FPL Gameweek 11 preview

Here we’ll preview gameweek 11 game-by-game, mulling over recent stats to consider which team is likely to have the advantage in each match.

We’ll also provide a player pick for each fixture – someone we think could haul a high points total in the upcoming gameweek.

 

Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Friday 4th December 20:00 POSTPONED

There won’t be any Friday night football to enjoy this week after it was announced that Aston Villa vs Newcastle will be postponed due to a Covid outbreak at the Magpies’ training ground.

The virus outbreak may give many fantasy managers headache symptoms – particularly for the 175,000 who have already brought in Callum Wilson (6.5m) after his double-digit haul at Selhurt Park last week.

With respective ownership of 42% and 27%, Jack Grealish (7.7m) and Emiliano Martinez (4.8m) are two other highly owned assets who will have a fixture blank this gameweek. Will FPL bosses opt to jettison their Villa assets?

The likes of Diogo Jota (6.8m) and Alex McCarthy (4.6m) represent in-form potential transfer options should you look to make the move.

 

Burnley vs Everton – Saturday 5th December 12:30

Sean Dyche’s men were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City last gameweek, but they had kept clean sheets in their previous two – achieving shutouts against Brighton and Crystal Palace.

The last two meetings between these sides have both ended 1-0, while Burnley have scored just once in their four home games so far this season.

Riyad Mahrez scored a hattrick against Burnley by cutting in from the right flank, could James Rodriguez (7.8m) enjoy similar success in the same role on Saturday?

The Colombian’s numbers have dropped off significantly of late – with no return since gameweek 5 – but the midfield maestro will be hoping to return to his best in gameweek 11.

Mason Holgate (4.8m) took the captains armband against Leeds in the absence of Seamus Coleman, and the youngster could be a good budget option against a low-scoring Burnley side.

Only Jordan Pickford (20) and Rodriguez (18) picked up more BPS points than Holgate (14) for Everton in gameweek 10. 

 

Player pick – Mason Holgate

 

Man City vs Fulham – Saturday 5th December 15:00


Pep roulette struck again in gameweek 10 as both Raheem Sterling (11.4m) and Joao Cancelo (5.6m) found themselves on the bench as City thrashed Burnley 5-0. Riyad Mahrez (8.3m) instead took on the mantle as the Algerian struck a hat-trick.

The mazy winger has now started seven out of Manchester City’s nine Premier League games this season and he could be an attractive pick as City host both Fulham and West Brom in the next three gameweeks. He shouldn’t succumb to rotation after starting on the bench at Porto in midweek.

Ademola Lookman (5.0) has the third highest xG in the last four gameweeks and the youngster represents an intriguing budget option for FPL managers in the coming weeks.

But Manchester City should be too strong for Fulham at the Etihad on Saturday. Mahrez is perhaps the current standout option, and he also ranks fourth in Fantasy Football Hub’s predicted points tool this gameweek.

 

Player pick – Riyad Mahrez

 


West Ham vs Man United – Saturday 5th December 17:30

There are three things certain in life: Death, taxes, and a Bruno Fernandes (10.9m) haul away from home. The Portuguese maestro was at it again in Gameweek 10 as he plundered ten points from St Mary’s, rewarding the 241,785 net managers who brought him in last week.

Bruno has hit double-digit points in each of his four away matches so far this season. At 3.53, his xG away from home is the highest in the league other than Heung-Min Son, who has played a game more.

Indeed, no other player has taken more shots away from home than Manchester United’s key man. He’s starting to look essential…

Michael Antonio’s (6.2m) return last gameweek is also worth noting. With just a 2.1% ownership the physical centre forward could be a great differential pick ahead of a favourable run of fixtures.

 

Player pick – Bruno Fernandes

 

Chelsea vs Leeds – Saturday 5th December 20:00

Chelsea have now kept five clean sheets in their last seven after they kept out Harry Kane and co. in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge last week.

