The gameweeks are coming thick and fast now, and with Gameweek 12 barely behind us, we’re onto the next round. The teams at the top are beginning to show their class and squad depth, giving us plenty to think about heading into December.
As with any European week, most of the top sides battle it out on the Sunday this weekend, giving Arsenal the opportunity to extend their lead at the top when they travel to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, we’ll see United travel to Spurs following two differing midweek victories. Spurs struggled a little against a side that was recently relegated from the Norwegian top flight, whilst United played their best game under Moyes, defeating Leverkusen 5-0. Playing off a lone striker, Kagawa is in his element but if RVP returns, Moyes has a difficult decision to make.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the thirteenth gameweek of the season:
- Costel PANTILIMON [SWA(H), 4.9m] – There’s a little risk in choosing Pantilimon but it would be harsh on the big man if he doesn’t retain his spot in goal for City. Hart started the Champions League game but was rarely tested in a standard performance. With City in their current home form, the game against Swansea should be a comfortable victory.
- James COLLINS [FUL(H), 4.3m] – West Ham have not been great of late but Allardyce will be looking to the game against Fulham as an ideal opportunity to get back on track. Fulham are in dreadful form having lost their last 4 matches in the league and if they don’t secure a win soon, Jol could soon be given the boot. With this in mind, Collins could be set for his first clean sheet since returning from injury.
- Michael TURNER [CPL(H), 4.4m] – Norwich have struggled this season but their home form is not too bad. They have only lost in two encounters in front of their home fans and will be searching for the win this weekend when they entertain Crystal Palace. This will be a tightly contested game and one where Turner might be able to collect a rare clean sheet.
- Per MERTESACKER [CAR(A), 5.7m] – With a lot of focus on Arsenal’s attacking players, their defence deserves a great deal of credit helping the side to the Premier League summit. Barring the shock defeat on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa, Arsenal have conceded no more than a single goal in every gameweek. Travelling to Cardiff, they’ll be full of confidence and Mertesacker is the tall lanky rock they need at the back
- Philippe COUTINHO [HUL(A), 8.5m] – In his second start since returning from injury, Coutinho was in the right spot at the right time to tuck away his first goal of the season. With SAS in front of him, Coutinho will be eager to make up for lost time and is sure to cause all sorts of trouble with two talented strikers in terrific form.
- Samir NASRI [SWA(H), 8.1m] – Nasri recently admitted how he had serious trouble settling last season and was unable to concentrate on his football but that is all behind him now. He clearly looks far more comfortable on the pitch and we are beginning to see the quality once more. Nasri will be looking to his 2 goals and 4 assists so far this season when City take on Swansea at the Etihad.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [STO(H), 7.2m] – Mirallas rewarded our faith in selecting him last week by scoring Everton’s opening goal and setting up Lukaku for another. It was a frantic game with chances at either end that both sets of fans must have fully enjoyed. Martinez will be looking for the same thirst to win when Everton take on Stoke, who have failed to win 31 of their last 34 away matches in the Premier League.
- Jack WILSHERE [CAR(A), 6.1m] – Wilshere almost scored a delightful chip last weekend with his right foot but was incredibly unlucky to see it bounce back off the post and into Boruc’s grateful arms. However, to defy those that questioned his fitness, Wilshere scored a fine brace to help Arsenal defeat Marseille and take a step closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League. He has scored 2 goals in his last 3 league starts for Arsenal and with a 6.2% ownership, Wilshere could be an interesting differential if he can keep up this fine form.
- Luis SUAREZ [HUL(A), 12.2m] – Suarez has been a points scoring machine this season with 73 points in only 7 games and he added to his incredible tally with a goal and an assist against Everton. It’s incredible that only 30% of managers in the FPL have him in their squads. If you haven’t brought him in yet, do whatever you have to do to bring him in.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [SWA(H), 12.1m] – Another striker who is taking the Premier League by storm is Sergio Aguero, scoring 9 goals in his last 8 games. He shows little signs of stopping and Laudrup’s Swansea will have their hands full trying to keep him under wraps.
- Loic REMY [WBA(H), 8.1m] – We’ve replicated the strikeforce entirely from Gameweek 11’s Select XI after they served us so well, finishing it off with Newcastle’s Loic Remy. The Frenchman has scored 8 goals in his last 8 games and is proving to be a great budget striker at only 8.1m.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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