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Here, two-time FPL Indian champion Lateriser talks about his Wildcard plans and thoughts.
The matchup news is finally out and I’ve pulled the trigger on the Wildcard. Outside of the three Liverpool players, who have the most managers in the FPL, he also had one Reece James (£6.0 million)Marcus Rashford (£6.6m)Diogo Dalot (£4.5m) and a potential injury Kyle Walker (£5.1 million), which forced me to activate the chip.
It was a pretty simple decision for me, but for those on the fence about being able to house 10 or 11 players, it’s worth waiting for more information. The pros and cons of Wildcarding are covered in detail by Tom in this excellent article.
Let’s go to where I am with my current project and the decisions I’m struggling with. I’d like to give a big caveat that this is just my current “joker” and I’m far from a foregone conclusion as I only made the Wildcard decision on Tuesday.
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The Wildcard selections I am sure of are largely Manchester City and Newcastle United. Nick Pope (£5.1m) stands out as my favorite goalkeeper. The reason for having him is simple: Newcastle have conceded the fifth-highest number of shots, but are second-lowest behind Tottenham Hotspur in expected goals (xG) per shot conceded. It’s the perfect recipe for him. I’m comfortable lining up the Magpies defense with Kieran Trippier (£5.3m), offering scoring potential on both sides of the pitch. Even in Gameweek 6, he provided six chances against Crystal Palace, and that creativity will also help him collect bonus points. Newcastle United have kept six clean sheets in their last 10 games at St James’ Park and their next four home games are against Bournemouth, Brentford, Everton and Aston Villa.
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My third Newcastle United player at the moment, who I’m not entirely sure about, is Alexander Isak (£7.0 million). The reason he is there is that their next three games are against Bournemouth (h), Fulham (a) and Brentford (h), all of whom are in the wrong half of the table for goals conceded (xGC) in the league . Bye now. Newcastle have shown their ability to do well against weaker opposition, racking up close to 2.0 xG against Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers and 2.5+ xG against Crystal Palace. I’m a little worried Callum Wilson (£7.2 million) to be close to fitness, but I think the imminent return of Bruno Guimaraes (£5.7 million) i Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.4m) can only mean good things for the team as a whole.
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If I don’t go with Isak, it will be for either of them Ivan Tony (£7.2m), who is in the top 10 in the league for expected non-penalty goals share (xGI) and now appears to be the best free-kick taker in the world, as well as the best shooter of penalties! Harry Kane (£11.4m) is a third-choice alternative striker as a short-term premium point to attack Leicester City’s game as the Foxes have now conceded 23 goals in their last 10 away games and they are in the bottom three of xGC so far. season If that’s the case, I’ll probably point to Saint-Maximin in midfield.
KEEP SALAH IN MIND
All of us at The FPL Wire are on a Wildcard this week and also shared our thoughts on the chip in our Gameweek 8 episode, which I highly recommend.
It’s one you shouldn’t miss!
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