Gameweek 9 was a tale of two days with an underwhelming Saturday and a controversial Sunday that had some cracking matches. Everton got things started with a 2-2 draw with Liverpool but were lucky to not be on the losing end thanks to a dodgy offside call. The day finished with United’s Hernandez grabbing the winner from an offside position in the match against Chelsea in the 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. Whilst the media focuses on Clattenberg’s actions, let’s review the dream team from last weekend.
There were some unlikely characters who performed well this weekend, so without further ado here is the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a valid formation:
DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS
With Sunderland struggling for creativity up top, Mignolet (5.0m) had to be at his best to keep Stoke at bay. Making 4 saves, Mignolet was rewarded with a bonus point on top of his additional point for saves, taking his tally for Gameweek 9 to eight points.
Norwich travelled to Aston Villa and came back with a valuable point thanks to Michael Turner’s (4.2m) important equaliser. As with most goalscoring defenders, Turner was rewarded with the maximum 3 bonus points. Despite this impressive haul, managers should steer clear of Norwich defenders as they appear incapable of keeping a clean sheet
Clichy (5.7m) was on hand to set up Tevez’s powerful strike which proved to be the decisive goal in a difficult win for City. They struggled to get going in Saturday’s late kick off and Mancini will be hoping that David Silva can shake off his hamstring injury soon, as City continue to look out of sorts without their talisman.
To round off the defence we have Ryan Shawcross (5.0m) who was a rock at the back once again for Stoke in their 0-0 draw with Sunderland. With Stoke embarking on a strong set of fixtures including Swansea, QPR and Norwich in their next 5, Shawcross may be one to consider bringing in, given Stoke’s strength at the back. Although, a cheaper alternative comes in the form of Geoff Cameron who is 4.5m.
Moving onto the midfield we have Arteta (7.7m) who was in the right place at the right time to snatch a vital 3 points for Arsenal against QPR. Arsenal are currently struggling for confidence but with Wilshere (6.4m) back and looking lively, we could soon see an upturn in fortune. However, be aware that they do take on United in Gameweek 10 which will be a cracker with RVP facing his former side for the first time.
Next up is our Select XI captain Gareth Bale (9.6m) who made his return to the side following the birth of his child. The Welshman showed his eye for goal by diverting a header perfectly into the corner out of the reach of Saints keeper Artur Boruc. After a poor start to the season, Bale has turned up the heat collecting a massive 48 points in his last 5 matches. With this in mind, fantasy football managers can look at Bale as a keeper for the rest of the season as long as they can afford his expensive pricetag.
Wigan got a much needed 3 points when they took on West Ham on Saturday afternoon. One man who got his name on the scoresheet was McArthur (5.4m), who was also rewarded with 3 bonus points for his overall performance. Wigan will have to make their next home games against West Brom and Reading count as they face Spurs, Liverpool and City in the remaining matches in their next 5.
To round off our midfield we have Mikele Leigertwood (4.5m) who scored a belter in Reading’s 3-3 draw with Fulham. There were some great goals in this match and Reading clearly showed that they have attacking threat but at the same time they highlighted their weakness in defence. However, great heart can be taken in such a performance in what will be a difficult season for the Reading boys.
Unsurprisingly, Van Persie (13.4m) finds himself in the Dream Team following a match winning performance where he displayed his clinical finishing. The game against Chelsea was a cracker that had excellent play, lots of goals and lots of controversy. Van Persie has taken no time to settle in at United and grabbed a goal and an assist to keep up his incredible start to the season. With United embarking on a great set of fixtures after the Arsenal game, having RVP or Rooney is a must for any fantasy premier league squad.
Bryan Ruiz (5.8m) made his return from injury in the 3-3 draw with Reading and boy was it a return. Coming on for the last 33 minutes, Ruiz scored an unstoppable strike alongside an assist to rack up 11 points for his short cameo. Following the performance, Jol admitted to being spoilt for choice with attackers and although Fulham’s fixture run doesn’t appear great, they do have the firepower to worry some of their opponents.
To wrap things up we have the unlikely figure of Steven Naismith (5.9m). Reduced to a bit-part role for the majority of this season, Naismith was given his chance to impress in the Merseyside derby and reacted quickest to get on the end of Fellaini’s cross. He was subsequently rewarded 3 bonus points for his overall play and may be given another chance to shine in the next game against Fulham.
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