Harry Kane is likely to fly back into FPL teams as Tottenham Hotspur take on Crystal Palace at Wembley, while managers are bracing themselves for another spin on the Manchester City line-up merry-go-round.
Saturday 4th November
Stoke vs Leicester (12:30)
Huddersfield vs West Brom (15:00)
Newcastle vs Bournemouth (15:00)
Southampton vs Burnley (15:00)
Swansea vs Brighton (15:00)
West Ham vs Liverpool (17:30)
Sunday 5th November
Spurs vs Crystal Palace (12:00)
Man City vs Arsenal (14:15)
Chelsea vs Man Utd (16:30)
Everton vs Watford (16:30)
City continue to dominate the team points table, so it’s a no-brainer to invest in Pep Guardiola’s side; the million-pound question is which players to spend your FPL budget on. Leroy Sane (£8.7m) now boasts three 90-minute gameweeks in a row, producing double-figure hauls in each. The Germany winger has been subbed off just once in the league (in the 83rd minute) since GW6. Raheem Sterling (£8.2m) rewarded faithful owners with a goal and bonus point in just 29 minutes of GW10 action before netting again in the Champions League midweek. The England winger failed to appear in GW9 despite being taken off with 20 minutes remaining in City’s home win over Napoli the previous Tuesday – a match which Sane played in its entirety.
Pitch time totalling 120 minutes in the Carabao Cup saw Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) sit with Sterling on City’s bench at the Hawthorns, with the Argentine unused by Guardiola as Gabriel Jesus (£10.6m) failed to score against West Brom after being chosen to spearhead City’s attack. Kevin De Bruyne (£10.1m) and David Silva (£8.5m) both failed to register attacking returns in GW10, with the latter suffering a price drop as FPL bosses flock to Sane. However, KDB and Silva both offer safety in numbers (minutes played) as the closest thing to nailed-on options in Guardiola’s fluid attack.
City’s opponents, Arsenal, have kept just one away clean sheet this season, at Stamford Bridge in GW5. Top GW10 scorer Sead Kolasinac (£6.0m) faces a fitness test ahead of the Gunners’ trip to the Etihad, while any potential investors in Arsene Wenger’s defence may want to hold fire until GW13 at the earliest. The schedule then turns in Arsenal’s favour, with ties against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea the thorns in an otherwise rosy schedule until GW27.
Kane (£12.6m) completed 79 minutes on Wednesday night, registering an assist, as Spurs put three past Real Madrid thanks to a Dele Alli (£9.3m) double and a Christan Eriksen (£9.8m) strike. While Mauricio Pochettino’s team have all but banished the talk of a Wembley ‘hoodoo’, the north London outfit are yet to inspire FPL confidence against defence-minded teams in home fixtures. Having put three past Borussia Dortmund in UCL matchday 1, Spurs failed to break down a stubborn Swansea defence at Wembley. Roy Hodgson’s Palace are likely to provide the same type of test posed by the Swans, Burnley and Bournemouth – Pochettino’s troops scored just two goals (courtesy of Alli and Eriksen) in that trio of home ties.
Following a visit from Manchester United, Chelsea’s fixture list from GW12 should allow both Eden Hazard (£10.6m) and Alvaro Morata (£10.3m) to prosper in attack. Despite a 3-0 drubbing from Roma on Tuesday, the Blues were good going forward with the Belgian conducting attacks. Morata failed to convert his third big chance in four days, a slight worry for owners of the Spain striker. However, Morata’s shooting accuracy of 44% suggests that the former Galactico could soon find himself back among the goals after four barren gameweeks.
Liverpool sit sixth in the team points table on 463, with a sustained run of good fixtures likely to see Jurgen Klopp’s men rack up FPL returns. Mohamed Salah (£9.2m) looks the standout option, adding another goal to his tally in the Champions League on Wednesday. A penalty miss against Huddersfield in GW10 might mean the Egyptian is no longer Liverpool’s first-choice taker; James Milner (£6.2m) stepped up to the spot against Maribor, though the defender also fluffed his lines.
Roberto Firmino (£8.5m) could again become a viable third forward option having netted against the Terriers, while Daniel Sturridge (£8.0m) offers a short-term option with both Philippe Coutinho (doubtful) and Sadio Mane (out) on Liverpool’s injured list.
United’s position in second on the team points table is largely down to keeping eight clean sheets in ten gameweeks. As alluded to ahead of GW9, David de Gea (£5.7m) and Phil Jones (£5.3m) offer tremendous value as a double-up option. Following Sunday’s visit to Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho’s side play at home to Newcastle and Brighton before travelling to Watford.
Stephen Ward (£4.7m) again separates the United duo in the PPM table as Burnley kept a fourth clean sheet in seven gameweeks. Ben Mee (£4.5m) caught the eye against Newcastle, however, scooping three bonus points as stand-in keeper Nick Pope (£4.5m) earned two having made five saves. The ‘holy goalie’ has racked up an incredible 35 points in six starts since GW5, as Sean Dyche’s side face an extended run of good fixtures until GW19.
An assist in each of the last three gameweeks is a mark of Pascal Gross’ consistency. The £5.8m-rated midfielder is offering superb value in the budget bracket, though any investors may want a good rotation option to go with the German. The Seagulls face trips to Man Utd and Spurs, along with a visit from Liverpool, in the next seven gameweeks. However, immediate fixtures away to Swansea and home to Stoke City could mean instant returns for the midfielder’s near 60,000 new owners.
Financing a move to heavy-hitting midfielders like Hazard or De Bruyne could see Tammy Abraham’s popularity continue. The £5.9m forward lies just outside the top 20 on the PPM list, while he sits behind only Kane and Glenn Murray (£5.7m) for shots on target in the last three gameweeks (four compared to the pair’s five) ahead of a relatively kind Swans schedule. Tomer Hemed (£4.9m) will threaten Murray’s pitch time, Mame Diouf (£5.5m) returned to wing-back in GW10 while Joselu (£5.5m) has posted attacking returns just twice in nine gameweeks; all promoting Abraham’s candidacy as the top budget forward.
Richarlison (£6.4m) lags four points behind Gross (55) in the overall standings, though 36 of the Brazilian’s total have come on the road. Watford travel to play Everton in GW11 without the services of the suspended Troy Deeney. While Andre Gray (£6.3m) seems the likely straight swap, Marco Silva could opt for Richarlison to lead the line against an ageing Everton defence without a clean sheet since the opening gameweek.
With a shot accuracy of just 17% from 35 shots, the Hornets attacker clearly remains a rough FPL diamond. Frustratingly for owners, Richarlison has now missed five big chances; four in the last two gameweeks.
Two away fixtures, against the Toffees and Newcastle, sandwich a home tie against West Ham for Silva’s side. Should Watford’s profligate son even slightly improve on his shooting accuracy/conversion rate, his 33,000-plus new owners this week could be well-rewarded.
Sane, who assisted John Stones’ header against Napoli while being dispossessed for Aguero’s record-breaking goal, also pops up on the above graph; FPL’s current top scorer (71) has racked up over 80% of his points at the Etihad. The winger easily tops the transfers in column ahead of Saturday’s 11.30am deadline, as he approaches a second price rise this week. Nonetheless, Kane is likely to top the captain charts in GW11 as trusting a Guardiola player with the armband might lead to unbearable levels of teamsheet tension.