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GW9 Scout Selection: Doherty set for more joy

The Scout 19 Oct 2018
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Wolves wing-back earns a place in best XI after recent hot streak as Sergio Aguero is handed the captaincy

Matt Doherty (£4.8m) has been a huge transfer target for Fantasy Premier League managers during the international break.

More than 412,000 have bought the Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back, who sits joint-second among FPL defenders on 49 points.

Doherty has earned three sets of double-digit hauls in the last four Gameweeks.

And a visit from Watford gives him the chance to continue that form and reward his recent investors.

The Irishman takes his place in a 3-4-3 formation for Gameweek 9, with Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) handed the captain’s armband.

Asmir Begovic (BOU) £4.5m

A home meeting with Southampton could help Begovic earn back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season. AFC Bournemouth won at Watford in Gameweek 8 and welcome a Saints side who are without a goal in their last three Gameweeks.

Matt Doherty (WOL) £4.8m

He offers multiple routes to points against Watford. Doherty’s totals of 12 shots and 11 shots inside the penalty area are among the top two defenders. Wolves also boast one of the most resilient defences in the Premier League, with four clean sheets in the last five Gameweeks.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) £6.3m

Liverpool's left-back has created 12 chances from open play this season, more than any other defender. Robertson produced an assist or a clean sheet in six of the first eight Gameweeks and visits a Huddersfield Town side who have yet to score at home.

Benjamin Mendy (MCI) £6.2m

The Frenchman has already supplied five assists in five appearances ahead of a favourable home match against Burnley. Mendy’s raids forward, combined with Manchester City’s potential for clean sheets, have helped him average 7.4 points per match, more than any team-mate.

Eden Hazard (CHE) £11.3m

The Chelsea winger has soared to the top of the FPL player standings on the back of four double-figure hauls in the last five Gameweeks. Hazard has scored five goals in his last three home appearances and comes up against a Manchester United defence with just one clean sheet this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (EVE) £7.4m

Everton’s playmaker has produced 33 of his 42 points in the last four Gameweeks. His 16 shots on goal and 14 chances created were among the top two players over that period, highlighting his form ahead of a visit from Crystal Palace.

Josh Murphy (CAR) £4.8m

Cardiff City’s winger can offer Fantasy managers a cut-price source of points against Fulham. Murphy scored in his previous home match and has fired nine shots on goal over the past two Gameweeks. The Cottagers arrive as the only side yet to keep a clean sheet.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £11.2m

Man City’s midfielder has thrived in home matches this season. Sterling has scored in all three of his appearances at the Etihad Stadium, averaging 10.7 points per match. Fresh off the back of his midweek double for England, he is the vice-captain for Gameweek 9.

Sergio Aguero (MCI) £11.3m

The Argentinian scored three goals in two home appearances in all competitions against Burnley last season. At home, Aguero’s 25 shots and 18 shots inside the penalty area are more than any other player in FPL. Rested from international duties during the break, he just edges out Sterling to be handed the captaincy for Gameweek 9. 

Raul Jimenez (WOL) £5.6m

Wolves' lone striker can continue his consistent form at home against Watford. Jimenez has a goal or an assist in each of the last four Gameweeks, while the visitors are without a clean sheet in seven matches.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.7m)

The most-bought forward for Gameweek 9, the Frenchman has earned over 257,000 transfers in for his home match against Leicester City. Lacazette has scored or assisted in six successive Gameweeks and has averaged 8.4 points per start this season.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity): The triple-up on Man City will be a valuable source of points. A clean sheet for Begovic looks a tough ask in the south-coast derby so I’d favour Rui Patricio (£4.6m). Arsenal’s match with Leicester should bring more goals for Lacazette, as this one finished 4-3 last season!

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): I hope Mendy and Sterling score big after bringing them both in. I am backing Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) to outscore Lacazette but this team could be on for 70+ points.

Lee, FPL Family (@FPLFamily): The way that Fulham are scoring goals, I feel that Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.9m) can consider himself a little unlucky to be left out, but it’s hard to argue with that front three.

Sam, FPL Family (@FPLFamily): Liverpool’s fixtures are looking really good over the next few Gameweeks, starting with their trip to Huddersfield. Robertson is second only to Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) for chances created for Liverpool and his clean-sheet potential makes him a standout pick.

Paul Gee (@fplPaulGee): Great Scout Selection this week. Lacazette picks himself with a plum fixture and fine form. Hazard played just 45 minutes in his last international match over the break and I reckon he will be fully refreshed to face an off-form Man Utd. 

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