Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek
Hello and welcome to all the FPL managers around the world. The latest instalment of our ‘Team FPL Connect Picks’ is here!
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Results for Gameweek 10
Pilko wins this round with his brilliant shout of Kolašinac for the top scoring player (TSP), which of course he was, with his goal, assist and 3 bonus which Pilko actually predicted in his justification – the only thing he was missing, was the clean sheet for a perfect prediction that would have nailed him 5pts total for that week!
My TSP shout of Sané wasn’t too far off with him bagging a goal, assist and 2 bonus against WBA. I predicted that, but with an extra assist and 3 bonus points, leaving me 4pts off getting the TSP right for the week as well as a correct score prediction.
Gaz’s TSP wasn’t close at all, as Pep decided against playing Agüero at all in their game against WBA.
We all missed out on our differentials this week however; me choosing Sánchez, Gaz choosing Duffy and Pilko going with Andre Gray, all of which blanked on the day.
That means that both me and Gaz scored 0, whilst Pilko adds to his tally with another 2pts for correctly predicting who would be the top scoring player in FPL for the week.
Here’s how things now stand going into GW11;
- Pilko – 8pts
- Simon – 6pts
- Gaz – 3pts
Gameweek 11 Picks
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Salah – 15pts
- Predicted differential; Mahrez – 9pts
Justification for TSP: As Pilko won the round last week, he got first choice this week and that’s the only reason my TSP isn’t Harry Kane. Beyond that, I see the West Ham-Liverpool game as the next best for attacking returns, given the fact that Liverpool have conceded 15 goals on the road so far this year and we all know how poor West Ham have been defensively. I think goals galore in this game and Mr. Salah just can’t seem to turn off the attacking returns tap, as he consistently keeps giving his owners points to be happy with. I expect Liverpool and in particular, Salah, to have too much for this West Ham defence, especially with Fonte, Zabaleta, Collins and Byram out and Cresswell and Reid as doubts. Liverpool to score 3/4 and Salah to bag a brace.
Justification for differential: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 appearances in all competitions – Mahrez seems to be heading back to the Mahrez of old. The Vardy goal against Everton, beautifully set up by Mahrez, was reminiscent of their title-winning season. FPL managers are hopeful that the Algerian can re-kindle the kind of form that pushed Leicester to their title and Mahrez to the player of the season, but I’m still a little unsure. His attitude is what’s in question for me, after wanting to leave so badly in the summer, I can’t see that that’s changed however, I can’t argue with the stats and so I’m going with him this weekend to elongate his purple patch with another goal against a very poor Stoke defence.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Eriksen – 17pts
- Predicted differential; Murray – 8pts
Justification for TSP: With Kane taken, I’m going with what I think is the next best choice in the form of Eriksen. His goal against Madrid has convinced me that he’s ready to get back to the points this weekend in explosive fashion! Many will be thinking that this weekend’s fixture is the classic Spurs trap this year, where they’re at ‘home’ playing against a weaker team and we captain their assets thinking big returns only for them to beat the team 1-0, but this is the week I think we see Spurs dismantle a weaker team. If they can put 3 past Madrid, then surely they can score 3 or more against a defensively poor Palace team. Eriksen to absolutely run the show this weekend for me, with a goal, 2 assists, a clean sheet and 3 bonus points.
Justification for differential: Perhaps not one many are considering, but I fancy Glenn Murray to add to his recent purple patch of scoring against a Swansea team that really aren’t great at all at home. Since he’s been starting games, he’s bagged 3 goals in 3 games and that should be enough to see him continue starting and with Swansea up next, I think they’ll see this as a game they can go and win and I think they might just do that. Even if they don’t, I’m expecting them to score and if they do, I think it will be Murray again with the reliable and accurate Pascal Groß providing the ammunition.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Sánchez – 10pts
Justification for TSP: He’s back! Not that he’s been gone for long. All those managers who dropped him last week are now scrambling to bring the main man back in. Spurs played brilliantly to beat Real Madrid Wednesday night with Harry again instrumental, even though he didn’t get on the scoresheet. What’s not to love about Kane this week? At ‘home’, against bottom of the league, off the back of a massive result and with the international break coming up, no need for rest. All points to a Spurs and Kane masterclass and I really can’t see him not starting with Spurs 8pts adrift of the league-leaders. Pochettino needs his best 11 to keep up the pace. Convincing win to nil with 2 goals and an assist for big H for me.
Justification for differential: This may very well be an audition for his new manager! I’m thinking that Alexis will want to impress Pep and even if the Gooners aren’t at the races, like in many big games over Wengers tenure, Sánchez still has the quality to make things happen by himself. Arsenal have a half decent record at the Etihad in recent times with 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats in their last 7 matches against them in all competitions and there’s usually a lot of goals. I don’t see this weekend being any different to be honest and with Özil hitting a bit of form recently, Sánchez will almost definitely be set to benefit from it. City haven’t exactly been solid at the back so I can see Arsenal bagging in this one and if they do, I’m backing it to be the Chilean.