The dreaded first international break of the season is finally over and we can get back to the game we love.
FPL returns with a bang as United host City, in a Manchester derby that is sure to be a thriller. The only shame is Aguero won’t be part of the spectacle following his ban, which sees him miss 2 gameweeks and a cup game.
But it’s Mourinho versus Pep and stars like Pogba and Zlatan will look to take advantage of Aguero’s suspension and strike first blood this season.
There are 9 other games that we’ll look to pick up tasty fantasy points in too, so let’s not hang upside down…
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…
- Petr CECH [SOT(H), 5.5m] – With Koscielny back in the team, Arsenal have looked strong keeping a clean sheet against Leicester and conceding just the one goal against Watford. They face Southampton at home, which may be a little tricky but we fancy Cech’s chances of returning a decent score.
- Leighton BAINES [SUN(A), 5.5m] – Williams made his first start against Stoke and helped Everton keep a clean sheet. Baines should continue to benefit from his presence in the backline whilst providing attacking threat from set pieces and penalty duties.
- Gareth MCAULEY [BOU(A), 4.7m] – Proving to be true to form, West Brom have been strong defensively, conceding in just the one gameweek so far. Great value can be had with a Baggies defender whilst McAuley also showed his attacking potential with a goal in Gameweek 2. Bournemouth will have a difficult task breaking them down this weekend.
- Toby ALDERWEIRELD [STO(A), 6.5m] – Spurs are another team who should rack up the clean sheets over the course of the season. They have just the one so far but haven’t conceded more than a single goal in the other 2 games. Bony will be a threat as he will be eager to make up for lost time but he’ll have his work cut out against a talented Spurs defence featuring Alderweireld.
- Eden HAZARD (C) [SWA(A), 10.2m] – With 2 goals and an assist (along with 6 bonus points), Hazard has hit the ground running this season. He has the potential to be one of the highest points scorers come May and the lack of European football shouldn’t be underestimated in what impact it could have for Chelsea.
- Mesut OZIL [SOT(H), 9.5m] – Most managers seem to be favouring Sanchez for their Arsenal attacking coverage but we’re opting for Ozil given his importance to the team and the lower pricetag. Wenger has asked him to score more goals this season and if he can add that part to his incredible ability to create chances, Ozil will be a fantasy star this campaign.
- Roberto FIRMINO [LEI(H), 8.4m] – Firmino finally notched his first attacking points with an assist against Spurs in Gameweek 3. Having been overlooked for the Brazil squad, Firmino’s had plenty of time to get ready for the match against Leicester and will be raring to go along with the Anfield crowd in their very first home game of the season.
- Michail ANTONIO [WAT(H), 7.0m] – West Ham are about to embark on a favourable set of fixtures and just in time for Payet’s return. Antonio had a first gameweek to forget conceding a penalty and was subbed off soon after but he’s turned it all around with a goal in each of the last 2 games and will look to punish Watford alongside West Ham’s talisman Payet.
- Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC [MCI(H), 11.8m] – Zlatan may have drawn a blank against Hull but he showed plenty of attacking promise and is spending more time leading the line with Pogba in the team. With Aguero out of the picture, Zlatan is the star of the show and will be desperate to become the matchwinner in this feisty Manchester derby.
- Abel HERNANDEZ [BUR(A), 6.0m] – Along with his team, Hernandez has had a fine start to the season with a goal and assist so far. His stats have also been very strong with 8 shots in the box, 5 of which have been on target. Against a Burnley side finding their feet, Hernandez will have more opportunities to impress.
- Diego COSTA [SWA(A), 9.7m] – Costa has returned attacking points in each of his games but due to his uncanny ability to collect yellow cards, he’s received a grand total of 0 bonus points. Despite this, he’s looking dangerous this season and in a strong Chelsea side, has the potential for more attacking returns against Swansea.
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