It was an interesting first gameweek to the season, where midfielders came out on top, comfortably outscoring attackers. Nine midfielders hit double figures whilst no attackers achieved this feat. With this in mind, we’re experimenting with a 3-5-2 formation and forgoing the usual 3-4-3 setup.
Other notes to take from the first week were how few and far between clean sheets were with only Swansea and West Brom managing to stop the opposition from scoring. This is unlikely to continue but with no defenders scoring more than 8 points, it’s wise to stick with 3 at the back going forward.
With an early Friday deadline of 7.00pm (GMT) due to United and Southampton providing our first taste of Friday night football this season, there’s no time to focus on the past…
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…
- Victor VALDES [SUN(A), 4.5m] – Travelling to Sunderland, Middlesbrough will look to keep it tight at the back and we fancy them to prevent Defoe and co from finding the back of the net.
- Antonio VALENCIA [SOT(H), 5.5m] – Last week, we backed Shaw but Valencia showed far more promise going forward. He had 22 touches in the final third compared to Shaw’s 6 as Martial hugged the touchline, whilst Mata cut inside to provide space for Valencia to exploit.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [WAT(A), 6.0m] – Ivanovic showed glimpses of attacking potential against West Ham including a shot, which forced Adrian to make a decent save at his near post. With Kante shielding the backline, clean sheets are sure to come for Ivanovic and if he can pick up the odd assist or goal, he’ll prove to be a strong option over the course of the season.
- Kyle WALKER [CPL(H), 5.5m] – When Champions League action kicks off, Walker could be subject to rotation but for now, he is a decent choice to cover Spurs’ strong backline. In addition, he set up Lamela last week to showcase his attacking threat, picking up a bonus point in the process.
- Eden HAZARD [WAT(A), 10.0m] – With Oscar failing to deliver and with penalty duties returning to Hazard, we’re turning to the premium player for our Chelsea attacking coverage. At times against West Ham, Hazard showed just what he is capable of and his overall performance went down very well with the BPS system, resulting in 3 bonus points.
- Erik LAMELA [CPL(H), 7.0m] – Lamela carried his fine pre-season form into the opening game against Everton and scored Spurs’ only goal in the 1-1 draw. At 7.0m, he offers excellent value in a side that should be near the top of the table come the end of the season.
- Roberto FIRMINO [BUR(A), 8.5m] – Firmino failed to return any attacking points as Liverpool put 4 past Arsenal. However, his false 9 position did allow him to have 4 shots at goal with 3 coming inside the box. Against Burnley, more chances should fall his way and we’re backing the Brazilian to come good.
- Philippe COUTINHO [BUR(A), 8.0m] – Coutinho was key to Liverpool’s revival with a fine free-kick just before half time. He followed this up with a late run into the box to tuck home his second. It’s been confirmed that it was only cramp that forced Coutinho off early against Arsenal and with Mane out, they’ll need him to drive Liverpool forward once more.
- Anthony MARTIAL [SOT(H), 9.5m] – With only 8.3% ownership, many managers are clearly favouring Ibrahimovic (44.6%) over Martial for their United attacking coverage. However, in a relatively underwhelming season for United, Martial scored 11 goals and assisted 6 in the equivalent of 29 games, and has already got his season underway with 2 assists against Bournemouth. With players like Ibrahimovic and Pogba to work with, Martial may very well top the 141 points he picked up last season to justify his expensive pricetag.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [STO(A), 13.0m] – Aguero followed up his successful penalty against Sunderland with a fine hat-trick against a poor Steaua side in midweek to get his season off to the perfect start. You’d back Aguero to score past any team and we can see him being a regular fixture in our Select XI this season.
- Salomon RONDON [EVE(H), 6.5m] – Despite West Brom’s reputation for focusing on defending under Pulis, Rondon returned some impressive stats in the first gameweek with 6 attempts on goal and 3 chances created for his team mates. West Brom have some decent fixtures at the beginning of this season and Rondon could provide excellent value at 6.5m, having already got the winner against Palace.
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