- Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City in headline act of Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 9
- Leeds United entertain Arsenal, as Liverpool welcome Leicester City to Anfield
- Manchester United face West Brom, Fulham clash with Everton, whilst Chelsea travel to Newcastle
PREMIER LEAGUE – As domestic action resumes after the international break this weekend, who do you need in your squads for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 9?
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As Premier League action resumes this weekend, the first name on the teamsheet this week – and a strong contender for the captain’s armband – is Bruno Fernandes.
After two games without a goal or assist, the Portuguese returned to the limelight against Everton in GW8, scoring twice and notching a further assist.
With five goals in eight outings, Fernandes now tries his luck at Old Trafford against a West Brom side, that whilst having improved in recent weeks, have still lost their last two games to nil.
The Baggies have shipped 10 goals in all their away games so far this term, and are set to be under fire from the hosts here.
Fernandes has been a huge form player since his arrival from Portugal in January, and after a 17-point haul – with another maximum bonus point addition – United’s driving force will could again be looking at double figures this weekend.
As Tottenham Hotspur look to temporarily go top this weekend against Manchester City, Son Heung-min looks central to Lilywhite efforts in Gameweek 9.
Despite scares after being forced to isolate following an outbreak within the South Korea squad last week, the Spurs forward looks prepped and ready for his latest attempt to terrorise City’s back line.
The North Londoners know Son’s importance for their hopes this season, and perhaps more particularly against the Citizens, given his memorable Champions League showing against them two seasons ago.
Having been flown back on a private jet from Austria on Tuesday evening, the Korean was afforded little space to influence against both Brighton and Burnley last time out in the Premier League, but against Pep Guardiola‘s front-foot outfit, will be given far more room to run.
Netting four in his last five against Saturday’s opponents, as Harry Kane again drops deep, Son could thrive in his newly-acquired forward role here.
After a rocky patch for Everton, the Toffees look set to be returned to full strength in Gameweek 9 and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be the beneficiary.
Having netted seven in five to start the term, the England striker’s one goal in the last three games looks paltry, however the returning cast members to the team may change that this weekend.
With James Rodriguez, Richarlison and Lucas Digne now back to full fitness, the Everton attack looks back to its best, and Calvert-Lewin adds that extra sharpness.
Scoring on international duty, but not playing against Belgium, the Toffees striker will be eyeing a return to the points.
As Liverpool face a weekend clash with Leicester City at Anfield with their talisman, Sadio Mane looks set to profit in Gameweek 9.
With Mohamed Salah forced out after a positive Covid-19 test whilst away on international duty with Egypt, Mane will now be a handed the goal responsibility up front against the Foxes.
Goalless in the top-flight in three, the Senegalese has in the past profited from Salah’s rare absences, and versus Leicester will fancy his chances of increasing on his four-goal season tally.
Salah’s void has prompted a knee-jerk fire-sale within managerial circles, and whilst that may yet prove foolhardy, having Mane in the ranks for Gameweek 9 could prove pivotal.
Punt of the Week: Matt Targett
As much as Aston Villa’s attack have impressed in the early stages of this season, their defence has built an equally-adept reputation and as punt of GW9, Matt Targett gets our pretty penny.
On the back of a humbling defeat of Arsenal last time out, the Villa full-back was amongst the candidates for Man of the Match, with his cross from the left that led to Bukayo Saka‘s own goal at the Emirates.
Picking up two bonus points also, the former Saints man has become a fulcrum in Dean Smith’s side.
Having played every minute this term, Targett continues to patrol the left wing with aplomb and averages a shutout every other game.
As Brighton visit Birmingham this weekend, the hosts may be looking to consolidate and at the very least, another clean sheet could be on the cards versus the Seagulls.
Just 2.5% of managers own the 4.5 valued defender. Targett could well live up to his name once more in Gameweek 9.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 9 deadline is Saturday, 11:00 UK time.
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