Leeds United could only score once despite taking 23 shots at the Everton goal in their fixture in gameweek 10.

Leeds have conceded the third most shots on target in the last four gameweeks. They have struggled against pacey forwards this season – Mo Salah in gameweek 1 and Jamie Vardy in gameweek 7 both hauled against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Timo Werner (9.5m) could therefore be the one to plump for this weekend. The German international certainly has the pace to get in behind the high Leeds backline. Werner has looked more and more settled with each passing week – his xG from gameweeks 3 to 6 was 1.52, but that has risen considerably to 2.18 in gameweeks 7 to 10. 

 

Player pick – Timo Werner

 

West Brom vs Crystal Palace – Sunday 6th December 12:00

West Brom beat Sheffield United 1-0 last gameweek thanks to a first Premier League goal from on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher (5.5m). That’s now two clean sheets that Slaven Bilic’s side have managed to keep at the Hawthorns this season. 

Sam Johnstone (4.5m) bagged the three bonus points last match as part of an 11-point score. The goalkeeper could be a good option for gameweek 11 as the Baggies welcome a Crystal Palace side who failed to score against Newcastle last time out.

Much will hinge on Wilfred Zaha’s (7.3m) fitness. The Ivorian winger is still a doubt after he tested positive for Covid last week. Palace need their talisman back.

 

Player pick – Sam Johnstone

Sheffield United vs Leicester City – Sunday 6th December 14:15

Leicester will be looking to bounce back after suffering an unexpected 2-1 defeat to Fulham in gameweek 10. Jamie Vardy (10.2m) was slightly disappointing as the game’s most captained player last week – as the pacey hitman could only pick up 5 points with a late assist.

Sheffield Wednesday fan Vardy will be desperate to compound the misery on Sheffield United in gameweek 11. He revels in the pantomime villain role and he should find plenty of chances against the Blades.

United have conceded 42 chances in the box in the last four gameweeks – the joint second highest in the league. Back Leicester’s number nine to strike at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

 

Player pick – Jamie Vardy

 

Tottenham vs Arsenal – Sunday 6th December 16:30

Arsenal are really struggling at the moment and even their defence is starting to look exposed. They have faced 42 shots in the box in the last four gameweeks – the same number as Sheffield United and Southampton.

Harry Kane (10.9m) has scored 10 goals in 11 Premier League games against Arsenal and he will be encouraged by Arsenal’s lack of form heading into their meeting at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. 

Almost 50,000 fantasy managers have transferred out Kane so far this week. They may well end up regretting that decision.

 

Player pick – Harry Kane

 

 Liverpool vs Wolves – Sunday 6th December 19:15

No player in the league has a higher home xG than Mo Salah (12.2m) – at 3.86 since GW1. He is likely to come up against either Marcal or Raayan Ait-Nouri at left-back – both of whom have had fairly little playing time so far this season. The Egyptian ranks third on Fantasy Football Hub's predicted points tool for gameweek 11.

Salah owners should be confident of a goal for the Egyptian in gameweek 11 against a Wolves side who will need to find a solution up front, with their talismanic striker Raul Jimenez set for a spell on the sidelines after a nasty head injury.

Diogo Jota (6.8m) started in midweek but he was withdrawn an hour in – so the in-form budget midfielder should be afforded a chance to impress against his old teammates.


Player pick – Mo Salah


 

Brighton vs Southampton – Monday 7th December 20:00

Gameweek 11 could see the return of Danny Ings (8.3m) – who is currently flagged at a 50% doubt on FPL. Depending on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team news, it could be worth a punt on Southampton’s key man. 

Ings’ ownership has dropped to just 5.6% and at 8.3m he offers a differential alternative to the likes of the highly owned Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Brighton have kept a clean sheet just once in their last eight games, so the Southampton attack should be confident heading to the Amex. If he’s passed fit, Ings could be a really fun pick to go for on Monday night.

 

Player pick – Danny Ings

 

Best of luck for gameweek 11 FPL managers!

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