This coming weekend marks the final gameweek before the third international break of the season. After this gameweek, we start to look ahead to the winter months, which are highlighted by the “festive holiday period.”
The idea for this week’s post came from the idea that the Premier League has a “Big 6.” As you probably know already, these are the 6 clubs that almost always finish at the top of the Premier League — at least it’s been that way for the last several years.
If you only consider players from the top 6 clubs, what would an All-Big 6 squad (using a standard 4-4-2 formation) look like? Would it reflect the form of the clubs themselves? How many City players would make the cut?
Let’s find out, shall we?
GOALKEEPERS: Ederson (MCI) - The highest scoring keeper is Ederson, thanks to all the clean sheets lately. Only Alisson is anywhere close at the moment.
DEFENDERS: Marcos Alonso (CHE), Andy Robertson (LIV), Kieran Trippier (TOT), Aymeric Laporte (MCI) - His owners are not thrilled with the recent form, but Alonso easily makes the squad. Robertson’s season has followed a similar track. Trippier’s form has been just the opposite; after being in a rotation with Serge Aurier (until Aurier’s injury), Trippier has dominated, rewarded the owners who transferred him in early. Laporte’s presence is the biggest shock of the squad, but it just goes to show how important it is to have someone who plays every week.
MIDFIELDERS: Eden Hazard (CHE), Raheem Sterling (MCI), Mo Salah (LIV), Sadio Mane (LIV) - Despite his recent injury, Hazard is still the top overall scorer in FPL. He might get caught soon, though, by a blazing hot Sterling. The price for Salah is highest, which makes his third place standing right now hard to swallow; his owners, however, have noticed his uptick in results. Right behind him is Mane, which is what keeps the Salah vs. Mane debate raging.
FORWARDS: Sergio Aguero (MCI), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) - Sergio Aguero continues to be one of the top forwards in the league. Early in his first full PL season, Aubameyang has joined him.
If we give this squad a bench, it would consist of Alisson (LIV), Benjamin Mendy (MCI), Lucas Moura (TOT), and Alexandre Lacazette (ARS).
The biggest surprise has to be the inclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Our podcast has been guilty of writing him off, but maybe it’s time to take a second look.
As expected, the starting squad has the most players from Manchester City (4 - 1 at each position). If you have found the right ones to transfer in, you have benefited. 3 Liverpool players made the cut, along with the 2 you expect from Chelsea. Finally, there is 1 from Arsenal and Tottenham. No Manchester United players make our squad.
Of course, you can’t go back and get points from the points already scored (profound, huh?). You have to do your best to predict future form. Something tells me, though, that if you have as many of these players as possible, you are going to do all right.