In Gameweek 2, we were treated to some Friday night action as Zlatan continued his fine start to the season with a brace, whilst Pogba looked completely at home in his return debut.
Aguero also justified his expensive pricetag as he notched 2 past Stoke and inspired City to an impressive 4-1 victory. Elsewhere, Burnley pulled off the shock of the gameweek, picking up their first win of the season against Liverpool, whilst fellow promoted sides Hull and Middlesbrough also came out on top in their respective matches away at Swansea and Sunderland.
Many a pundit had written off these sides before the start of the season and it just goes to show anything can happen in this wonderful game. But let’s not get too carried away, far tougher tests are yet to come, and for Burnley and Hull, they arrive in Gameweek 3.
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…
- Kasper SCHMEICHEL [SWA(H), 5.0m] – Leicester prevented Arsenal from scoring last time out and will fancy their chances of doing the same at home to Swansea. Schmeichel made 4 saves and picked up a bonus point against Arsenal for an impressive 8-point haul.
- Gareth MCAULEY [MID(H), 4.6m] – Swayed by his strong start to the season, where he secured a clean sheet against Palace and a goal against Everton, we’re backing McAuley to help the Baggies hold out when facing Middlesbrough this Sunday. His price has gone up by 0.1m since the start but McAuley remains a strong budget option for your squad.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [BUR(H), 6.0m] – Chelsea have conceded a single goal in each of their first 2 games of the season but their first clean sheet can’t be too far off and may very well come against Burnley. Conte will accept nothing less than a victory and Chelsea should have too much quality for Burnley to handle. Ivanovic should also provide an attacking threat down the right to justify his high pricetag.
- John STONES [WHM(H), 5.0m] – Stones has settled in quickly at City and was particularly impressive in midweek against Steaua. Like Chelsea, City have also conceded one in each of their last 2 games and against a West Ham side, which may be tired from their Thursday Europa League match, City’s first clean sheet of the season may arrive. At 5.0m, Stones is terrific value for a team that should be challenging for the title come May.
- Eden HAZARD [BUR(H), 10.0m] – Hazard kept his points ticking over with an assist against Watford but given his cost, we demand more from him. In a home game against a promoted side, Hazard could very well shine and he is an outside contender for the captain’s armband for managers who fancy a gamble.
- Erik LAMELA [LIV(H), 7.1m] – We’re treated to a humdinger of a match to kick off the third gameweek as Spurs host Liverpool. Given Liverpool’s frailties at the back, we’re keeping our faith in Lamela who still has the potential to make a mockery of his pricetag.
- Dusan TADIC [SUN(H), 7.4m] – Managers have been ditching Tadic due to a lack of attacking returns, causing his price to drop but he may make them pay. His underlying stats have been strong with 8 shots at goal and 8 chances created for team mates from just the 2 matches so far. At home to Sunderland, he will be the key threat once more and it’s only a matter of time before his stats convert into fantasy points.
- Andros TOWNSEND [BOU(H), 6.5m] – Palace are yet to find the back of the net this season and Benteke could be the man to inspire them. Townsend should benefit from his arrival and will look to kick-start his season against Bournemouth. To highlight his attacking potential, Townsend created 3 chances and had 2 shots at goal at White Hart Lane.
- Theo WALCOTT [WAT(A), 7.5m] – It hasn’t taken long for the vultures to start circling and Wenger is already under pressure but it’s early days and too much can be read into too little. Arsenal have plenty of quality in their ranks including Walcott who looks lively and is keen to take his chance to impress on the right wing. Given licence to make runs in behind, goals are sure to come and at 7.5m, he may prove to be a bargain if he secures a starting position for the season.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [WHM(H), 13.1m] – Aguero is a goal-machine plain and simple. After missing 2 penalties in Europe, he duly stepped up and slotted one away against Stoke before following it up with a fine header. West Ham will be fearful of his threat and rightly so.
- Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC [HUL(A), 11.7m] – To complete our Select XI this gameweek, we have another goal machine who is currently keeping pace with Aguero. With Pogba in the side, United looked great and Zlatan stayed further upfield, allowing him to punish Southampton with a fine brace. Next up is a trip to fellow high flyers Hull but Zlatan could be the man to bring them crashing back down to the ground.
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