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Premier League: Fantasy gameweek nine preview

Original article published 18 October 2022

Fantasy football managers have their work cut out this weekend, with several big names on the treatment table.

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold was likely to be on the way out of many teams due to his recent performances, but his latest injury means he is now set to be kicked to the curb.

Chelsea's Reece James is also set to miss out through injury this weekend, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has yet to prove his fitness for Fulham.

We have tried to take no risks with our five best players to select this weekend, and there are some cracking fixtures on the cards.

Brentford's clash with Brighton starts proceedings on Friday, while there are four matches scheduled for Saturday, including Tottenham's fixture against Everton at 17:30.

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Defender - William Saliba

Arsenal defender William Saliba is one of the best defenders if checking the Premier League fantasy football rankings.

The Frenchman has had to bide his time under Mikel Arteta, but he has already scored 46 points in nine appearances. He offers good value thanks to his price tag, allowing fantasy football players to spend their money elsewhere.

Saliba faces Leeds United on Sunday, and Jesse Marsch's side look to be struggling in the final third after a positive start to the campaign. Saliba's threat from set-pieces is also worth noting, especially after Leeds conceded from a free-kick last week.

Arsenal are 7/4 to win to nil, which would give Saliba another points haul thanks to a clean sheet.

Midfielder - Leandro Trossard

After Brentford conceded five goals to Newcastle United last weekend, it seems the perfect time to select a Brighton forward.

The Bees may have only lost one of their previous four at home, but they have conceded goals on a regular basis. Thomas Frank have conceded six in three at home, and that should play into Brighton's hands.

Trossard is Brighton's main attacking threat, with the Belgium international scoring five in eight games this season. He is the fifth-highest-scoring midfielder in fantasy football at present, and readers can back him to score anytime at 3/1.

Midfielder - Jarrod Bowen

As long as the fantasy football price changes have not affected readers, then Bowen is one to consider ahead of West Ham's trip to Southampton.

The Saints have lost four on the spin, conceding seven goals in the process. West Ham's form is the total opposite, with David Moyes' men winning four of their previous five in all competitions (before their Europa Conference League game on Thursday)

Bowen has scored in his previous two Premier League appearances for the Hammers, and he is 15/2 to score the first goal at St Mary's on Sunday afternoon.

Forward - Gabriel Jesus

As we said earlier, we suspect that Arsenal will have far too much for Leeds when the two sides meet at Elland Road on Sunday. Not only do we think Leeds will struggle to score, but there's also every chance the Whites cannot keep Jesus under control.

The Brazilian has scored 52 points in Premier League fantasy football so far, with 19 points coming from his last three fixtures alone.

Jesus' elusive style should give Liam Cooper and Robert Koch tonnes of problems across the 90 minutes, and he is not just a goalscoring threat. His ability to bring others into the game means he can pick up several assists.

Odds of 11/10 are available for him to have over 1.5 shots on target, while he is 6/1 to score two or more goals.

Forward - Dominic Solanke

At the cost of £5.7million in Premier League fantasy football, Solanke gives players the chance to splash the cash in other areas of the pitch. While he is not the most prolific, the former Liverpool frontman does have 24 points from his last four fixtures.

Bournemouth travel to Fulham on Saturday, and Fulham's leaky defence and Solanke could be a match made in heaven.

The Cottagers have conceded 12 goals in their previous five Premier League matches, and Bournemouth are available at 5/6 to win in the double chance market, with Solanke set to play a huge role for them this weekend.

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