Favourable fixtures for FPL in November and December 2019

After the third international break of the 2019-2020 campaign, the English Premier League is heading straight into preparations for the busiest period of the domestic football year. With eight gameweeks taking place between November 23rd and December 29th, plus mid-week League Cup and/or European competition obligations for most teams, the end of the first half of the season is promising to be another intense period for FPL managers. And that’s even before mentioning Liverpool’s participation at the FIFA Club World Cup (as winner of 2018-2019 Champions League) from December 11th to December 22nd. This has actually resulted in this season’s first blank, as the encounter between Liverpool and West Ham in gameweek 18 has been postponed to a currently unknown date. Liverpool though are the odds-on favourites with online bookmakers to win the EPL following their 3-1 beating of rivals Man City.

In order to help you navigate the upcoming period in your quest to creep up the ranks before the second wildcard is activated at the deadline for gameweek 20, we’ve taken a quick look at the fixture sets for November and December. Below you’ll find a brief analysis of three of the teams with the most favourable fixture calendars and some of their most promising FPL assets. For discussions on FPL tactics read more on our FPL forum.

LIVERPOOL

Palace (a), Brighton (H), Everton (H), Bournemouth (a), Watford (H), blank, Leicester (a), Wolves (H)

Liverpool definitely have one of the most favourable fixture sets of all teams coming up, especially over the next five weeks, but that’s not the only reason we’re starting this piece with the Reds. There is their good form to warrant loading up on Liverpool assets, but it’s what happens from gameweek 18 onwards that could (should?) make you think twice about that approach. Starting with a blank gameweek, the Reds then travel to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup before visiting Leicester in gameweek 19 and hosting Wolves three days later. In other words, in about five weeks, some of the official fantasy game’s most popular players are going to be subject to heightened fatigue and increased rotation risk. The question is: can you go without at least one or two of their guys over these coming weeks? It’s probably not the best idea, with the likes of Sadio Mané (£12.1m), Mo Salah (£12.3m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) likely licking their lips at the next five gameweeks. The same goes for Liverpool’s cross-crazy wing-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m). Three home games against more than attractive opposition over the coming five sounds like a steady source of FPL points for quite a while, just don’t lose the swing in fixtures from gameweek 18 onwards out of sight.

LEICESTER CITY

Brighton (a), Everton (H), Watford (H), Villa (a), Norwich (H), Man City (a), Liverpool (H), West Ham (a)

What goes for Liverpool, goes for Leicester as well, to a certain extent. Brendan Rodgers’ men are in top form and they have an attractive run of fixtures coming up, facing the current numbers 11, 15, 18, 17 and 20, respectively, in the EPL over the coming five gameweeks. The Foxes obviously have no Club World Cup responsibilities to deal with, but they do face a swing of fixtures from gameweek 18 onwards, like the Reds do. With the home game against Liverpool taking place five days after the clash with Man City at the Etihad, rounds 18 and 19 are about as hard as it can get for them. We can repeat the question we asked earlier in regard to Liverpool, though: can you afford going without Leicester stars to avoid the chaos of the calendar towards the end of December? Probably not.

Leicester players like Jamie Vardy (£9.6m), James Maddison (£7.5m), Youri Tielemans (£6.6m), Caglar Söyüncü (£4.9m) and Ricardo Pereira (£6.3) have proven to be FPL point magnets at very reasonable prices this season. Not only do the Foxes boast the division’s second-best attack (29 goals scored after 12 games vs 35 goals scored by City over that same period), but the best defence in the league as well (conceding 8 goals in 12 games). A big advantage for Leicester assets over Liverpool assets (and most players of the other teams active in Europe), from an FPL point of view, is the absence of international obligations for the former. Leicester can focus all of their form and resources on the Premier League and the League Cup (one game, away vs Everton on December 18th), which leads to nicely priced players performing like premium assets who have practically no fear of fatigue or rotation. In other words, dream material for the average FPL manager.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Liverpool (H), Burnley (a), Bournemouth (H), Watford (a), Brighton (H), Newcastle (a), West Ham (H), Southampton (a)

Apart from Palace’s home game against current leaders Liverpool immediately after the international break, none of their encounters until the very beginning of January 2020 rate higher than 3 on the official game’s Fixture Difficulty Rating. As a matter of fact, five of the upcoming eight Premier League fixtures are rated 2 for the Eagles. They are having a relatively quiet, but nonetheless solid first half of the season, with their current position in 12th place as a tangible result of that. Palace are definitely having some trouble finding the net, as is illustrated by the just 10 goals scored so far this season, but they have made up for it until now with a pretty sturdy defence (16 goals conceded in 12 games after having faced all but one club from the traditional top six, Liverpool).

What’s interesting about Palace, from an FPL point of view, is that their squad boasts plenty of differential options that could deliver big once the Liverpool game is over and done with on Saturday, November 23rd. Considering his bargain price tag, forward Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) immediately comes to mind as an asset who seems nailed as a starter (started 11 of the 12 Premier League games so far), who is priced more than friendly, and who supplies the occasional return (4 goals and 46 FPL points currently). In midfield, star man Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) and last season’s penalty wonder Luka Milivojevic (£6.7m) immediately come to mind. Unfortunately, the former hasn’t really been able to hit exceptional form yet this season (no goals, 2 assists and 29 FPL points so far) , while the latter hasn’t seen as many penalties as he did last year (2 goals, no assists and 35 FPL points this season). Either of the two can be a great differential in November and December, though. In the back, Palace boast their most premium option in the shape of left-back Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m). The Dutch defender had a fantastic 2018-2019 season (3 goals, 2 assists, 12 clean sheets and 140 FPL points) and seems on the way to another more than decent performance this season. He currently stands on 2 goals, no assists and 43 FPL points. If you’re looking for a new goalkeeper for the coming month or two, Palace stopper Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) could be a reasonable option, considering he is facing some of the most goal-shy outfits over the coming gameweeks in Watford, Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton. There are a few alternatives for the Spanish goalie, but his current 3 clean sheets and 34 FPL points from 10 Premier League games (he missed gameweeks 9 and 10) is not a bad result.

FPL Season 2019-2020 – Gameweek 12 Review (part 2)

“Gameweek 12 brings us the clash between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield” (CC by 4.0). Image by Damian Stricker.

In addition to our usual gameweek preview article and lineup predictions piece in the build-up to gameweek 13 on the 23rd of November, we’re also going to dive a bit deeper into the matches of gameweek 12 from an FPL point of view. Part 1 took a quick look at the matches from Friday and Saturday, which included the bottom clash Norwich vs Watford, top-six challengers Leicester hosting Arsenal, and Frank Lampard’s in-form Chelsea looking to make it six consecutive victories in a row.

This second part of the piece will look at Sunday’s matches, which, of course, includes the top-of-the-table clash between current leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City, as well as a somewhat resurgent Manchester United hosting Brighton, and Wolves versus new boys Aston Villa at Molineux. If you weren’t watching the football then maybe you were looking at online casino games and, if so, you could check out Top Casino Bonus first.

Goalkeepers

No clean sheets on the second day of gameweek 12, but Brighton’s Mat Ryan (£4.7m) was the clear stand-out goalie among the six who got into action on Sunday. No less than 9 saves brought him 2 save points and the full 3 bonus points for a more than decent total of 7 FPL points. Since his 2 points in gameweek 5, Ryan has not recorded less than 3 points in a game and that only happened once, in gameweek 9 against Aston Villa. That makes it 41 FPL points from the last seven Premier League games, equalling an average of just 6 FPL points per game.

Defenders

The lack of clean sheets on Sunday was naturally also reflected in the scores for defenders. Despite conceding three goals at Old Trafford, Seagulls central defender Lewis Dunk (£4.6m) came away with a nice 6 FPL points, courtesy of his first goal of the season. The only other defender to score more than 2 points on Sunday was Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (£7.0m), whose wonderful assist for Salah’s header helped him record an acceptable 5-point score, especially considering the opposition. It’s now 1 goal and 4 assists for the Scottisch wing-back with a favourable run of fixtures coming up, including three home games (Brighton, Everton, Watford) over the next five gameweeks. On the opposite side, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) did not record attacking returns this time, but his record is identical (1 goal, 4 assists) and he looks like a popular asset for the weeks to come as well.

