Perfect XI

AM's Perfect XI - Week 22

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 22 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements: https://www.playtogga.com

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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 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 and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.

 


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Week 22 went pretty well, but not well enough:

Lloris, Baines, Rose, Daniels, Koscielny, Eriksen, Stanislas, Alli, Hazard, Defoe, Sanchez

162 points would normally be a good haul but it was below average on this occasion and I've dropped down to 109th overall, my lowest position of the season. It would be easy to blame Charlie Daniels, who returned a negative score, while every other selection returned at least 12 points. Or I could blame myself for not fielding hat-trick hero Harry Kane or two goal star Marcos Alonso.

Week 22 kicks off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday and it should begin with a comfortable home win as Liverpool host bottom side Swansea. 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 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 flexibility will allow you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.

Here are your fixtures ...

SATURDAY
Liverpool v Swansea City
Bournemouth v Watford
Crystal Palace v Everton
Middlesbrough v West Ham
Stoke City v Manchester United
West Brom v Sunderland
Manchester City v Tottenham

SUNDAY
Southampton v Leicester City
Arsenal v Burnley
Chelsea v Hull City

And the picks ...

KEEPERS
Thibaut Courtois - Chelsea at home. Against Hull. Courtois could potentially be tested by the odd Robert Snodgrass effort but a clean sheet seems the most likely outcome and so the Belgian stopper will be my Pxi keeper for Week 22.

Honourable Mention: Petr Cech at home to Burnley, Simon Mignolet at home to Swansea

DEFENDERS
Leighton Baines - Everton travel to Crystal Palace on a high after thrashing Manchester City and so it would be sensible to include a Toffees player in your side. I'm struggling to find a place for Romelu Lukaku and so Leighton Baines will be the man for me, showing signs of his old attacking prowess from left-back and seemingly back on penalty duty.
Marcos Alonso - Chelsea at home. Against Hull. No further explanation needed.
Dejan Lovren - Swansea can't defend set pieces. Lovren goes forward for Liverpool's set pieces and is good at heading. Therefore, Lovren could grab himself a goal. And a clean sheet. It's not rocket science.
Hector Bellerin - Nobody would blame Bellerin if he's still having nightmares about that horror-show at Bournemouth in Week 20 and so it was perhaps a good thing that a minor injury kept him out of the spotlight last weekend. The Spaniard returns to the starting XI for the Burnley match and owes his team-mates a much improved performance.

 

Honourable Mentions: Kyle Walker away at Man City, Gareth McAuley at home to Sunderland, Charlie Daniels at home to Watford, Virgil van Dijk at home to Leicester

MIDFIELDERS
Eden Hazard - Chelsea at home. Against Hull. Possibly playing as the central striker. Even if he's back on the wing Hazard is a no-brainer for this weekend
Adam Lallana - It feels like it might be a little too early to start picking Philippe Coutinho again after a long time out with injury, with the Brazilian famous for taking a while to get up and running after a spell on the sidelines. And so, I'll be sticking with the ever-reliable Adam Lallana for Liverpool's extremely winnable home clash with Swansea.
Matt Phillips - West Brom's Phillips has become a favourite in this column over the course of the season with some phenomenal displays since November last year. The stats show the winger has 5 goals and 7 assists in his past 11 games and there's no reason he can't enhance those figures as the Baggies host Sunderland.
Mesut Ozil - Let's be honest; Mesut Ozil hasn't been playing at his best levels in recent weeks (months?), with injuries taking their toll, but class is permanent and there is a feeling that the German star is due a big performance. Burnley beware.

Honourable Mentions: Junior Stanislas at home to Watford, Kevin Mirallas away at Crystal Palace, Henrikh Mkhitaryan away at Stoke, Christian Eriksen away at Man City

STRIKERS
Alexis Sanchez - I make no apologies for the dull striker choices this weekend. Sanchez is in electric form for the Gunners and it would be a shock if he didn't exceed 20 Pxi fantasy points against Burnley.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 13 goals and 5 assists in 13 games are the stats of a world class forward, as Ibrahimovic continues to silence those who doubted he could do it in the Premier League. A trip to Stoke could be tricky for Manchester United but the Swede's quality can rise to the top and win Jose Mourinho's charges the three points.

Honourable Mentions: Pedro or Diego Costa at home to Hull, Olivier Giroud at home to Burnley, Romelu Lukaku away at Crystal Palace, Harry Kane away at Manchester City

That's it for Week 22. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.


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