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Fanteam Premier League 1M: Gameweek 9 review

The Fanteam Premier League 1M Season game is underway, with nine Gameweeks already in the books. In this Gameweek 9 review article, we will talk about what we learned from watching the matches, which teams and players stood out, and which of them were disappointing. 

Gameweek 9 in a glance

In this gameweek, we didn’t see many goals… Most of the matches had low scores and only one team scoring. We had 20 goals across 10 matches, and 12 out of the 20 teams scoring! In 7 out of 10 matches we had 2 or fewer goals.

The weekend started with four matches on Saturday. Chelsea opened gameweek 9 with a win at Newcastle with a 0-2 score. The next match was Aston Villa against Brighton. The Seagulls had a better game and managed to get the close (1-2 score) win in Aston Villa’s stadium. Saturday evening there was a derby between Spurs and Manchester City. Spurs were better and overcome the Citizens with a 2-0 score. In the last game of the day, Manchester United got a close win against West Brom thanks to the successful penalty kick of Bruno Fernandes. 

We had four matches on Sunday. Fulham and Everton gave us the game with the most goals of this gameweek. The Toffees had Calvert-Lewin and Digne in great shape. Calvert-Lewin with two goals and Digne with 2 assists led their team to victory with a 2-3 score. West Ham won for a second match with 0-1 in a row in a close match at Sheffield United. In the evening, Leeds and Arsenal left with no-goal draw in a match with many opportunities for goals. Liverpool even without Salah and Alexander-Arnold, had a great match against Leicester and win with a 3-0 score.

We also had two matches on Monday. Burnley found their first win after 7 matches against Crystal Palace with a 1-0 score. In the last match, Wolves couldn’t overcome Southampton and the teams got the draw with a 1-1 score.  

Results in Gameweek 9
Goals (Fantasy Assist)

Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
F.Fernandez OG (M.Mount), T.Abraham (T.Werner)

Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton
D.Welbeck (A.Lallana), E.Konsa (B.Traore), S.March (P.Gross)

Spurs 2-0 Manchester City
H.Son (T.Ndombele), G.Lo Celso (H.Kane)

Manchester United 1-0 West Brom
B.Fernandes (J.Mata)

Fulham 2-3 Everton
D.Calvert-Lewin (Richarlison), B.Reid (T.Cairney), D.Calvert-Lewin (D.Digne), A.Doucoure (D.Digne), R.Loftus-Cheek (A.Lookman)

Sheffield United 0-1 West Ham
S.Haller (P.Fornals)

Leeds 0-0 Arsenal

 Liverpool 3-0 Leicester
J.Evans OG (J.Milner), D.Jota (A.Robertson), R.Firmino (J.Milner)

Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
C.Wood (J.Rodriguez)

Wolves 0- 0Southampton
T.Walcott (C.Adams), P.Neto (R.Jimenez)

GW9 Review: Players that stood out

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8.3M – FOR): The striker of Everton scored 2 goals against Fulham. He had a great match and gathered the most fantasy points in gameweek 9. (12 Fantasy Points)
  • James Milner (5.0M – MID): He stepped-up and filled Alexander-Albon’s place. Milner made an amazing match with 2 assists. (11 Fantasy Points)
  • Andrew Robertson (6.9M – Liverpool): The popular left-back of Liverpool was the best defender of the gameweek 9 with his assist and the clean sheet. (10 Fantasy Points)
  • Bruno Fernandes (11.0M – MID): The penalty streak for Manchester United is continuing, and Fernandes is back at it with his signature style. (10 Fantasy Points)
  • Heung-Min Son (10.3M – MID): Tough games don’t seem to stop Son from scoring at will. The Spurs attacker scored again, this time against Manchester City, to give his team the lead. (10 Fantasy Points)

Best Goalkeepers of Gameweek 9

  • Lukasz Fabianski (4.6M – West Ham): The second match in a row where the goalkeeper of West Ham is one of the top goalkeepers of the gameweek. Fabianski against Sheffield United was excellent and he saved his team 5 times from conceding a goal and keep the clean sheet and the win.  (9.5 Fantasy Points)
  • Nick Pope (4.6M – Burnley): He was the best player on the team. Pope had some really difficult saves (5) and his great performance gave Burnley their first win with 1-0. (9.5 Fantasy Points)
  • Hugo Lloris (5.0M – Spurs): The French goalkeeper was great against City, he helped Spurs not concede a goal with 5 saves and take the 3 points.. (9.5 Fantasy Points)
  • Alison (5.8M – Liverpool): Alison had to step up after three of Liverpool’s starting defenders got injured. With 4 saves helped Liverpool to take their second clean sheet of the season. (9 Fantasy Points)
  • David de Gea (5.4M – Manchester United): He saved his team twice and got the clean sheet for United. (8 Fantasy Points)
  • Bernd Leno (5.0M – Arsenal): Leno was the reason that Arsenal didn’t concede a goal. He had 4 important saves against Leeds. (8 Fantasy Points)

Best Defenders of Gameweek 9

  • Andrew Robertson (6.9M – Liverpool): The popular left-back of Liverpool was the best defender of the gameweek 9 with his assist and the clean sheet. (10 Fantasy Points)
  • Lucas Digne (5.7M – Everton): He didn’t get the clean sheet but Digne managed to make an excellent game against Fulham and provide two assists. (8 Fantasy Points)
  • Defenders of Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United, West Ham, and Burnley got a clean sheet and most of them a total of 7 Fantasy Points.