Midfielders

The three winning teams all saw one or more midfielders make the difference for them on Sunday. First of all, Liverpool beat Man City 3-1 at home and all goals were scored by players who are labelled as midfielder in the official Premier League fantasy game. Fabinho‘s (£5.5m) opener represented the Brazilian midfielder’s first PL goal of the season and a first FPL haul (9 points). Mo Salah (£12.3m) and Sadio Mané (£12.0m) netted once each as well, good for 8 FPL points and 7 FPL points, respectively. The Egyptian dribbler now has 6 goals and 3 assists, while the Senegalese winger stands at 7 goals and 4 assists so far. Their teammate Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) got 6 points after his assist for Mané’s goal. For City, Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) stood out in FPL terms with 10 points, thanks to a second-half goal and a somewhat surprising three bonus points

The Portuguese midfielder wasn’t the highest-scoring midfielder of the day, though. That honour, and indeed the title of gameweek 12’s highest-scoring midfielder overall, goes to Wolverhampton’s Ruben Neves (£5.3m), who scored a beautiful first-touch strike against Villa and was awarded the three bonus points as well. It was only his second attacking return of the season though, after his goal versus Man United back  in gameweek 2. The assists for the two Wolves goals came from Traoré (£5.2m) and Moutinho (£5.3m), who recorded scores of 5 FPL points and 4 FPL points, respectively. For the former, it was his fourth attacking return of the season (2 goals, 2 assists) and his first return since gameweek 8, while the latter made it his third assist of the season and his second one is as many weeks. For Villa, it was winger Trezeguet (£5.2m) who scored a goal for a second week in a row, helping him to record 8 FPL points for the 1.3% of FPL managers who owned him.

At Old Trafford, the homeside beat Brighton 3-1 and the midfielders were involved a lot here as well. For United, striker Anthony Martial (£7.7m), who is listed as a midfielder in FPL, didn’t find the back of the net, but he did set up two goals, bringing his owners 10 FPL points. That makes it one goal and 3 assists in the three games since he came back from injury. After starting in every Premier League games since gameweek 4, Belgian-Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira (£5.0m, 0.5% ownership) finally recorded a first attacking return by scoring against Villa. His goal resulted in a bonus point and a total score of 8 points. The other midfielder on the United roster with a return this weekend was Scott McTominay (£5.1m, 3.7% ownership). After scoring against Norwich in gameweek 10, he provided an assist in gameweek 12 to bring his owners a decent 5 FPL points. The cheap central midfielder now stands on 2 goals and 2 assists this season, and three of those returns have come in the last six gameweeks. The final midfielder to record a noteworthy FPL score (ie. A score above 3 points) was Brighton’s Pascal Gross (£6.4m, 0.7% ownership). The German playmaker was one of the better players for the Seagulls and it was from his corner that Lewis Dunk scored their only goal at Old Trafford. Gross has now provided 2 assists and scored 1 goal over the last four gameweeks, for a total of 18 FPL points.

Forwards

Considering the way in which the midfielders grabbed the FPL spotlight on Sunday, the smaller role for forwards is not a surprise. As a matter of fact, only two forwards scored more than 2 FPL points on the third day of gameweek 12, namely Raul Jimenez and Marcus Rashford. Wolves forward Jimenez (£7.3m) scored against Aston Villa, bringing his owners 9 FPL points and making it 3 goals from his last four Premier League games. He was the third-best performing forward in the official game this weekend, behind Jamie Vardy and Gerard Deulofeu. The Mexican killer has got 3 goals and 2 assists from his last five gameweeks. Manchester United’s Rashford (£8.5m) found the net as well in gameweek 12, against Brighton in his case, and brought the 13.7% of FPL managers who own him 5 points, due to a one-point reduction as a result of a yellow card. It’s now 6 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League since the start of the 2019-20 campaign, and 3 goals and 1 assist from his last four gameweeks. 

FPL Season 2019-2020 – Gameweek 12 Review (part 1)

“Gameweek 12 brings us the clash between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield” (CC by 4.0). Image by Damian Stricker.

With the third international break of the 2019-20 Premier League season upon us after gameweek 12, the build-up to gameweek 13 can be seen as an excellent opportunity to take a good, hard look at your team and find out why your ranking has until now seemed allergic to breaking inside the top one million. You like the way your team looks and your decision-making has been sound this season, but you’re still ranked 3,763,954th in FPL? Well with 7 million people playing the game you’re about half-way, although thankfully my team is riding high in the top 50,000.

In addition to our usual gameweek preview article and lineup predictions piece in the build-up to gameweek 13 on the 23rd of November, we’re also going to dive a bit deeper into the matches of gameweek 12 from an FPL point of view. This piece will take a quick look at the matches from Friday and Saturday, which included the bottom clash Norwich vs Watford, top-six challengers Leicester hosting Arsenal, and Frank Lampard’s in-form Chelsea looking to make it six consecutive victories in a row. Our piece tomorrow will look at Sunday’s matches, which, of course, includes the top-of-the-table clash between current leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City. You can also find other interesting clashes at https://conquestador.com/

Goalkeepers

Four clean sheets from the first 7 games of gameweek 12 was not a bad return from a defensive point of view. To start with, Watford’s Ben Foster £4.8m) put on another match-winning performance, this time against Norwich at Carrow Road. Besides the Hornets veteran, Chelsea’s Kepa (£5.5m), Burnley’s Pope (£4.7m) and Leicester’s Schmeichel (£5.2m) all kept their nets clean. With 9 FPL points, courtesy of 4 saves and 2 bonus points in addition to the clean sheet, the Burnley shotstopper in particular showed his outstanding value again, averaging almost 4 FPL points per game.

Defenders

Naturally, a decent number of clean sheets also benefits defensive performances in the Premier League’s official game. Chelsea’s Tomori (£4.8) not only kept a clean sheet, but also brought home the full three bonus points for a total score of 9 FPL points after the home game against Palace. The Blues have now kept the ball out of their nets on three occasions, all of them in front of their own crowd, and they have three favourable home fixtures coming up over the next five weeks (West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth). At Turf Moor against West Ham, James Tarkowksi (£5.0m, 1.5% ownership) even did a bit better by adding an assist to his clean sheet and three bonus points (12 FPL points in total). Leicester’s Söyüncü (4.8m) brought the 11.4% of managers who own him a third return in as many gameweeks by keeping a clean sheet against Arsenal and winning 2 bonus points. That’s now 28 FPL points over the last three gameweeks for the Turkish central defender. His teammate in defence Ricardo Pereira (£6.3m) was awarded 1 bonus point in that same game to make it a total of 19 FPL points over the past three gameweeks for him. Finally, Newcastle booked a really important 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at home, in part thanks to a subtle strike by central defender Ciaran Clark (£4.3m, 0.2% ownership), who amazingly enough also scored during the 2-3 away victory against West Ham just a week earlier. He didn’t keep a clean sheet this time either, but his goal and 2 bonus points resulted in 10 FPL points, or 17 FPL points over the last two gameweeks. The other stand-out performer in the Newcastle defence was Andre Yedlin (£4.4m, 0.1% ownership), whose goal strangely enough did not result in bonus points, but he still did end up with 8 FPL points.

Midfielders

As has been the case more often than not over the past weeks, James Maddison (£7.4m) was one of Leicester’s best players against Arsenal. The talented playmaker is at the heart of most attacking intentions at the Foxes and a constant danger to opposing defences. His second-half strike from the edge of the area put the clash with the Gunners beyond all doubt, 2-0, and the resulting 9 FPL points for Maddison are likely to help his current ownership of 19.4% increase further. At exactly the same price, you can also opt for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic (£7.4m, 11.7% ownership). Captain America seems to have nailed down a spot in Lampard’s starting eleven and is not planning to give it up again any time soon: 5 goals, 5 bonus points and no less than 37 FPL points over just the past three gameweeks. His goal against Palace this weekend saw the Blues midfielder bring home 8 FPL points. In less obvious but still good form is his teammate Willian (£7.1m), who provided an assist in gameweek 12 for 7 FPL points. The Brazilian now has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last six Premier League games, or a goal and 2 assists in his last three. For Everton, who seem to be on the way to a bit more consistency and especially goals of late, Richarlison (£7.9m) is stepping up. His goal against Southampton was his first since his brace versus Wolves all the way back in gameweek 4 and saw him record 10 FPL points. After a single assist in each of the gameweeks 9 and 10, the Brazilian has now provided three attacking returns in the last four rounds, totalling 23 FPL points. His more defensive teammate in midfield Tom Davies (£5.3m) recorded 10 FPL points as well, courtesy of his first goal of the season and three bonus points.

