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Perfect XI

AM's Perfect XI - Week 32

by Nik Argiropoulos
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 32 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:

Download the Togga app

 

Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.

We've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League where you can challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:


http://tog.ga/rotoworld

 

Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.

 


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I've had a few decent weeks in a row and currently sit in 150th overall, although I'm still 80 points off the top 100 and so need to start taking a few risks.

Normal service is resumes this weekend with a full list of 10 fixtures, starting with Crystal Palace hosting Liverpool in the early Saturday kick-off. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this match but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.

Here are your fixtures ...

Saturday 31 March
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Brighton v Leicester
Man Utd v Swansea
Newcastle v Huddersfield
Watford v Bournemouth
West Brom v Burnley
West Ham v Southampton
Everton v Man City

Sunday 01 April
Arsenal v Stoke
Chelsea v Spurs

As always we will focus on the players from team's with the "most winnable" match-ups. Arsenal and Manchester United look to have the pick of the fixtures at home to Stoke and Swansea respectively. Manchester City away at Everton and Liverpool away at Palace not far behind, while I fancy Leicester to take the three points at Brighton. The remaining games could go either way, so we'll look to pick out some potential clean sheets or surprise goalscorers. With that in mind, here are the players I feel it's worth considering ...

KEEPERS
David De Gea - at home to Swansea. A clean sheet seems likely for Europe's best goalkeeper.

Honourable Mentions: Petr Cech at home to Stoke, Nick Pope away at West Brom

DEFENDERS
Nacho Monreal - at home to Stoke. Mr Consistent for Arsenal, certain to start, clean sheet opportunity.
Virgil van Dijk - away at Crystal Palace. VVD hasn't found the net since his debut in the FA Cup, which means he's due a header from a corner.
Harry Maguire - away at Brighton. Hunch that Big Harry bags himself some attacking points alongside his regular defensive returns.
Antonio Valencia - at home to Swansea. Doubling up on the potential Old Trafford clean sheet seems a smart move.

 

Honourable Mentions:  Kyle Walker away at Everton, Shane Duffy at home to Leicester, Marcos Alonso at home to Spurs, James Tarkowski away at West Brom

 

MIDFIELDERS
Leroy Sane - away at Everton. As always, Kevin De Bruyne will be the popular choice from Man City's midfield but I'm tipping Sane to be the star of the show this weekend.
Riyad Mahrez - away at Brighton. Outstanding since his return from Leicester exile and the most likely candidate to be the match-winner once again.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - at home to Stoke. In decent form since his move to the Gunners, but you can flip a coin to choose between Mkhi and Mesut Ozil.
Sadio Mane - away at Crystal Palace. You'll see below that I'm taking a risk with my strikeforce and so Mane must be included as my sole Liverpool attacker.

Honourable Mentions:  Heung-min Son away at Chelsea, Johann Berg Gudmundsson away at West Brom, Willian at home to Spurs, Manuel Lanzini at home to Southampton

STRIKERS
Romelu Lukaku - at home to Swansea. Lukaku's form has tailed off badly since the end of 2017 but there have been signed of a turnaround recently. It would be a big surprise if he fail to find the net this weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - at home to Stoke. World class and starting to find his feet in the Premier League after a slow start. Brace incoming, Stoke beware (and yes, this means no Mo Salah. RISK!)

Honourable Mentions:  Mohamed Salah away at Crystal Palace, Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero away at Everton, Jamie Vardy away at Brighton, Ashley Barnes away at West Brom

That's it for Week 32. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter and I promise to get back to you.

Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.

Nik Argiropoulos

Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for NBC Sports Edge and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.