Barring the Bayern beating for Arsenal, it’s been a good week for the English sides with victories all round. Tiredness will always be a factor following European action but everyone loves a win and the confidence that accompanies it.
We’re well and truly stuck into this season now and already at this stage, there only appears to be two serious title contenders. So prepare to have the most attractive propositions from both City and Arsenal in your squad for the majority of this year’s campaign, whilst complementing them with in form stars from other teams.
With plenty of budget and mid-priced players performing above expectation, don’t feel the need to use all of your budget, which is always a temptation. Nobody likes waste but it’s always handy to have savings in the bank for a rainy day.
Anyway another gameweek is upon us, so let’s get down to business.
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…
- Asmir BEGOVIC [STO(A), 5.0m] – With Chelsea, you never really know what you’re going to get but the fans are behind Mourinho and most of the players seem to be too. Against Stoke, who have been struggling to find the net, a rare clean sheet could be on the cards.
- Alberto MORENO [CPL(H), 4.8m] – Since Klopp has taken charge, Liverpool appear to be stronger. His charm is rubbing off and his use of full backs serves Moreno well. Palace’s goal threat has seriously diminished since the start of the season and against Liverpool, they’ll find it tough to break through.
- Chris SMALLING [WBA(H), 6.5m] – United haven’t flourished going forward but they have been difficult to penetrate at the back and much of it is to do with good old Mike Smalling. This season Smalling has shown a level of consistency not seen before and it’s helping to give United a solid base in which to build on.
- Aleksandar KOLAROV [AVL(A), 6.2m] – With Clichy back in the picture, Kolarov may be due some rest time but the Serbian’s link up play down the left with Sterling shouldn’t be overlooked. An understanding has developed and Kolarov has excelled going forward. If Clichy is eased back into action, Kolarov may yet hold onto the starting spot for now.
- Kevin DE BRUYNE (C) [AVL(A), 10.7m] – De Bruyne was rested in the win against Sevilla, only coming on for the final 17 minutes as Pellegrini showed the strength of the City squad. With this in mind, he’ll be raring to go as City travel down to Villa Park to give Garde a warm welcome to the Premier League, which he may wish to forget.
- Philippe COUTINHO [CPL(H), 8.1m] – Another midfield playmaker who should be fresh for Gameweek 12 is Coutinho after he was spared any action against Rubin Kazan. Having scored 2 lovely goals against Chelsea, Coutinho will be full of confidence and ready to take on Palace.
- Georginio WIJNALDUM [BOU(A), 7.0m] – Following the 6-2 destruction of Norwich, Newcastle have suffered two blanks but it’s not from lack of trying, having racked up chance after chance. Bournemouth are improving following a dismal run but further chances will be gifted to Newcastle and Wijnaldum could be the one to profit.
- Riyad MAHREZ [WAT(H), 6.6m] – The strength of West Brom’s defence caused many to doubt Mahrez and it proved to be a costly error. There’s not a lot worse than seeing a player on your bench rack up points and those managers will be joining us in backing Mahrez to open up a Watford side that has performed admirably this season.
- Mesut OZIL [TOT(H), 8.7m] – The Arsenal-Spurs derby is sure to be a feisty affair with players feeding off the atmosphere. Expect end-to-end football where Ozil could very well be the architect of Spurs’ downfall. With 9 assists already this season, Ozil’s team mates can look forward to the German seeking them out for more goalscoring opportunities.
- Wilfried BONY [AVL(A), 8.4m] – Having missed a host of chances against Norwich, Bony’s goal in the 3-1 victory over Sevilla will have settled him down. It’s hard to see what Garde could have done in a single week to prepare Villa for the onslaught which is sure to come from City, with Bony spearheading the attack.
- Graziano PELLE [SUN(A), 8.5m] – Pelle justified our selection last week as he notched against Bournemouth, taking his tally to 6 for the season. Adding 5 assists to the mix and the Italian frontman is clearly having a fine season. With Sunderland conceding 6 against Everton last week, it seems Big Sam still has his work cut out and against a strong Southampton side, it won’t get any easier.
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