Forwards

Lately, it has been impossible to talk or write about strikers in an FPL context without mentioning Jamie Vardy (£9.5m, 32% ownership). We’ll just put down the stats for his last 6 gameweeks and you make of it what you will: 8 goals, 2 assists, 11 bonus points and a total of 60 FPL points. In gameweek 12, his goal and assist brought his owners 12 FPL points (and 24 points to those managers’ like me that captained him). Somewhat surprisingly, this haul was matched by Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m, 2.1% ownership). The Spaniard will be key for the Hornets if they want to still make something of their season, and he underlined this by scoring a goal and providing an assist during the crucial 0-2 win over Norwich. Deulofeu had a great finish to last season and despite starting this season badly has now shown recently what a class (and fast) player he is. For Chelsea, the inevitable Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) made it three attacking returns in his last three Premier League games by scoring a good opening goal versus Palace. The most-captained player of the weekend recorded 8 FPL points and made it 25 FPL points in total over the last three gameweeks. In the budget category, Southampton’s Danny Ings (£6.0m) scored his fifth goal of the season at home to Everton for 7 FPL points. He has now scored 4 goals and recorded 35 FPl points over that period.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 12 Predicted Lineups

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-5 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek. We might analyse the lineups of more teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 12 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-5 teams in gameweek 11, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 12.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defense, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW12

Liverpool Champions League home vs RC Genk on 05/11
Manchester City Champions League away vs Atalanta Bergamo on 06/11
Leicester City None
Chelsea Champions League home vs Ajax on 05/11
Arsenal Europa League away vs Vitoria de Guimaraes on 06/11

The top 5 at the start of gameweek 12

1 Liverpool 31 pts
2 Manchester City 25 pts
3 Leicester City 23 pts
4 Chelsea 23 pts
5 Arsenal 17 pts

Lineups for gameweek 11: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Aston Villa, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 11   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 11
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson   Lallana, Wijnaldum, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A. Arnold
GK Allison   Allison
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Origi > Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain > Wijnaldum, Keita > Lallana
       
Goals ///   Robertson (Mané), Mané (A. Arnold)

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Southampton, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 11   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 11
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo Silva   Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo Silva
MID David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne   David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Stones, Fernandinho, Walker   Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson   Ederson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) G. Jesus > D. Silva, Foden > B. Silva, Otamendi > Aguero
       
Goals ///   Aguero (Walker), Walker

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Crystal Palace, 0-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 11   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 11
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira   Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) D. Gray > Ayoze, Morgan > H. Barnes, Praet > Maddison
       
Goals ///   Soyuncu (Maddison), Vardy (D. Gray)

CHELSEA (away vs. Watford, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 11   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 11
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Pulisic, Abraham, Willian   Pulisic, Abraham, Willian
MID Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic   Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic
DEF Alonso, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Hudson-Odoi > Pulisic, Batshuayi > Abraham, Reece James > Willian
       
Goals ///   Abraham (Jorginho), Pulisic (Abraham)

ARSENAL (home vs. Wolves, 1-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 11   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 11
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 3 – 1 – 2
       
FOR Lacazette   Aubameyang, Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe   Özil
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi   Ceballos, Guendouzi, Torreira
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin   Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Martinelli > Lacazette, Saka > Torreira, Kolasinac > Tierney
       
Goals ///   Aubameyang (Lacazette)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 12

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Manchester City)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold
GK Allison
   
Ruled out Matip, Shaqiri
Doubtful Henderson
Notes Captain Jordan Henderson missed the mid-week Champions League game vs Genk due to illness, but should be back on Sunday for the crunch game which Liverpool don’t want to lose (a draw would be good for them). Fabinho was kept on the bench in gameweek 11 due to him being one yellow away from suspension in the Premier League, so we expect him to be starting this one. Rumors about a Salah injury seem unfounded and he should start but will his sore ankle last the full 90? Matip is still out with a knee injury and should again be replaced by Dejan Lovren. Mané and Salah against probably Walker and Mendy up and down the wings – mouth-watering!

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Liverpool)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez
MID De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Sané, Zinchenko, Laporte, Rodri,
Doubtful Ederson, David Silva
Notes With David Silva likely to be out and Ederson also a doubt on top of the existing injuries, the number of options for Guardiola’s starting line-up is rapidly decreasing. If Ederson doesn’t start, Claudio Bravo will. Stones was rested against Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday, Aguero replaced Jesus after 73 minutes and Walker came on (as a goalkeeper!) for Mahrez in the 88th minute. We expect the three of them to start at Anfield on Sunday. We think it will be Sterling and Marhez against TAA and Robertson up and down the wings – mouth-watering!

LEICESTER (home vs. Arsenal)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out M. James
Doubtful None
Notes Seeing as manager Brendan Rodgers has no injuries to worry about and considering Leicester’s good form, the Foxes are very likely lining up exactly as they did in the past three gameweeks.

CHELSEA (home vs. Crystal Palace)

Form.  
   
FOR Pulisic, Abraham, Willian
MID Kovacic, Mount, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek, Rudiger, Jorginho (1 match suspension)
Doubtful Mount, Barkley
Notes After a doubtful display on Tuesday vs Ajax, Alonso will likely be replaced again by Emerson at left-back. We did warn last week that Alonso’s position at LB was uncertain once Emerson was fit again. The rest of the defense should remain as usual. Jorginho’s absence should see fit again Kanté slide right back into the midfield. Mason Mount limped off with a leg injury against Ajax and is the main question mark here. If he’s fit, we’re likely to see him in midfield, with Pulisic, Abraham and Willian up front. If he’s not, we could see Willian (or Pulisic) drop back a line to provide space for Hudson-Odoi in attack. If Mount is not fully fit then given the amount of playing time he’s had recently it would make sense for Lampard to rest him so maybe bench at best for Mount but listen for the press conference news on Friday.

ARSENAL (away vs. Leicester)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful Ceballos
Notes More even than Pep’s, Emery’s lineups are proving increasingly hard to predict. Xhaka remains absent. On Wednesday against Vitoria, Emery started only three players (Sokratis, Ceballos and Tierney) that started gameweek 11 as well. Chambers, David Luiz, Özil and Aubameyang were not part of the mid-week squad. On top of that, the Spaniard chose a 5-3-2 formation for the Europa League game. He might stick to it against Leicester, but seeing as Leicester away is hardly the fixture to experiment with, we think he’ll stick to his usual 4-2-3-1. This weekend could finally see Bellerin replace Chambers at right-back, as the Spaniard didn’t feature mid-week. David Luiz is expected to form a central duo with Sokratis. Tierney played both gameweek 11 and Europa League on Wednesday, so a replacement by Kolasinac could be on the cards. Torreira replaces Xhaka and partners Guendouzi to form the double pivot. Emery could, in theory, pick his strongest offensive set-up, with Lacazette up top supported by Aubameyang, Özil and Pepe. A more defensive set-up could see Willock replace Özil and Auba partnering Lacazette higher up. Saka should get on the pitch at some time.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 12 Preview

Liverpool
“The clash of the week is taking place at Anfield, where Liverpool are hosting Manchester City” (CC by 2.0). Image by Inge Knoff

In terms of crazy bargains, you thought you had seen it all with Aaron Wan-Bissaka last season, right? Well, AWB move aside a second, because John Lundstram is here. The Sheffield United box-to-box midfielder is listed as a defender in the official fantasy Premier League game and started the season at the lowest possible price (£4.0m). No less than 958 minutes of Premier League football later, Lundstram is now the fifth-highest scoring player overall, courtesy of 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 clean sheets and 10 bonus points. Oh, and he’s valued at £4.8m now, by the way. His incredible 21-point haul was the stand-out performance by a single player in gameweek 11 and in the season overall, so far.

Apart from Sheffield’s continued impressive re-introduction to the Premier League, last weekend saw Liverpool and Man City struggle but overcome, Arsenal struggle but not overcome, and United struggle but not overcome at all. Norwich kept conceding and Chelsea kept scoring (that’s 10 Premier League games in a row now) and winning (that’s 5 in a row), while Leicester are showing signs of being able to seriously compete for a top-4 spot until the end of the season. In other words, we saw a lot of action in gameweek 11 and the upcoming gameweek looks no less promising. Promising returns are also on offer from 1xbet casino at toripelit.com

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 12 is set at 19h00 (GMT+0) on Friday, November 8th..

