Gameweek 11 in the Premier League looks to be starting a little later than planned – the Newcastle camp has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak, so last night’s game against Aston Villa was postponed. We look back to last week’s results with the 12:30 kick-off between Burnley and Everton looming.
Everton is exactly where we begin with our team of the week, as visiting Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier (85pts) put on another performance to remember. He made eight saves to keep a clean sheet and help Leeds take three points from Goodison park. Benjamin Mendy (70pts) grabbed himself a goal in Man City’s demolition of Burnley, which is rather becoming an annual event. He attacked in the way Pep might’ve expected when Mendy signed for £52m from Monaco! Southampton may have capitulated in the second half to a wondrous Edinson Cavani performance (more on this later) but Jan Bednarek (67pts) did a lot to put them in a winning position in the first place. He got himself on the scoresheet and earned 22p from CBIs for a base score of 42pts. Mason Holgate (65pts) partners Bednarek at centre-half after a storming display – particularly his first half – against Leeds. Holgate was on 60pts at the break and earned another 10 in the second half before Raphinha scored the winning goal and Holgate was then brought off in a tactical substitution. Leicester full-back Christian Fuchs (52pts) drops in on the right-hand side after a relatively good performance in a tragic defeat at home to Fulham on Monday night.
Mario Lemina (-1pt), despite the marvellous result for Fulham at the King Power, earned an astonishingly bad base payout of -8p in just 13 minutes on the pitch. He was brought on with Fulham fighting to hold their lead, and gave away a foul, was tackled three times and missed a tackle himself in his short stint on the pitch. Fortunately, Kevin De Bruyne (71pts) will be there to carry Lemina’s weight in midfield. KDB assisted two goals in the 5-0 win over Burnley. Aston Villa marvel Jack Grealish (75pts) justified comparisons to Eden Hazard with his performance against West Ham. While his display was in vain – West Ham nicked a 2-1 win with luck heavily against Grealish, Villa and Ollie Watkins in particular – Grealish got himself on the scoresheet was a great goal and had a base score of 41pts. Riyad Mahrez (97pts) lines up on the opposite side, having bagged a hat-trick at the Etihad; his first really strong performance of the season.
Probably the biggest surprise this week is Joelinton (82pts) making the line-up on the strength of a good performance. He registered a goal and an assist as Newcastle left it late to beat Palace 2-0 on Friday evening. For some context, his strike partner Callum Wilson also scored and assisted, and managed just 55pts! Earning the other spot up front, with one of the most heavily debated performances of the week, is Ollie Watkins (5pts). Watkins had a base score of -14pts in Villa’s defeat at the London Stadium. It’s a game of fine margins, though, and if anyone felt that it was Watkins himself. The Villa striker hit the bar from the spot and then was controversially given offside by VAR in stoppage time having seemingly netted an equaliser!
Illan Meslier – total score 85pts; base score 60pts
Benjamin Mendy – total score 70pts; base score 30pts; 1 goal
Jan Bednarek – total score 67pts; base score 42pts; 1 goal
Mason Holgate – total score 65pts; base score 45pts
Christian Fuchs – total score 52pts; base score 37pts
Mario Lemina – total score -1pts; base score -8pts
Kevin De Bruyne – total score 71pts; base score 26pts; 2 assists
Jack Grealish – total score 75pts; base score 41pts; 1 goal
Riyad Mahrez – total score 97pts; base score 27pts
Joelinton – total score 82pts; base score 32pts; 1 goal, 1 assist
Ollie Watkins – total score 5pts; base score -14pts