Game Week 11 Picks
Game Week 11 Fantasy Premier League Tips
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There is plenty of football to be played before game week 11 rolls around with a full set of Champions League and Europa League fixtures between now and the start of what will hopefully be another bumper points week – but with plenty of good performances in GW10 we are almost spoilt for choice.
After two dreadful game weeks from the top players it was almost impossible to give a bad tip last week as Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool all scored 4 and with Everton and Chelsea also securing good wins with a couple of goals each, you would be hard pressed to find a team with a sub 50 points score – and many Fantasy Premier League teams had over 65 points!
European football often puts a spanner in the works and good midweek performances aren’t always followed up with good domestic showings, but with that being said, there are some tempting fixtures for game week 11 – and one that could tempt mass captaining of Sergio Aguero!
Game Week 11 Tips: Our first thoughts
Sunderland and Hull’s dreadful runs continued last week so they are a good starting point for game week 11. Hull face Southampton at home whilst Sunderland make the long trip to Bournemouth and with both of these teams having pretty decent form before last week’s disappointments they will both be relishing the opportunity to get back to winning ways this week.
Southampton looked very good at times against Chelsea and were perhaps unlucky to find themselves behind in the first half. The Saints do play Inter Milan on Thursday evening but the likes of Redmond and Austin will fancy their chances against this Hull defence that has looked extremely shaky at times this season. Mike Phelan talked of his Tigers being left mentally exhausted last weekend after they gave so much to try and get something from their trip to Watford and it will be interesting to see whether they can pick themselves back up for this one.
Bournemouth play bottom club Sunderland at home and although they haven’t scored in two games since thrashing Hull 6-1 back in mid-October, a similar performance to that one and this could be another bad game for David Moyes. Sunderland have to attack this game and defeat here will leave them relegated in the minds of most neutrals – even at this point in the season!
The North London derby takes residency at the Emirates in GW11 and promises to provide a barometer as to the potency of these sides’ title tilts this season. The tight Spurs defence will have its sternest test this season but they managed okay against Man City and Arsenal have struggled to break teams down at times this season. This will either be a tight game or a 6+ goal thriller – I am opting for the likelihood to be the former and I’d be avoiding putting too much in for this game this week.
Man City and (more importantly for most of us FPL enthusiasts) Sergio Aguero returned to form against West Brom last weekend and although the game resembled a training match of attack versus defence for the first half, it was good to see City flex their attacking muscles. It was men against boys and it may just have been enough to give them the confidence to go in to the Middlesbrough game with thoughts of a rout – although they do have the small matter of a home game against Barcelona to contend with first.
City do play on Tuesday so they have most of the week to recover and rotation shouldn’t be too much of a concern – what would be more concerning is if Barca do one over on City again! Sergio Aguero will be a popular captain choice at home against Middlesbrough and perhaps rightfully so – BUT, there is still that lingering suspicion of him not starting the game as Pep continues to be unpredictable in his team selections at times. A tough one for captain picks but a simple one for team selection – Aguero has to be in there.
Liverpool are the other team that are simply fantastic to watch right now and the main players at the moment are Firmino and Coutinho. The defence continues to be leaky but the philosophy seems to be ‘we will score one more than you’ which is just brilliant for managers backing their midfield options. At his price, Coutinho has made himself a must have player and most managers have reacted to this with over 41% of managers having him in their teams – if you haven’t – well, what are you playing at?
The Tough Call
A fascinating encounter awaits at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea welcome Everton to the capital. Both teams are in good form but Chelsea look the real deal after a slight wobble in September. Since the start of October though they have been simply brilliant and Diego Costa and Eden Hazard continue to perform at their expected level. Hazard still has a little bit of value at his sub £10m price tag and also doesn’t have the lingering suspension hanging over him that Costa is just one complaint or bad tackle away from picking up.
Romelu Lukaku is another top form player who goes in to this game on a hot streak but this might be the game that finally halts him as he tries to take on his former club who have just about nailed their formation now under Conte’s guidance. A slim victory for Chelsea is our prediction here.