Your guide to Gameweek 11

October 30, 2015 3:24 pm ManCity-v-Sevilla

After an eventful Capital One Cup fourth round grabbed out attentions midweek it’s back to the Premier League this weekend and that means one thing – time to set your fantasy football line-ups.

┬áThis weekend’s action starts with a bang, as under-fire Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho faces what looks awfully like a must-win game against Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.

Once that humdinger is out of the way, we’re being treated to the likes of Palace vs Manchester United, Manchester City’s home clash with Norwich and Arsenal’s trip to Swansea.

There’s a south coast derby between Southampton and Bournemouth on Sunday, while Spurs and managerless Aston Villa close out this round of fixtures on Monday evening.

But who should you be picking and who should you avoid in your fantasy team? Step this way….

Key injuries/suspensions

The Arsenal treatment room is awfully busy this weekend, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joining the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck on the sidelines.

Theo Walcott receives treatment after sustaining an injury before being substituted

Manchester City are still missing their main man in Sergio Aguero, but David Silva is on the mend – although Saturday’s match with Norwich may come too soon for him.

Liverpool are still short up front – Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke are both doubtful, with Danny Ings out for the season.

Favourable match-ups of the week

Norwich conceded six goals on their last road trip – and even worse, that was against Newcastle. So fantasy managers will be licking their lips when they see that the Canaries visit Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime.

Wilfried Bony celebrates the equaliser

Even without Aguero, City have plenty of attacking options to cram into your team. Wilfried Bony could be worth snapping up.

Big names/bandwagons to avoid

Will Chelsea come back from the dead on Halloween? Sure, it sounds like the narrative-busting thing the Blues could do, but then again, what have they shown in recent weeks? Very little, so leave the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa (who is also an injury doubt) alone for the game against Liverpool.

Kurt Zouma consoles Eden Hazard after he has his penalty saved during the penalty shootout resulting in Stoke winning the game

It may also be worth cooling it with your Arsenal players – the Gunners are injury plagued and Swansea showed some signs of life last weekend with their win over Aston Villa, so could provide a tough test for Wenger’s men.

Bargain corner

Watford’s Odion Ighalo is at the hub of Watford’s attacking play and is the best cut-price striker in the game, following Callum Wilson’s cruciate knee injury, so snap him up if he’s not in your team already.

If you;’re really feeling brave, then Arsene Wenger has hinted that Joel Campbell will have a part to play over the next few weeks amid the Gunners injury woes, so he could be worth a look at.

Who should be my captain?

As mentioned above, it’s hard to look past Manchester City. With Raheem Sterling a slight doubt with a hamstring problem, you should hand the armband to Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring the winner

The Belgian has hit the ground running at the Etihad, operating on either flank or in the middle and has provided goals and assists wherever he has been deployed.

Looking ahead…

There’s one more round of fixtures after this weekend before the next international break and the next slate of matches only underline what happens this weekend. Manchester City have another eminently winnable game against Aston Villa, while Stoke host Chelsea – and we know what happened last time they met.

Jose Mourinho applauds as he leaves the pitch

Even if it costs you a few points, cram in those City players.

Injuries, doubts etc

Here’s a full rundown of those that either won’t be playing this weekend or are facing those tricky last-minutes fitness tests.


Out: Ospina, Walcott, Ramsey, Chamberlain, Arteta, Zelalem, Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck

Doubts: None

Aston Villa

Out: Cole

Doubts: Richards, Lescott


Out: Elphick, Mings, Gradel, Wilson

Doubts: Tomlin


Out: Courtois, Ivanovic, Pedro

Doubts: Costa

Crystal Palace

Out: Williams

Doubts: Souare, Cabaye, Puncheon, McArthur, Wickham, Chamakh


Out: Jagielka, Baines, Hibbert, Besic, McAleny

Doubts: Piennaar


Out: Moore, James, Hammon, Lawrence

Doubts: Ulloa


Out: Gomez, Flanagan, Henderson, Rossiter, Ings

Doubts: Toure, Benteke, Sturridge

Manchester City

Out: Clichy, Nasri, Delph, Evans, Aguero

Doubts: Zabaleta, Sterling, Silva

Manchester United

Out: McNair, Shaw

Doubts: Valencia, Wilson


Out: Krul, Darlow, Steven Yaylor, Good, Williamson, Colback, Obertan, Riviere, Armstrong

Doubts: None


Out:, Andreu, Elliott Bennett, Odidja-Ofoe, Hooper

Doubts: Mbokani


Out: Forster, Gardos, Isgrove, Long

Doubts: Rodriguez


Out: Cameron, Bardsley

Doubts: Johnson, Muniesa, Walters, Diouf

Ryan Shawcross speaks with referee Michael Oliver


Outs: Matthews, Buckley

Doubts: Kaboul, O’Shea, Toivonen, Rodwell, Borini


Out: Fulton

Doubts: None


Out: Fazio, Chadli, Bentaleb, Pritchard, Son

Doubts: Carroll


Out: Ekstrand, Jurado, Smith

Doubts: None

West Brom

Out: Morrison

Doubts: Foster

West Ham

Out: Burke, Amalfitano, Song

Doubts: Reid

This post was written by Fantasy iTeam