Best Midfielders of Gameweek 9

  • James Milner (5.0M – Liverpool): He replaced Alexander-Arnold in the right-back and he was great. He provided two beautiful assists, got the clean sheet, and finished the game. He was the best midfielder of gameweek 9. (11 Fantasy Points)
  • Bruno Fernandes (11.0M – Manchester United): The star of Manchester United scored the only goal in the match with a penalty.  (10 Fantasy Points)
  • Heung-Min Son (10.3M – Spurs): Son opened the score with an early goal against City. (10 Fantasy Points)

Best Forwards of Gameweek 9

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8.3M – Everton): Calvert-Lewin was amazing in this gameweek 9 with 2 goals against Fulham. He was the best forward of the gameweek and he is now the top scorer in the league. (12 Fantasy Points)
  • Tammy Abraham (7.7M – Chelsea): He played the whole match and he scored a goal. (8 Fantasy Points)
  • Danny Welbeck (5.5M – Brighton): Welbeck was a starter for the second time in a row and this time he managed to score. He played the whole match and helped his team take the away win against Aston Villa. (8 Fantasy Points)
  • Sebastien Haller (6.4M – West Ham): The striker of West Ham scored the only goal of the match and gave his team the important win against Sheffield United. (8 Fantasy Points)
  • Roberto Firmino (8.6M – Liverpool): Firmino hasn’t started well this season, but this gameweek he scored his second goal in the season. (8 Fantasy Points)
  • Chris Wood (6.6M – Burnley): The striker of Burnley scored after 6 games without a goal. He scored the only goal and played the whole match. (8 Fantasy Points)

Who impressed us the most in Gameweek 9

Spurs

Tottenham had a great match against Manchester City. They took the lead in just 5 minutes. Heung-Min Son (10.3M – MID) took advantage of the beautiful assist of Tanguy Ndombele (6.0M – MID). Hugo Lloris (5.0M – GK) saved his team multiple times and Giovani Lo Celso (6.3M – MID) scored a goal with his first touch of the ball with a nice assist from Harry Kane (11.3M – FOR).

Liverpool

The Reds lined up without two of their best players against Leicester. Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold were unable to help their team but everyone else stepped-up. James Milner (5.0M – MID) was amazing with two assists, also the two strikers of the team Diogo Jota (6.6M – FOR) and Roberto Firmino (8.6M – FOR) scored a goal. Alisson (5.8M – GK) made 4 important saves and Andrew Robertson (6.9M – DEF) gave an assist collecting the most fantasy points by a defender in the gameweek 9. 

Brighton

They had a difficult away match in Aston Villa. Brighton played really well and manage to win thanks to the goals of Danny Welbeck (5.5M – FOR) and Solly March (4.7M – MID).

West Ham

As we said and in the West Ham’s preview season article Fanteam Premier League 1M: West Ham Fantasy preview they started the season with an incredibly difficult program of 7 matches against the best teams of the league. The next gameweeks 8 and 9, West Ham won against Fulham and Sheffield United without conceding a goal. Lukasz Fabianski (4.6M – GK) was the man of the match against Sheffield this weekend. He made five great saves for the clean sheet.

Burnley

This season was a disaster for Burnley so far. This gameweek thought, they found their first win against Crystal Palace. Burnley took advantage the absence of Palace’s best player Wilfred Zaha. Nick Pope (5.2M – GK) made a great game with 5 keeper saves and Chris Wood (6.6M – FOR) scored the only goal of the match. 

Top disappointments of Gameweek 9

Manchester City

The citizens were not good once again. They are not consistent and they can’t find the goal easily as they used to. Manchester City left Raheem Sterling (10.9M – MID) on the bench for rest. The star of the team Kevin De Bruyne (12.2M – MID) didn’t find the opportunity to create or score. 

Aston Villa

After the huge win against Arsenal, Aston Villa couldn’t beat Brighton. The defense gave some more space to Brighton than they should. They found themselves following the score. Jack Grealish (7.0M – MID) and Ollie Watkins (6.3M – FOR) weren’t efficient this gameweek. 

Crystal Palace / Zaha

Palace lined-up without their best player Wilfred Zaha (6.9M – MID). They missed the opportunity to win a weak opponent, but they didn’t find a way to unlock the always-tough Burnley defense. 

Leicester

Leicester suffered a big loss from Liverpool without Salah with a 3-0 score. Many managers had hoped for a better outcome in this match. The defense wasn’t good and the offense couldn’t find a way to score.

Injuries and absences of significant players

This weekend we had some absences of significant players. This challenging season with many matches in a short time forces the coaches to rest their players to avoid injuries. This season has the biggest amount of injuries so far due to the many matches but also the pandemic of course.

  1. Mohamed Salah (12.4M – MID): He missed the game cause he tested positive for Covid-19. 
  2. Raheem Sterling (10.9M – MID): He wasn’t on the starting line-up, because his coach decides to rest him. 
  3. Wilfred Zaha (6.9M – MID): He missed the match out of nowhere. He is self-isolating due to Covid-19. 
  4. Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.0M – DEF): The most expensive and one of the most popular defenders suffered an injury and was out for gameweek 9. 
  5. Tiago Silva (5.5M – DEF): The center-back of Chelsea left out due to his fitness.
  6. Timothy Castagne (5.2M – DEF): He was expected to start after 2 matches that he was out, but he wasn’t ready.
  7. Conor Coady (4.9M – DEF): The center-back of Wolves was unable to train because he was isolated after his contact with a person who had tested positive for Covid-19. 
  8. Romain Saiss (4.9M – DEF): He was in quarantine after he tested positive with Covid-19 on international duty with Morocco.

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