6 out of 7 PL teams won their respective fixtures in European competitions and 5 out of them maintained a clean sheet. A total of 16 goals scored by all the English sides this week and quite a handful of takeaways from them. The following are this week’s European competition results:
Man Utd vs RB Leipzig 5-0
Chelsea vs Krasnodar 4-0
Marseille vs Man City 0-3
Liverpool vs Midtjylland 2-0
Arsenal vs Dundalk 3-0
AEK Athens vs Leicester City 1-2
Antwerp vs Tottenham 1-0
This week’s fixture could reap great benefits to the FPL players if they have players from the “Big 6”. Almost all of them have easy fixtures except Arsenal and Man Utd as they prepare to face off this weekend at Old Trafford. Analyzing last week’s performance and the European fixtures this week, here’s how this week’s FPL squad should look like.
GOALKEEPERS For FPL SQUAD :
Emi Martinez (AVL- £4.8): Aston Villa faced a huge setback last week after their defeat against Leeds Utd. a rather sloppy performance by the Villa defence, keeper Martinez was helpless. All the 3 goals came from overcrowding the penalty area which makes the keeper’s job a living hell. But regardless, Martinez has been in a very consistent form for the Lions and there’s no doubt he will continue to maintain it despite losing their first match this season. Aston Villa will face Southampton this week which is anticipated to be a cracker. The Argentinian keeper shouldn’t face much difficulties given his defenders prevent the Saints’ striker Danny Ings from getting past them.
Edouard Mendy (CHE- £5.0): the new Chelsea goalkeeper has made an impressive start to his campaign this season. Gaffer Frank Lampard has already declared him to be their #1 keeper over Kepa Arrizabalaga. 2 clean sheets in 2 PL games and 2 clean sheets in 2 UCL games was more than enough to prove to the fans that their goalpost has now a safe pair of hands. With Kepa unlikely to play due to an injury, it’s anticipated that the Senegal keeper will start this week against Burnley
DEFENDERS For FPL Squad :
Ruben Dias (MCI- £5.5): the latest addition to City’s defence seems to have adjusted quite well with his new teammates. The Portuguese has helped maintain 3 out of 4 possible cleansheets across all competitions so far. He contains the striker and well prevents the ball to reach the keeper. Given that Man City will play Sheffield Utd this week, it seems like this should be an easy job for the Portuguese. A must have in this week’s FPL squad.
Tyrone Mings (AVL- £5.2): same explanation as Martinez for the English center-back. Last week was just one bad day in the office for Mings but that doesn’t mean we can ignore his performances in other matches. Aston Villa will play Southampton this week which shouldn’t be a difficult fixture for the Lions. Safe to say, Mings is a player to retain almost every week.
Romain Saiss (WOL- £5.3): a consistent defender for the Wolves. 3 clean sheets in his last 3 and 22 FPL points for the Moroccan defender. Wolves are set to play Crystal Palace today and this would be a good fixture to spectate. As far as defense is concerned for this week’s FPL, Saiss is an essential player.
MIDFIELDERS For FPL Squad :
Kevin DeBruyne (MCI- £11.5): the Belgium international made his return from his injury in Man City’s UCL fixture against Marseille and registered a couple of assists before being substituted. Its likely that Kevin will be a part of this fixture but him starting is still uncertain. Nonetheless having him will be a smart choice given that he is back in action this weekend and will be playing Sheffield Utd, a relatively easy opponent.
Heung-Min Son (TOT- £9.5): the Korean has been in a form never seen before. But a defeat against Antwerp this week might cause a morale drop for the entire squad. Son has been a regular goal scorer for Spurs and given they will be facing Brighton this week gives us all the more reason to have him in the FPL squad. You can also make him the captain of the squad.
Wilfried Zaha (CRY- £7.3): the Ivorian midfielder is the centre of Palace’s attacking side. 2 goals and 1 assist for Zaha in his last 2 matches and 22 FPL points. This week, Crystal Palace face Wolverhampton so we can expect some goals from both sides. Although, Wolves have a defensive advantage, it sure seems like a challenge Palace’s attacking will have to redeem themselves in this fixture
Sadio Mane (LIV- £12): the Senegal winger has been in impressive form lately with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 PL games. This week Liverpool will face West Ham and Mane’s attacking prowess will be much needed if the reigning champs desire to win more matches. Not to mention, the only time Liverpool lost was when Mane did NOT feature this season. Sadio Mane is a must for this week’s FPL squad.
FORWARDS for FPL Squad :
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE- £7.7): after an upsetting lose against the Saints last week, the Toffees are all set to bounce back and retain their top spot in the league. Everton face Newcastle Utd this week and they are expected to win this fixture to keep their momentum up. DCL failed to score for the first time this season against Southampton last week but that cant rule out his contribution in Everton’s performance. Having him in this week’s FPL squad will be a wise and an economic decision.
Timo Werner (CHE- £9.3): the German striker looks all set now that he has started scoring goals for the Blues. Took him long enough but now that he has settled well with his new team, we can expect him to bag more goals with time. This week, Chelsea play Burnley, a side that are yet to win their first match this season. This should be a cakewalk for Frank Lampard’s side. Having Werner in this week’s FPL is a must.
Patrick Bamford (LEE- £5.9): Bamford is a player you ought to have in your FPL squad every week as he is the sole striker of his team. Gaffer Marcelo Bielsa depends on him when it comes to his team scoring goals. Moreover, he is a quality striker at a very affordable rate which will help you save for other crucial players. Leeds Utd play Leicester City this week who look forward to replicate what they did last week against Arsenal. But nonetheless, this fixture will be a spectacle to watch and all eyes will be on Bamford.
FINAL FPL SQUAD:
GK: MENDY/MARTINEZ (£4.8-5)
DEF: SAISS, MINGS, DIAS (£16)
MID: DEBRUYNE, MANE, SON, ZAHA (£40.3)
FOR: DCL, WERNER, BAMFORD (£22.9)
TOTAL VALUE £84-84.2, ,MONEY LEFT FOR SUBSTITUTES, £15.8***
James Rodriguez featuring this week is in doubt as it was reported that he has suffered an injury in his testicles which he is recovering from.
For FPL players, who have saved enough money in their midfield can opt for Ben Chilwell and replace Tyrone Mings from the squad. Chilwell has been a key player in Chelsea’s attacking when needed. He is a sharp-eyed full-back who spots his teammates making those crucial runs. We chose to omit to mention players from Arsenal and Man Utd as it seems to be a difficult fixture to predict with no guarantee on which side will perform better. Man Utd was in a blistering form in this week’s UCL match scoring 5 goals and keeping a clean sheet. Marcus Rashford is the MOTM. Meanwhile, Arsenal also performed impressively in their UEL fixture this week by scoring 3 goals and debutant Alex Runarsson keeping a clean sheet.
But if you have any Arsenal or Man Utd midfielders or forwards, feel free to keep them in your squads. Mikhail Antonio and Timothy Castagne, both are out with injury and will not be featuring this week; the latter confirmed to have a hamstring injury will be out until the end of November