Who are the best Fantasy Premier League midfielders to own for Gameweek 11? 4-time top 1k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium midfielders for our FPL teams.
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Gameweek 11 has been thrown a huge spanner with the Aston Villa vs Newcastle United match being called off due to Covid. That obviously rules out Jack Grealish as an option this week as he was going to be one of my picks. Luckily though with the wealth of options in midfield this season there are plenty of alternatives. As usual, I will go through stats, form and fixtures and pick the top five best midfielders for the current Gameweek.
Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m)
Fixture: Fulham (H)
Manchester City came back with a bang last Gameweek with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Burnley. They hadn’t scored more than one goal in a league game since Gameweek 3 and their attacking stats were way also down from previous seasons. The Belgian looked good and managed 3 Shots, 1 Shot on Target, 1 Shot in the Box, 3 Chances created and also 1 Big Chance. He also hit the post late on. Overall he has 28 Shots, 7 Shots on Target, 12 Shots in the Box and 3 Big Chances. On top of that he has created 26 Chances (2nd) and 6 Big Chances (1st).
City come up against Fulham who just came off an impressive win against Leicester City. However, they still conceded 8 Shots in the Box, 3 Shots on Target and 2 Big Chances. Overall they have conceded 82 Shots in the Box (15th), 57 Shots on Target (18th) and 25 Big Chances (19th). They also have the second worst xGC of 18.54 so I don’t think they will put up much of a fight against the Blues. I can see this being another high scoring game and would think City will score at least three goals.
With Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) fit this will surely increase De Bruyne’s chances of assists too as having a natural forward really balances out the team. Plus I think Manchester City will be buoyed by that big win and will instil a bit of belief back in the players and boost their confidence. I see De Bruyne as the best captaincy option this week too. He has an incredible 73% chance of anytime returns according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) – Manchester United
Fixture: West Ham United (a)
Despite playing nine games Bruno Fernandes is now the second highest scoring midfielder in the game and third highest overall with 74 points. His goal and assist last Gameweek brought his total tally up to 7 goals and 4 assists. He has been a points machine this season especially away from home. In his four away he has scored 12, 11, 17, and 10 and has a mammoth five double-digit hauls already. He really is the most valuable and consistent player in the game right now and a perma-pick.
Despite Manchester United being really inconsistent he has still managed to play and score well. His attacking stats have been up there with the best among all players moreover in the last six matches. In the last six, he has had 25 Shots (2nd), 11 Shots on Target (1st), 10 Shots in the Box and 5 Big Chances. He has also created both the most Chances (19) and Big Chances (5).
Bruno comes up against West Ham in Gameweek 11 and I cant see this being an easy game for the Red Devils. However, Bruno’s form is just too good right now and with him being on penalties too he is a lock pick for me until he slows down. I mentioned earlier Bruno’s away points this season but what is more astounding is that since joining Manchester United his away points in the league read as 6, 10, 9, 15, 14, 6, 11, 12, 11, 17 and 10. He has not blanked once away from home since coming to Old Trafford. So despite his tough fixture I still think he is a great option for Gameweek 11.
Furthermore, the Portuguese has a 69% goal involvement at the moment. Everything seems to be going through him and his stats are getting better as the season goes on.
Heung-Min Son (£9.5m) – Spurs
Fixture: Arsenal (H)
The South Korean has an impressive record this season scoring 9 goals and 2 assists. He has been one of the standout players of the season so far with his consistency. He has five double-digit hauls already and still the top scoring midfielder in the game. Like his teammate Harry Kane he seems to be fixture proof at the moment with Chelsea being the only ‘big’ team he has blanked against. He got double-digit hauls against both Manchester clubs.
He has 20 Shots, 12 Shots in the Box, 13 Shots on Target and 10 Big Chances. He has also created 18 Chances and 3 Big Chances so goals aren’t his only weapon. Spurs come up against North London rivals, Arsenal in Gameweek 11 who are on a poor run of form winning one in their last six league games, with four defeats and one draw. On top of this, they have only scored two goals in that period and conceded seven. Their defensive underlying numbers during this period have been poor too. They have conceded 52 Shots in the Box (14th), 24 Shots on Target and 13 Big Chances (15th).
I can see Spurs winning this one quite comfortably. They have scored 21 goals (2nd), 51 Shots on Target (4th), 80 Shots in the Box (7th), 29 Big Chances (2nd) and have also created the most Big Chances (23) in the league. Despite their goalless draw against Chelsea, I think Arsenal just don’t have the personnel to keep Spurs at bay and the South Korean will be itching to hit double figures for his goals tally and has a good fixture to achieve that.
Diogo Jota (£6.8m) – Liverpool
Fixture: Wolves (H)
The ex-Wolves attacker comes up against his old club in Gameweek 11. He has been one of the signings of the season so far and a great addition for Liverpool. He has scored five goals in 8 league appearances for the Reds, four of those coming in the last five Gameweek’s. He seems to have played himself into the starting 11 for and his stats for the last five have been amongst the best in the league. He has 4 goals (1st), 7 Shots on Target (3rd), 9 Shots in the Box and 4 Big Chances (5th).
Although Liverpool have mass injuries and three of their first-team defenders out this hasn’t affected their attacking output. They still have by far the best attacking stats in the league with 64 Shots on Target (1st), 107 Shots in the Box (2nd), 33 Big Chances (1st) and an xG of 23.56 (1st). They have also scored the most goals in the league (22) and created the most Big Chances (23). They showed that beating a good team Leicester City with ease and could and should have scored more.
Despite his excellent form, I do think it's too early to say he is nailed and is still a rotation risk, although a small one but at £6.8m he is insane value. Also, he came off early in Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Ajax so this bodes well for this starting berth at the weekend against Wolves.
Hakim Ziyech (£8.3m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Leeds United (H)
In his last four games the Moroccan has one goal and three assists with two double-digit hauls of 14 and 11. He is one of the best playmakers in Europe and a great addition to Chelsea. In the last four he has had 7 Shots, 2 Shots on Target and 1 Shot in the Box. He has also created 11 Chances and 4 Big Chances.
In Gameweek 11 he comes up against a Leeds United team who have one of the worst defensive stats in the league and I think this is a fixture where the Moroccan will thrive. They have conceded 17 goals (18th), 91 Shots in the Box (18th), 49 Shots on Target (17th), and 23 Big Chances (18th). Despite keeping two clean sheets in a row they have still been conceding chances and have had an xGC of 2.59 in that two game period.
On the other hand if we look at Chelsea’s attacking stats they have one of the most potent attacks in the league. They have had 54 Shots on Target (2nd), 82 Shots in the Box (4th), and 20 Big Chances (6th). It's clear Leeds do give up a lot of chances to their opposition and this is something Ziyech will exploit at ease in my opinion.
Chelsea will be looking to take advantage of this and with Timo Werner (£9.5m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) both likely to start he has goal scorers in front of him to feed to. I personally see this game being a high scoring one for Chelsea as Leeds will for sure concede a lot of chances. I have mentioned before that Leeds do not change their style of play for any team and regardless of the opposition, they will look to maintain the most possession and attack as much as possible.
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