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West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 10

27 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 10
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Every week this season, two West Ham fans will compete at Fantasy Football to win money for their chosen charities.

Every week this season, two West Ham fans will compete against each other to win money for a charity close to their hearts. James Jones and Will Pugh from the ‘We Are West Ham’ podcast will go head-to-head by picking their Fantasy Football teams every week, making sure to select at least one player from West Ham. Their points will be totted up every week, and the highest-scoring team at the end of the 38 Gameweeks will be declared the winner, with Betway donating £1,000 to their chosen charity. Who will come out on top? Here’s who the Hammers fans have selected for Gameweek 9.

James’ team

GK: Raya

DEF: Porro, Cash, Gusto, Gabriel

MID: Bowen, Salah (c), Son, Ward-Prowse

FW: Watkins, Haaland

I’m always a little bit nervous when I play my wildcard. There’s always a risk of it completely flopping, leaving me on the back foot and desperate to play my next one in the new year. But last week’s wildcard was a great success.

94 points, 10 more than Will in GW9, is a superb return and it now puts me 25 points clear of Will. It’s fair to say I’m beginning to run away with it already. 

Only three of my starting XI failed to return any meaningful points, with Turner, Cash and Ward-Prowse all delivering measly performance points and nothing else. The rest either gave me a clean sheet, goals, assists and/or bonus points to ensure my wildcard was a strong one. 

It means this week is going to be relatively unchanged for me. The fixtures are favourable for all of my players, which was planned in my wildcard, so I’ve decided to carry my free transfer to next weekend, which will allow me a little more flexibility if I decide to make changes then. 

The only changes I am making are to my starting XI. I have to admit, it’s a bit of a dilemma. I really like the look of Wolves under Gary O’Neil at the moment, but can’t really find a way of getting Hee Chan into my XI without sacrificing a player I’m confident will return points in GW10. Wolves host Newcastle, so it also means I have the same dilemma with Burn. I’ve decided to bench both, with Hee Chan the first sub, just in case.

That means Gusto, Gabriel and Raya come into my XI this week. I knew both wouldn’t keep clean sheets against each other last weekend, so that was a wise move in GW9. But it’s a different story in GW10. Arsenal host Sheffield United, while Chelsea host Brentford, who have struggled a little away from home this term. I’m backing clean sheets for all three there. 

The rest of my team is unchanged, and Salah keeps the armband for a third consecutive week. He’s on fire at the moment and Liverpool host Nottingham Forest at Anfield, so I’m expecting him to continue his red hot form – he’s got five goals and nine bonus points in his last four games. 

There was a slight temptation to give the armband to Ollie Watkins, though. He’s also in red-hot form and Villa host Luton, so he should provide some attacking returns if they continue their unbelievable winning run at Villa Park. But I’m sticking with Salah for now. 

Will’s team

GK: Areola

DEF: Udogie, Lascelles, Colwill

MID: Maddison, Ward-Prowse, Saka, Bowen, Salah (c)

FW: Haaland, Watkins

I think the term for the 84 points I got last week is “proper tidy”, but you’ll be surprised to hear I was actually quite glum by the time Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Fulham saw the gameweek come to an end on Monday night. 

For I discovered James Jones had beaten me by ten points through one of the greatest pieces of morally corrupt hypocrisy ever observed in human history. 

He copied my team.

After accusing me on this very website last week of looking at his picks in the sent items of our podcast’s shared email account before submitting my own, which I have never done by the way, he was far more brazen with his plagiarism and just straight up picked the same players as me when playing his wildcard last week.

From having just three of the same players in our gameweek eight starting XIs we miraculously had seven last week. And of the four that weren’t exactly the same, two were just different players from the same team in which I have players in that position – i.e James now has Newcastle’s Dan Burn in defence where I have Sven Botman, his idea being that he’ll get the same amount of clean sheet points as me whenever Newcastle keep one. 

A bold move from Fun Vacuum Jones, as he will now be known, given his loud declarations that he was an FPL genius at the beginning of the season. Turns out he just gets very narrow flukey leads over his rivals, waits for them to play their wildcard then just copies their team exactly.

Oh well, FVJ’s boundless desperation to win aside, although this season has now effectively been reduced to a battle over who is better at picking captains, I will fight on valiantly in this moral crusade with my head held high and try and reduce the 25-point gap between us with James on 572 and me on 547.

Last week’s act of charlatanism was all the more difficult to stomach when Spurs boss Ange Postecoglu inexplicably took Destiny Udogie off in the 55th minute against Fulham meaning he missed out on the six clean sheet points by just five minutes – getting just one while James’ Pedro Porro got the full six. 

Nevertheless, no transfers this week, I am going to roll it over. Only one change to my starting XI too with West Ham’s Alphonse Areola coming in to replace Nottingham Forest’s Matt Turner. The Hammers have goal-shy Everton at home with the Toffees having scored just nine all season. Forest on the other hand go to Liverpool who have not scored less than two at home in the Prem all campaign. 

Mo Salah captain again as the Egyptian has scored in every home league match this season. We move.

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