ISL Fantasy MW9 Deadline: Wednesday, December 6, 06:30 PM IST

Another mini blank week is on the cards in Matchweek 9 of the Indian Super League (ISL), as ten teams will feature during the week, with FC Goa and Kerala Blasters FC missing out.

ISL Fantasy managers are grappling with a time crunch as they shuffle their squads. Given the rapid pace of fixtures in December, strategic squad planning becomes paramount. Managers must prioritise players with minimal rotation, while also adding depth to their squads.

Matchweek 8 Summary

Matchweek 8 witnessed a goalscoring spree, with a total of 21 goals netted across six matches, averaging an impressive 3.5 goals per match. In the realm of fantasy football, Nandhakumar Sekar stole the spotlight in Matchweek 8. Emerging as a substitute in the second half against Punjab FC, he clinched a brace and contributed an assist, accumulating an impressive 12 points for the week.

During Kerala Blasters FC's double Matchweek, forwards Dimitrios Diamantakos and Kwame Peprah showcased their prowess, earning 12 and 11 points, respectively. Following closely are the Mohun Bagan SG defenders Brendan Hamill and Asish Rai, both finding the back of the net and securing a clean sheet in their 2-0 triumph over Hyderabad FC.

Matchweek 9: What to expect?

Mumbai City FC are set to make a return after a two-week hiatus, engaging in an away match against Bengaluru FC on Friday. Matchweek 9 is set to kick off with Mohun Bagan Super Giant hosting Odisha FC, potentially revisiting their AFC Cup clash from a week ago. Thursday will witness a face-off between Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC, while on Saturday, East Bengal FC will host the newly-promoted Punjab FC. The week concludes with a clash between NorthEast United FC and Hyderabad FC on Sunday. 

Fixture Date
Mohun Bagan Super Giant vs Odisha FC December 6, Wednesday
Jamshedpur FC vs Chennaiyin FC December 7, Thursday
Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FC December 8, Friday
East Bengal FC vs Punjab FC December 9, Saturday
NorthEast United FC vs Hyderabad FC December 10, Sunday

What the Managers are thinking?

Most Transferred INs for MW 9

Player Position Club Transferred IN
Rafael Crivellaro Midfielder Chennaiyin FC 263
Jorge Pereyra Diaz Forward Mumbai City FC 208
Amey Ranawade Defender Odisha FC 175
Sunil Chhetri Forward Bengaluru FC 144
Dimitrios Diamantakos  Forward Kerala Blasters FC 143

(As of Wednesday, December 5, 04:30 PM)

Most Transferred OUTs for MW 9

Player Position Club Transferred OUT
Adrian Luna Midfielder Kerala Blasters FC 151
Mourtada Fall Defender Odisha FC 146
Parthib Gogoi Forward NorthEast United 135
Dimitri Petratos Forward Mohun Bagan Super Giant 131
Sachin Suresh  Goalkeeper Kerala Blasters FC 130

Top Picks for Matchweek 9

Rafael Crivellaro (Chennayin FC): Crivellaro is currently in exceptional form despite the team's results not meeting expectations thus far. In the eight matches played, he has accumulated four assists and scored two goals.

Cleiton Silva (East Bengal FC): Silva has already scored five goals in seven matches for the Red and Gold Brigade, and the forward will be eager to add to that tally when they host Punjab FC on Saturday.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz (Mumbai City FC): The Islanders are eager to make a strong comeback against Bengaluru FC after facing recent setbacks in the AFC Champions League. Diaz, as always, will lead the charge for the attacking-minded Mumbai City FC side and could provide a valuable advantage for his fantasy owners.

Top Differential Picks for Matchweek 9

Nandhakumar Sekar (East Bengal FC): Nandhakumar was grappling with a dip in form recently and even witnessed Vishnu PV taking over his spot in the playing XI. However, his stellar performance against the Highlanders is bound to inject a much-needed boost in confidence for the matches ahead. With only 4% of fantasy managers having him in their squads, he stands out as a potential game-changer in the upcoming week.

Jordan Murray (Chennaiyin FC): Murray showcased his scoring prowess by netting twice in their thrilling 3-3 draw with Kerala Blasters FC, making a compelling case to retain his place in the starting XI. With just a 2% ownership, he emerges as another potential significant differential this week, offering a valuable option for fantasy managers aiming to elevate their teams.

Roy Krishna (Odisha FC): The Fijian centre-forward is currently in excellent form, delivering positive performances in their last three fixtures across all competitions. He is set to face his former team in Matchweek 9. However, there is a possibility that he might be rotated due to their demanding schedule.

Captaincy Pick: Cleiton Silva

The Brazilian forward secured a brace in their recent commanding 5-0 victory over NorthEast United FC, and with another home fixture against the struggling Punjab FC, he has the potential for another stellar performance. Additionally, being on set pieces gives him the edge as a prime candidate for the captaincy choice in Matchweek 9.