In this weeks edition of Wildcard XI (Previously known as Weekend XI for those who followed) I’m balls deep in Manchester City.
Points Expectancy this week is 60.33
Nick Pope – Expected points 3.39
Burnley have looked quite good so far this season and I opted for Pope as the cheap goalkeeper. My only fear is that the Irish lads may have gone on a piss up after beating Wales which could lead to a sluggish performance from Burnley, or maybe at least some save points.
Nicolas Otamendi – Expected points 4.91
A Manchester City defender was a must this week due to the having a 53.45% chance of keeping a clean sheet.
Kyle Naughton – Expected points 4.15
Swansea are fourth on the list of teams most likely to keep a clean sheet so I chose Kyle Naughton. It was a choice between him or Fernandez so I hope I made the right call.(Incoming Fernandez goal)
Marcos Alonso – Expected points 5.77
Alonso made the top 5 this week of highest expected points scorers and topped the list of defenders. He was a must have this week.
Raheem Sterling – Expected points 5.48
Sterling has been great so far this season and looks to be a steal of a price. I’m confident he’ll return high numbers throughout the season once he starts and with Aguero out injured I feel this makes it more likely.
Eden Hazard – Expected points 5.67
Chelsea take on Crystal Palace so a Chelsea attacker was essential. Palace have one of the worst defences in the league and it wouldn’t surprise me if they gave away a penalty against the pace of Hazard and Co. Willian came on as a sub instead of Batman when Morata got injured, so I’m secretly hoping there is a chance that Hazard could play as a lone striker and Willian can go on the wing. Although I feel that it’s unlikely.
David Silva – Expected points 4.58
I’ve had Silva in my personal team since Gameweek 4 and he’s been sensational for his price tag. It’s no surprise to see him have a 0.5M rise so far this season. He’s playing a far more attacking role than previously and not ‘assisting the assister’ as much. With Manchester City keeping so many clean sheets this season also he’s consistently got 3 points minimum and looks a certain starter.
Dele Alli – Expected points 6.15
The Tom Daley wannabe has the highest points expectancy of the midfielders and was an easy pick despite his likelihood to get a yellow card. Dele hasn’t been as explosive this season compared to the end of the last season but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
Solomon March – Expected points 2.41
I’ll be honest, and I can say this as an Everton fan. We’re utter shit. So I wanted a Brighton player in this weeks team as Everton are unlikely to keep a clean sheet. March was a cheap option and I feel he could deliver against a lacklustre Everton side.
Harry Kane(C) – Expected points 13.42
The main man himself is the most likely points scorer so it was an easy decision to make him captain. Recently nominated for the Ballon d’Or Harry Kane has scored in both his International games during the break.
Jamie Vardy – Expected points 4.4
West Brom haven’t been great at all this season. Many still look back on the first two gameweeks and think Pulis’ men have been solid. But in reality, they’ve failed to win since GW2, and have really looked poor of late. With only 1 clean sheet in their last 7 fixtures, Vardy could take advantage of a leaky – of late – West Brom side.