Southampton’s Forster (5.3) has made a hat-trick of clean sheets in the past 3 weeks, and will be looking to extend that to a consecutive 4th, when they take on bottom table Leicester this weekend. A trip to Aston Villa next week will be their last easy fixture for a while though, as after that they take on Arsenal and both the clubs from Manchester in back to back fixtures.
Alternatives: Newcastle’s Krul (4.5) is our alternative keeper for this week. The shot stopper has conceded just a single goal in his last three matches, and has been instrumental in their string of victories this month.
Like we mentioned, it’s best to capitalize on Southampton’s good defensive form while the fixtures are in their favour. Full back Clyne (5.4) gets a call back to the team, after a brilliant performance against Hull last week, that saw him pick up 2 bonus points. Everton’s Baines (7.2) and West Ham’s Cresswell (5.4) both retain their spots in our defence for Gameweek 11. Baines has been in sensational form for the Toffees, picking up a whopping 29 points from just his last 3 games (2 Clean sheets + 3 Assists + 6 Bonus Points). Cresswell drew a blank for us last week, but has a good chance of retaining a clean sheet when they come up against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Manchester City will visit bottom table QPR this week, and with Kolarov looking to be sidelined for the next month atleast, Clichy (5.3) gets a nod from us. The defender gave the all important assist for Aguero’s winner in the Manchester Derby last week, and will be looking to cause some trouble from the left flank again this week.
Newcastle’s Coloccini (4.5) is our budget friendly pick for GW11. The Magpie’s skipper has been in fine form, picking up 3 bonus points for his important contribution in keeping 2 clean sheets in their previous 3 games.
Alternatives: The cheapest of the Everton defenders, Jagielka (5.6) features in our Alternatives list again, after picking up 3 bonus points last week. Another super budget friendly defender to consider for this week is Newcastle’s Taylor (3.9), who offers the best value for money with a measly price of just 3.9m.
First pick for midfield definitely has to be Arsenal’s Sanchez (10.7). The mercurial Chilean has been in absolutely stunning form, netting 5 times in his previous 3 games (excluding his goal in their Champions League fixture) for the Gooners, while picking up maximum bonus points in all three games. It would be absolutely criminal to not include him in your team after his performances so far. If you still need some convincing, here are some per game stats: Shots on Target – 3.1 : Key Passes – 3.3 : Successful Dribbles – 3.1.
Di Maria (10.1) and Mane (6.9) both retain their spots in midfield, in spite of drawing blanks last week. Manchester United, after back to back difficult fixtures, come up against Crystal Palace this week, and the Argentine looks most likely to score or create some good chances for the front line to capitalize on. Mane was started off the bench last week as a precaution, but will be back in the starting 11 this week when they face bottom table Leicester.
West Ham’s Downing (5.7) stepped up in spectacular fashion in Sakho’s absence last week, picking up a goal and assist for the Hammers. The rejuvenated midfielder has been averaging 2.8 Key passes per game, while maintaining a more than decent Pass Success rate of 84%.
Last spot in midfield goes to Everton’s wonderkid Barkley (6.7). Barkley has picked up a goal and assist since his return from injury, and we have a gut feeling that he will really shine in their game against Sunderland this week.
Alternatives: Spurs’ Chadli (6.4) and Southampton playmaker Tadic (7.8) are our alternative options for this week. Another differential pick to consider is Manchester City’s Nasri (8.2), who played just 45mins in their midweek fixture, and could be a good replacement for the injured Silva.
The usual suspects Costa (10.8) and Aguero (12.6) lead our front line for Gameweek 11. The ex-Atleti team mates seem to be embroiled in a separate competition of their own for the top goal scorer spot, with Costa (9) trailing Aguero (10) by just a single goal. We have a simple solution for those fantasy managers who can’t decide which one to pick for their team. PICK BOTH! Though they may set you back by a hefty 23.4m, we all know they are well worth the price.
The last spot in our attacking trio goes to returning West Ham striker Sakho (5.7). He was missing in action last week with an injury, but will make a full return to the starting 11 for their visit from Aston Villa.
Alternatives: Southampton’s Pelle (8.4) drew a blank in his last two games, and has therefore been shunted to the Alternatives section this week. Other alternatives to consider this week are West Brom’s Berahino (6.1) and Swansea’s Bony (8.2) who, barring last week, have both been in good form.