Gameweek11 Premier Fantasy Preview part 1

Olivier Giroud celebrates after heading home Arsenal's second at the Veltins ArenaGettyImagesOlivier Giroud will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form

Two marquee matches and a London derby make up the ten games for the week and they are loaded with fantasy fallout.

Part 1 looks at the Saturday matches and Part 2 will preview the Sunday encounters.

Saturday, November 10
The Gunners are in 6th place and come off a dismal weekend performance at Old Trafford and a disappointing 2-2 draw midweek in Champions League play. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott scored in Germany.

The only hint of offense against Manchester United over the weekend was a last-second highlight reel shot by fantasy favorite Santi Cazorla. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs returning would help. Gervinho is out injured and Jack Wilshere is suspended for his two yellow cards against United.

Fulham in 8th place and at 4-3-3 is no longer road kill. The Cottagers are 1-2-2 away from home. Berbatov and Ruiz will find goals hard to come by as Arsenal has given up just four PL goals on their home pitch.

Marouane Fellaini has five goals and two assists and his brace against Fulham could mean multiple fantasy points at home on Saturday. Mirallas, Pienaar, Jelavic, and Baines all are good bets to add to their fantasy total. Everton, 4-5-1, is in 4th place and has scored 19 goals in ten games.
Sunderland, with a game in hand is 1-6-2 and are the worst offensive team in the PL with just six goals in nine matches. Steven Fletcher has five of them.

Aston Villa-Manchester United
Top of the table Man Utd leads the league in goals scored (26) and at has identical 4-0-1 home and road records. They face a bad Aston Villa team that got a rare goal from one-time fantasy favorite Gabriel Agbonlahor in Villa’s 0-1 victory over Sunderland.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney make up a lethal fantasy tandem. vP has had goals in his last three PL games and Rooney has had two goals and five assists in his last five PL matches. The Dutchman with 61 points is the best forward for fantasy points and is the first 10 million pound fantasy player of the season. Rooney is at 9.2 but only in 22nd place.

Ferguson's lads escaped UCL play Wednesday in Portugal with a dramatic come-from-behind 1-3 victory in the final 11+ minutes. Late sub vP had a cheeky goal, Rooney finally figured out a PG and Chicharito got the third in stoppage time. Chris Smalling played his first game of the season and was rusty.

Although he gets little playing time, Villa’s best fantasy possibility, Darren Bent is out injured. Christian Benteke is about the only other person who knows where the net is.

Other matches

Reading-Norwich City
Still winless and on track to get their relegation ticket punched, Reading’s best fantasy player, forward Pavel Pogrebnyak couldn’t even get a minute of play against bottom of the barrel QPR on Sunday.

NC has scored only eight goals but has put together a good string of matches that suggests the Canaries are not an endangered PL species.

Southampton-Swansea City
Goals go marching in when the Saints are playing. Southampton, now bottom of the table on goal differential has surrendered 28 in ten matches. Michu & Co. will be on target and should reward fantasy managers with multiple points in this one.

Two of the surprise teams come together. Wigan in 13th place had a huge 0-1 road win at Spurs last weekend while WBA all the way up to 5th place, got back to winning by dispatching lowly Southampton on Monday.

The Potters (1-6-3) are a great defensive team without a clue on offense. At home Stoke, in 15th place, has scored three goals and given up only one in four games. QPR (0-4-6) is a miserable 0-1-4 away from home.

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