FPLTips' TEAM SELECTION - Gameweek 11
Posted by FFPundits
10:06am Oct 31 2018
Leicester City’s James Maddison could be making his way OUT of the FPLTips team for Gameweek 11 – but who comes IN?
There are two free transfers available for our @_FPLtips team in Gameweek 11 and there’s a variety of ways to potentially use them.
We will break down our current lineup, whilst explore plans and possibilities of bringing in new assets to bolster the squad ahead of Saturday’s 11:30am, Gameweek 11 FPL deadline.
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One option, this week, would be to make a straight swap from Rui Patricio to Lukasz Fabianski, ahead of West Ham’s favourable run of fixtures and whilst that move is tempting, it’s perhaps a bigger priority to bring in Benjamin Mendy.
His individual performance against Spurs was far from his best but Man City have now kept clean sheets in 7 of their 10 league games this season and have gone 6 consecutive games without conceding a single goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is potentially someone to look to move on, due to concerns over rotation, following Dejan Lovren’s return to the side. However, a second transfer would be needed to fund that move.
One possible move under consideration is a downgrade from James Maddison to Callum Paterson, after the Cardiff midfielder has started in a forward role in recent weeks.
Amongst midfielders, priced at £5.5m or below, Paterson and his teammate Josh Murphy rank joint first for shots inside the box – with 8 apiece.
But Murphy has provided just 1 attempted assist in that time, compared to Paterson’s 6.
Newcastle’s Kenedy and Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy are other possible alternatives, in that price range, with favourable fixtures on the horizon for both.
The intention with whichever player comes in would be to rotate them with Ryan Bennett and Aaron Wan-Bissaka going forwards, switching between formations with 3 and 4 starting defenders.
For now, no transfers have been made but here’s a look at how the team could lineup this weekend, with those proposed moves:
Somewhat reluctantly, Rui Patricio may end up staying in the team for now, despite a couple of tricky fixtures ahead for Wolves.
They face Spurs in Gameweek 11 but Pochettino’s side have only scored a very average total of 4 goals in their last 4 league matches; 10 teams have scored more goals in that time.
5 big chances conceded by Wolves, over the same period, is level with Spurs; only Bournemouth (2) and Man City (1) have allowed fewer.
The aim in defence will be to field the big 3: Marcos Alonso, Andrew Robertson and Benjamin Mendy.
7 goals conceded by Chelsea this season ranks 3rd best in the league, bettered by only Liverpool – with 4, and Man City, who have allowed just 3 goals past them so far.
Mendy’s average of 8.8 points per game ranks top amongst defenders, with Alonso just behind, on 7.2 PPG.
Southampton are without a goal in any of their last 5 league matches and only Huddersfield (4) have scored fewer than their total of 6 goals this season.
Crystal Palace haven’t posed much of a goal threat either, mustering up a total of just 7 goals in their 10 matches this season.
Eden Hazard is expected to recover from his back problem to face the Eagles this weekend, but with Chelsea having put 4 goals past Burnley last weekend without the Belgian, is there a small concern of him being eased back in with a cameo?
10 goal involvements by Hazard this season ranks top amongst midfielders; only Callum Wilson has more, across all positions – with 12.
Cardiff’s Callum Paterson is a potential option to come into the side to fund the move for Mendy and his underlying stats over the last 4 Gameweeks have been fairly strong. He’s taken a total of 10 goal attempts, with 8 from inside the box and 4 on target.
The only concern is whether £5.2m is too much to spend on a player who is likely to be used in rotation, rather than as a starter every Gameweek.
It’s an away trip to Arsenal this weekend for Mohamed Salah and despite shipping just 4 goals in their last 4 matches; the Gunners have conceded 13 big chances in that time; only Burnley have allowed their opponents more – with 15.
7 efforts on target by the Liverpool midfielder, during the same period, ranks joint 3rd amongst midfielders; with only Sigurdsson (8) and Pogba (9) attempting more.
Everton’s Richarlison completes the midfield, as Brighton travel to Goodison Park for Gameweek 11.
The Seagulls have kept 3 consecutive clean sheets now but they’ve conceded the 5th highest amount of shots on target in away games this season, with only Huddersfield, West Ham, Burnley and Fulham allowing more.
Marko Arnautovic appears likely to return this weekend, having only missed Gameweek 10 through illness.
West Ham face a Burnley side that have conceded 35 shots on target and 17 big chances on the road this season, with Fulham being the only side to allow more, on either account.
We’ve seen a similar pattern emerge over the last 4 Gameweeks, where Burnley have conceded 11 goals and again, only Fulham have shipped more – with 15.
It’s looking tempting to downgrade Sergio Agüero, with the Man City forward having been subbed early in each of his last 6 league matches but his home fixture against Southampton in Gameweek 11 is likely to buy him some more time.
Only Fulham, Brighton and Burnley have conceded more shots inside the box than Southampton, over the last 4 Gameweeks.
Alongside the Argentine is Aleksandar Mitrovic, another player who hasn’t been pulling his weight in recent weeks and the underlying numbers paint the same picture.
The Fulham striker has only found the target once during his last 4 outings, failing to register a single big chance in that time.
The main problem here is a lack of options to transfer in, with the obvious replacement in Callum Wilson facing a very tough run of fixtures over the next couple of months.
So, for now, Mitrovic remains in the team but even an away trip to Huddersfield doesn’t look as appetising as it did a few weeks ago, on current form.
The Terries have only conceded a total of 4 big chances across their last 4 home league matches and over the last 4 Gameweeks, 9 teams have allowed more shots inside the box.
Eden Hazard will be a strong contender for captaincy if he looks set to start against Crystal Palace but whether we’ll get certainty of him coming straight back in remains to be seen.
So, reluctantly, for now the armand is with Sergio Agüero who in fairness, has been performing well in home matches, despite the reduced game time.
The Man City forward has been directly involved in 9 league goals (5 goals, 4 assists) at the Etihad this season; at least 3 more than any other player has managed on home turf.
Similarly, no player has been involved in more than his 7 big chances, or taken more than his 23 efforts inside the box, during home games this season.
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