Joao Cancelo was the FPL Player of the Week in GW10, scoring 18 points. (Image: Official FPL/Twitter)

Gameweek 11 is more important than managers may originally perceive. Preparation for GW12 is the main goal, as we prepare for life without Manchester City or Arsenal assets for one gameweek.

Without proper preparation, it is likely that managers will either use a ‘Free Hit’ chip or take transfers hits while getting their squad ready.

There are minor bumps in the road however, with popular selections attaining injuries and the reluctancy to sell consistent assets.


Gameweek 12 Preparation, in advance

As previously mentioned, GW11 is the final gameweek to prepare for GW12, in which Manchester City and Arsenal have no scheduled fixture.

Due to this, assets from said teams will score blanks, hence no additional points to the weekly score. The aim is to reduce the blanks in the squad, and having a decent bench to substitute in, in GW12.

Popular Manchester City assets include Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and of course, Erling Haaland. Heavily owned Arsenal assets include William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus.

Good advice would be to keep at least three Manchester City/Arsenal assets, which will fill the bench in GW12, minimising transfers.

Injury concerns

Defender Reece James went down in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League. After an hour of play, James alerted the bench, clutching his knee. He continued momentarily before departing the field of play.

Updates on James’ injury have been scarce, leaving managers with little decisions to make in the short timeframe. Due to precautions, we may expect James to miss 1-3 Premier League fixtures, depending on the size of the injury.

Liverpool suffered two injuries in its 3-2 defeat to Arsenal. First was attacker Luis Diaz, who went down with a knee injury. Initial scans confirmed that he won’t feature for his club until after the completion of the World Cup.

Trent Alexander-Arnold went down with an ankle complaint moments prior to half-time. He was subbed out of the game during the break.

An expected return date has been posted for Alexander-Arnold, with him due to return at the end of October.

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Who’s hot?

Joao Cancelo (£7.3m): 18 points vs. Southampton

Manchester City dominated all areas of the pitch in its 4-0 romping of Southampton. Its usual suspect – Haaland – still scored, yet Cancelo shone brighter than the rest.

One goal, one assist and a clean sheet enabled Cancelo to pocket 15 points, plus an additional three bonus points.

His 18-pointer was the highest of the gameweek, thus granting himself a price-rise to £7.3m, now the equal-most expensive defender alongside Alexander-Arnold.

Over 250,000 managers have rushed to add Cancelo to their squads, while over 25,000 have removed him ahead of GW12.

Bukayo Saka (£7.8m): 15 points vs. Liverpool

Saka scored his first brace of the Premier League season in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool. The two goals were enough to grant him the three bonus points as well.

Arsenal forwards have experienced plenty of love so far this season, with Jesus and Martinelli also heavily selected. Sitting atop the league, Arsenal appears strong, but due to recency bias Manchester City appears stronger.

This doesn’t mean that Arsenal assets have any less value. They are all scoring points consistently and the team is moulding together well.

Just like Manchester City though, Arsenal don’t have a fixture in GW12, meaning buying its assets could be a trap in the long-run. Martinelli, Saka and Saliba are among the top 10 transferred-in assets after GW10.

Bruno Guimãraes (£5.6m): 15 points vs. Brentford

Newcastle is a team on a mission, destroying its competition as of late. Over the last two gameweeks, Newcastle has scored nine goals and conceded just two.

Since his return in GW8, Guimãraes has found some form. An assist in GW9 and two goals in GW10 gives managers hope about his future form.

Guimãraes’ 15-point haul was a standout against Brentford. Miguel Almiron’s high score last week was also backed-up with another goal in GW10.

At his price of £5.6m, Guimãraes has potential to break into plenty of squads. His ownership percentage of 6.2 per cent also offers a differential edge.

Captaincy selection

Erling Haaland vs. Liverpool (A)

Despite only scoring six points in GW10, Haaland still scored in his seventh consecutive Premier League appearance. 15 goals in nine Premier League appearance is absurd, and he is continually breaking records each gameweek.

Only blanking once this season, Haaland should, and will, be the top priority for the majority of his owners.

Haaland was rested (it seems) in Manchester City’s Champions League fixture against Copenhagen. This leaves managers with hope that he will start and score in the vital match against Liverpool.

For differential Manchester City captaincy options, managers may look toward the in-form Foden or creative De Bruyne.

Gabriel Martinelli vs. Leeds United (A)

Martinelli has only blanked in a third of his fixtures so far this season. Those were against Fulham, Manchester United and Brentford.

However, his recent form against top-tier teams including Tottenham and Liverpool suggest that Martinelli is set to explode against easier opposition.

Despite Martinelli being the best option here, Saka is also another viable option for Arsenal asset-holders. Saka has found some form as of late. He has only blanked once, in Arsenal’s last six matches.

Harry Kane vs. Everton (H)

Somewhat under the radar, Kane is the second-highest points-scorer in FPL this season. His price dipped £0.1m after GW1, and is yet to rise since.

Since GW2, Kane has provided an attacking return in each match, up until the present, scoring eight goals and assisting twice.

Kane has scored 13 goals against Everton in his Premier League career. This is the third-most of any club, behind Leicester and Arsenal.

Keep in mind, Everton surprisingly has the equal-lowest goals conceded (nine), alongside Manchester City, Newcastle and Brighton.

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