Derby joy and goals galore marked the weekend as the Premier League made it through a quarter of the season.
Here’s what you need to convey as we prepare FPL Game week 11.
When does FPL Gameweek 11 start?
Saturday November 4th, 10pm AEDT
Fulham host Manchester United to kick off FPL Gameweek 11. While both teams are desperate for a win, it will be Erik Ten Hag’s men who will be more reliant on a good result than their opponents. A resounding home derby defeat to Manchester City, after a series of fortunate last-gasp victories, has shaken public confidence in the Dutchman. Should United fail to win, and win well, it could put Ten Hag’s head on the chopping board.
FPL Gameweek 11 notes
Constant headache for Eddie & Arteta’s striker
Each goal was different in itself; A great touch and finish to open his account, a brilliant attention and finish from a corner error for the second and a pulled screamer from outside the box to round off the hat-trick. It’s safe to say it was Eddie Nketiah’s (£5.5 I 6.1%) Day against Sheffield United. In Gabriel Jesus’s (£7.9 I 2.6) In his absence, the young Englishman gave his manager at the helm plenty to think about. While the Brazilian is far better at building play, Nketiah’s hat-trick highlights his superior goalscoring ability; After all, that is the main job of a striker.
Fergie time (finally)
It was a simple but brilliant, curling left-footed strike from the edge of the penalty area that broke Evan Ferguson’s (£6.0 I 6.9%) Goal drought of five or more games and 254 minutes. The Irishman’s goal is his first since his brilliant hat-trick against Newcastle in Gameweek 4, when he put England and Europe on the map by becoming one of the youngest players to score three goals in a Premier League game. And while such a wait between goals is long, it’s worth remembering that in that time Brighton played Manchester United (of which Ferguson only played five minutes), Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester City.
With a goal every 102 minutes this Premier League season and five goals to his name, there can be no doubt that the 19-year-old has a place in the pantheon of football’s great young strikers. With a run of winnable games starting with Everton in FPL Gameweek 11 and then Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest, red alert should be sounding across the Premier League: it’s Fergie time.
Liverpool’s electrifying front three is terrifying
It’s a headline we got used to in the late 2010s and early 2020s, when Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah (£12.8 I 42.8%) constantly terrorizing Premier League opponents. Both Mane and Firmino are gone, replaced by a new generation of enigmatic excitement machines, but that wouldn’t have stopped Liverpool. It was like that against Nottingham Forest Diogo Jota (£7.7 I 1.4%) And Darwin Nunez (£7.4 I 13.4%) who appeared alongside Salah as each of Klopp’s first threes hit the net.
The impressive Hungarian provided the connection in midfield. Dominik Szoboszlai (£7.0 I 5.5%), who has been incredibly impressive since arriving from RB Leipzig in the summer. Liverpool’s number eight scored two assists against Forest, underlining his requisite creative ability, but it is his varied weekly contributions that catch the eye most.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are right in this title race and if they have any chance of securing the second round of the Premier League title, their front three, whoever may be in it, will need to fire consistently.
Another uncontested Manchester derby
Was there ever any doubt about this achievement? Manchester City is a bulldozer, Manchester United is the pile of dirt that stands in their way. Erik Ten Hag’s men are not helped by the dense list of defensive injuries, which requires a makeshift back four Diogo Dalot (£4.9 I 2.3%), Harry Maguire (£4.2 I 0.9%), Jonny Evans (£4.0 I 1.5%) and Victor Lindelof (£4.5 I 0.3%) to mark Erling Haaland (£14.0 I 84.1%) And Julian Alvarez (£7.2 I 34.2%). You were doomed from the start, weren’t you?
Haaland was involved in all three of City’s goals barely a week after emphatically answering questions about his goalscoring ability, particularly in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne. After 26 minutes, he coolly converted a penalty, popped up against a post and rolled in an assist Phil Foden (£7.5 I 9.5%) for City’s third goal. The world’s best striker is back; as if there was any doubt about it. He has now scored 11 (11!) goals this season and is well on his way to breaking his goalscoring record from last season.
