Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.
This week we welcome Dale from the Fantasy Football Pundits to write for us. He's here to give us his Differential vs Safe Pick for Saturday's Gameweek 11 fixtures.
If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 11 today via the FREE Apple or Android apps.
Safe Pick – Mohamed Salah
NOTE: On the Starting 11 game, Mohamed Salah is deemed as a striker, for those of you who many be confused to see him here.
The Egyptian has been in decent form of late and despite missing a penalty in Liverpool's victory over Huddersfield, he scored in the 4-1 loss at Wembley by Spurs and also netted two goals and an assist in the 7-0 win against Maribor in the Champions League.
Liverpool face a West Ham side that are in bad form of late - their last two games have seen them lose 3-0 at home to Brighton and also blow a two goal lead in the last 10 minutes away at Crystal Palace.
Liverpool will be looking to get their top 4 challenge back under way against the Hammers at the Olympic Stadium this Saturday and with Mane out through injury and Coutinho likely to be sidelined, all eyes are on Salah for a big performance.
Differential Pick – Glenn Murray
Murray has recently worked his way back in to the Brighton side and has been putting away his chances in the last two weeks, scoring two against West Ham and also bagging the equaliser against Southampton in Gameweek 10.
Murray has a good overall scoring record for Brighton and Hove Albion, scoring 25 goals in just 52 games and shows no signs of slowing down just yet.
Murray faces a Swansea side who are in poor form - with only 1 win in their last 5 games, Murray will look to take full advantage of the uncertainty in The Swans defence, with his physical presence and eye for goal likely to cause them problems.
Safe Pick – Riyad Mahrez
The Algerian has seen a resurgence in form in the last few gameweeks - accumulating 3 assists and 1 goal in his last 3 Premier League outings.
To me, it looks like Mahrez has been given a free role in the Leicester side after just one game under Claude Puel, and with a licence to roam, we could see Riyad Mahrez delivering healthy fantasy returns.
Leicester face a Stoke City side with one of the leakiest defences in the Premier League right now - conceding 20 goals so far this campaign, with a new manager and a confident performance in the last match against Everton, good times are on the horizon for The Foxes.
Differential Pick – Pascal Groß
The German midfielder is fast becoming the talisman for the South coast club and is racking up the attacking returns in the process – 3 assists in the last 3 gameweeks have shot him up the fantasy pecking order, with more of us paying attention to the Brighton asset.
Brighton face a Swansea team who are blowing hot and cold - winning just 1 of their last 5 matches, this represents another chance for Brighton to get more points on the board and continue their blistering starting start to the Premier League.
With Murray in form up top and Pascal consistently pulling the strings for Wagner's Seagulls, it's hard to imagine him not being amongst the fantasy attacking returns come 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
Safe Pick – Stephen Ward
Sean Dyche has drastically improved Burnley’s away form this season and as result, The Clarets now sit 7th in the Premier League table.
Stephen Ward has been a massive part of that defence and has even chipped in with a goal this season, as Burnley march up the table and show no signs of slowing down.
Burnley face a very defensive Southampton team this weekend and will be looking to give their inspirational manager a reason to stay, with Everton rumoured to be sniffing for his signature to fill their vacant managers position.
Ward and Co. have impressively kept 3 clean-sheets in Burnley's last 5 Premier league outings and whilst Southampton have scored in each of their last 4 games, a stubborn Burnley defence could shut them out in Gameweek 11.
Differential Pick – Harry Maguire
As mentioned already, Leicester City have started life well under their new manager, with a 2-0 victory last weekend against Everton in front of their home crowd likely to fill them with confidence going in to Gameweek 11.
Puel is renowned for making his sides defensively solid, so this may be the time to take advantage of Leicester defensive assets, with Harry Maguire being the standout pick.
Maguire has looked comfortable at centre-half for Leicester City since making the switch from Hull in the summer and aside from the obvious defensive points on offer, he's also an attacking threat from set-pieces.
Safe Pick – Jonas Lössl
The Terriers have not been in the greatest form of late - despite beating Manchester United two weeks ago in a shock 2-1 victory, in Gameweek 10 they were ultimately outclassed by Liverpool at Anfield, losing 3-0.
Up until Huddersfield faced Tottenham in Gameweek 7, Wagner and Co. were defensively sound, but 3 tricky fixtures in their last 4 outings has diminished their stats and hard work, but hopefully bounce back in Gameweek 11 against a leaky West Brom.
West Brom have a slightly dysfunctional attack, but last week (somehow) managed to score twice against the champions elect, Manchester City, despite losing 3-2.
Whereas in Gameweek 9, West Brom looked toothless in front of goal against Southampton, registering only 2 shots on target.
Differential Pick – Robert Elliot
Robert Elliot has found his way into many a fantasy football team this season across all formats, offering us an alternative to premium goalkeepers.
Elliott has already registered 4 clean sheets this season and also steadily scoring points for saves made - it's also worth noting that Newcastle have conceded more than 2 goals in a single only TWICE this season.
Newcastle face a Bournemouth team who have struggled in front of goal this season, scoring only 2 goals in their last 4 Premier League outings.
Whilst Eddie Howe's Cherries will be confident of getting something from this game, Rafa has a well-drilled defence and confident keeper between the sticks who will be hard to break down in Gameweek 11.
With most of the big boys playing on Sunday this weekend, the captaincy picks were slim pickings - however, with Liverpool likely to score the most goals in Saturday's fixtures, its hard to ignore Mohamed Salah's form and capabilities.
With Mane injured and Coutinho set to be sidelined, Mohamed Salah is likely to be the centre of attention in Liverpool's attack, with goals and assists looking likely.
Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join me in Gameweek 11 by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.