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Fantasy Premier League tips: Reece James in demand for Gameweek 11, Smith Rowe a budget-friendly pick

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Matchweek 11 of the Premier League 2021-22 season kicks off with Southampton’s home game against Aston Villa in the early hours of Saturday, November 6. The marquee fixtures, however, remains Manchester City’s away trip to Old Trafford to face their city rivals Manchester United in the 49th Manchester derby of the Premier League.

A win for Man United will take them level on points with City while a defeat will cast them six points adrift of their local rivals. Meanwhile, league leaders Chelsea face Burnley at home on Saturday while the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool will play Watford, Everton and West Ham United respectively on Sunday. 

With so much action to look forward to, here are our top picks for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 11:

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 11 tips to make your team

Best attacker: Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang

After a rather sluggish start to the season, Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is back among goals. The Gabon forward has scored two and has assisted one goal in his last three matches, making him one of the top forwards for Matchweek 11. Arsenal play Watford at home while the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham all have relatively tougher games to play, which makes Aubameyang a smart bet for this week.

Best defender: Reece James

Chelsea full-back Reece James is the most transferred-in player for Matchweek 11. The 21-year-old had scored a brace against Newcastle in his last Premier League outing which took his tally to 56 fantasy points, making him the top-scoring defender in Fantasy Premier League. Chelsea play Burnley at home and considering the form they are in, James will be a handy option for all fantasy players.

Budget player: Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe has proven to be an excellent pick this season. The 21-year-old is the second most transferred-in player for this matchweek and will once again be key for his team against the Hornets. At just £5.6, Smith Rowe is a steal considering that only six midfielders have scored more fantasy points than him. 

Fantasy Premier League stats for Gameweek 11 fixtures

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Manchester United are unbeaten against Manchester City in their last four Premier League matches (W3, D1).

Interestingly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won four of his eight meetings against Pep Guardiola. This is the best win percentage (50%) among managers who have faced the Man City boss at least five matches.

Manchester City have won seven Premier League matches at Old Trafford. This is the joint-most by any team to win at the venue alongside Liverpool.

Arsenal vs Watford

New Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has never beaten Arsenal in his managerial career. The Italian has faced the Gunners 11 times in the past, losing seven times and drawing on four occasions.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has scored six goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Watford.

Everton vs Tottenham

New Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is unbeaten against Everton (W3, D1). During his stint with Chelsea, Conte’s team kept a clean sheet in all four matches.

Everton’s last win over Tottenham came in the 2019-20 season and it was their first victory in 17 attempts against the Lilly Whites.

Striker Harry Kane has scored 11 goals in 12 outings against Everton, including five braces.

West Ham United vs Liverpool

West Ham United have won 62 points in the Premier League in 2021. Only Manchester City (80) and Chelsea (66) have won more.

Liverpool have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six Premier League away matches.

West Ham forward Michail Antonio has been involved in 17 Premier League goals in his last 22 matches at the London Stadium (G11, A6).

Featured photo: AFP / Justin Tallis

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