20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best fantasy football options from each team, each week. From the must starts to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 10 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Sunderland A)
Shkodran Mustafi: Since his arrival at the tail end of the summer transfer window, the German international has been a quietly impressive performer. In his six starts, Arsenal have conceded just four goals and his partnership with Laurent Koscielny is improving each week.
Bournemouth (Middlesbrough A)
Harry Arter: The Ireland international put together a commanding display in Bournemouth’s hard fought 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Look for him to replicate this display as the Cherries travel north to face Boro in Gameweek 10.
Burnley (Manchester United A)
Tom Heaton: We tipped the Burnley stopper for a stand-out Gameweek 9 and he delivered in the Claret’s impressive victory over Everton. Given Manchester United’s struggles of late, we rate Burnley’s ability to snatch something at Old Trafford. Heaton will be integral to those chances.
Chelsea (Southampton A)
Eden Hazard: Chelsea were imperious on Sunday, cruising to a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United. Few on the pitch were as impressive as Eden Hazard. The Belgian scored a goal and in general play looked back to his very best. After looking constrained last year, he seems freed up to attack at will in Conte’s new 3-4-3 formation. Expect big things from the wideman over the coming fixtures.
Crystal Palace (Liverpool H)
Wilfried Zaha: Consistency has never been Zaha’s strong point but the winger appears to have come on in that department this season. Leicester may have ran out the victors last weekend, but not before Zaha turned in a dynamic display that included an assist.
Everton (West Ham H)
Yannick Bolasie: The Bolasie-Lukaku dynamic has started to blossom in recent weeks. Against Manchester City Bolasie was the provider and In Gameweek 9, the striker returned the compliment. This weekend, the Toffees host a West Ham side who have struggled to impress and Bolasie could be in a prime position to benefit.
Hull City (Watford A)
Robert Snodgrass: The Tigers’ brutal run of form – no wins since Gameweek 2 – leaves little other options to choose from.
Leicester City (Tottenham Hotspur A)
Shinji Okazaki: The Foxes’ Japanese dynamo provided the inspiration for a return to winning ways last week, stealing the headlines from his more vaunted colleagues. The versatile forward has mostly been a substitute so far this season, but with three goals in his past four games in all competitions, t’s more than likely he’s justified a starting berth against Spurs in Gameweek 10.
Liverpool (Crystal Palace A)
Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool overcame West Brom at a canter and again it was Coutinho who gave them the decisive impact. No midfielder has had more efforts on goal – 37 – than the Brazilian in this Premier League campaign. His growing understanding with the likes of Firmino and Mane means his goal threat has never been higher.
Manchester City (West Brom A)
Kelechi Iheanacho: When he plays, he invariably scores. The trouble is that he will almost always be behind Sergio Aguero in the Manchester City pecking order. That could soon change. Given Pep’s experimentation with three at the back, there could be room for two forwards away to West Brom. With Aguero enduring a six game goalless streak and Iheanacho grabbing City’s only goal in Gameweek 9 – his third in seven appearances – the youngster could get the nod.
Manchester United (Burnley H)
Juan Mata: If there were still lingering doubts over the sentiment of Mourinho towards Mata, the Spaniard’s performance in the League Cup victory over City may have cemented the notion that the Portuguese manager is very much in favour of his midfield man. Mata scored the only goal of the game and sealed a victory over their city rivals. Expect him to start at home to Burnley.
Middlesbrough (Bournemouth H)
Victor Valdes: The ex-Barca man sprung to the rescue last weekend as Middlesbrough held Arsenal to a much need point at the Emirates. Valdes was in flying form as he denied the Gunners on no less than six occasions.
Southampton (Chelsea H)
Nathan Redmond: The winger-cum-striker has had a positive season thus far for Southampton and his predatory goal against Manchester City may just have been his high watermark. An in-form Chelsea could be a stern test, but with three goals and ranking in the top five for shots on target – 11 – among midfielders you would not count this man out.
Stoke City (Swansea H)
Xherdan Shaqiri: Along with Joe Allen, the Swiss international will be absolutely talismanic to Stoke’s season. We’ve already seen that since his return from injury. In Stoke’s last five games since his comeback, they’ve lost precisely none and Shaqiri has managed to contribute with two goals. Swansea are next in the firing line.
Sunderland (Arsenal H)
Jermain Defoe: For the third Gameweek in a row we’re touting the 33 year old as Sunderland’s go-to option. That is simply because no other player looks likely to make and impact for the Black Cats.
Swansea City (Stoke City A)
Mike van der Hoorn: Swansea were resolute in defence in Gameweek 9 and that was in large part down to a man of the match display from Dutch centre-half, Mike van der Hoorn. The Swans shut Watford at bay for a clean sheet and have a new look backline to build on.
Tottenham Hotspur (Leicester City H)
Dele Alli: The tireless attacking midfielder was successfully subdued by the Bournemouth side in Gameweek 9. This is not normally the case however and this weekend Leicester’s relatively disappointing midfield may struggle to keep a rein on Dele Alli. Based on his goal against West Brom in Gamweek 8 he also appears to have rediscovered his scoring touch.
Watford (Hull City H)
Troy Deeney: As Watford have successfully strengthened their defensive set-up, they’ve be come somewhat conservative in front of goal. Troy Deeney remains their principle threat and the captain will seek to add to his three goal tally at home to Hull.
West Bromwich Albion (Manchester City H)
Nacer Chadli: He had a quiet game against Liverpool but Nacer Chadli has been far and away the Baggies’ most impressive player since joining the club. Four goals and two assists in six starts will attest to that.
West Ham United (Everton A)
Winston Reid: Claiming a much need win over Sunderland last time out and an impressive victory over Chelsea in the League Cup, it looks like the Hammers may have turned a corner. Winston Reid has been vital to their improved defence and should get the nod against Everton.