13/04/2024

Mason Mount was the highest points scorer in GW11 - thanks to two goals against Aston Villa. (Image: Official FPL/Twitter)

Across two days of action, gameweek 11 has come and gone. FPL bosses now only have less than two days to get their squads ready for GW12.

GW12 is set to take place mid-week just two days after the conclusion of GW11, as the Premier League looks to get ahead of fixtures with the FIFA World Cup next month.

Managers will be without Arsenal or Manchester City assets for GW12, as its fixtures are set at a later date, meaning managers will be treated to two fixtures in one gameweek somewhere down the line.

Updates

No Arsenal, No Manchester City

Managers will be without Arsenal and Manchester City assets, who have been popular, for GW12.

The fact of the matter is, managers will either be forced to take a ‘transfer hit’ due to injuries, in order to field 11 players. Or, managers will not be able to field 11 players, therefore saving transfers – keeping their squads primed for GW13.

Optimally, it is advised to hold at least three Arsenal and Manchester City assets, whom will fill out the bench. Any more, will not gain any extra points, any less will force further transfers in the coming weeks.

Nine of the top 15 transferred-out assets for GW12, are either from Arsenal or Manchester City. Oddly enough, three of the top 15 transferred-in assets for GW12 are from Arsenal or Manchester City and will pick up no points.

Injury Updates

In between GW10 and GW11, Chelsea boss Graham Potter confirmed the extent of Reece James‘ knee injury.

“He [James] is in a brace for probably four weeks,” Potter announced.

“[He] felt a bit of discomfort the following day.

It is expected that James will be ‘touch and go’ when referring to England’s World Cup selection. He remains a large chance of missing out, meaning the Premier League won’t see him until late December.

Popular selection from Newcastle United Alexander Isak sustained another thigh injury, while in recovery.

“Alex has re-injured his thigh. It’s a very similar injury to the first one that he picked up with Sweden,” Eddie Howe mentioned.

“We probably won’t see him before the World Cup.

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota looked to have also injured his thigh, as Liverpool defeated Manchester City. He played for 96 minutes, before being subbed out for defender Kostas Tsimikas.

“He felt it immediately, and now we have to wait to see how bad it is,” Jurgen Klopp said post-match.

Jota is now in doubt for Liverpool’s mid-week clash against West Ham United. We hope to have more information before its encounter with Nottingham Forest.

Lastly, back at Newcastle, Howe gave further details on the extent of the injury to Allan Saint-Maximin. Saint-Maximin played 12 minutes in GW10, before being rested once again against Manchester United in GW11. He is in doubt for Newcastle’s GW12 fixture against Everton.

“[Saint-Maximin] has a very slight irritation of his hamstring,” Howe stated.

“Because it’s the third time he has done it now, we’re going to have to be very careful.

Suspension Updates

Owned by nearly 16 per cent of FPL managers, James Maddison will miss GW12 due to suspension. Maddison has accumulated five yellow cards, therefore accepts a one-match ban.

Maddison was a popular selection throughout the past month and was seen as vital in GW12. Other options will have to be sourced as he will return in GW13.

Two suspended assets are set to return in GW12. Nathan Collins of Wolves is returning from a three-match suspension, following a red card against Manchester City in GW8.

Everton’s Anthony Gordon is also set to make his return, after accumulating five yellow cards prior to GW11. He is expected to return to the starting 11, when Everton travel to Newcastle.

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Who’s Hot?

Mason Mount (£7.7m) 15 points v Aston Villa

Mount has potentially found form at the perfect time. With Maddison out due to suspension, managers may turn to Chelsea’s youngster for points.

He secured a brace, including a misleading free-kick – which wrong-footed Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez. On top of that, he picked up all three bonus points, to no surprise.

Chelsea face Brentford in GW12 and Mount could be an attractive asset. Before Brentford’s 2-0 victory over Brighton, it was struggling, with only one goal in its previous three matches.

Mount and Chelsea will be favourites going into the match. He could play a vital role in Chelsea can get up and going again.

Dominic Solanke (£5.8m) 12 points v Fulham

Solanke has been the ultimate differential selection, as of late. In his last five fixtures, he has compiled a total of 36 points, including two double-digit hauls.

In Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw with Fulham, Solanke had a say in both of Bournemouth’s goals – a goal and an assist.

He ownership percentage remains under three per cent, as managers opt for the bigger names of Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Gabriel Jesus.

Bournemouth will be out of favour in most of its matches. But within its next five fixtures, three of them are rated a two on the FDR; Southampton, Leeds and Everton.

Jose Sa (£5.1m) 14 points v Nottingham Forest

Goalkeepers were blessed in GW11, with multiple goalies standing out in their respective fixtures. Six goalkeepers managed a double-digit haul, with Sa and Liverpool’s Alisson Becker getting 14-point hauls.

Sa saved a penalty in the final 15 minutes of the game, stopping Brennan Johnson from the spot. The save turned out to be match-winning, as Wolves won 1-0.

Wolves secured their first win since the exit of ex-coach Bruno Lage and in doing so, released itself from the relegation zone.

Sa is now the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game, with 55 points. The next best in Newcastle’s Nick Pope, on 48.

Captaincy Selection

Mo Salah v West Ham United (H)

Salah scored the sole goal in Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over the (then) undefeated Manchester City. However, the Egyptian has struggled to find form in the Premier League.

He is fresh off of a hat-trick in the Champions League against the Glasgow Rangers – the fastest in UCL history. The question is being asked: has Salah found some form?

The simple answer – yes. Four goals in just over 100 minutes of football isn’t a coincidence. One doesn’t score the fastest hat-trick in UCL history, then back it up with the winner against Manchester City.

The argument is strong for Salah, yet inconsistency looms. Has his luck run out already?

Harry Kane v Manchester United (A)

The English machine has been firing from all cylinders since GW2 from an FPL standpoint. Kane hasn’t blanked since the first game of the season, scoring nine goals and providing two assists.

This type of consistency – unlike Salah – is sought after by FPL managers. Yet, expectation can get the better of managers in situations like this.

Kane has only scored or assisted in seven occasions against Manchester United, from 17 appearances.

Managers may opt to give him the armband just based off of his consistent run of form. However, in a gameweek like this, a differential selection may be the go.

Leandro Trossard v Nottingham Forest (H)

Facing the worst-defensive side in the league is going to give managers plenty of hope for big hauls of points.

When Brighton host Nottingham Forest in GW12, all eyes will be on big Brighton assets. We have witnessed points hauls from a plethora of Brighton assets, aside from Trossard – Mac Allister and Groß.

Managers are rushing to get Trossard into their sides ahead of GW12, mostly as a replacement to the suspended Maddison.

If you are one of these managers, it may be worth the punt – during such gameweek – where the magnets are moved around.

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