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Southampton (H) 1
Premium Sadio Mané Aston Villa (a) 12
Non-premium David Silva Southampton (H) 1
Non-premium Tammy Abraham Watford (a) 12
Differential Ben Chilwell Crystal Palace (a) 6
Differential Raul Jimenez Arsenal (a) 9
Captain Raheem Sterling Southampton 2

Premium picks

Let’s start with some stats: 22 Premier League games, 20 goals scored and 163 FPL points won, equalling an average of 7.4 points per game. That’s Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (£9.4m) since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at the King Power. Like the rest of his teammates, the energetic English striker is in red-hot form of late, having recorded attacking returns in each of three last gameweeks (5 goals and 1 assist and 5 bonus points for 34 FPL points). Two weeks before this current run started, he also scored a brace for a 12-point haul. Sure, a scoring run has to end sometime and Vardy won’t keep scoring every game, but then again, how many people said that about him back in the 2015-16 season? This weekend, the Foxes are hosting an Arsenal in disarray and out of clear shape in a direct confrontation that could shape the top-4 for some time to come. With just five points from five away games and conceding 7 goals in those games, we’re putting our cards on Vardy to increase the misery at the Emirates.

Considering the sheer number of potential match winners that will be entering the pitch at Anfield Road on Saturday, picking a winner in gameweek 12’s clash of clashes is as much a guess as you’re going to get this round. The likes of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Kun Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and several others have the quality to decide the game with a flash of brilliance, but we feel that it’s going to be Sadio Mané (£12.0m) in the spotlights again. All the form arrows point to him at the moment. The Senegalese powerhouse was decisive against Villa last weekend with a goal and an assist, making it 2 goals and 3 assists for him over the last four gameweeks. As a result, he has brought his owners 31 FPL points over that stretch, which comes down to an average of almost 8 points per game. The fact that only Villa’s Wesley and City’s Jesus can match his 5 big chances over the past four gameweeks shows that Mané’s stats are no fluke. Facing Man City is a hell of a task under any circumstance, but we believe Mané could be the key to a Liverpool victory this weekend.

Non-premium picks

You know by now that sometimes, when we’re really convinced by an FPL asset, we dare to repeat him on our list of picks. Well, this is one of those times, because Wolves striker Raul Jimenez (£7.2m) is back on here. For gameweek 11, we included him as a differential pick and did so with decent success, but his ownership has since then risen to a level (11.9%) that makes it hard to call him a real differential any more. That’s why Jimenez is our first non-premium pick this week. With 4 goals and 2 assists in eleven Premier League games, the Mexican assassin is having a relatively quiet start to the 2019-20 campaign. What’s more important to know though, is that 2 of those goals and both the assists were recorded in the last four gameweeks. Wolves faced a tough set of starting fixtures, but the calendar looks to be turning a bit in their favour now and Raul Jimenez could be one of the big beneficiaries of this. No other player in the game had more shots on target than him (4) in gameweek 11 away to Arsenal and we expect him to get plenty of chances to score again versus Villa at Molineux on Sunday. The Villains have conceded 11 goals in just 5 away games and stopping Jimenez from popping up in dangerous positions will be one of their main worries in the build-up to the game.

Our second non-premium pick is another striker who scored in gameweek 11, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.9m). Out of all Premier Legue teams, the Blues are probably the ones who have grown into their new style the most, under manager Frank Lampard. Since the 4-0 drubbing against Man United in gameweek 1, Chelsea have scored at least once in every game, making it a total of 25 goals in 11 games. Nine of those goals have come from academy graduate Abraham, who has turned out to be one of the bargains of the 2019-20 FPL season. His 9 goals, 2 assists and 14 bonus points make him  the highest-scoring Chelsea asset (74 FPL points) and the fourth-highest scoring player in the official game overall. After their absolute rollercoaster of a Champions League mid-week against Ajax, the Blues will have had a bit over three days of rest, so it’s hard to see Lampard not start his star striker against Palace at Stamford Bridge. The Eagles seem on their way to another solid mid-table season, but we don’t see them coming away with much from the Bridge on Saturday, in part thanks to Abraham’s presence and form.

A differential pick or two

We’re sticking with the Blues from London for our first differential pick of the week. Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) is a punt in terms of whether he will be starting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but there is a chance after Mason Mount was injured against Ajax. Manager Lampard was quick to downplay the seriousness of the injury, but the player did seem to be in quite a lot of pain on Tuesday (though he did walk off the pitch himself, with support). Hudson-Odoi had a bit of a breakthrough in the first team between gameweeks 7 and 9, recording 3 assists in just 196 minutes of Premier League football, but he was benched for most of the time since then. Mount is clearly Frank’s first choice on the left wing and CHO usually gets his minutes when the former is substituted off early. That’s also why we feel he’s the prime candidate to replace Mount in the starting lineup when Chelsea face Palace. With an ownership of just 2.5%, Hudson-Odoi can clearly be considered a differential pick and he could be the one to provide that much-needed rankings boost after a few topsy-turvy gameweeks.

Our second differential pick and final pick for gameweek 12 is Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (£7.6m). The French forward marked his eleven to the starting return in gameweek 10 with a goal and 6 FPL points after an absence of five gameweeks. His manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has recently lauded Martial’s qualities as a centre forward and the Frenchman looks set to feature as such under him. This makes Martial essentially a goal-driven, bargain-priced, out-of-position striker in a potential top-6 outfit. True, Man United are all but top-6 material at the moment, but Martial is definitely one of their top talents and one of those players who might be capable of rising above the team’s lack of form. With him back, Marcus Rashford can move back to his favoured inverted role on the left wing, putting in place one of the, in potential, most lethal strike forces in the league. Martial has scored 3 goals in six games so far this season and all of those goals have come in home games. This weekend, Brighton roll up to Old Trafford and their current away stats are not very encouraging: 4 points from 5 games with 4 goals scored and 8 conceded. Conclusion: United are unreliable and Brighton not too good away from home, and taking a punt on Martial (6.5% current ownership) could pay off handsomely.

For further GW12 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Pukki (still), Callum Wilson, Aguero & Kane and buying Vardy (ownership now almost 29%), Abraham (ownership now almost 49%), Jimenez (12%) and Rashford (13%).

Midfielders – David Silva (hamstring injury doubt), Son (red card over-turned though), Sterling, Mount (injury doubt), Salah & Cantwell are the biggest sold and the money instead is being used on buying Pulisic, Mane, Maddison & Tielemans.

Defenders – van Dijk, Otamendi, Pieters and then two long-term injured players Boly & Matip are being sold with the proceeds then spent on Lundstram & Leicester’s Soyuncu & Chilwell plus Ake, Robertson & Rico.

Goalkeepers – Ederson’s possible injury means he leads the sales followed by Adrian. Ramsdale, Henderson, Schmeichel & Gazzaniga are the most bought.

The captaincy

With four of the current top six facing each other this weekend, it looks like the focus of the armband is going to be, for a large part least, on lesser-owned and possibly less premium players in gameweek 12. Chelsea come to mind first, as the Blues host Crystal Palace after having scored 25 goals in 10 games so far this season. Do keep in mind though, especially when considering Abraham for the captaincy, that only 7 of those goals were scored in front of their own fans and that Palace are no push-overs. The young Englishman is still one of the better shouts this weekend, but we’re going with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. The English veteran striker has scored 8 goals in 8 games against the Gunners and we wouldn’t be surprised to see another Vardy Party at the King Power this weekend.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW12 puts the armband between Abraham, Vardy and Jimenez.

