This week, our Select XI is dominated by a number of enticing home encounters. We all know that nothing in this world of football is certain and form can change in the blink of an eye but sometimes you just have to bank on home wins.
With that in mind, table toppers City welcome Norwich to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, looking to cement their lead. They are in fantastic form and will be relish facing a Norwich side languishing towards the opposite end of the table.
Elsewhere, Newcastle take on Stoke, looking to put their Wear-Tyne derby disappointment behind them and on Sunday afternoon, Southampton host the accommodating Bournemouth defence. To end the gameweek, Spurs host manager-less Villa on Monday night.
So without further ado, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Maarten STEKELENBURG [BOU(H), 5.0m] – Bournemouth are on a terrible run at the moment conceding at will and they will face a tough time at St. Mary’s. The Saints have a decent backline and have every chance of preventing Bournemouth from penetrating Stekelenburg’s goal.
- Daryl JANMAAT [STO(H), 4.9m] – Newcastle suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Sunderland and will be keen to bounce back in front of their home fans this weekend. Stoke are far from prolific, having scored 2 goals in their last 3 games, whilst Janmaat is sure to provide attacking support for the Magpies.
- Toby ALDERWEIRELD [AVL(H), 5.3m] – Alderweireld may have missed out on a clean sheet away at Bournemouth but his assist points ensured he returned with a decent total. This gameweek, he comes up against goal-shy Villa who continue to toil without a manager at the foot of the table.
- Aleksandar KOLAROV [NOR(H), 6.1m] – City are flying high at the moment and it’d be hard to back against them securing another victory when they host Norwich. Like Janmaat, Kolarov will provide attacking support whilst potentially benefiting from any clean sheet points.
- Kevin DE BRUYNE [NOR(H), 10.6m] – De Bruyne is both a goalscorer and a creator and has helped to fill the Silva-shaped hole in City’s attack. At 10.6m, his price has been rising as managers bring him in but it’s hard to dispute that he’s the best City attacker on offer, who is also in charge of corners.
- Raheem STERLING [NOR(H), 8.9m] – Sterling picked up a slight hamstring strain but is expected to return this weekend. His minutes may be limited with the Champions League in mind but his pace and skill could punish Norwich with the time he spends on the pitch.
- Georginio WIJNALDUM [STO(H), 6.9m] – Wijnaldum will be disappointed with last week’s loss and will no doubt look to return to the goalscoring trail against Stoke. With Sissoko providing the ammunition, Stoke’s backline will have to be on guard against the Newcastle attack.
- Sadio MANE [BOU(H), 6.2m] – A convenient second yellow card gave Mane a rest as Southampton knocked Villa out of the cup in midweek. So he should be all set to go as the Saints embark on a strong run of fixtures, starting with Bournemouth at home. With 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games, Mane is experiencing a fine run of form.
- Mesut OZIL [SWA(A), 8.4m] – Ozil is another midfielder in fine form, having scored once and created a further 5 goals in the last 4 gameweeks. With more freedom to dictate play further up the field, he’s finding his team mates with regularity and creating goalscoring opportunities. The Gunners may have some injuries but players like Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud are still available and Swansea will have to be at their best to stop them.
- Harry KANE (C) [AVL(H), 9.3m] – Kane smashed a hat trick in against Bournemouth to remind us of his qualities and this is only bad news for Villa. Goals breed confidence for strikers and only one thing will be on Kane’s mind as he steps onto the field and that is to score more goals.
- Graziano PELLE [BOU(H), 8.4m] – Pelle is having a terrific season so far with 5 goals and 5 assists to his name already, and despite blanking in the last 2 gameweeks, he has a strong run of fixtures to turn it back on. Pelle scored midweek against Villa and will be looking to do the same against Bournemouth as he swaps oppositions with his Select XI strike partner, Kane.
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