FPL 17/18 Gameweek 11 Preview – players on the watchlist

Harry Kane

Tottenham’s nr.10, Harry Kane” (CC by 4.0) by Brad Tutterow

When one of England’s most free-flowing teams hosts back-to-back European champions and historic European mainstays Real Madrid at Wembley, and the Spaniards in white are sent back home with a 3-1 thumping after 90 minutes, most FPL managers know its time to check their squads. When this team is Tottenham and their Premier League encounter this weekend is at home against Palace, you can expect the Spurs roster to be stormed before tonight’s deadline. The eleventh gameweek of the 17/18 season offers other interesting matches for FPL managers as well, including Newcastle versus Bournemouth and City hosting Arsenal. In this article we’ll shed a light on some potentially interesting transfer targets for the coming weekend. If however your attention is not focussed on football this weekend but you still wish to enjoy some online entertainment then try these top slot games.

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (£12.7m)

Not a very original way to start the list, not very much of a discovery and not very much of a differential player (Kane is in more than 33% of all teams in the official game), but simply inevitable at this point. Kane is in blistering form at the moment and despite not getting on the scoresheet on Wednesday against Real Madrid he played an excellent game, constantly leaning heavy on the Merengue defense and providing a lovely assist for Christian Eriksen’s 3-0.

There was a slight fear about Kane’s fitness after he was left out of the squad last weekend, but his 79 minutes against Real Madrid don’t only show that he’s fit again, they also give us reason to believe that Hurrikane will be starting against the Premier League’s ugly ducklings Crystal Palace coming Sunday. If you can afford it you should probably try to get Kane into your line-up and you might as well give him the captaincy while you’re at it.

Sterling/Sané/De Bruyne, Manchester City (£8.2m/£8.8m/£10.1)

The reason this pick consists of three names is Pep Guardiola, and his love for rotation and surprising (and for FPL managers often frustrating) tweaks to his formations. Each of the mentioned City midfielders played 90 minutes in one of the most entertaining European games of the past years against Napoli last Wednesday, so rotation risk for coming Sunday against Arsenal exists. Pep has nevertheless shown over the past PL games that he trusts these players to be able to perform twice a week, so the suggestion here, more than anything, is to keep a close eye on news coming from well-reputed City sources in regard to Sunday’s most probably line-up.

Sané registered 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 PL games, Sterling scored twice and assisted twice, and KDB provided three decisive passes over the same period. The City attack is red hot at the moment and despite several clean sheets most of us know that an Arsenal defense never boasts a very high reliability percentage. In other words, doubling up on City assets might be worth it this weekend.

Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle (£4.7m)

Back in gameweeks 4 and 5 Jamaal Lascelles was an absolute FPL star as he scored in consecutive weeks, including a 1-0 matchwinner away against Swansea, and even though the scoring has stopped he is still an interesting prospect, especially this weekend at home versus Bournemouth. Newcastle are ranked ninth in the table, but fifth when you look at the home results. They have won 3 out of 5 games so far, in which they only conceded four times. You know Benitez knows how to make a team defend, but still, not bad for a newly-promoted side.

Bournemouth on the other hand now only have Crystal Palace below them in the table and when looking at their away form we can see one of the reasons why. The Cherries have managed to take only 3 points from a possible 15 so far, and they’ve conceded 8 goals in the process. They are low on confidence and while they’re not leaking goals in the back their attack has been unpredictable to say the least.

Transferring in Lascelles is a bit of a gamble, but his chances of points at both ends of the pitch are real this weekend. Add to that the fact that the next three games are United away, Watford home and West Brom away, and you might just have found an ideal rotation player who can still get the points for your team.