The season continues to slowly take shape with goals flowing last week. Only 6 teams registered clean sheets in the end with 2 coming in the final match between Liverpool and United.
For the first time since Gameweek 3, we switch to the 3-5-2 formation to take advantage of the trend of out-of-position midfielders. With teams like Arsenal (Sanchez), Liverpool (Firmino) and occasionally Spurs opting against using FPL strikers in their ranks, whilst forwards from other teams show inconsistency, there’s a strong argument to go with 5 in the middle.
With points to earn and rankings to be gained, let’s not sit around shaking hands with the squirrel.
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 [MID(H), 5.5m] – Arsenal have won their last 6 league games with 2 clean sheets in their last 3. In this sort of form, Middlesbrough will have their work cut out and Cech could be set for defensive returns in Gameweek 9.
- Seamus COLEMAN [BUR(A), 5.5m] – Everton have been impressive at the back this season, conceding just a single goal in each of their last 4 games. Williams and Stekelenburg have been strong but we’re going with Coleman for his attacking threat. In Gameweek 6, he also managed to pick up 2 bonus points despite conceding, purely for his all-round performance.
- Winston REID [SUN(H), 5.0m] – West Ham looked more solid at the back with their wing-back system that led to a 1-0 win over Palace and Bilic will look to build on this at home to Sunderland. We’re expecting another tight victory for West Ham where Reid could be set for bonus if another clean sheet is secured.
- Nathaniel CLYNE [WBA(H), 5.5m] – Clyne is the most expensive Liverpool defender but if you can afford his pricetag, he may reward you with bonus points as seen with his maximum haul against United. Liverpool haven’t conceded any more than a single goal since Gameweek 2 and clean sheets are sure to arrive during their very favourable fixture run up until Christmas.
- Roberto FIRMINO [WBA(H), 8.5m] – Liverpool looked dangerous following the introduction of Lallana in the game against United, with Firmino returning to his false 9 position but were just unable to make their attacking play count. Sturridge is likely to take a seat on the bench once more leaving Firmino to lead the line against West Brom as Liverpool look to get back to winning ways.
- Manuel LANZINI [SUN(H), 6.4m] – Lanzini has only started 3 games this season but has 2 goals including a well-taken winner against Palace last weekend. At home to Sunderland, we’re taking a gamble on the budget midfielder as West Ham seek back to back victories in the league.
- Alexis SANCHEZ (C) [MID(H), 11.3m] – Sanchez followed up his assist against Swansea with a fine lob in midweek before being taken off early with the game comfortably won against Ludogrets. Sanchez continues to be fielded in the striker position and with 3 double-figure hauls already this season, he completely justifies his expensive pricetag, earning our captaincy in the process.
- Gylfi SIGURDSSON [WAT(H), 7.2m] – Sigurdsson was chosen to lead the line against Arsenal, scoring a goal whilst having other opportunities too. Swansea are more than capable of getting a win against Watford this weekend and we’re backing Siggy to come good.
- Theo WALCOTT [MID(H), 7.9m] – It’s official, Walcott is back in business and full of confidence. Managers are flocking to bring him in and rightly so. With a very favourable pricetag, we’re doubling up on goalscoring Arsenal midfielders with our 5-man midfield.
- Sergio AGUERO [SOT(H), 13.1m] – Having been rested for most of City’s previous 2 games following his international travels, Aguero should be raring to go against Southampton. City will look to put the demoralising loss against Barcelona behind them and Aguero is more than capable of doing the damage.
- Romelu LUKAKU [BUR(A), 9.5m] – Lukaku scored a tidy goal against City to make it 6 in his previous 5 fixtures. Burnley will make it a tight encounter but Everton have the quality to create chances for Lukaku to keep up his impressive goalscoring form.
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