A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.
A new month, a new weekend of Premier League football! And with Winter drawing near there’s nothing better than avoiding the cold by staying inside and catching up on all our latest fantasy football tips… unless you’re going to a match of course! So, what have we got to look forward to?
Bournemouth and Man United kick things off early on Saturday. Liverpool travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal for a blockbuster main event that evening! A late night Saturday Premier League fixture between Wolves and Spurs comes as a special treat… Chelsea and Manchester City look to remain unbeaten over two matches on Super Sunday. Huddersfield and Fulham see us off with some Monday Night Football!
And what players are we thinking about for fantasy football? Well, with most managers already having the likes of Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard in their FPL teams, we continue to seek out the best alternate options available. Kick back and take a read of our ten player recommendations for Gameweek 11.
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FST Gameweek 11 Line-up
GW10 Points: 80
Overall Points: 660
Overall Rank: 18,866
Total Players: 5,816,224
GW11 Fantasy Football Tips
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, £13.0m)
So the Egyptian King is yet to be recording the same numbers he managed last season – and for that reason alone some would argue he’s not worth his hefty £13.0m price tag – but at the same time he has remained Liverpool’s most dangerous asset. Five goals and four assists see him sat on 65 points – the 2nd highest total of any FPL midfielder – and you have to remember that it was around this time last year that Salah really got going too. Don’t forget that Salah averages around a goal per game with the yellow Premier League winter ball!
An away match against Arsenal is by no means an easy fixture but Liverpool arrive at the Emirates having scored at least three goals in each of their last five league games against the Gunners (17 in total). Unai Emery’s men haven’t been the most convincing defensively either, keeping a clean sheet in just 20% of their matches – in fact, they’ve actually kept just one clean sheet over their last five competitive outings – and if there’s any player that will take advantage of that it will be Salah. And with more and more Fantasy Premier League managers opting to go without the Egyptian – he’s fallen to just 35% ownership – now might be the time to opt for him.
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Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £11.1m)
You might have to do a bit of tinkering to get Raheem Sterling into your fantasy football team, but the Englishman could prove a valuable City differential in the coming weeks with Aguero not having played more than 70 minutes since gameweek 4. He was the second-top scoring FPL player last season and it hasn’t taken him long to get going in 2018/19 either. Four goals, three assists and six bonus points since the season began see him just outside the top 10 overall… and yet he’s owned by just 7%!
Notably, Sterling has scored in each of his last three outings for City at home – in fact, since the start of last season, he’s scored 14 goals and assisted 21 in just 18 appearances there too – so a visit to the Etihad from Mark Hughes’ Southampton should give him a decent chance to maintain that output. The Saints have conceded two goals or more in three of their five Premier League away days this season and City top the table for goals scored… enough said!
Marko Arnautovic (West Ham, £7.0m)
Marco Arnautovic was a steady source of FPL points earlier this season but with two blanks and a missed match to illness many are overlooking the Austrian. His four goals, one assist and 6 bonus points average out to roughly 5 points per match and his average of 158 minutes per goal is the fifth best ratio among regular starting forwards… and yet he remains at his starting price of only £7.0m! Arnautovic has been in our team from the start but it’s not too late to get on board.
His early form is even more impressive when West Ham’s schedule is factored in. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already faced five of the ‘big six’ over their opening nine matches – a tough run for any side – and now their fixtures are set to ease. 9 of West Ham’s next 11 matches are rated 2 out of 5 on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR), starting with a match at home to a Burnley side struggling defensively. Burnley have the joint 3rd worst defensive record in the Premier League (21 goals conceded) and no team has seen more shots on target against them on the road.
Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City, £6.4m)
World Cup winner Benjamin Mendy exploded in popularity following a few quality performances earlier this season, but a mysterious injury saw him drop out of favour with fantasy football managers after a few weeks without an appearance. The Frenchman finds himself in only 18.5% of FPL squads going into the weekend despite a price drop to as low as £6.2m. Back on the teamsheet for City’s last three Premier League outings, he helped his side to their fourth, fifth, and six consecutive clean sheets.
His role in Pep Guardiola’s system sees him regularly make movement up the pitch from his official “left back” position – at times you’d have been forgiven for thinking he was a winger- and his runs down the left hand side, and sometimes through the middle, open him up for huge potential for both attacking and defensive returns. He’s also a player you’ll be happy to play in almost every fixture. Next up on City’s chopping block are Southampton, who have failed to score in 60% of their away matches this season.
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Gerard Deulofeu (Watford, £5.4m)
Gerard Deulofeu is a ‘wildcard’ selection for our fantasy football tips this weekend. As a player he hasn’t seen many Premier League minutes, but Watford have looked electric since his return from injury. Javi Gracia’s tweaked 4-2-3-1 sees Deulofeu take up the central support role behind the lone striker and The Hornets have won two, scored five goals and earned back-to-back clean sheets since this change in formula!
Deulofeu himself has contributed five shots over those two outings, the same number as popular FPL midfielder Roberto Pereyra (£6.4m) and budget forward Isaac Success (£4.5m) – all of whom found the back of the net last weekend in the 3-0 win at home to Huddesfield. Next up for Gracia’s men is a trip to Newcastle United, who rank fourth bottom for shots faced and have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their five outings at St James Park.
More GW11 Fantasy Football Tips
Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) vs Brighton (H)
Isaac Success (£4.5m) vs Newcastle (A)
Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) vs Burnley (H)
Marcos Alonso (£7.0m) vs Crystal Palace (H)
Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) vs Southampton (H)
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