While gameweek 11’s Friday night fixture was unfortunately called off, gameweek 12’s look to be going ahead, with West Ham travelling to Leeds! Let’s prepare ourselves for the weekend’s action by looking back to last week’s star performers. We have only one dud in this week – this team has wonderful creativity but is perhaps lacking a little in defensive work rate!
Illan Meslier (57pts) put on another excellent performance at Stamford Bridge, this week earning a 47pt base score as Leeds went down 3-1 to Chelsea. Our back three lines up with Jannik Vestergaard (68pts) on the left with the mountainous Dane scoring his third goal of the season to help Saints to a 2-1 victory at Brighton. Wesley Fofana and Michael Keane (both 60pts) make up the rest of the defence as both contributed well to their sides’ performances last weekend.
Kalvin Phillips (62pts) assisted the early Leeds goal on Saturday evening and continues to show he has the makings of an England midfielder. Surprisingly our Manchester United midfield inclusion here is no Bruno, who was rested during the first half of United’s 3-1 win at West Ham, but Paul Pogba (84pts). The Frenchman opened the scoring for the Red Devils with a 25-yard pearler. He is the best-performing player this week and a continuation of this form may catch people’s eye when it comes to Career Markets. On the left of the midfield is Wilfried Zaha (75pts), who drove Palace to their 5-1 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns. He was Palace’s main threat in the first half and helped his team take advantage of having an extra man after Matheus Pereira (8pts) was sent off. The red card was perhaps harsh, but we include Pereira on the right-hand side here because that moment proved to be decisive in the game. Kevin De Bruyne (81pts) lines up, once again, as our most creative force in midfield, having assisted Raheem Sterling and then scoring from the spot as Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0.
Harry Kane (70pts) makes another appearance in our team of the week as he top-scored in Spurs’ win in the North London derby. Kane scored and assisted, with he and Son adding another two goals to their remarkable shared tally this season. Probably the biggest surprise is the inclusion of Christian Benteke (64pts), but we could not ignore the man scoring a brace for the first time in three-and-a-half years. His presence allowed Zaha and Eze to flourish, and he was able to finish with aplomb – perhaps we may see a renaissance of the forward, whose presence alone was once enough to intimidate defenders.
Illan Meslier – total score 57pts; base score 47pts
Jannik Vestergaard – total score 68pts; base score 33pts; 1 goal
Michael Keane – total score 60pts; base score 40pts; 1 goal
Wesley Fofana – total score 60pts; base score 40pts
Kalvin Phillips – total score 62pts; base score 36pts; 1 assist
Paul Pogba – total score 84pts; base score 47pts; 1 goal
Wilfried Zaha – total score 75pts; base score 23pts; 2 goals
Kevin De Bruyne – total score 81pts; base score 31pts; 1 goal; 1 assist
Raheem Sterling – total score 73pts; base score 33pts
Harry Kane – total score 70pts; base score 20pts; 1 goal, 1 assist
Christian Benteke – total score 64pts; base score 12pts; 2 goals