The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 11

Posted: November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Good morning to all my Dirstsgeet readers! I’m typing this from 40,000 on a flight from Krakow to Liverpool. I’m tired and a little grumpy as a dog decided to bark throughout the night. Thanks Rex!

However, I can feel my mood change as I turn my thoughts to the Gameweek at hand. A number of my players have some very favourable fixtures and, with a little luck, another good week should be on the cards.

Turning attentions to the Dirtsheet, I’m avoiding all Arsenal and Manchester United players as these two sides face up to each other in the big Sunday encounter. If you have attacking players form either side, it’s best to play them. However, I don’t think it’s worth transferring in anyone especially for this game.

So with further delay, here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 11.


The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Simin Mignolet (LIV)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
My apologies for selecting Michel Vorm here. I had next to no internet access since last week and did not notice that Vorm wasn’t playing this week. Mignolet is a perfect replacement for this weeks game vs Fulham.

Dejan Lovren (SOU)
Opponent – Hull City (H)
Only for the fact that Asmir Begovic scored a freak goal last week, the Croatian would have yet another clean sheet to his name. St. Mary’s have been an absolute fortress this season and I cannot see Hull breaching a defense that has conceded just 4 goals in the Premier League. Lovren was unlucky not to score last week, and he always seems to be a threat from Southampton set pieces.

Michael Dawson (TOT)
Opponent – Newcastle United (H)
A slight risk given Newcastle’s resurgent display against Chelsea, but away to Spurs will be a totally different prospect. A tight affair at the Lane could see Dawson walk away with a clean sheet and bonus.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
Jose Mourinho’s side have shown a distinct lack of defensive steel in recent weeks. They are losing at unexpected times and, when they do win, it seems that they are always on the brink of conceding due to a lapse in concentration. Never one to refrain from speaking his mind, Mourinho felt he made “11 mistakes” when selecting his side for the 2-0 shock defeat to Newcastle last game week. A home tie vs West Brom is a good place for Chelsea to move out of this stuttering period of form, and therefore John Terry is my choice to cover their defense. I hope that Gary Cahill, rather than David Luiz, lines up alongside the Englishman as Chelsea seem to be a more solid team when that central defensive pairing take to the field.

Philippe Coutinho (LIV)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
A little risky given his recent injury but I’m expecting big things from Coutinho in the coming weeks. Fulham look like conceding on a regular basis and the likes of Coutinho will thrive against that Fulham defense. Victor Moses unsuccessfully auditioned for the role behind the strikers and so the stage is set for Coutinho to reclaim the role he dominated from last season.

Samir Nasri (MCI)
Opponent – Sunderland (A)
Bereft of the services of David Silva, I expect Nasri to fill the creative gap left by the diminutive Spaniard. While I do not think we will see 7 goals from City, 3 or 4 could be on the cards.

Oscar (CHE)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
There is simply too much doubt about whether the “son” has been sufficiently punished by the “father” after Hazard missed a vital training session before Chelsea’s UCL victory. Therefore I am opting for the consistency of returns offered by Oscar. There should be goals here for Chelsea.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Hull City (H)
A strong home tie against the Tigers sees Adam Lallana return to the Eleven. He has been one of the creative forces so far this season for Southampton and they will need his guile to unlock Steve Bruce’s side.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent –
Fulham (H)
Given the number of prominent FPL players playing against each other in the Arsenal v Liverpool game last week, it was inevitable that some would fail to register attacking points. However, not many expected Suarez to be one of them. A home tie against a defensively dreadful Fulham is the perfect fixture for Suarez (and indeed Sturridge) to return to form. It could be argued that Manchester United could have put another 2-3 goals past Fulham were they not forced into three halftime substitutions. Another big score looks to be on the cards and double figures from Suarez would not be surprising.

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – Sunderland (A)
It’s hard to argue against the fact that Aguero is the “must have” striker in FPL right now. Even with a goal and 3 assists against Norwich last week, I felt he could have scored even more. Sunderland will have little in terms of defensive solidity and we could be looking at another City riot. Although David Silva’s absence is not ideal, I’m sure Samir Nasri will fill the creative void adequately.

Samuel Eto’o (CHe)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
Two goals in the Champions League combined with an injury to Fernando Torres is enough reason for me to select Samuel Eto’o for his first Dirtsheet appearance of the season. I feel he is beginning to find his feet at The Bridge and he has a chance to secure a more regular starting berth.

The Captain
Luis Suarez (LIV) –
It’s very hard to look past Suarez this game week, especially given the fact that United host Arsenal in a game that is tough to predict. Sergio Aguero looks to be another good pick but, for me, the Uruguayan gets the nod.

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Chelsea, Liverpool, Swansea, Spurs and Manchester City.

The Unusual Suspects
DF: Guy Demel (WHU) MD: Leon Osman (EVE) FW: Christian Benteke (AST) Differential Captain: Christian Benteke (AST)

And that’s a wrap! It’s quick, it’s informative and it’s helpful. It’s the Dirtsheet, and it’s here every Friday! Please follow us on Twitter and share! Every follower counts!

  1. 2ndMan says:

    Thanks for posting these, always gives a good little preview of the upcoming week and your picks are usually solid!

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