Another round of internationals were played over the week as the Premier League takes a week off. Majority of the action were in Europe, where the Euro2020 qualifiers were played and in Asia, where the World Cup qualifiers were played. African, North and South American teams broadly had the break off.
We pick out 6 top FPL players who had done well for their nations.
Gini Wijanldum (LIV | MID | 5.4) (Netherlands) – 2 Goals – The Liverpool midfielder put in another top shift for his nation as the Dutch move closer towards qualification for Euro 2020. He found the net twice in Belarus as his side picked up maximum points from two games to be in pole position in Group C. He has now scored three times for the Netherlands since the summer. FPL managers are surely keenly watching him at his price tag but his goal and assist returns in the Premier League are simply not as plentiful. He has started every game for the Reds this season but has only scored once.
Olivier Giroud (CHE | FWD | 6.7) (France) – 2 Goals (2 Penalties) – The forgotten man of Chelsea is still France’s number one striker, quite an achievement considering the plethora of talent in the French set-up. Giroud found the net twice in France’s two key qualifiers and both of them were from the spot. His goals secured 4 points for his nation in the qualifiers and even though they sit behind Turkey now in the goal, they look likely to progress with two rounds of games left. However, his exploits here are not likely to earn him the starting XI for the Blues this weekend, with Frank Lampard likely to continue with the speedier Tammy Abraham in attack.
Andriy Yarmolenko (WHU | MID | 6.0) (Ukraine) – 1 Goal – The Ukrainian winger continued his good form with a goal against Portugal in Group C. His nation won 2-1 to secure qualification with a game to spare – a considerable feat as defending Euro champions Portugal and dark horse Serbia are both in the same group. Yarmolenko has started West Ham’s previous 5 games and has found the net thrice. They visit Everton this weekend.
Ilkay Gündogan (MCI | MID | 5.2) (Germany) – 2 Goals – Germany found an unlikely goalscorer in Gundogan, as he scored twice in their 3-0 win at Estonia. The win put Germany level on 15pts with the Dutch in Group C and control their own fate for qualification with two more home games to go. FPL managers would, however, likely to overlook the midfielder again. Despite his price, he is not a regular FPL points contributor in the Man City side. He is also never guaranteed a start and has yet to register a goal or assist despite City’s current goal tally.
Kasper Schmeichel (LEI | GK | 5.0) (Denmark) – 1 Clean Sheet – The Leicester GK was his nations’s man of the match as the Danes secured a key 1-0 win over Switzerland in Group D. The tight affair was won largely because Schmeichel’s heroics in goal. He has also been in sensational form so far this term he has only conceded 7 goals, 1 more than league leaders Liverpool. The Foxes play Burnley at home this weekend and he looks like a solid pick at his price.
Teemu Pukki (NOR | FWD | 7.1) (Finland) – 2 Goals – The Pukki party in the Premier League seems to have simmered down but the Finn reminded everyone of his presence with two goals against Armenia in Group J. The win was a seismic moment in Finland’s football history as it puts them a draw away from their qualification to their first ever major football tournament. Pukki may have blanked in his previous 3 GWs but is owned by nearly 40% of all managers, many of whom are unlikely to drop him until the next wildcard.
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