Let’s talk about Villa’s title claim
You may be wondering; ‘What? An Aston Villa title claim? Are you all right?’
Yes, I’m fine, and yes, they’re right in this title hunt. After ten games, Unai Emery’s men have collected 22 points, four fewer than league leaders Spurs, and boast the best attacking performance (26 goals) of any Premier League side. They hit three balls against Luton as if their opponents weren’t there.
In Ollie Watkins (£8.4 I 41.9%) They have one of the Premier League’s most in-form strikers with 5 goals and 8 assists so far this season, while among a sea of top stars, Moussa Diaby (£6.7 I 13.5%), John McGinn (£5.5 I 0.7%)And Douglas Luiz (£5.5 I 8.8%) have the lights out, their own incredible seasons. All three were involved in goals against Luton, with Luiz McGinn assisting and Diaby scoring himself, highlighting Villa’s elite ability to score through commission.
Make no mistake, Unai Emery’s Aston Villa are in this title defence. While they may not win the whole thing, they will definitely play a crucial role in who wins in the end.
New year, same old Chelsea
Once again, the Ivan Toney (£7.9 I 0.1%) The biggest hole in Brentford’s attack narrowed over the weekend. The man tasked with following in the Englishman’s footsteps Bryan Mbuemo (£6.6 I 19.3%)He was once again the star of the show. His looping cross is being built Ethan Pinnock’s (£4.5 I 1.8%) Brentford opened the scoring with his header, while being in the right place at the right time to capitalize Robert Sanchez’s (£4.6 I 6.9%) Last attempt in Brentford’s penalty area. The smash-and-grab at Stamford Bridge gave the Cameroonian his sixth goal and second assist of an outstanding season. Whether Toney stays or goes at Brentford remains to be seen, but either way Thomas Frank has unlocked another exciting striker talent.
It’s back to the drawing board for Mauricio Pochettino to find out why his side can shine against Arsenal and fail at home against Brentford. His young team dominated possession, took more shots, had higher expected goals and conceded more corners, but were unable to convert them into goals. Sound familiar?
DCL goal derails West Ham and raises hope in Everton
The terrible weakness for Everton, with the death of revered chairman Bill Kenwright and the threat of a 12-point deduction, did not worsen at the weekend. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s (£5.8 I 1.1%) The 50th Premier League goal proved the difference as Sean Dyche’s men beat David Moyes’ West Ham to move Everton five points clear of the relegation zone. It remains to be seen where Everton’s future lies; If the Premier League’s financial sanctions result in a points deduction they will surely face relegation, but for now all they can do is build on the momentum of this win.
Ange’s Spurs retain top spot!
Who would have thought that this sentence would be written at the beginning of the season? Not many. There isn’t much to say about Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham side that hasn’t already been said. To put it simply: They are brilliant, but far from perfect. In James Maddison (£8.1 I 39.5%) They have one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, Heung-Min Son (£9.6 I 37.6%) has found his goalscoring boots, Yves Bissouma (£5.0 I 0.5%) remembered how to play football, and Micky Van de Ven (£4.7 I 5.5%) is a confident, brilliant young defender.
Against Crystal Palace, Spurs proved once again that they are far from just a pretty football team. For the second game in a row, they fended off considerable pressure from their opponents, stayed true to their style of play and, like Andy Dufresne at the other end, made no mistakes. The sky is the limit for Aussie Ange and his Tottenham excitement machine, how high they ultimately climb is entirely up to them.
Transfer targets below 15% of the shares
DEFENDER: Micky Van de Ven (£4.7 I 5.5%)
MIDFIELD PLAYER: Phil Foden (£7.5 I 9.5%)
FORWARD: Eddie Nketiah (£5.5 I 6.1%)