FORM 46.75 | COST £13.7M
Simply the most in-form player in the game right now. Everything Coutinho touches turns to points this season and an away game against a Southampton team who have only kept two clean sheets so far this season is another opportunity to reward loyal followers. Providing he comes through his injury scare this week he should be on the teamsheet.
2 Goals, 3 Assists and 12 chances created in his last 3 games makes Coutinho impossible to ignore this week. If you haven’t yet seen his cracker for Brazil against Argentina in the international break, take a look and think long and hard before deciding not to include the midfield maestro in your team.
Kevin De Bruyne
FORM 15.60 | COST £15.3M
13 chances created and 3 assists in his 4 away game appearances so far this season puts De Bruyne right at the top of our thinking this week. Although incredibly expensive and sitting top of the price charts for midfielders this week, Crystal Palace have conceded 10 goals in their last three games so we are backing the Belgian to add to Pardew’s misery. Even at £15.3M he’s worth having in the team and if you have to spend big, then as we always say, do it on the big hitting midfielders.
FORM 21.75 | COST £6.9
Don’t be put off by the 5-0 drumming last week. If ever there was proof needed for the growing importance of Idrissa Gueye to this Everton team, his absence last week confirmed it. For Bolasie, 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3 appearances as well as 5 chances created for his teammates puts him ahead of Barkley in our thinking this week. If Lukaku is indeed going to be on the end of some goals as most people expect this week, then chances are Bolasie will be supplying them. Everton are strong at home under Koeman and should be back to their best with Gueye back in the side. Swansea have conceded 9 goals in their last 4 games. They’ve also lost their last 4 away games in a row and we don’t see any reason for that trend to change this week. Home banker.
FORM 24.67 | COST £8.5M
Bournemouth have lost their last 2 games against both Middlesbrough and Sunderland and are generally quite poor on the road. As a result, I expect less of the GW8 team that trounced Hull and more of the GW5 team that got turned over at the Etihad and I expect an in form Stoke to capitalise.
While Shaqiri has been very hit and miss this season, when he hits it tends to be in a big way. As the slightly cheaper alternative to Joe Allen, Shaqiri could be the star of the show this week (if he plays).
After a poor start Stoke are now unbeaten in 6 games and look set to add to that run this week.
It should be noted for the same price you could select Arnautovic to play this week, who is in great form having created 8 chances in the last 3 games for his teammates. However, in FanDuel he is classed as a forward and with lots of stronger forwards vying for just 3 spots this week, Shaqiri could offer the stoke coverage you need. He’s also unlikely to have a high ownership due to his poor avg points per game this season so is the perfect differential!
FORM 17.00 | COST £6.2M
Bare with us on this one. It’s certainly a risk but there is reason behind the madness. And that’s also kind of the point of this section…
Capoue is now on a run of 6 games without a goal or assist, after his speedy start to the season. Pereyra looks a good creative player but is yet to prove his Fanduel worth. Amrabat on the other hand is arguably a player on the opposite trajectory to both and in the last two games has created 8 chances and 1 assist for his teammates (31 points right there!) As the GW12 Tip of Week says, in order to win big you need to take risks and they need to be calculated. Correlation is key and if you believe Deeney could benefit from another likely lacklustre Leicester City away day performance, who are sure to have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League game, then chances are Amrabat will be involved in these chances. He’s scored over 20 points in 3 out of his 5 home games so far this season including in GW2 against an inform Chelsea, and for a measly £6.2M price tag, that’s a nice return.
FORM 20.33 | COST £11.5M
While he might not be hitting the heights he was a few weeks ago, (and still holds on to his hefty price tag probably not worthy of an out of position midfielder), Milner could still be set to score big again this week and so shouldn’t be overlooked.
4 goals already this season from left back as well as 17 chances created and 1 assist (in just 9 appearances), Milner can’t be ignored. What’s more with Mane, Coutinho and Firmino topping the FORM charts this week, Milner is likely to be a great differential overlooked by most. Add to the fact Southampton have conceded 4 penalties already this season, the second most of any team in the league, and Milner is on penalty duty, this could just be the week to bring him back into your team. 1 point from their last 3 games for Southampton, including a demoralising defeat at Hull last week also bodes well for Klopp’s in form side.
FORM | COST £5.3M
The cheapest of the differential picks this week and the man most likely to start in our team, Matty Phillips is coming off the back of a brilliant performance at Leicester in the last gameweek and could be set to reak more havoc on a Burnley side who struggle away from home. Like Bournemouth, Burnley seem to have resigned themselves to the fact they will lose most, if not all, of their away games this season, with home form seemingly the focus.
Before the miraculous 0-0 draw at United, Burnley had conceded 3 goals or more in all of their away games this season and the point at Old Trafford was their first on the road. While West Brom aren’t necessarily known for their high scoring matches, expect the likes of Phillips to be involved in plenty of chances this week. As we know, Fanduel rewards the creative, attacking midfielders the best and with 5 points for shots on target and 3 for chances created, at £5.3M it could be worth a punt. It’s also a great way to save some important funds for the big hitters elsewhere in the team.
Midfielders to AVOID
FORM 6.75 | COST £10.8M
In all honestly this section could have just said Spurs, but Son in particular has struggled of late, as his poor form numbers show. While a home tie against 17th placed West Ham might seem a great opportunity on paper, at £10.8M the likes of Mane and Silva look a much more attractive proposition this week. After such a convincing 2-0 win against Pep’s Man City in GW7, it was surprising Spurs didn’t kick on from there. Drab draws against lowly West Brom, Bournemouth & Leicester, followed by a somewhat lucky draw at Arsenal sees Spurs struggling – especially when it comes to scoring goals and FanDuel points. With an incredibly important Champions League decider on Tuesday night in Monaco, and with Alli, Dembele & potentially Kane now injury doubts for the weekend, it’s difficult to back any of the Spurs team this week. The fact Son has not been involved in any goals or assists in his last 4 appearances and has only had 1 shot on target in that time means he is a risk not worth taking this week.