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Best FPL GW9 Wildcard Team

GW9 is the halfway point before the mid-season break for the World Cup, and for many, it is the perfect time to play the first Wildcard chip.

With that in mind, here is the best team to opt for on your Wildcard in GW9.

Edouard Mendy

  • Price: £4.9m
  • Picked by: 13%
  • Fixtures: Crystal Palace (a), Wolves (H), Aston Villa (a)

The Goalkeeper position is a hard one to get right, with there only being one starting spot up for grabs.

Mendy is a fine option, playing for the league’s fourth-best defence statistically, with Chelsea conceding an xGA of 6.9.

Their defence could be even stronger now with Graham Potter in charge. His Brighton side had the 5th lowest xGA with a weaker squad than Chelsea’s (7.1).

Additionally, Mendy has made 18 saves (7th most) and is a cheaper option than the likes of Ederson and Alisson at £4.9m.

Daniel Iversen

  • Price: £3.9m
  • Picked by: 4%
  • Fixtures: Nottingham Forest (H), Bournemouth (a), Crystal Palace (H)

For a sub ‘keeper, Iversen is a good shout. He’s £3.9m, allowing you the budget to spend elsewhere, and with Leicester’s Danny Ward shipping a lot of goals lately he could be due a chance soon.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

  • Price: £7.4m
  • Picked by: 36%
  • Fixtures: Brighton (H), Arsenal (a), Man City (H)

One of the best creative defenders in the world is considered a must-have by many FPL players.

He has a goal and an assist despite Liverpool’s poor start, with an xA of 1.2 (5th highest).

He’s made the most passes (27) and most crosses into the opposition box (11), as well as the most progressive passes (56).

Furthermore, he’s a brilliant crosser, making 32 overall (second most).

They do have really tough fixtures after Brighton, but with his quality, he can return against anyone.

Joao Cancelo

  • Price: £7.2m
  • Picked by: 52%
  • Fixtures: Man Utd (H), Southampton (H), Liverpool (a)

Another playmaking defender is Man City’s Joao Cancelo, who also has a goal and an assist.

He has made the second most progressive passes (55), as well as 11 carries and 14 passes into the opponent’s box (both 7th most).

The City defence is usually good for clean sheets too, keeping the most so far (four), and having the lowest xGA in the league (3.4).

Being 51% owned and the most attacking of City’s defence, it would be risky going without the Portuguese international.

Reece James

  • Price: £6.0m
  • Picked by: 36%
  • Fixtures: Crystal Palace (a), Wolves (H), Aston Villa (a)

For £6.0m, Reece James is absurdly underpriced. He offers both clean sheets and attacking returns.

The right-back has the second highest xG out of all defenders (1.4), as well as the third highest xGI (2).

He’s part of the aforementioned strong Chelsea defence where it’s likely he’ll be playing in the wing-back role, pushing him further forward.

Chelsea have good fixtures too, facing sides who all sit in the bottom 6 of the table, including both Wolves and Villa who have struggled to score this term.

Kieran Trippier

  • Price: £5.4m
  • Picked by: 46%
  • Fixtures: Fulham (a), Brentford (H), Man Utd (a)

Trippier is proving to be very popular in FPL this season, and as of now, he is the 5th most owned player in the game.

He has a goal and assist, with the 7th highest xA amongst all defenders (1.1).

This has been accumulated through his 14 key passes (8th most), 23 crosses, including 5 into the opposition box (5th most), and the second most passes into the box (23).

Also, he’s made 46 progressive passes (third most) and takes set pieces, taking the most corners in the league (35) and scored a free-kick against Man City in GW3.

Newcastle’s next two games in particular are favourable for them, making Trippier a great pick on a wildcard.

Neco Williams

  • Price: £4.1m
  • Picked by: 27%
  • Fixtures: Leicester (a), Aston Villa (H), Wolves (a)

Williams is this season’s go-to budget defender, costing just £4.1m now.

Playing as a wing-back for Forest he has accumulated the highest xGI of any defender (2.1), with the third highest xG too (1.1).

He’s provided 24 crosses (5th most), including 8 into the box (third most).

Forest have been leaky defensively, conceding 14.5 expected goals (most), but it’s worth including Williams in your team for his value.

An attacking threat at £4.1m is a no-brainer.

Luis Diaz

  • Price: £8.2m
  • Picked by: 27%
  • Fixtures: Brighton (H), Arsenal (a), Man City (H)

Diaz has three goals this term, making him Liverpool’s top scorer and one of their best assets this season.

The Colombian has had 17 shots overall, the most in the squad, including 8 on target (9th most in the league).

He’s good cover for Salah, producing more attacking returns than him so far, but the best Liverpool asset is probably Salah.

However, the budget restricts the Egyptian from being in this team.

James Maddison

  • Price: £8.0m
  • Picked by: 8%
  • Fixtures: Nottingham Forest (H), Bournemouth (a), Crystal Palace (H)

Maddison has top scored for the Foxes this season, scoring three times.

He’s taken 20 shots in total (7th most) and has the highest xG in the Leicester team (1.1).

