It’s been a week to forget for United fans, as they saw their team relegated to Thursday night action, Schweinsteiger banned for 3 games and a groin injury picked up by their defensive rock Mike Smalling.
The only possible way it could get any worse is if De Gea went on strike, Van Gaal announcing he’s going to play 5-4-1 and Ronaldo vowing never to return to United. These last 3 things haven’t happened (yet), so it’s good to remember that it could always be worse.
How United will cope against Bournemouth remains to be seen, especially as the Cherries will be bouncing after their historic win at Stamford Bridge. The game takes place on Saturday evening and should be an interesting encounter.
Anyway, that’s enough United 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…
- Jack BUTLAND [WHM(A), 4.9m] – Stoke have now picked up 6 clean sheets in their last 8 games having conceded in each of the first 7 gameweeks previously. It’s been quite the turn around and against an unfortunate Hammers side with injury after injury, the trend looks set to continue.
- Hector BELLERIN [AVL(A), 5.9m] – Villa managed to stop the rot with a vital point away at Southampton but Arsenal are an entirely different proposition. It seems unlikely that Villa will penetrate the Arsenal defence and we’re backing the attacking Bellerin to pick up the points this Sunday.
- Alberto MORENO [WBA(H), 5.0m] – Having been given the night off as Liverpool ground out a 0-0 draw at Sion, Moreno should be well rested ahead of the home game against the Baggies. West Brom have been far from prolific in front of goal and Moreno has a good shout of collecting a clean sheet if Liverpool can bring their high tempo game to Sunday’s encounter.
- Aleksandar KOLAROV [SWA(H), 6.4m] – Next up, City welcome managerless Swansea to the Etihad and it’s hard to see anything but a home win. Kolarov has shown his attacking instincts with a goal and an assist in the last 3 games and has the potential to profit at both ends of the field against Swansea.
- Marko ARNAUTOVIC [WHM(A), 6.1m] – With Shaqiri supplying the through balls to Arnautovic, Stoke cut through City with surprising ease but had the solidity to back it up and emerge as worthy victors. Next up, the midfield duo travel to West Ham, looking to take advantage of their injury crisis and you wouldn’t back against them producing once more.
- Riyaad MAHREZ [CHE(H), 6.9m] – With Vardy attracting all the attention for his record-breaking antics, Mahrez served a timely reminder of his talents with a hat trick haul against Swansea that took him to the top of the FPL rankings. Chelsea put in a decent perfomance against Porto and will look to build upon it but Mahrez and the Leicester bunch will be ready to make them work for it.
- Kevin DE BRUYNE [SWA(H), 10.9m] – Pulled off in the 65th minute against Monchengladback, De Bruyne should be ready to go against Swansea. With Silva back, City have a dangerous midfield more than capable of taking the Welsh side apart as they look to hunt down Leicester at the top of the table.
- Mesut OZIL (C) [AVL(A), 9.3m] – Ozil has now produced attacking returns in each of the last 9 gameweeks and we fully expect this run to continue as he travels north to Villa Park. Arsenal will be full of confidence following their Champions League win over Olympiakos and Ozil will have plans to keep Villa rooted to the bottom of the table.
- Olivier GIROUD [AVL(A), 8.9m] – Giroud’s ownership has been steadily rising and rightly so, having scored 5 goals in the last 7 gameweeks before notching the midweek hat trick to take Arsenal through to the next stage of the Champions League. Walcott is back but with the midfield injuries and Giroud’s form, he poses little threat of taking the Frenchman’s spot up top.
- Romelu LUKAKU [NOR(A), 9.1m] – Having hit the woodwork with two fine strikes, Lukaku finally got his goal towards the end of the Palace match. He’s now scored in 5 consecutive games and will be looking to keep the run going against a Norwich side that afforded Ighalo 6 shots on target last weekend.
- Harry KANE [NEW(H), 9.7m] – Like Moreno, Kane was given the night off and to be fair, wasn’t really needed as Spurs ran out comfortable 4-1 winners thanks in large part to a Lamela hat trick. Having gone 2 games without scoring, a rest might help Kane get back on the goalscoring trail and he has a decent opportunity against a Newcastle side that conceded 5 last time they travelled away.
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