Being an England fan as well as a fantasy football addict, the international break provides double the amount of frustration any football supporter should deal with (this also applies to any other nation that plays underwhelming football).
But don’t worry as we’ve passed the test and the reward of Fantasy Premier League points is just around the corner!
With European football next week, many of the top teams feature on Saturday but we are treated to a cracker to end the gameweek as Liverpool host United on Monday night. Anyway, let’s not chew the fat, get it down ya.
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…
- Petr CECH [SWA(H), 5.5m] – Arsenal’s defenders haven’t returned particularly strong attacking stats so far this season so we’re plumping for their slightly cheaper keeper instead. In their last 2 games, Arsenal have prevented Chelsea and Burnley from finding the back of their net and will look to do the same against Swansea.
- Adam SMITH [HUL(H), 4.6m] – Bournemouth have been solid at home, keeping clean sheets against both West Brom and Everton most recently. Hull may find it difficult breaking down their defence, whilst Smith will also provide some attacking threat, having scored and assisted already this season.
- Jose HOLEBAS [MID(A), 4.5m] – Watford are far from guaranteed to keep a clean sheet in any given gameweek but Holebas offers excellent attacking value given his corner-taking duties. He’s another budget defender to have picked up a goal and an assist and should be set for further attacking returns over the course of the season.
- Virgil VAN DIJK [BUR(H), 5.4m] – We end on Southampton’s rock at the back, Virgil Van Dijk. The Saints have kept 3 clean sheets in a row and welcome Burnley to St Mary’s in Gameweek 8. Van Dijk will also be a threat from set pieces, as he showed last season.
- Roberto FIRMINO (C) [MUN(H), 8.5m] – Liverpool-United is a fantastic way to end the gameweek and as the match up takes place on Monday, both teams will have more time to prepare and recover following the international break. Given the rivalry, this should be a frenetic encounter and we’re taking a bit of a gamble and captaining Firmino this week. Expect lots of attacking football on display and hopefully plenty of goals.
- Theo WALCOTT [SWA(H), 7.7m] – With Sanchez returning late from international duty and a Champions League game around the corner, we’re opting for the considerably cheaper option in Walcott. He is a footballer reborn this season and is in fine form with 3 assists and 2 goals in his last 5 games.
- SON Heung-Min [WBA(A), 7.7m] – Initially, it looked as though Son was given a shot to rest Lamela but with some very impressive performances, he’s become a permanent fixture in the Spurs starting eleven. He’s scored 4 times and set up a further 2 in the last 4 games whilst returning strong attacking statistics during this period. At 7.7m, he’s another midfielder to offer plenty of bang for the buck.
- Marko ARNAUTOVIC [SUN(H), 7.2m] – Completing our reasonably priced midfield (allowing us to bulk up our attack), is Stoke’s Arnautovic. He notched an impressive brace against Wales during the international break and could very well be the man to kickstart Stoke’s season. A home encounter against the Sunderland backline provides an ideal opportunity to build on his solitary goal so far this season.
- Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC [LIV(A), 11.5m] – The international period is ideal for Zlatan as it gives him an opportunity to recharge his ageing legs. He’ll thrive off the Anfield atmosphere and will look to punish managers who have let him loose after a mini-slump that has seen him fail to score in the last 3 games. Despite this, it should be noted that his stats have still been impressive with Zlatan notching plenty of shots at goal in this period.
- Charlie AUSTIN [BUR(H), 6.3m] – Another player who will have had plenty of time to get ready for the next game is Austin. He’s looked lively in front of goal in the last 3 gameweeks, scoring twice and setting up another. Against Burnley, he’ll be raring to go and may have Tadic creating multiple chances for him.
- Sergio AGUERO [EVE(H), 13.1m] – Aguero had an international break to forget, missing a penalty and some golden opportunities, leaving him wondering if he’ll be called up next time. This is bittersweet, hopefully it won’t affect his confidence but the prospect of Aguero resting over an international break is surely too good to be true. There’s a slight risk of rotation given that Pep faces his former side Barcelona midweek but Aguero could do with a confidence boost in the form of a goal or two against Everton.
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