The European group stages kicked off this week and it’ll be interesting to see how it affects the teams involved. The threat of rotation is what we all fear as managers look to make the most of their squads.
Gameweek 4 gave us a little taste as players like Lamela and Coutinho, who have been important players for Spurs and Liverpool so far, were dropped to the bench in response to international duty.
It’s still early on in the season so most of our players should be safe but this is where we find out who managers believe to be untouchables. There are some cracking matches and it all kicks off with Chelsea vs Liverpool on Friday night, so let’s not sit around smelling the roses…
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 [BUR(H), 5.0m] – Leicester bounced back from the beating they received from Liverpool with a fine 3-0 win away at Brugges in their Champions League debut. They’ll look to keep the momentum going when they host Burnley and a clean sheet is a possibility.
- Leighton BAINES [MID(H), 5.5m] – After Baines managed to pick up 8 points last weekend, he keeps his spot in our Select XI for another gameweek. Clean sheet potential added to Baines’ attacking threat will continue to help the fantasy favourite rack up the points as seen by the 2 bonus points collected against Sunderland.
- John STONES [BOU(H), 5.0m] – Man City have hit the ground running under Guardiola and the only disappointment is that they haven’t recorded a shut-out yet. Conceding a single goal in each game so far, one doesn’t look far away and may very well come at home to Bournemouth.
- Toby ALDERWEIRELD [SUN(H), 6.5m] – Spurs were below par in their Champions League debut at Wembley but Alderweireld did showcase his attacking potential with a headed goal from Lamela’s corner. Sunderland have struggled for goals so far this season and will not find it easy against a well-drilled Spurs backline.
- Kevin DE BRUYNE [BOU(H), 10.5m] – De Bruyne’s performance against United was so impressive, they didn’t even need Aguero to secure the win. His energy was fantastic and had the poise to beat De Gea with ease when one-on-one. De Bruyne hit the post a further 2 times and will be a constant threat against Bournemouth as Aguero sits out one more gameweek.
- Dele ALLI [SUN(H), 8.3m] – Alli has had an underwhelming start to the season but sparked into life in the 4-0 victory over Stoke. He had 5 attempts at goal, all coming from inside the box and will continue to push forward against Sunderland in the hunt for more goals.
- Roberto FIRMINO [CHE(A), 8.4m] – Firmino fully justified our selection last week with a fine brace at home to Leicester. He also created 4 chances for team mates in an excellent all-round performance. It won’t be easy away at Chelsea but Liverpool have the attacking quality to cause plenty of problems in Friday night’s encounter.
- Dusan TADIC [SWA(H), 7.3m] – Tadic’s attacking stats have been impressive all season and he finally returned points away at Arsenal, albeit via the crossbar and Cech’s back. With Swansea conceding 2 goals in each of their last 3 games, Tadic has the potential to build on the assist collected in Gameweek 4.
- Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC [WAT(A), 11.9m] – Ibrahimovic had an impressive 10 attempts on target and punished Bravo’s flap with a fine half volley. With 4 goals in as many games, it has taken Ibrahimovic no time to adapt to the Premier League and he’ll look to keep the run going at Watford.
- Romelu LUKAKU (C) [MID(H), 9.1m] – Lukaku insisted he’d score goals when fit and having notched an 11-minute hat trick at Sunderland, I guess we can assume he’s fit. Everton are about to embark on a favourable run of fixtures, offering Lukaku the ideal opportunity to rack up the goals along with plenty more fantasy managers.
- Diego COSTA [LIV(H), 9.9m] – Costa finally received some bonus points despite picking up his third yellow card of the season. It was a determined performance from the rugged striker, where his brace helped him to notch up 12 fantasy points. He looks rejuvenated under Conte and if he can just lay off the yellow cards, Costa could become a must have in our strikeforces.
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