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EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 11 Predicted Lineups

This is the second installment of a new series in which we will take a weekly look at the lineups of the Premier League with regard to the Fantasy Premier League. Knowing which players play each weekend is a crucial element for every active FPL manager, especially in a league that is growing increasingly hard to predict, in great part as a result of  larger squad depths all over. Hopefully some readers will have noticed out predicted start for Pulisic last weekend and used that to benefit from his hat-trick.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-5 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 11 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-5 teams in gameweek 10, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 11.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defense, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW11

Liverpool League Cup home vs Arsenal on 30/10 (5-5 won on pens)
Manchester City League Cup home vs Southampton on 29/10 (3-1 win)
Leicester City League Cup away vs Burton Albion on 29/10 (1-3 win)
Chelsea League Cup home vs Manchester United on 30/10 (lost 1-2)
Arsenal League Cup away vs Liverpool on 30/10 (5-5 lost on pens)

The top 5 at the start of gameweek 11

1 Liverpool 28 pts
2 Manchester City 22 pts
3 Leicester City 20 pts
4 Chelsea 20 pts
5 Arsenal 16 pts

Lineups for gameweek 10: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Spurs, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 10   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 10
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson   Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip (but injury doubt), A-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A-Arnold
GK Allison   Allison
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Milner > Wijnaldum, Gomez > Salah, Origi > Firmino
       
Goals ///   Henderson, Salah (pen, Mané)

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Aston Villa, 3-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 10   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 10
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Sterling, Aguero, B. Silva   Sterling, Jesus, B. Silva
MID D. Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne   D. Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Stones, Otamendi, Walker   Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Cancelo
GK Ederson   Ederson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Angeliño > Mendy, Foden > De Bruyne, Aguero > Sterling
       
Goals ///   Sterling (Jesus), D. Silva (De Bruyne), Gundogan

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Southampton, 0-9)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 10   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 10
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira   Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Albrighton > H. Barnes, D. Gray > Ayoze
       
Goals ///   Chilwell, Tielemans, Ayoze (Tielemans), Ayoze (Chilwell), Vardy, Ayoze (H. Barnes), Vardy (Chilwell), Maddison, Vardy (pen, H. Barnes)

CHELSEA (away vs. Burnley, 2-4)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 10   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 10
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Pulisic, Abraham, Willian   Pulisic, Abraham, Willian
MID Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic   Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic
DEF Alonso, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Alonso, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) James > Alonso, Giroud > Abraham, Hudson-Odoi > Willian
       
Goals ///   Pulisic, Pulisic, Pulisic (Mount), Willian (Abraham)

ARSENAL (home vs. Crystal Palace, 2-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 10   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 10
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Aubameyang   Lacazette
MID Saka, Ceballos, Pepe   Aubameyang, Ceballos, Pepe
DEF MID Xhaka, Guendouzi   Xhaka, Guendouzi
DEF Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin   Tierney, D.Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Saka > Xhaka, Kolasinac > Tierney
       
Goals ///   Sokratis (Xhaka), D. Luiz (Lacazette)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 11

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold
GK Allison
   
Ruled out Matip, Shaqiri
Doubtful Keita
Notes Matip remains out for this game with Lovren most likely to deputise for him as he has done since the former got injured. Van Dijk and Salah suffered minor knocks (dead leg and tired ankle, respectively) but Klopp has stated that both are fine to start against Villa.

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Southampton)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo Silva
MID David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Stones, Fernandinho, Walker
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Sané, Rodri, Zinchenko, Laporte, Danilo
Doubtful Angeliño
Notes With Mendy the only fit natural left-back in the squad at the moment, he looks assured of another start after the mid-week encounter with Southampton. Walker was replaced by Cancelo at right-back after 65 minutes in that game, so that position could go either way. Fernandinho was only suspended for the mid-week Cup match, so should be back to make a central defensive pairing with Stones rather than Otamendi, leaving Gundogan, who didn’t feature mid-week, in the defensive midfield position for a second gameweek in a row. David Silva, De Bruyne and Sterling were all rested as well, so we expect them to return to the starting line-up on Saturday. Both Mahrez and Bernardo Silva played the full 90 minutes in the League Cup, and we’ve gone with the latter to start against the Saints. Aguero (90 minutes) and Jesus (87 minutes) both featured mid-week, with the former scoring a brace. Seeing as he was benched for gameweeks 9 and 10, he should start this weekend, but it’s more of a guess than ever. Man City’s next Champions League is not until Wednesday so not an urgent need to rest players on Saturday.

LEICESTER (away vs. Crystal Palace)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out Matt James
Doubtful None
Notes Tielemans and Evans were the only two starters from the 0-9 victory over Southampton in gameweek 10 who started in the mid-week League Cup games against Burton, the former scoring a goal and assisting another. Both should feature again this weekend. We expect the rest of the team to remain unchanged in comparison to the starting eleven that wrote history last weekend at Saint Mary’s, as the Foxes are flying at the moment.

CHELSEA (away vs. Watford)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Pulisic, Abraham, Willian
MID Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic
DEF Alonso, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Rüdiger, Loftus-Cheek
Doubtful Kanté, Christensen, Barkley
Notes From the players who started in Chelsea’s fourth consecutive Premier League victory last weekend, Alonso (90min), Zouma (90min), Jorginho (90min), Kovacic (90min) and Pulisic (70min) started in the mid-week League Cup game versus Man United. We expect all of them to feature again in gameweek 11 after about three days of rest. Tomori, captain Azpilicueta, Mount, Abraham and Willian were all rested. Mount and Abraham came on mid-week, after 70 and 78 minutes respectively, but they look assured of a starting spot against Watford on Saturday. We’d say the highest risk of rotation exists for Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi could return to the starting line-up albeit played midweek), but Captain America’s hat-trick last weekend following his impact sub against Ajax a few days earlier should give him plenty of credit for the moment. If Emerson is fully fit then he will be pushing Alonso for the left-back spot.

ARSENAL (home vs. Wolves)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out Reiss Nelson
Doubtful Kolasinac
Notes None of the players that started in gameweek 10 were part of the starting eleven for the mid-week League Cup clash with Liverpool. After his unacceptable outburst towards the stands last weekend, troubled Xhaka should be out of the starting lineup, likely providing the excellent Torreira a chance to cement a starting berth besides Guendouzi. In the back, Tierney got the nod over injury-doubt Kolasinac against Palace last weekend and we see no reason why that shouldn’t be the case this weekend. On the opposite side, we feel it’s time for Bellerin to replace Chambers, despite the former playing 90 minutes against Liverpool mid-week. Centrally, David Luiz and Sokratis should return. Further up the pitch, Aubameyang will probably take up the left-wing position again as Lacazette is fit again (he got an assist in gameweek 10). On the right flank, record transfer and left-footed Pepe is getting into a bit of form and should start. At number 10, we feel it’s between Ceballos and (who doesn’t love a good comeback story?) Mesut Özil. Ceballos had an unremarkable game as a starter last weekend and came on in the 72nd minute against Liverpool on Wednesday (in which he was the only player to miss a penalty in the decisive shoot-out), while Özil started on Wednesday and put out a more than decent display that led his manager to hint at a (starting?) role against Wolves coming Saturday.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 11 Preview

“Can the home game against Wolves this weekend improve the apparent negative atmosphere at the Emirates stadium?” (CC by 2.0). Image by Nazmi Amin-Tai

Unfortunately for Southampton and anyone with even the most remote sympathy for the Saints, for years to come, gameweek 10 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign will be remembered as the round in which Leicester came, saw and beat them 0-9 at their own Saint Mary’s. Both in terms of Premier League news and FPL results, this result naturally dominated the rest of the weekend, but there was more. City did the job at home by comfortably beating Villa, though the VAR caused some upsets in the FPL community, Chelsea’s purple patch continued with a 2-4 victory at Turf Moore, courtesy of a Pulisic hat-trick, and Liverpool booked a hard-fought victory over Spurs, thanks to a second-half penalty from Mo Salah.

As far as this weekend is concerned, it’s promising to be another unpredictable, exciting and probably heartbreaking gameweek, with most of the Premier League teams dealing with mid-week League Cup obligations. We’re obviously taking this into account when picking our recommendations for gameweek 11 and when jotting down the starting lineups for the top five in our Lineup Predictions piece tomorrow for this weekend, but we definitely recommend to have a further look as well.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 11 is set at 11h30 (GMT+0) on Saturday, November 2nd.  .