They have good fixtures too, playing local rivals Forest next, who are prone to conceding a lot of chances.

They’ve been facing 17 shots per game on average this season, the most in the league.

After that they face Bournemouth, who are also tipped to be near the foot of the table by the end of the season.

Wilfried Zaha

  • Price: £7.2m
  • Picked by: 16%
  • Fixtures: Chelsea (H), Leeds (H), Leicester (a)

Zaha has started that season really well, scoring four times at a rate of 0.8 per 90 (5th highest).

He has an xG of 3, which is the 7th highest in the league overall and the second highest out of all midfielders.

The Ivory Coast international has taken the most shots in the Palace team (14) ahead of a nice turn in fixtures for them.

They face a Chelsea team who haven’t clicked yet, Leeds who haven’t won away yet, and Leicester who are currently bottom of the league.

Leon Bailey

  • Price: £4.7m
  • Picked by: 7%
  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Nottingham Forest (a), Chelsea (H)

Bailey is a great budget option for £4.7m, as he’s a talented winger who can score and create chances well.

The Jamaican scored 9 goals and got 8 assists in the 2020-21 campaign for Bayer Leverkusen.

He has one goal this season, and is probably the best option under £5.0m, besides Andreas Pereira, therefore making him great for your bench.

Andreas Pereira

  • Price: £4.6m
  • Picked by: 26%
  • Fixtures: Newcastle (H), West Ham (a), Bournemouth (H)

Andreas has been popular amongst FPL players this year, with over a quarter of teams selecting him.

He has two assists, providing 15 key passes (7th most), and is the best budget midfield enabler at £4.6m.

Furthermore, he takes corners for Fulham, and with an aerial monster like Mitrovic in the box he will get plenty of assists this term.

For his price, he’s an easy pick for your FPL team.

Erling Haaland

  • Price: £12.1m
  • Picked by: 81%
  • Fixtures: Man Utd (H), Southampton (H), Liverpool (a)

Haaland is a goal-scoring machine and is a must-have for everyone this season.

He’s ranked top for goals (11), goals per 90 (1.7), and xG (8.4), whilst amassing the most points overall (73).

The Norwegian is second for shots taken (27), including the most on target (16), and with someone of his quality, he will put most of those in the net.

As the league’s best team City always have good fixtures, facing their rivals in the Manchester derby next, then Southampton, before a trip to an out of sorts Liverpool.

If you haven’t got him already, now is your chance to make up for missing out.

Unsurprisingly, he is once again at the top of our free FPL points predictor tool.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

  • Price: £6.9m
  • Picked by: 32%
  • Fixtures: Newcastle (H), West Ham (a), Bournemouth (H)

Mitrovic has been a real surprise package this season, playing for a team most thought wouldn’t put up much of a fight.

He has 6 goals, ranking him second, and has an xG of 4.5 (fourth highest), taking the most shots overall (29), 4.2 per 90, with 14 on target (second most).

The Serbian is very infleuntial to how Fulham play, with a lot of their attacks going through him, getting 5 goal-creating actions (5th most).

Additionally, he is a great penalty taker, scoring one already this season and 6 last campaign.

However, he appears to be carrying a knock, so keep an eye on the Premier League team news ahead of GW9.

Dominic Solanke

  • Price: £5.7m
  • Picked by: 1%
  • Fixtures: Brentford (H), Leicester (H), Fulham (a)

Bournemouth assets may not appeal to many, but one that does offer good potential value is Dominic Solanke.

The striker got 29 goals in the Championship last season and in three starts this term he already has a goal and an assist.

As well as that he has the highest xGI per 90 in his team (0.2).

The Cherries have good fixtures, facing teams with a FDR of two in their next four matches, so Solanke has a decent chance of returning in that run.

Bournemouth’s poor stats so far this season have many in the FPL community reluctant to pick him, and maybe justifiably so.

Regardless, at his price, with decent fixtures on paper and being picked by less than 1%, he’s worthy of being in our best FPL GW9 Wildcard team.

NameTeamPositionPricePick %GW8 PointsTotal Points
Edouard MendyChelseaGoalkeeper£4.9m13%N/A17
Daniel IversenLeicesterGoalkeeper£3.9m4%00
Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolDefender£7.4m36%N/A24
Joao CanceloMan CityDefender£7.2m52%942
Reece JamesChelseaDefender£6.0m36%N/A23
Kieran TrippierNewcastleDefender£5.4m46%535
Neco WilliamsNottingham ForestDefender£4.1m27%113
Luis DiazLiverpoolMidfielder£8.2m27%N/A32
James MaddisonLeicesterMidfielder£8.0m8%729
Wilfried ZahaCrystal PalaceMidfielder£7.2m16%N/A31
Leon BaileyAston VillaMidfielder£4.7m7%322
Andreas PereiraFulhamMidfielder£4.6m26%124
Erling HaalandMan CityForward£12.1m81%673
Aleksandar MitrovicFulhamForward£6.9m32%241
Dominic SolankeBournemouthForward£5.7m1%219