PL resumes this weekend so does FPL. With the Champions League and the Europa League to have commenced as well. So we have quite some takeaways from observing the European fixtures and how we can expect these players to replicate the same performance in the following days back in England; few injury updates as well. Without further ado, let’s get right to it.
Emi Martinez (AVL- £4.8): Aston Villa is currently the only team in the PL to have won 4 out of 4 games with a perfect 100% record as of now. They have strengthened their defense and their midfield just the way they wanted. As a result, they have created a huge impact this season. One of their biggest acquisitions this transfer window was the Argentinian goalkeeper from Arsenal who has now registered 5 clean sheets out of 6 games that he has started for the Lions across all competitions. Villa faces Leeds this weekend and he will be the only recommendation for the keeper’s spot for the FPL.
Romain Saiss (WOL- £5.2): After their defeat against West Ham 3 match weeks ago, Saiss seems to have stepped up his game with back-to-back performances and helping keeper Rui Patricio maintain a couple of clean sheets. Wolverhampton faces Newcastle this week which could put him and Wolves’ defense to test but we can expect him to deliver.
Andy Robertson (LIV- £7.1): Here’s an expensive option if you can invest. Robertson provides attacking support as a wing-back and contributes quite a lot in the offense as a defender. Given that the reigning champs are going to face Sheffield Utd this week, a relatively easy fixture, we can expect him to perform well and exploit all the chances he gets.
Jannik Vestergaard (SOU- £4.5): The Danish defender was a key player in the defense last week against Chelsea as he scored the equalizer in the dying seconds of the game. He has also been quite consistent in the defense for the Saints in the past 3 fixtures. Southampton faces Everton next week which is a tough fixture on paper. Nonetheless, he is a player worth having in the squad at least for this week’s FPL.
Tyrone Mings (AVL- £5.2) The English defender has been consistent with his performance for his club. Aston Villa faces Leeds this week so having him is a must in your squad. Leeds’ attacking hasn’t been that impressive as expected so this fixture should be easy for the Lions. It’s theirs to lose.
Bruno Fernandes (MUN- £10.5) He is now the new Man Utd captain. The core of their midfield and their penalty specialist. It is highly recommended to have the Portuguese to have in your squad this week as apart from scoring penalties he is also clinical in assisting and setting up a perfect attack. Not to mention Man Utd is currently the team who has been awarded the most penalties in all competitions across all top 5 leagues as of now and Bruno is the only player to score them. In short, he brings in points for FPL users.
Heung-Min Son (TOT- £9.4) A must-have player in your squad on a weekly basis. He has been in phenomenal form with 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 matches. Spurs face Burnley this week which seems to be a cakewalk for them but after last week’s blunder against rivals, West Ham has left everyone baffled. Let’s just hope they will recuperate.
Jack Grealish (AVL- £7.2) Not much to offer from the skipper last week in their win against Leicester City but given Villa’s blistering form it won’t be a surprise for everyone if we see him in the highlights this week. Given his value and what he can provide he is a must-have in the FPL squad.
P-E Aubameyang (ARS- £11.8) The Arsenal skipper was the hero of the night as his super sub entry late into the game helped his side clinch all 3 points against Rapid Wien. Arsenal played 68 minutes with a goal behind the underdogs and Aubameyang on the bench. As soon as he stepped onto the pitch the difference was crystal clear. Aubameyang scored his first goal since the opening goal against Fulham back in August. With his ankle injury now fixed he looks back in action.
Raheem Sterling (MCI- £11.6) Sterling seems to have regained his form lately with 2 goals in his last 2 matches. Scored the only goal against Arsenal last week and is expected to deliver this week as well given Kevin DeBruyne is out of action for a considerable amount of time.
Harry Kane (TOT- £10.8) With 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 matches, man’s an absolute goal producing machine. A must-have striker in the squad. His performance speaks for himself so pretty sure no explanation needed as to why he should feature in this week’s squad.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE- £7.7) A goal in every match he has played, he continues his stunning form. This week Everton play against Southampton, a relatively easy fixture for the Toffees, and should be an easy 3 FPL points.
Timo Werner (CHE- £9.3) The German finally opened his account in the PL by scoring a brace last week against Southampton. Both goals were a spectacle to watch. But on a personal note, I’m still on the fence with the idea of including Timo in this week’s squad. We haven’t seen much of his goal-scoring attribute apart from last week’s fixture and this week they face the might of Man Utd so it is advisable to not buy him spending your free transfers. But if you already have him in your squad then you ought to start him.
FINAL FPL SQUAD
GK: MARTINEZ (£4.8)
DEF: SAISS, MINGS, VESTERGAARD (£14.9)
MID: SON, GREALISH, BRUNO, AUBAMEYANG, STERLING (£50.5)
FOR: CALVERT LEWIN , WERNER/KANE (£17.2)
THE UNFORSEEN SETBACKS :
Virgil Van Djik is out for at least 8 months after David Ornstein reported that his injury extends beyond ACL.
James Rodriguez is out for at least this week after his clash with Van Djik last week
Caglar Soyuncu is out till January after having a muscle injury.
Jamie Vardy is not in our suggestion this week as his performance has been relatively poor and his injury has been a consistent bother with the English striker having complications in his calves after every match.
Gareth Bale couldn’t make the debut everyone anticipated him to make as his side drew after leading the game 3-0 for almost the entire time. So optimistic fans who want to have him in the squad should wait for another 3-4 games till we see his true potential.
Theo Walcott has made a debut to remember for his boyhood club Southampton in a late assist that resulted in a last minute equaliser for the Saints against Chelsea.
Gabriel Jesus and Kevin DeBruyne are out indefinitely but Sergio Aguero is back for the club and he also featured in last week’s match against Arsenal.
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