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Aston Villa (H) 11
Premium Sergio Aguero Aston Villa (H) 1
Premium (extra) Kevin de Bruyne Aston villa (H) 6
Non-premium Marcus Rashford Norwich (a) 9
Non-premium Ryan Fredericks Sheffield (H) 0
Differential Chris Wood Chelsea (H) 0
Differential Callum Hudson-Odoi Burnley (a) 0
Captain Raheem Sterling Aston Villa (H) 22

Premium picks

Sometimes in FPL, or maybe many times, you need to stick to your guns and the gun we’re sticking to is Man City’s Raheem Sterling (£12.1m). Football is far from just stats, but the stats for his match-up with Southampton at home are just too enticing to not select him as our first premium pick for gameweek 11. To start with, he’s in good form. The English international scored a goal and took all three bonus points against Villa last weekend. He has taken the most shots in the box out of all players in the league (30), the third-most shots on target (12, behind Salah and McGinn) and only his teammate De Bruyne has created more big chances than him. Furthermore, City won this fixture 6-1 last season, with Sterling scoring two and assisting two, and the Saints have conceded six goals in five away games so far this season. Mid-week, a Sterling-less City beat Southampton 3-1 to reach the League Cup quarter-finals. Finally, the Saints conceded nine against Leicester last weekend, in front of their own crowd albeit after having a man sent-off early on. We think we’ve made our point.

We actually wanted to recommend De Bruyne or Aguero next, but seeing as we tripled up on City assets for our premium picks last weekend, we’ve chosen to diversify a bit. With Liverpool visiting an Aston Villa side that have so far conceded an average of almost 19 shots per game, more than any other side in the league, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané (£11.9m) are as good as any shout for a haul this weekend. Despite Salah owning penalties for the Reds, we’ve gone with the Senegalese powerhouse who won the decisive penalty in last weekend’s clash with Spurs. Liverpool have scored 9 goals in five away games this season and Mané was directly involved in three of them (2 goals, 1 assist). Villa have not fared badly at all in home games until now, taking eight points from five games, but the Reds just seem unable to lose in the Premier League these days. They might not be as free-scoring as their main rivals City, but it’s hard to imagine them not netting at Villa Park and when they do, Sadio Mané will very likely be involved and should play the full 90 minutes whereas Salah’s sore ankle may see him depart before the end again.

Non-premium picks

Picking just one premium asset from Pep Guardiola’s goal machine doesn’t mean that we’re now no longer looking at City assets for gameweek 11. That’s because they don’t only boast some of the best expensive players in the official game, but also one of the best, if not the best, non-premium asset. Playmaker David Silva (£7.7m) announced his coming-summer departure from the blue Manchester club at the start of this season, but he seems determined to make one final, devastating impression on English football this season. His 60 FPL points make him the fifth-highest scoring midfielder in the game, courtesy of 3 goals and 5 assists from eight starts in the Premier League. Only Sterling started more games for City this season and Silva’s current 7.8 FPL points per million is beaten by none in the official game. When starting, the Spaniard has been involved in 36% of all goals scored at home by Pep’s men and he was rested for the mid-week League Cup encounter with Southampton. So, statistically speaking, if you feel City can put at least three goals past the Saints on Saturday, David Silva will be involved in at least one.

After a slow start while Frank Lampard was still figuring out who his starting number nine was going to be, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) entered an incredible run of 7 goals in three games between gameweeks 3 and 5. Since then, his direct goal involvement has returned to a less productive, but presumably more sustainable level, with a goal and an assist in his last five games, resulting in 19 FPL points. This might sound a bit disappointing, but don’t forget that his price tag is still below £8.0m. After visiting the league’s current bottom team Watford this weekend, the Blues have three home games in their next four fixtures (Palace, West Ham and Villa). The only away game takes place at Man City’s Etihad stadium in gameweek 13. Abraham only failed to record attacking returns in one away game this season, all the way back in gameweek 1 when he played 65 minutes, and we don’t think the visit to Vicarage Road will end up being the second time. Chelsea have scored no less than 16 goals in five away games so far, while Watford have conceded 8 goals in 5 home games, so expect Abraham to get his chances on Saturday.

A differential pick or two

We know, Leicester booked the biggest away win in all of Premier League history last weekend and we haven’t recommened a Leicester asset yet. That’s not because the likes of Maddison, Vardy and Tielemans are not good shouts, but because they are visiting a remarkably solid Crystal Palace this weekend. Roy Hodgson’s men are just no push-overs, but one thing they struggle at is scoring goals. In five home games so far, the Eagles have netted just four times, which is why we’re adding a touch of Leicester to this week’s selection by recommending left-back Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) as a differential pick (owned by just 8.4% of FPL managers). Don’t expect the Englishman to replicate his 19-point haul from last weekend, but a clean sheet is definitely on the cards and an assist might be as well. He already has 5 to his name, including 2 from last weekend’s demolition of Southampton. He’s a decent shout for this round, has a good run of fixtures coming up, and costs £0.8m less than his more popular colleague at right-back Ricardo Pereira.

Our second differential pick and the final recommendation for gameweek 11 is last season’s Premier League and FPL revelation Raul Jimenez (£7.2m). The Wolves striker has had a definitely slower start to this season, in big part due to Wolves’ lesser form in the early weeks and their Europa League obligations, but he still has 3 goals, 2 assists and 43 FPL points to his name. The Mexican striker did not return anything against Newcastle last weekend, but he scored a goal a week earlier against Southampton and the week before that, he brought his owners 10 points, courtesy of two assists away at City. This weekend, Wolves are visiting an Arsenal who, from the outside, seem a bit troubled. The Gunners conceded 2 goals at home against Palace in gameweek 10, even though the Eagles are one of the least-prolific sides in the league at the moment. Their 10 ‘goals scored’ only stand above Watford, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton. Arsenal have conceded 7 goals in five home games so far, and 14 goals overall as Emery looks unable to find a more or less fixed set-up to provide some much-needed solidity in the back. Jimenez and Wolves are a punt for this one, but we believe it could pay off and Wolves do tend to have better results against the better sides.

For further GW11 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Pukki, Aguero, Aubameyang & Callum Wilson and buying Vardy (2 price rises already this GW after almost 0.5m purchases), Abraham and Rashford (who started in the Caraboa Cup at Chelsea midweek, scored 2 goals and was subbed with a knock). Aguero sellers have decided to bite the bullet after he again did not start but both Aguero and Jesus started in the Caraboa Cup tie v Southampton on Tuesday so maybe Aguero’s in line for a start at the weekend?

Midfielders – Cantwell, Marhez & Salah are the biggest sold and the money instead is being used on buying Perez, KDB, Tielemans, Pulisic & D Silva.

Defenders – van Dijk (suffered a dead leg), Digne (maybe he’ll bounce back from his late OG?), and then two long-term injured players Boly & Zinchenko along with MC’s Otamendi & Walker & Liverpool’s TAA. So again Man City and Liv make up most of the sold defenders. The money is then being spent on Chilwell, Lundstram (cheap and playing in midfield) & Leicester’s Pereira.

Goalkeepers – Adrian again is most sold followed by Wolves’ Patricio & Everton’s Pickford. A mixture of GKs are coming in: Henderson, Gazzaniga (Spurs), Ederson, Schmeichel and Alisson the most bought.

The captaincy

As far as the captaincy goes for gameweek 11, our eyes are on the two top teams, Liverpool and especially Man City. The former visit Aston Villa, while the latter host a battered Southampton side who already lost to the Cityzens mid-week in the League Cup (3-1). Any of Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané could haul big this weekend, while the likes of David Silva and Roberto Firmino might very well turn up as well. Based on current form, certainty of starting, and historical performance, we’re putting the armband on Sterling, but any of these picks is as safe as a pick can get in this crazy game.

The FISO Forum GW11 FPL Captain Poll puts the armband between two players: Sterling and KDB.

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EPL 2019/2020 – Gameweek 10 Predicted Lineups

In this new series, we will take a weekly look at the expected lineups of the top English Premier League clubs. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active FPL manager, especially in a league that is growing increasingly hard to predict, in great part as a result of  larger squad depths and player participation in European/International games. Each week we will cover the predicted lineups for the last gameweek and compare it to the actual lineups and then set out our predicted lineups for the upcoming gameweek. The lineups read from Left to Right i.e. Left Back listed first.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-5 teams in the Premier League as it stands at the start of the upcoming gameweek. The players from these teams are going to be more popular with Fantasy Managers. We might analyse more lineups at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. So as far as gameweek 10 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-5 teams in gameweek 9 and predict the lineups for the top 5 for gameweek 10.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective.

