Champions League Watch: Game Week 11 Tips

With an explosive weekend of football ahead we take to the Champions League to see what morsels we can gleam as we look to prepare our teams for game week 11.

Tuesday evening saw Chelsea head to Italy as they faced Roma, a game that they lost 3-0 after conceding a goal in the first minute of the game and despite having some chances to get back in to the match, they didn’t show the cutting edge and will have some grave concerns over welcoming Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Bonfire Night. It may well be the manager, Antonio Conte who is being burned at the stake if they fail to win, but Mourinho is also at risk of facing the wrath of his own fans after provoking them in his pre and post match comments – still, a solid 2-0 win over Benfica sets this contest up nicely.

Chelsea Vs. Manchester United

Both of these teams fielded strong sides on Tuesday evening but United were able to rest a few key players whilst Chelsea missed Kante more than ever. This game could hinge on that one player and the fact that Chelsea will be far less fresh having undertaken the air miles there and back could give the edge to Mourinho who knows this place intimately.

Following the solid (if uninspiring) victory over Spurs last weekend and the performance on Tuesday, we are edging with United in this game. Something doesn’t seem quite right at Chelsea this season and you can chart it back to the opening day of the season when they uncharacteristically conceded three goals at home to Burnley. The win over Bournemouth last week was tame and lacked conviction and Morata seems like a shadow of his former self since he returned from injury.

The only light for Chelsea is Eden Hazard who can create something from nothing and let’s be honest, Jose is hardly going to go all out to outgun his opponents in a 5-4 thriller. This has 0-0 written all over it so get ready to keep your United defence intact. We might see a goal knick it here but we stand by what we said earlier in the week in that there is no real captain potential in this one.

The Harry Kane Team

Spurs face Real Madrid on Wednesday evening and the good news is that Kane was seen training with the first team (see picture below) on Tuesday and looks set to win the race to play. Kane has dropped from £12.7m to £12.6m and for those who dropped him they will be looking to bring him straight back in. He is unlikely to rise on Wednesday evening so we suggest you wait until at least Thursday evening to ensure he comes through completely unscathed. Should he not play then you will want to wait as long as possible before making a decision.
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We only hope that he is not being rushed back and makes matters worse. The manager seems like a character to take no such risks so if he does play he is likely ready for it and will of course need to feature in your game week 11 team.

Update:

What a performance by Spurs! As expected Kane did start and he completed 80 minutes in a game that showed no signs of his injury causing him any concern and he bossed the defenders all night long. He showed strength and some excellent touches to control long balls and play in his teammates and although he didn’t get on the scoresheet he was making things happen in a sensation 3-1 win of Real Madrid!

Spurs will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Man Utd last weekend with a convincing home win over Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson’s men must be thinking this is the worst time to play Spurs! Pochettino and his team have certainly dispelled the Wembley curse and they now look to be using it as a fortress week in, week out.

Harry Kane rejoins Sane at Man City as pretty much a must have player and if you jump on him now you can get him for £12.6m – he is worth every penny. In addition, Dele Alli looked back to his best with two goals against the current Champions League title holders and whilst one was tapped in from a yard and one was fortunately deflected he continues that knack of being in the right place at the right time.

Spurs have now guaranteed qualification and look favourites to win the group and with 5 of their next 7 league games being green rated fixtures on the official FPL site (and 4 of those greens being at home), now could be the time to stock up on 3 Spurs players who will be riding high on confidence.

West Ham Vs. Liverpool

Another fixture that Fantasy Premier League managers are hotly anticipating this week is the West Ham Vs. Liverpool game. The Reds have an easy fixture in the Champions League and will surely rest some key players to ensure maximum freshness for the weekend. We will have more on this tomorrow once we have analysed tonight’s game.

Update:

Liverpool were always going to win this game and a convincing 3-0 home win probably should have been more but goals from Salah, Can and Daniel Sturridge means that they now sit top of their group. The promise of hapless West Ham this weekend will provide the chance for more goals and it will be interesting to see if Daniel Sturridge gets the nod after two goals in two games.

Coutinho is still likely to miss this weekend and with Mane, Lallana and now Wijnaldum sidelined the chances are that he will play as the central striker with Firmino playing just in behind. Sturridge is a slight risk but could offer excellent differential whilst Salah owners will be expecting him to put last week’s penalty miss behind him as he looks to score his 6th premier league goal of the campaign – he has every chance against West Ham!

Man City Vs. Arsenal

This will be an interesting encounter and there is only one winner as far as we are concerned after City ran out rampant 4-2 winners in Italy on Wednesday. Arsenal do play on Thursday but have a relatively easy home tie in which they are likely to fully rotate their squad and as such may be the fresher of the two. That being said, we expect goals in this game with City edging their opponents easily. Aguero played and broke the record in Napoli and we hope he will be playing against Arsenal on Sunday – we think he will.

Sane was rated 9/10 for his performance in midweek and Sterling was also on the scoresheet again with the latter likely to drop to bench for the weekend game and Sane set to start. The German is the must have midfielder right now and is in the form of his life.

This is not a game for the defenders with both teams looking to have weaknesses at the back and we expect at least 3 or 4 goals in this game with both teams getting on the scoresheet – quite possibly a captain pick in their somewhere too!

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