As the season FPL gameweeks hit double figures, the line up of fixtures meant the excitement of fans around the world, mouthwatering derbies, controversial results and some high scoring games brewed up to make gameweek 10 one of the best so far. Another hat-trick this week as the trend just goes on and on, but where else could you pick up points? Who were the stars of this weeks Fantasy Premier League? Let’s find where the points could have been scored by having a look at the dream team this week.
Costel Pantilimon – Derby day for Sunderland saw a magnificent performance come from their goalkeeper as 8 saves kept a clean sheet and awarded him 10 points for the gameweek. The game finished 3-0 but this could have easily been so much closer if it wasn’t for this man, his first clean sheet of the season and probably his last. Well maybe not but if Sunderland don’t start changing things, they’ll soon be finding themselves in a relegation battle.
Billy Jones – A goal from the defender and a clean sheet created a perfect remedy for one of the high scorers of this week, and the 3 bonus points only boosted this as his tally climbed to 15 for the game week. Considering he is only on 22 for the season, this is a major improvement. Remember this week Sunderland fans, as it’s not every week you have more than 1 player in the dream team, usually none at all to be truthful!
Laurent Koscielny – The Frenchman was oozing with confidence after holding off in-form Lewandowski mid-week, and is now finding himself on the scoresheet against Everton, who struggled to find their bearings after a Giroud goal which resulted in a second being put in almost instantly. His first goal of the season and he will be wanting many more. With his aerial threat and players like Ozil and Sanchez around him it seems like the perfect combination!
Younes Kaboul – It just keeps getting better for the black cats as Sam Allardyce’s men string together their first clean sheet and get 3, yes I repeat 3 into the dream team. They definitely did big Sam proud, as Kaboul assisted a goal in the 3-0 victory and saw the game off by making some vital tackles and blocks to keep the game swinging in Sunderland’s favor.
Christian Fuchs – Oi! Watch your language. I’ll have to let him off, as he managed to keep Leicester’s only clean sheet of the season after 10 games, yet they still find themselves in the top 5. The 3 bonus points really sealed the deal as the low scoring defence is packed this week, with 6 clean sheets coming in from all over the country and Leicester got the precious one they needed. I wouldn’t bet on them doing it again next week though…
Gareth McAuley – Finally in this 5 man brick wall others call a defence, is the West Brom defender who finds himself at a club who are quite good at defending (the Pulis effect). 6 clean sheets see West Brom stay in the top half of the table and with United and Arsenal coming up in November, West Brom will be looking to this man to stop all kinds of attacks, and there’s no questioning whether he has the ability!
Almen Abdi – The Watford hero scored his first of the season on Saturday, finding the net for the first time in quite a while and his celebrations carried on as Watford were inspired to a 2-0 victory over Stoke away from home. A good recovery after the battering last week from Arsenal and they will be able to look back at this being a vital 3 points and will need to replicate these sorts of results through the season if they wish to stay in the top flight.
Mousa Dembele – Only 2 players in midfield this week and the second is Dembele from Spurs who managed to grab a goal and a man of the match performance in just 67 minutes. Impressive! He hasn’t always been the first choice but he is making a case for himself with performances like these, and although his goal was foreshadowed by 4 others I doubt he will be too focused on that when counting his goals at the end of the season.
Harry Kane – Our star man this week, as the boy wonder looks to prove to the critics that he is not a one season performer after banging in a hat-trick in an emphatic 5-1 win against newly promoted Bournemouth. Twice in a row this has happened to Bournemouth now, but Harry Kane will be looking to build on this going into the derby against Arsenal and will be happy he is finally scoring goals again, only 10 weeks late, and the only week I took him off captaincy duty, but nevermind…
Steven Fletcher – The final Sunderland player, and after a remarkable 3-0 derby win which Sunderland fans will remember for a long time, Fletcher will be taking the headlines. And no wonder, as he got a goal and an assist and could have easily scored a few more. A derby hero for the North East making it not all doom and gloom for this week at least. Let’s see how next week goes against Everton.
Mauro Zarate – Our final player is Zarate, who put in an outstanding performance against the champions Chelsea who’s start has just gone from bad to worse after losing a handful of games and having only 11 points for the season. Zarate made the most out of their poor display by getting a superb goal from a volley and continued to shine throughout the match earning himself 3 bonus points.
Fantasy prediction – Arsenal to win by more than 3 with a Sanchez hat-trick. I can sense it..
So how did you do this week? Was it a success or just another week of disappointment? Let us know @FPL_Updates on Twitter or check out some other articles to improve upon your score from this week!
By Morgan Kidson