The top 5 at the start of Gameweek 10

  GAMEWEEK 10
1 Liverpool
2 Manchester City
3 Leicester City
4 Chelsea
5 Arsenal

Starting lineups in Gameweek 9

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Manchester United, 1-1)

  • Formation: 4-3-3
  • Goalkeeper: Alisson
  • Defense: Robertson, Matip, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold
  • Midfield: Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum
  • Attack: Origi, Firmino, Mané
  • Made subs (all in 2nd half): Oxlade > Origi, Lallana  > Henderson, Keita > Wijnaldum
  • Goals: Lallana (Robertson)

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Crystal Palace, 0-2)

  • Formation: 3-5-2
  • Goalkeeper: Ederson
  • Defense: Mendy, Fernandinho, Rodri, Cancelo
  • Midfield: David Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva
  • Attack: Sterling, Jesus
  • Made subs (all late in 2nd half): Stones > David Silva, Foden > De Bruyne
  • Goals: Jesus (Bernardo Silva), David Silva (Sterling)

ARSENAL (away vs. Sheffield United, 1-0)

  • Formation: 4-2-3-1
  • Goalkeeper: Leno
  • Defense: Kolasinac, David Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers
  • Defensive midfield: Xhaka, Guendouzi
  • Attacking Midfield: Saka, Willock, Pepe
  • Attack: Aumabeyang
  • Made subs: Ceballos > Willock (half-time), Lacazette > Xhaka
  • , Martinelli > Pepe
  • Goals: none

LEICESTER (home vs. Burnley, 2-1)

  • Formation: 4-1-4-1
  • Goalkeeper: Schmeichel
  • Defense: Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
  • Defensive midfield: Ndidi
  • Midfield: Harvey Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
  • Attack: Vardy
  • Made subs (all in 2nd half): Demarai Gray > Perez, Praet > Maddison, Morgan > Barnes
  • Goals: Vardy (Barnes), Tielemans (Barnes)

CHELSEA (home vs. Newcastle, 1-0)

  • Formation: 4-2-3-1
  • Goalkeeper: Kepa
  • Defense: Alonso , Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
  • Defensive midfield: Jorginho, Barkley
  • Midfield: Hudson-Odoi , Mount, Willian
  • Attack: Abraham
  • Made subs: Kovacic > Barkley (end of 1st half), Pulisic > Mount, Reece James > Hudson-Odoi
  • Goals: Alonso (Hudson-Odoi)

Predicted line-ups for gameweek 10

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Spurs)

  • Formation: 4-3-3
  • Goalkeeper: Allison
  • Defense: Robertson, Matip, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold
  • Midfield: Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum
  • Attack: Salah, Firmino, Mané
  • Ruled out: Clyne, Shaqiri
  • Doubtful: Matip, Alexander-Arnold
  • Notes: Both Matip and Alexander-Arnold missed the mid-week clash with Belgian side RC Genk on Wednesday, due to a knee problem and illness (virus), respectively. Both could be fit for the Spurs game, though Matip looks a bit more doubtful. Against Genk, Matip was replaced by Lovren and Milner filled in at right-back for Alexander Arnold. Robertson was withdrawn with a slight knock in the 2nd half v Genk but reports are he’ll be fine for Sunday. Of our expected starting outfield players, only Van Dijk, Fabinho, Mane and Salah played 90 minutes v Genk. Oxlade-Chamberlain advanced his claims for a starting place after his 2 goals v Genk.

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Aston Villa)

  • Formation: 4-3-3
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  • Goalkeeper: Ederson
  • Defense: Mendy, Stones, Otamendi, Walker
  • Midfield: David Silva, Fernandinho (DM), De Bruyne
  • Attack: Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling
  •  
  • Ruled out: Laporte, Rodri, Sané, Zinchenko (knee operaton – out for 5-6 weeks)
  • Notes: With Stones and Otamendi back in the mix and getting minutes against Atalanta on Tuesday, we should see them form the central pair against Villa. With Rodri out injured for 2 to 4 weeks, Fernandinho will likely slot back into the defensive midfield position. Mendy was relieved by Cancelo after 71 minutes, while Walker played the whole game after missing out in gameweek 9. Difficult to say which 2 of Mendy, Walker & Cancelo will make up the 2 wing-backs. The two Silvas were rested mid-week, making a starting position more likely, especially for David. KDB was taken off after 67 minutes to rest him. Aguero is a killer at home (and away, to be fair) and we don’t expect Pep to bench him two PL games in a row. Sterling looks in red-hot form so likely to start with no CL next week.

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Southampton)

  • Formation: 4-1-4-1
  •  
  • Goalkeeper: Schmeichel
  • Defense: Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
  • Defensive midfield: Ndidi
  • Midfield: Harvey Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
  • Attack: Vardy
  •  
  • Ruled out: none
  • Doubtful: Maddison
  • Notes: Playmaker James Maddison is the only FPL-relevant doubt for the Foxes. He suffered a foot injury before the gameweek 9 game against Burnley, but Brendan Rodgers stated he would be happy if the young Englishman could play about an hour in that game. He ended up playing 76 minutes and is expected to feature from the start on Saturday. Harvey Barnes provided the assist for each goal against Burnley and should start again. Perez probably feels the pressure from Praet and Gray, but we expect him to start as well.

CHELSEA (away vs. Norwich)

  • Formation: 4-3-3
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  • Goalkeeper: Kepa
  • Defense: Alonso, Zouma, Tomori, Azpilicueta
  • Midfield: Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic
  • Attack: Pulisic , Abraham, Willian
  •  
  • Ruled out: Loftus-Cheek
  • Doubtful: Kanté, Barkley
  • Notes: At left back, Alonso has been very good for the Blues after losing his spot to Emerson at the start of the season. He scored the winner against Newcastle in gameweek 9 and seems assured of a starting spot this weekend although will come under pressure from Emerson who played well prior to his injury and is now fit again. In attack, it might be possible that Lampard gives Hudson-Odoi a rest after a run of many (successful) games in a short period of time just after coming back form injury. Seeing as Ross Barkley is an injury doubt, we could see Pulisic filling in on the left wing after a good role as substitute against Ajax on Wednesday.

ARSENAL (home vs. Crystal Palace)

  • Formation: 4-2-3-1
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  • Goalkeeper: Leno
  • Defense: Kolasinac, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
  • Defensive midfield: Xhaka, Guendouzi
  • Midfield: Saka, Ceballos, Pepe
  • Attack: Aubameyang
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  • Ruled out: none
  • Doubtful: none
  • Notes: Emery is a big fan of rotation and he’s known to rest plenty of players during Europa League games. None of the players that started against Sheffield last Monday were part of the starting lineup against Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday. In theory, Tierney and Bellerin are Arsenal first-choice fullbacks and both players started mid-week. We expect Kolasinac to return to the left-back slot instead of Tierney for the Palace game, but we might see Bellerin replace Chambers on the opposite side. Pepe came on after 75 minutes, with 1-2 scoreline in favour of Vitoria, and turned it around with 2 nice goals from free-kicks, so he looks certain to start on Saturday – just hope it’s not heavy cold rain during the match as he doesn’t appear to be at his best then! Ceballos came on at the start of the second half and the central midfield spot in front of the double pivot will be between the Spaniard and Joe Willock, who played there during the first half in gameweek 9 before being replaced by that same Spaniard at the start of the second half. Aubameyang was rested entirely and will start for the Gunners against Palace. Lacazette started against Vitoria in his return from injury and will soon be pushing Saka (a cheaply priced midfielder in FPL) or Pepe for a place.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 10 Preview

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“Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are looking for a fourth consecutive victory in a row at Turf Moor this weekend” (CC by 2.0). Picture by Ungry Young Man

Gameweek 9 was a second consecutive disaster week in the FPL world, with an average of 37 points after gameweek 8 averaged just 36 points. The main reason for this has been the mass blanking of popular players. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, just have a look at the table below showing our picks for gameweek 9. A lot of managers also had no captain or vice captain playing at all with Salah and Aguero both getting no gametime whatsoever! Top scores were recorded by Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (14 FPL points), Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (13 points) and Watford’s Daryl Janmaat (12 points). Of these three, the Aston Villa midfielder boasts the highest current ownership percentage: 4.6%. As a matter of fact, of gameweek 9’s Team of the Week, David Silva was the most-owned player (11.2%) and no less than six players are currently owned by 1% of FPL managers or less. It’s probably better to just move on to our picks for gameweek 10.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 10 is set at 19h00 (GMT+0 / BST) today Friday, October 25th. Have a look at our Predicted Lineups article for Gameweek 10 to give you an idea of who is playing.

