Imagine you had a weekly wildcard. How good would that be? You get 18 points in a horrendous week but you’re then able to swap out all 11, and put some high scoring beauties in their place. Who’s with me?
Unfortunately that isn’t possible. But what is possible, is to replace a couple of them each gameweek, and that’s why I’ll be trying to help you with in this FPL series, One to Eleven. The players below are the ones who I feel are better suited to get points galore this gameweek.
NB: The cheapest bench that can be made is £16.8m. So I have £83.2m to spend on the XI.
In what should be (on paper) a routinely easy game for Man City, I’d fully expect Ederson to keep a clean sheet at home to Brighton. He kept one clean sheet in his first game of the season, but a crazy game against Spurs and a Harry Wilson special denied him the last two games. Brighton have performed well in their opening three games, but I can’t see them laying a glove on City.
He’s only accumulated 3 points so far this season, but he seems to have taken that left back spot from Marcus Alonso. Sheffield United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge, and honestly, you’d expect Chelsea to have minimal issues against them. They may however defend deep, and look to frustrate Chelsea. So attacking full backs, such as Emerson, could be key in unlocking the Blade’s defence. And he has been getting forward a lot in the first three games, and nearly scored against Norwich. Amy assist it even a goal at the weekend will bag you big points.
Andy Robertson (£7.0m)
Breaking the identical sounding name chain, comes the expensive Andy Robertson. He’s only £1m off being the same price Liverpool actually paid for him. How mad is that? He’s lagging behind Trent in the assist chart this season and he’ll be looking at getting some registered. And with Burnley’s style, Turf Moor may be the ideal place for him. Yes, he comes at a price, but over the course of the season, and I think this week specifically, you’ll be justified in putting the Scot in your side.
Sheamus Coleman (£5.5m)
Not as pricey as Lucas Digne but could be equally as effective. Sidibe has played in Everton’s Carabao Cup game against Luton, meaning Coleman should return to right back at home to Wolves. Wolves have a home tie on Thursday night against Torino in the Europa League, so fatigue could easily play a factor for Wolves at Goodison. Coleman could find a lot of joy down the right, and having conceded only 2 goals this season (both in 1 game), Everton’s defence has actually been quite decent and xokld get you some points.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m)
Again, considering some other prices, this seems quite good value. Zinchenko has played all 3 games so far for City, and seems likely to start at home to Brighton. Keeping with the attacking full back theme, a converted midfielder, he loves to get forward and help out the attack. He’s not registered an assist this season so far, but with the opposition in mind, a lively Zinchenko could easily cause Brighton a hell of a lot of issues.
Raheem Sterling (£12.1m)
The only place to start for me. This rounds off a City trio that should score some serious points. 34 points after 3 games is a fantastic start, and I’d expect one or two more this weekend. He’s in the form of his life you’d argue, playing more of a central role at times which puts him in prime goal scoring positions. De Bruyne has started this season with unreal quality, providing a lot of goals, and Sterling is definitely benefiting from it.
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Mason Mount (£6.1m)
When Chelsea sold Eden Hazard this summer, a lot wrote them off. But step forward Mason Mount. He’s seen a space at Chelsea, and with their transfer ban, he’s stepped in and done very well. Amassing an impressive 20 points so far, Mount has settled in to the attacking midfield role very well. He did pick up a knock away at Norwich last weekend and is currently at a 75% chance of playing. But I think if there’s any chance of him playing, he’ll be in the lineup.
James Maddison (£7.0m)
What a start to the season it’s been for this man. 14 points so far this season after 3 games, and his points have been increasing week on week. Leicester host Bournemouth, a potential tricky fixture, but one you’d expect the home side to win. He gets forward often, scored midweek in the cup, and has contributed 2 assists so far. With Jamie Vardy buzzing around, you wouldn’t bet on another 1 or 2 this weekend for the former Norwich man.
Nicolas Pepe (£9.4m)
The former Lille man made his first start last weekend at Anfield, and left Arsenal fans buzzing with his performance. He didn’t score against Liverpool, but his overall play was very promising. I’d fully expect him to be unleashed against Spurs in the North London Derby this weekend, and given the problems Spurs have had at the back, Pepe could and should cause them all sorts of issues. His first goal contributions in the league coming? Don’t bet against it.
Roberto Firmino (£9.5m)
Si Señor. Give the ball to Bobby and he will score. Or assist. That’s what FPL players with Firmino will be hoping this weekend away at Burnley. And he has previous. Firmino scored three times against Sean Dyche’s side last season, and given the form he’s started this season in, I expect him to be a pivotal figure again in what could be a tricky away game for Liverpool. But one I’d expect them, and Bobby, to shine in.
Sebastien Haller (£7.4m)
Haller came with a reputation from Germany this summer, and boy, did his reputation come to the forefront last weekend. Two goals at Watford got him off the mark, and you’d fully expect him to want to kick on from that this weekend against Norwich at the London stadium. Norwich have shown they fear nobody, and with Pukki up front, they pose a threat. But with the confidence flowing, I expect Haller to out perform Pukki this weekend. Big call I know.
What do you guys think? Do you think I’ve missed anyone out who’ll have a much better week? Tweet us @AnfieldEdition and let us know who you’d put in instead!
Best of luck to you all ahead of GW4!