This week, we were treated to some league cup action and given another chance to assess the form of some FPL players.
On Tuesday, Everton, Stoke and City all secured their places in the semi finals with convincing victories over their opposition. Deulofeu was the star of the show against Middlesborough whilst Lukaku notched another goal in the 2-0 win.
Another player that shone that night is De Bruyne who bagged a brace and an assist in the 4-1 win over Hull to follow up his goal and 2 assists against Southampton. Having only picked up 2 assists in the 5 games before Gameweek 14, De Bruyne has burst into life this week and will be full of confidence going into the weekend’s game against Stoke.
On Wednesday night, Liverpool continued their impressive development under Klopp with a rousing 6-1 win to make it a week to forget for the Saints. Origi bagged a hat trick, with Sturridge picking up a brace and Ibe notching the other. Liverpool look prime for investment but question marks remain over secure starters. Coutinho is a tempting option but needs to prove his fitness before requesting a spot in our lineups.
Anyway, that’s enough league cup talk…
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…
- David DE GEA [WHM(H), 5.6m] – Whilst United’s attack is still a little too inconsistent to call upon, their defence has been their saving grace and has kept them well in the title race. Against the Hammers, they’ll once again look to keep it tight at the back, giving them the foundation to secure another win in front of the United home fans.
- Hector BELLERIN [SUN(H), 5.9m] – Wenger must be pleased that Koscielny didn’t pick up a serious injury and has a chance of making the squad for this weekend, strengthening Arsenal’s backline. Sunderland will be boosted by their recent victories over Palace and Stoke but Arsenal have the talent to halt their run, whilst we shouldn’t forget the amount of chances Palace had but were unable to take in Sunderland’s last trip on the road.
- Alberto MORENO [NEW(A), 4.9m] – Moreno keeps his spot after his impressive showing in the 1-0 win over Swansea, where he picked up 3 bonus points on top of the clean sheet. Given licence to push forward and support the attack, Moreno is notching some strong stats and helped set up 2 goals in the win over Southampton in the league cup. Liverpool are flying under Klopp and will make it a very difficult Sunday afternoon for Newcastle.
- Virgil VAN DIJK [AVL(H), 5.6m] – Villa are improving under Garde but it is most definitely a work in progress. They continue to concede goals, which puts the whole team under pressure and against a solid Southampton side, they could find it difficult. After conceding 9 goals this week, Koeman will want to get back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over the team rooted to the bottom of the table.
- Ross BARKLEY [CPL(H), 7.2m] – Barkley was overshadowed by Deulofeu in midweek but continued his fine league form with a goal and an assist against Bournemouth. With Palace possibly looking to subdue Deulofeu with their own wing play, we’re giving Barkley another roll of the Select XI di in this favourable home encounter.
- Sadio MANE (C) [AVL(H), 7.9m] – With Villa conceding 7 goals in their last 2 games, it’s clear that Southampton will have their chances, which is why we’re backing their main man Mane. He followed up last weekend’s assist with the only goal against Liverpool and will be desperate to vanquish the dreadful memories of that night with a punishing performance against one of the league’s worst defences.
- Kevin DE BRUYNE [STO(A), 10.7m] – Having briefly stuttered following a fantastic start to his FPL campaign, De Bruyne has returned with a bang this week with 3 goals and 3 assists in the space of a few days. With questions marks hanging over his talented supporting cast, De Bruyne is the clear favourite for attacking City coverage and could be part of any potential double up if City push on following the return of Aguero and Silva.
- Mesut OZIL [SUN(H), 9.3m] – With Sanchez out of the picture, Ozil has become even more essential to Arsenal’s drive for the title. He scored the only goal against Norwich to now make it 8 consecutive games where he has returned attacking points and looks like a must-have going forward, especially in a home game against Sunderland.
- Jamie VARDY [SWA(A), 7.5m] – Vardy made history with his clinical finish past De Gea, but he’ll be just as desperate to score against Swansea to further a record that he hopes will stay in Premier League folklore. With players like Mahrez supporting him, chances will continue to fall his way and then it’ll be down to him to do the rest.
- Romelu LUKAKU [CPL(H), 9.0m] – Lukaku is clearly loving his partnership with Deulofeu, his chief creator. With the talented Spaniard providing a considerable part of the ammunition, Lukaku is on a fine run with 5 goals in 4 gameweeks, in addition to the goal he scored midweek. Palace may struggle to contain the Everton attack but so have other defences in recent weeks.
- Harry KANE [WBA(A), 9.6m] – Following a difficult game against Chelsea, Kane will be looking to get back on track, having scored 7 in the previous 4 gameweeks. Spurs have had the week to prepare for this game and you can expect them to come out of the blocks firing as they look to continue their run of 13 games unbeaten.
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