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Harry Kane Watford (home) 2
Premium P-E Aubameyang Sheffield (away) 2
Non-premium James Maddison Burnley (home) 2
Non-premium Tammy Abraham Newcastle (home) 2
Differential Joshua King Norwich (home) 1
Differential Wesley Brighton (home) 2
Captain Harry Kane Watford (home) 4

Premium picks

The last time we recommended two premium assets from the same team, Man City were punished by Norwich when the Canaries booked a more than surprising 3-2 home win back in gameweek 5. We probably swore to never go all in on Pep’s men again after that, but here we are… This weekend, Aston Villa are rolling up to the Etihad for their fifth away game of the 2018-19 campaign. In the previous four, the Villains conceded 8 goals, while City have scored no less than 14 goals in front of their own fans in four games. In other words, it looks like another opportunity for a goal bonanza during coming Saturday’s first game.

After his mid-week hat-trick against Italian side Atalanta Bergamo in the Champions League, where he scored 3 goals in a span of just 11 minutes (on top of his assist for Aguero in the first half), Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) is back amongst our premium picks. The English dribbler has been a bit patchy in terms of the Premier League, but he seems one of Guardiola’s more nailed-on assets and honestly, why would he not be able to replicate his European exploits against newly-promoted Villa this weekend?

Considering the juiciness of the City vs Villa fixture, we have adapted the format of our premium picks segment a bit for gameweek 10. Instead of recommending two premium assets, which would be Sterling plus another, we’re going to recommend three, simply because a big score could be on the cards. If you don’t own Sterling or don’t feel confident enough to bring him in for this one, striker Kun Aguero (£12.2m) is an equally good option. The Argentinian was benched away to Crystal Palace last weekend, but completed the 90 minutes against Atalanta on Tuesday, scoring two goals in the process. It seems unlikely Pep will keep him out of the starting line-up at home against Villa, especially considering the fact that the last time he didn’t start a home game for City for another reason than injury was all the way back in gameweek 22 of last season. He thrives at home, as his 4 goals and 2 assists in four illustrate, and the upcoming game against Villa feels like the perfect opportunity for him to improve his tallies.

Finally, there is assist maestro Kevin de Bruyne (£10.1m). The Belgian midfielder has been one of City’s best players so far this season, if not the best, and it’s hard to imagine him not being involved in a bunch of chances at the Etihad on Saturday. He is still the highest-scoring player in the official game, courtesy of 2 goals, 9 assists and 10 bonus points from eight games. As far as home games go, he has not yet recorded less (!) than 11 FPL points in any home game this season and is averaging almost 14 points per home game. Given the score, De Bruyne was withdrawn after 67 minutes in the Champions League on Tuesday and looks certain to start against Villa this weekend.

Non-premium picks

Considering our slightly more extensive premium segment this week, featuring three absolute premium FPL assets in terms of both price and ownership, we’ll focus on a bit more differential players as part of our non-premium recommendations. The first might sound as a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to last weekend’s action, but hear us out. Man United’s Marcus Rashford (£8.4m) is the official game’s ninth highest-scorer striker with 4 goals, 2 assists and 10 bonus points to his name for a total of 47 points. That’s an average of just over 5 points per game, which obviously could be better, especially for Manchester United’s starting striker (though Martial took the number nine role before his injury and returned last night in the Europa League with a penalty goal), but it’s not dramatic either. United are very hard to trust this season and we don’t think that any other asset should be trusted for the moment, but last weekend’s draw against Liverpool will have given the Reds fans some hope for better times. In gameweek 10, United are visiting Norwich, who currently boast the worst defensive records in home games of all Premier League clubs (11 goals conceded in 4 games). Be aware though, because in four away games, United have only scored 2 goals so far. Like we said, this is a bit of a punt, but we believe there is a good chance both United and Rashford will work on their goalscoring stats this weekend.

Our second non-premium pick is also quite a differential: West Ham United’s Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m). The Hammers have kept three clean in nine games so far this season, two of which came in home games (in GW4 and GW6 against Norwich and Man United respectively), which really isn’t bad. On top of that, Fredericks recorded his first attacking return in gameweek 8 with an assist for Seb Haller against Leicester. He’s a frequent presence in the opposition’s area, his 21 touches in the opposition area rank top in the entire league and the expectation is that Saturday’s opponents Sheffield will allow him to play higher up the pitch. In the last five gameweeks, the Blades have only scored 3 goals and their 27 attempts on goal in away games rank bottom of the league. In other words, they lack punch away from home and Fredericks could benefit from it in a big way.

A differential pick or two

Our non-premium picks for gameweek 10 are pretty differential already, with low ownership for Rashford (10.3%) and especially Fredericks (1.3%), and our differential suggestions continue that trend. Our first pick is Burnley’s Chris Wood (£6.2m and 1.4% ownership), who is currently flagged as 75% fit in the official game but expected to be ready to face Chelsea at Turf Moor on Saturday. Since gameweek 6, the New Zealand international has been in terrific form for the Clarets with 4 goals and 12 shots on goal. Of those 4 goals, 3 were headers from crosses and that approach has been one with which Frank Lampard’s men have struggled with defensively this season. It’s true that the Blues are finding themselves in a bit of a purple patch currently with three PL victories in a row and a very valuable 0-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, but they have also conceded 14 goals in 9 Premier League games. Three of those goals were headers from set-pieces, while another three came from crosses into their area. It’s a punt and Chelsea are favourites to win this one, but Wood might well bring home the points this weekend.

Our second differential pick for gameweek 10 is also expected to feature in the Burnley-Chelsea game. Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) is the second-youngest player to record at least one assist in three consecutive Premier League games, after Michael Owen, and the next young academy prospect to flourish under Lampard’s reign. CHO started the 2018-19 with an injury, but since his first playing minutes in gameweek 7 versus Brighton, he has returned in every game (3 assists and 18 FPL points in just 196 minutes of Premier League action). That’s an average of 6 points per game, which is phenomenal for a player with a price tag of just £6.0m and an ownership of less than 3%. Burnley are very sturdy at home (3 goals conceded in 4 games), but Chelsea have already netted 12 in four away games, so it’s going to be an interesting encounter on Saturday. Hudson-Odoi did play 90 minutes against Ajax mid-week, so we recommend you keep an eye on the Chelsea team news in the build-up to the game, but we expect him to start and if he does, he’s a more than worthy differential pick.

For further GW10 transfer ideas have a look at the FISO FPL forum topic.

Looking at the FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Pukki (the Pukki Party is over), Kane & Aguero and buying Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez and Aubameyang. Aguero sellers may have made a mistake though!

Midfielders – Spurs’ Son, MC’s Marhez & Liv’s Salah are the biggest sold and the money instead is being used on buying KDB, D Silva & Hudson-Odoi. Salah could prove sellers wrong on Sunday though.

Defenders – Zinchenko not surprisingly is the most sold (due to competition from Mendy and a knee injury) along with Walker and Otamendi followed by Liverpool’s TAA and Van Dijk. So Man City and Liv make up the most sold 5 defenders this GW. Otamendi might be a mistake after Rodri’s injury! The money is then being spent on SU’s Lundstrum (cheap and playing in midfield), Leicester’s Pereira & Chelsea’s Alonso.

Goalkeepers – Adrian obviously is on his way out with SU’s Henderson, Wolve’s Patricio and Liv’s Alisson the most bought.

The captaincy

As far as we’re concerned, the clearest candidates for the captaincy can be found in the Man City squad as the Cityzens take on Aston Villa at the Etihad. We have already outlined why the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne could be in for a haul this weekend, so the question is which arm is the right one to put the armband on. We’d probably go for Sterling after his stellar display against Atalanta mid-week, but De Bruyne and Aguero are equally good options. On top of that, David Silva was kept on the bench on Wednesday and is expected to feature from the start against Villa. Despite being rotated quite often, the Spanish playmaker is the only player in the game to return a haul of 10 FPL points or more on four occasions this season. With 2 goals and 5 assists to his name, he is good albeit differential captaincy choice as well.

The FISO Forum FPL Gameweek 10 Captain Poll has KDB leading the way from Sterling and Aguero with a distant 4th Salah (who could well turn on the style at home to Spurs) then D Silva and C Wilson the only other players to get a vote.

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