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FPL tips: How does your squad compare to our elite bosses’ picks?

By October 27, 2021No Comments

Have you ever wondered how your FPL decisions compare with those of the elite?

By analysing the movements of a group of 1,000 managers with multiple top-10,000 finishes to their names, we can find out what the best of the best do to prepare their sides.

This was the most popular squad (adhering to the FPL’s player limitations) among the top managers in gameweek nine.

FPL tips: How does your squad compare to our elite bosses’ picks? PLZ Soccer

Mohamed Salah continues to be the most popular player among the elite, with 98.1 per cent of our sample backing him in GW9.

Those 981 bosses were rewarded with a hat-trick, an assist and a clean sheet along with three bonus points as the Liverpool sensation notched 24 points at Old Trafford.

His lowest ownership among the elite so far this season was 92.9 per cent in GW3.

Elsewhere in midfield, Leeds man Raphinha was backed by 76 per cent of our sample in GW9, while Brentford’s Bryan Mbuemo saw 37.1 per cent of elite bosses take a chance on him, with two goals in four games ahead of the weekend.

With Romelu Lukaku out through injury, Kai Havertz‘s elite ownership went from one to 315 ahead of Chelsea’s home game against Norwich.

Somehow the German managed to score just three points despite his team’s 7-0 result.

FPL tips: How does your squad compare to our elite bosses’ picks? PLZ Soccer
(Tess Derry/PA)

Everton’s Demarai Gray has achieved an elite ownership of more than 20 per cent after three goals in three weeks earlier in the season.

The £5.8m midfielder is ranked in the top 20 for Threat and Creativity among midfielders, and added an assist to his tally in GW9.

The elite’s selections up front demonstrate how unreliable traditional top six teams’ forwards have been this season, with no strikers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United or Tottenham.

Instead, our sample backed Michail Antonio (84.3 per cent), Jamie Vardy (57.5 per cent) and Ivan Toney (38.3 per cent) in GW9 with mixed success.

Antonio delivered with the winning goal in West Ham’s 1-0 win against Tottenham – at £8.2m the forward currently ranks number one for both Creativity and Threat among forwards.

Vardy, meanwhile, was added by more than 50 per cent of our elite bosses in light of Lukaku’s injury – they were not rewarded for their savvy however, with Vardy hauled off after 45 minutes against Brentford with an injury.

FPL tips: How does your squad compare to our elite bosses’ picks? PLZ Soccer
(John Walton/PA)

And the top managers had no luck with their third choice striker either, as Toney (£6.5m) failed to score for the fourth game in a row.

At the back, this season’s bargain favourite among elite managers is Southampton’s Tino Livramento, who is now backed by more than 80 per cent of our sample.

The defender was owned by less than 20 per cent of managers overall in comparison – at just £4.4m his goal, assist and three clean sheets are excellent value.

Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo has played every league game for Pep Guardiola this season, and is backed by around two thirds of our sample, while Trent Alexander-Arnold (65.3 per cent), Antonio Rudiger (37.4 per cent) and Brighton’s Shane Duffy (28.8 per cent) complete the elite defence.

And in goal, Seagulls keeper Robert Sanchez and Watford’s Ben Foster both boast elite ownership of around 50 per cent.

Sanchez has managed four clean sheets so far at £4.6m, while Foster appears to have nicked the number one jersey at Vicarage Road despite his price tag of £4m – no other goalkeeper at that price is getting regular minutes.