There’s no time to dwell on Gameweek 27 as the next round kicks off on Tuesday and we’re treated to some midweek fantasy football action.
Leicester showed their resilience by grinding out a last minute win against Norwich to extend their lead at the top but more worrying was the lack of chances created. After an extended break, they should have been good to go but Norwich were good value their defensive strength.
It will be interesting to see how Leicester adapt as more teams arrive, park the bus and limit space in which to work in. Anyway, we’ll potentially find out in this full midweek gameweek, as Leicester host West Brom but let’s not mess about…
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 [WAT(H), 5.6m] – United should be full of confidence following the victory over Arsenal and they have an ideal opportunity to push on when they host Watford. De Gea’s one of the best keepers in the league and Watford will have difficulty finding a way past him.
- Nacho MONREAL [SWA(H), 5.9m] – A lot of the fantasy focus has been on Bellerin, following his early season promise but Monreal has been impressing of late and is now on joint points (104) with his opposite full back and central leader Koscielny. Monreal does his fair share of supporting Arsenal’s attack down the left and with an ownership of 12%, is a slight differential over Bellerin and Koscielny with a kinder pricetag.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [NOR(A), 6.6m] – Chelsea’s form remains a little patchy but they have some favourable fixtures barring the GW30 blank and Ivanovic could be a useful differential for those of you with money in the bank. Currently, 9% of managers have the Serb and his potential for attacking returns may justify the outlay. In the last 11 gameweeks, he’s scored twice and assisted 3 times.
- Christian FUCHS [WBA(H), 4.9m] – As we mentioned in our last article, Fuchs has a knack for picking up bonus points regardless of attacking returns and sure enough 3 fell his way following the 1-0 victory over Norwich. At this rate, Huth will need to score in order to compete, as those are the times when he appears to collect any bonus points on top.
- Wahbi KHAZRI [CPL(H), 6.0m] – Sunderland were unfortunate not to get any points against West Ham and are showing some fight as they look to drag themselves out of the bottom 3. Despite a failed rabona that made him look a little silly, Khazri is the man to watch and could build off the goal and 2 assists in his last 3 against a Palace side that conceded three to West Brom.
- Marko ARNAUTOVIC [NEW(H), 6.3m] – Arnautovic didn’t let us down in the slightest, passing his fitness test and notching twice against Villa. It didn’t all go Stoke’s way and Newcastle are well rested but we’re backing Arnautovic once more and to possibly enter double figures for goals this season by finding the back of the net against the Magpies.
- Christian ERIKSEN [WHM(A), 8.6m] – Being a young English starlet, Alli has stolen all the limelight but it’s about time we started focusing on Eriksen. With just 11% ownership, compared to Alli’s 31%, there is significant potential in upgrading if you can find the funds. In the game against Swansea, he had 4 shots on target whilst creating 3 further chances and with 3 double-figure returns in his last 6 games, Eriksen is one to watch.
- Mesut OZIL (C) [SWA(H), 9.9m] – Ozil was the driving force trying to get Arsenal back in the game against United but it proved to be too much for the talented German. As Arsenal look to correct matters with a convincing victory over Swansea, Ozil’s pin-point set pieces and ability to carve out chances for fun are likely to be the downfall of the Welsh side.
- Marcus RASHFORD [WAT(H), 4.5m] – For a one-week gamble, we’re happy with selecting the budget striker whose confidence must be sky high. Giving up one of your striker positions for this inexperienced attacker is a bit of a wild choice but with an ownership of just 1.8%, there are clear benefits if young Rashford continues his goalscoring form against Watford.
- Romelu LUKAKU [AVL(A), 8.7m] – Lukaku’s pricetag has plummeted in recent weeks, having been 9.3 just 5 gameweeks ago. It’s understandable given that the big man has scored just once since the turn of the year but against a Villa side that struggles for defensive solidity, Lukaku may very well rediscover his goalscoring touch and punish managers who overlooked this fixture.
- Jamie VARDY [WBA(H), 7.7m] – Thanks to the slightest of touches, Vardy picked up an assist for Ulloa’s winner and saved the blushes of many a fantasy manager that captained him. Following Leicester’s confusing performance, we’ve passed the captaincy over to Ozil but have chosen to keep the in-form striker as there’s every chance he could make West Brom pay.
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