With one game still remaining in game week 10 it is time to turn our attention to game week 11, but first let’s review the weekend’s Fantasy Premier League Action.
The weekend went as planned in many respects with Man City scoring a shed load of goals, Jose Mourinho parking a double decker bus on the pitch at Old Trafford and Everton still looking as poor as ever when they took the trip to Leicester on Sunday afternoon. More surprising was Stoke’s great win at Watford, Bournemouth making Chelsea sweat out a narrow 1-0 victory and Arsenal narrowly beating Swansea after going a goal behind – and what could easily have been two down without some great goalkeeping from Cech.
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A missed penalty for Salah and Aguero and Sterling being benched was a kick in the teeth for many of us but Sterling at least came on to score (yet again) a tap in and he remains a top choice.
With GW11 seeing City Vs. Arsenal and Chelsea Vs. Manchester United on a massive Super Sunday of football, the captain choices could be tough and many managers will see their players cancelling each other out. Most of the week will be spent monitoring Harry Kane’s potential return to fitness in what will surely be the most captained player of the season should he return.
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With another dreaded international break looming that sees England play friendlies against Germany and Brazil it could be prudent to save the free transfer this week and have two to use on the return. This is the time of year when injuries are a little more likely as the schedule intensifies and it is no coincidence that we are seeing a fair amount of hamstring injuries at the moment.
That being said, it could also be wise to look for the serious differential this weekend as a lot of the clubs in the lower two thirds of the table will be facing each other. Liverpool will be a popular choice as they visit West Ham but if Joe Hart is in the same kind of form at the Olympic Stadium as he was at Crystal Palace then Liverpool might not exactly steamroller it.
Spurs Vs. Crystal Palace
Spurs lacked confidence in the opening stages of their match at Old Trafford last weekend and although they grew in to the game they seriously missed Harry Kane. If he is fit then of course he is the obvious captain pick but Palace will fancy their chances after seeing a much improved performance in the second half against West Ham. They will need the same kind of performance against Spurs who have a tough midweek game against Real Madrid – it is a watch this space kind of game at the moment and we will be monitoring Spurs very closely this week.
Wilfried Zaha is looking back to his best and scored a late late goal at the weekend to salvage a point for Palace, although it could have been more had it not been for the impressive Joe Hart. At £6.8m he is a very decent pick and might be one for GW12 onwards. Spurs defenders will be looking for a clean sheet in this game and it looks highly likely.
Swansea Vs. Brighton
This is a tough one to call but could be a place to look for some differential. Groß is fast becoming a favourite of FPL managers as he grabbed another assist and a couple of bonus points against Southampton and this is another chance for him to add to his impressive points haul this season. Swansea have been much poorer at home than away and although they had an improved performance against Arsenal they need to be able to replicate it at home.
Neither side score or concede too many goals so there could be a clean sheet in this one but choosing for who will be a difficult task. If we are going on form then you have to side with Brighton but you never really know what you are going to get the Seasiders. Tammy Abraham continues to impress and remains a really decent differential striker who costs peanuts.
Everton Vs. Watford
Both teams had bad results on Sunday and both will be looking to bounce back with a win in game week 11. We have seen more from Watford than Everton to suggest that the Hornets will come away with the spoils here and unless Everton have a new manager in place it could be a further nail in the proverbial coffin for the Toffees.
Richarlison missed chances against Stoke and many will have taken a knee-jerk reaction and dropped him. However, it is worth applying some patience here as this will be a big chance for him to add to his goals this season and we think he is another top pick this week.
We have seen nothing from Everton yet to be able to suggest a pick from their team.
Stoke Vs. Leicester
Most of Stoke’s home games this season have been against top 5 opposition and as such they have had some pretty poor results at the Bet 365 Stadium. GW7 saw them enjoy a 2-1 against Southampton and they have also grabbed a 1-0 win against Arsenal at home this season but this will be a stern test.
Leicester have responded well to the sacking of the Craig Shakespeare with back to back wins and Jamie Vardy has had a measure of consistency this season that could be worth noting. 6 goals in 10 games is a decent return and if he could add assists to his game then he’d be a serious proposition. He plays most of each game and is more than capable of scoring in this game and the Man City game after the break. He is selected in 14.5% of teams but he offers a decent chance in this one and with West HamaWe will be back later in the week with our previews of the City and Chelsea games but with Champions League before then it is very difficult to discuss ahead of time.
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