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West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 11

02 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 11
West Ham United Fans Challenge

Every week this season, two West Ham fans will compete at Fantasy Football to win money for their chosen charities.

Will’s team

GK: Sa

Def: Guehi, Cash, Dawson

Mid: Diogo Jota, Foden, Salah, Bowen

FW: Alvarez, Haaland (c), Nunez

Right, I’ve gone rogue and played a free hit.

I know you’re supposed to hold them for double gameweeks. But having been stung in the past when Sadio Mane got injured about four minutes into the first match of a double week when I had triple captained him, with injury risk and rotation both threats during doubles I am not convinced they are as much of a gold mine as people suggest.

That combined with Fun Vacuum Jones totally copying my team with his wildcard last week which resulted in another narrow defeat for me, by eight points, leaving me on 607 – 33 behind his 640. 

So, I need to think outside the box. It is not often two of the league’s best teams play two of the worst on the same weekend which is exactly what is happening as Manchester City host Bournemouth and Liverpool go to Luton. 

The Cherries have shipped 21 goals this season, the league’s third highest, and the Hatters 20.

Liverpool’s 23 goals scored is the league’s second largest total behind Aston Villa and Newcastle who’ve both bagged 26 while Pep’s rampaging City have smashed in 22.

So, it’s a front three of Alvarez, Haaland and Nunez. I am a little concerned about whether Nunez will start but Cody Gakpo played in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win at Bournemouth so I am taking that as a sign he will. 

It’s Jota, Foden, Salah and Bowen behind them so I really am pinning everything on City and Liverpool walloping their opponents or I am going to look a right wally.

Bowen stays in as he was sensational up front for West Ham as they thrashed Arsenal 3-1 to reach the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday and I fancy that might be the first of a long run up top in place of Michail Antonio for the England man. I certainly hope so anyway…

Armband back to Haaland as City’s game has all the hallmarks of an absolute steamrolling and I would not be surprised to see him bag four or five.

Wolves go to Sheffield United – the league’s lowest scorers on seven – so Jose Sa in goal and Craig Dawson in defence come in. 

Burnley also can’t hit a barn door with just eight goals from their ten games so Marc Guehi gets the nod as resolute Crystal Palace come to town with the Prem’s eighth best defensive record. 

I know it’s a risk, but it could also be a stroke of genius which puts me back above FVJ which is good for everyone and the very fabric of FPL. 

Let’s have it.

James’ team

GK: Raya

DEF: Porro, Gabriel, Cash

MID: Bowen, Son, Ward-Prowse, Hee Chan, Salah

FW: Watkins, Haaland (C) 

It’s getting a bit embarrassing for Will now. My lead over him now stands at 37 points after a solid GW10 saw me return 68 points, bettering Will’s 60.

He wanted to prove to me that this game was easy. He was right. It is easy. For me.

Anyway, into GW11 and I can’t see any reason to make any changes to my team for second week running. When I played my wildcard a couple of weeks ago I made my selections based on a run of 3-4 games in the future, so the plan is working perfectly for me right now. 

There is a small question mark over the long-term credentials of James Ward-Prowse, though. He’s not returned a goal or assist since GW5 and I’m wondering whether there’s better value elsewhere. I’ll stick with him for another week and, with West Ham playing Brentford away this weekend, there’s a slight chance he might involved if we do manage to find the net.

Beyond that, the only changes I’m making this week are to my starting XI and to my captain. 

Hee Chan comes in for Gusto, after another week of returns for the Wolves man. They play Sheffield United away from him and I can see Gary O’Neil’s side taking advantage of what is currently the worst defence in the Premier League. 

The rest of my starting XI is the same as GW10. However, I’m returning the captain’s armband to Erling Haaland, who plays Bournemouth at home this weekend. Salah has been fantastic over the last few weeks and Liverpool do play Luton away, but my gut is telling me Haaland will thrive in front of goal against Bournemouth, especially at the Etihad. 

Either way, whatever happens, I’m convinced I’ll continue to get more points than Will. My lead could be extended to 50+ points by the end of this GW. Embarrassing, isn’t it?