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Here, two-time Indian FPL champion Lateriser discusses his Wildcard plans and ideas.
The news in terms of equipment has finally come out And I pulled the trigger on Wildcard. Outside of the three Liverpool players, which most FPL coaches have, I also had them Rhys James (£6.0 million)Marcus Rashford (£6.6 million)Diogo Dalot (£4.5 million) and potentially infected Kyle Walker (£5.1 million), forcing me to activate the chip.
It was a fairly straightforward decision for me, but for those who are on the fence because of their ability to get 10 or 11 players on, there is an advantage waiting for more information. Tom covers the pros and cons of Wildcarding in detail in this excellent article.
Let’s get to where I am with my current draft and the decisions I’m dealing with. I would strongly caution that this is only the current “innovator” and I am far from a conclusion because I only made the Wildcard decision on Tuesday.
The Wildcard picks I’m pretty sure are from Manchester City and Newcastle United. Nick Pop (£5.1 million) I consider her the goalkeeper of choice. His raison d’être is simple: Newcastle have received the fifth most shots but are second behind Tottenham Hotspur in terms of expected goals (xG) per shot. It’s just the perfect recipe for him. I’m comfortable doubling the Magpies defense with Kieran Trippier (£5.3m), which offers potential points on either side of the pitch. Even in Gameweek 6, he offered six chances against Crystal Palace – this 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 will be against Bournemouth, Brentford, Everton and Aston Villa.
Read more: The Pope and Trippier are on the watch list
My third Newcastle United player at the moment, I’m not entirely sure about him Alexander Isaac (£7.0 million). The reason he’s there is that his next three matches will be against Bournemouth (at home), Fulham (away) and Brentford (at home), all in the wrong half of the table for expected goals conceded (xGC) in the league. Until now. Newcastle showed their ability to perform well against a weaker opponent as they achieved nearly 2.0 xG against Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanders and 2.5+ xG against Crystal Palace. I’m a little worried about it Callum Wilson (£7.2m) Close to fit but I think a comeback is imminent Bruno Guimarães (£5.7 million) and Alain Saint-Maximan (£6.4m) means only good things for the team as a whole.
If I don’t go with Isak, he will be Evan Tony (£7.2m), he is in the league’s top ten most frequently involved in unexpected goals (xGI) and now appears to be the best free kick taker in the world as well as the best penalty taker! Harry King (£11.4m) is the striker’s third alternative pick as an excellent short-range attacking kick against Leicester City, as the Foxes have now conceded 23 goals in their last 10 away games and sit third for xGC so far this. season. If that’s the case, I’d probably bet on Saint-Maximin in midfield.
Keeping Salah in mind
We’re all over at The FPL Wire on Wildcard this week and also shared our thoughts on the chip in the Gameweek 8 episode, which I highly recommend.
It’s something you shouldn’t miss!