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The International Break has thrown up more questions than usual with multiple COVID positive cases, Salah-gate as well as the usual injuries that are picked up whilst away. The key this weekend could be just picking players who could just end up playing 90 minutes. The usual contests are available with Beat Kammy offering a free shot at a £500 prize pot; plus Bronze, Silver and Gold over the individual days as well as the whole weekend. This article will focus on my selections for the Silver tournaments (21 stars, seven players and a minimum of one defender and two attackers)

All ten games are covered this weekend so I thought I would go through each position to dig down into some interesting stats in the hope of guiding us to some solid selections.

Goalkeepers

Although not a requirement for a silver team, they can still offer great base scores (although their ceiling is obviously lower than an outfielder pick) but in some cases can be great enablers to free up some stars for the rest of the team.

With goalkeepers you are looking for two things, clean sheets (10 points) or save points (2 points each) with the dream being a goalkeeper that plays a blinder and keeps a clean sheet whilst making multiple saves (including a penalty save - 15 points, looking at you Lukas Fabianski). Unless I can be sure a goalkeeper is going to earn me 25+ points, I would not be looking to include one rated 3 stars or higher purely from a budget point of view. That really only leaves eight options,

Matt Ryan can be discounted straight away given his recent benching out of nowhere.

Sam Johnstone, Alphonse Areola and Illan Meslier are all similar in that they don't throw up many clean sheet points and are fancy big opposition in Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal respectively this week so although saves may increase I'm still not sure they will go past 20 points.

The same could be said for Karl Darlow up against a bouyant Chelsea team, however the one thing on his side is not only a few injuries in the striking department for Chelsea but he is only 1 star so really opens up the budget for the rest of the squad. Also has made the most saves in the last six gameweeks (32).

The other three options all find themselves up against teams struggling this year to find the back of the net and are expected to win their games so Eduard Mendy, David De Gea and Lukas Fabianski all come into the reckoning especially if there is a chance of doubling up with a defender.

Defenders

Like with Goalkeepers you are looking for clean sheet potential (although only 40 from a possible 156 so far this season) means it may be better looking for those with good attacking potential as well (although bear in mind unlike goalkeepers, defenders do lose points for every goal conceded).

Some of the key stats used for points scoring in Footstock are Contests Won (2 points), Tackles and Shots on Target (1 point) and Interceptions and Crosses (0.5 points each) below we will look who is performing well over the last six Gameweeks.

Contests Won - Only three players have averaged two or more in the last six gameweeks. Nelson Semedo (18), Arthur Masuaku (15) and Kyle Walker Peters (12).

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