In contrast to most gameweeks of this 2022-23 Premier League campaign, the forwards did not take the spotlight in GW10. The official Team of the Week featured two strikers in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluca Scamacca (both 9 FPL points), but the real top performers could be found in the midfield. That is, apart from Joao Cancelo, who was the gameweek’s highest-scoring player with 18 FPL points, courtesy of a clean sheet, 1 goal and 1 assist. Right behind the Portuguese all-rounder, Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka recorded 15 points, while another pair of midfielders (Mason Mount and Gabriel Martinelli) brought their owners joy with 12 points each.
Gameweek 11 then, in which most neutral PL fans will be looking forward to Sunday evening when struggling Liverpool welcome reigning champions Manchester City to Anfield. From a fantasy point of view, the weekend offers a few more interesting encounters. James Maddison and Leicester are hosting Crystal Palace, Spurs are playing Everton in London and Manchester United face their Northern rivals from Newcastle at Old Trafford. Lots to choose from and the fact that Arsenal and Man City are blanking next gameweek only makes things more interesting like mostbet casino bd may do.
Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 11 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, October 14th.
Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per October 13th, 2022)
|TRANSFERS OUT||TRANSFERS IN||POSSIBLE REASONS|
|GK||Ederson (MCI), Pope (NEW), Alisson (LIV)||Lloris (TOT), Pope (NEW), Sá (WOL)|
|DEF||Alexander-Arnold (LIV), James (LIV), Perisic (TOT)||Trippier (NEW), Cancelo (MCI), Saliba (ARS)||TAA injury, James injury, Perisic lack of returns, Cancelo returns|
|MID||Luis Diaz (LIV), Salah (LIV), Bernardo (MCI)||Foden (MCI), Trossard (BRI), Martinelli (ARS)||Diaz injury, Salah bad points-to-price ratio, Foden + Trossard + Martinelli form|
|FOR||Mitrovic (FUL), Toney (BRE), Kane (TOT)||Toney (BRE), Firmino (LIV), Kane (TOT)||Mitrovic ongoing injury uncertainty, Firmino form|
You may have noticed the absence of Erling Haaland in our intro for this article. It’s not because he did not deliver in GW10, he did with a goal against Southampton, but 6 FPL points from a single game is just below-average for the Norwegian who has already collected 102 points from nine games. Up next is Anfield for the striker and despite the fact that he could very well bang in a few against the Reds in their current form, we have gone with Harry Kane (£11.4m) as Spurs are preparing for a home game against Everton. Tottenham’s Very Own has quietly been ticking along very nicely this season with 8 goals and 2 assists in his first nine league outings. Saturday’s opponents Everton actually (and surprisingly) boast the best defence in the league at the moment with the Toffees conceding just nine times so far, but their Expected Goals Conceded ratio tells a different story. Only three teams in the entire league rank worse for xGC, as Frank Lampard’s men have a ratio of 15.1. In other words, statistically, it looks like the Toffee defence has been overperforming so far and who better to bring them back to reality than the third-highest Premier League all-time top goalscorer?
We didn’t pick Haaland as our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 11, so in this next category, we’re going with his teammate Phil Foden (£8.2m). At the moment of writing, the 22-year-old is actually the highest-scoring midfielder in the official game with 62 FPL points. He is already sitting on 6 goals and 4 assists, and one of each came in gameweek 10 versus Southampton. The young Englishman looks to have finally conquered a consistent spot in Pep Guardiola’s staring eleven, which is no mean feat considering the latter’s love of rotation, and he’s living up to the occasion. Coming into GW11, Foden has returned in three consecutive league games, scoring 5 goals and providing 1 assist. Over that run, the City youngster recorded an impressive 38 FPL points, which at his current price tag represents incredible value. It’s Liverpool at Anfield up next for Man City, followed by a blank, but despite that, Foden is already the most transferred-in player in the build-up to the weekend. If you have the place and budget for the talented player in your team, he should probably be at the top of your scouting lists right about now.
The budget enabler
Our budget enabler for gameweek 11 is picked based on a combination of his status as a starter, his upcoming schedule and, of course, his price tag. Marc Guéhi (£4.3m) has not yet missed a minute of Premier League action for Crystal Palace, which is the basis you want for a budget-enabling fantasy pick. On top of that, the Eagles have one of the more favourable fixture runs coming up out of all teams in the league, on paper at least, with this weekend’s visit to Leicester followed by a home game versus Wolves, a trip to Goodison Park and a home game against Southampton. Guéhi has not yet managed to register any kind of attacking return, but he did record 1 clean sheet. This seems on the low side, and in reality it is, but it should be noted that Palace have faced Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Newcastle (away) and Chelsea already this season. Their only clean sheet actually came at Saint James’ Park back in gameweek 6 and we feel that more of them might be on the way now that the fixture schedule has cleared up considerably. At a price of £4.3m, Guéhi could represent excellent budget-enabling FPL value over the short and medium term.
Much like Palace in a way, newly promoted Bournemouth have also had to deal with quite a tough opening set of fixtures to the 2022-23 Premier League campaign. In their first nine games, the Cherries faced, among others, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle away, and Arsenal and Wolves at home. Not the easiest fixtures, as we said, but despite that, current interim manager Gary O’Neil and his predecessor Scott Parker managed a rather credible three wins, three draws and three defeats, resulting in a very neat eighth place in the league at the moment. One thing the Cherries are not doing too much though, is scoring goals (they’ve got 8 goals from nine games), but our differential fantasy pick for gameweek 11 is still a Bournemouth forward. Dominic Solanke (£5.7m) is the undisputed leader of the Cherry line and we feel that he might be building on his current totals in the coming weeks. The former Liverpool striker has 1 goal and 3 assists to his name, and two of those assists were given last weekend as Bournemouth beat Leicester 2-1. He now has Fulham away and Southampton at home coming up, so at his current 1.8% ownership, he could be the differential pick you’re looking for in the short term.
As every weekend so far this season, not captaining Erling Haaland is at your own risk. Even when Manchester City are playing away at Anfield, the on-fire Norwegian could haul and we would not be surprised to see the man who currently sits in 84.3% of all teams to become the most-captained played in gameweek 11. As a matter of fact, we’re expecting it.
Our FPL GW11 captain’s armband is not going to Haaland though, but to the man who is also our recommended premier fantasy pick for gameweek 11, Harry Kane. The England captain is playing against Everton on Saturday evening and despite the Toffees’ recent defensive results, we can see him demonstrating why the underlying stats for the Everton defence are so worrying.
Not into either Haaland or Kane? Leandro Trossard away against leaky Brentford could be interesting as a captain and the same goes for James Maddison at home to Crystal Palace. You might opt for Heung-Min Son as well for the previously mentioned home encounter with Everton, or for any of the attacking Gabriels (Jesus or Martinelli) when Arsenal visit Leeds on Sunday.