the button yet, as all my transfers are lastminute.com moves nowadays, but that will 99% be the chosen move, and whilst I’m at it I will probably get back in Mohamed Salah, who I removed last week due to his spell on the side with Covid, to double-up on Reds midfielders.


Another tempting option is placing faith in Jamie Vardy for one week against Fulham at home, but it seems a hard sell considering the priority is further back. I’d also like to put in Harvey Barrnes, but his minutes and rotation in Brendan Rodgers team makes him a no-go. Aside from that, there is absolutely nobody that deserves a look in aside from the familiar faces like Jack Grealish et al, who have become template team staples.


Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Crystal Palace (Watch): Your weekly dose of me ranting about my beloved Newcastle should be sweet and short this week. We’re simply not good enough to compete against teams right now, have a manager with a glass-ceiling of how far we’re allowed to play up the pitch, have players angling for moves away for justified greener grass, and an owner with a cigar in his pocket waiting to light it when he finalises the sale of the club. If the Magpies win this won, it should put them in a good way ahead of a favourable fixture list, but every fibre in my body suggests it isn’t our darkest hour, not just yet.


Chelsea & Spurs (Both Watch): Mourinho is a better Manager than Lampard, that’s clear given their time in the dugout to date, but with Chelsea at home and in a Tuesday Champions League game, and having qualified with a later winner against Rennes (scored by a Frenchman no less), it should be an entertaining draw, or a 0-0. I can see a little wiggle room in one direction but that choice is down to the flip of a coin.


Wolves (Watch): This will be a game of tight margins and I can see Wolves adding to the on-going Arteta debate about his credentials as a ‘top class’ Manager.


Sheffield United (Watch): In the battle at the bottom, Sheffield United are due some luck and think they’ll get it against a West Brom side who never look like winning a game.


Man City (Watch): Due to their playstyles, this is typically a one-sided game that City win by a big margin, so for some ‘different’ options in attack, they might be worth a punt or two to have big weeks in FPL. There will probably be someone on FPL Twitter that tweets about Aguero being a ‘differential’ as they look for impressions and they will never let you or anyone else hear the end of it when he gets 6 points (in this example, Aguero loses his bonus points to Rodri).


Leicester (Watch): Obvious, even if a banana peel of a fixture. Let’s move on.


Gameweek 10 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

Differential: Sam, a Liverpool fan, has gone for Richarlison (EVE). Times have changed.


Let’s not make it complicated this week. Gameweek 10 is a straight duel between Jamie Vardy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for top-billing. Racing on the outside lane and gaining speed after tripping up last week due to his exile, Mohamed Salah is quickly racing forward and will probably be my personal pick due to Liverpool’s fondness against a Brighton team that leak goals against ‘Big Six’ sides.


Other Gameweek Comments:

I’m just counting down the seconds until the transfer deadline. I just can’t wait to go through it all again. The injury, the team news, the blanks and the torment of having this game hit full grind mode as we head into December in the midst of a pandemic. As said above, I’m not feeling like I am playing the game due to the weekly forced transfers, so the game can feel quite disconnecting at times, as if you’re watching someone else play a video game – you can get behind it, but only to a certain extent. FPL is going to be a long slog this season, I am sure of it, and am hoping and at my bedside praying that the festive Xmas period isn’t going to be a destructive time for teams across the planet.


In bigger news, the football world has lot a lot of the legendary, iconic players that I grew up hearing wild stories about by my family members and it feels so strange that the world has lost Ray Clemence, Nobby Stiles and Diego Maradona is such quick succession. My Grandad’s favourite player was Stiles, went red in the face whenever Maradona’s name was uttered and played the role of titular villain, the name be a hallowed word that brings with it painful sporting memories, especially given the latter years when drugs were involved as part of Maradona’s story. The power of football is clear when you feel so strongly about an incident that can transform the fortunes of an entire country, or the conduct of a player or team. It’s not often we all lose one of the greatest couple of footballers to ever exist though – I’m hoping that by the time I’m old and crippled from playing football until I’m a pension that England has its own Maradona, a legendary figure that brought us the World Cup again – call me romantic but we’re heading that way with our country’s development of young players.


FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 10

Formation: 3-4-3


Starting 11


GK: Emi Martinez (AVL)


DEF: Kyle Walker (MCI)

DEF: James Justin (LEI)

DEF: Andrew Robertson (LIV)


MID: Heung-Min Son (TOT)

MID: Jack Grealish (AVL)

MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

MID: Diogo Jota (LIV)


FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)


Substitutes


GK: Aaron Ramsdale (SHU)

MID: Theo Walcott (SOU)

DEF: Max Kilman (WOL)

DEF: Ezri Konsa (AVL)

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