A midweek GW is all well and good until you have Mo Salah and David Silva benched! I uttered a handful of words when I refreshed Twitter and f*ck featured pretty regularly. Thankfully Salah doesn’t care how many minutes he plays when he has a Golden Boot to win! I guess it also helps when you play Stoke.
So somehow following a GW that looked disastrous at 7pm Wednesday ended with our 7th set of green arrows in the last nine GW’s. We have moved up once again and now sit in a respectable 549k which I’m over the moon with given that we were outside the top 1m as recently as GW11. With another short break between weeks let’s recap on GW14 before we move onto how we look for GW15.
Well, it may only have been 2pts but I am rather relieved we used our one free transfer on a GK. I had been very close to using it elsewhere or carrying it over but with Rob Elliot surprisingly benched for Newcastle we had new addition Nick Pope between the sticks.
Another week, another great return for Sead Kolasinac. His clean sheet and assist against Huddersfield means he has now scored 36pts over the last five GW’s, moving him second in overall FPL points amongst defenders. In 14 weeks this season he has one goal, four assists and seven clean sheets. A fun player to own. Harry Maguire and Charlie Daniels couldn’t match Sead’s heroics unfortunately as they combined for 3pts.
Can we start with any midfielder other than Mo Salah! 13pts scored in just 23 minutes of playing time is unbelievable. His brace means he is the first player to break the 100pt barrier this season, sitting on 108pts. That is 21pts ahead of Sterling in second. 21!! The only thing more amazing than his points output is the fact 2.7m FPL managers don’t own him. David Silva, Richarlison and Wilf Zaha were all left in his wake as they all blanked and combined for just 6pts.
You voted Harry Kane to be our captain and thankfully it paid off. It was looking bleak for over 70 minutes but he scored to make it two in two. Jamie Vardy scored in the same game and picked up 8pts whilst Roberto Firmino could only muster 2pts in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Stoke. Owning him has become a little frustrating. Anyone got a spare couple million?
With things going well we enter GW15 in positive mood. I had looked at possible swaps this week but I have decided to bank the free transfer. Match ups look ok so the I feel we will benefit more from two next week. With that said let’s review our line up for GW15.
No idea if Rob Elliot will return but with Newcastle facing Chelsea there was no decision to make in goal. Nick Pope starts against Leicester.
Back three is unchanged. Sead Kolasinac will look to continue his fine form in the weekends biggest match as Arsenal host United. United should score but we’ve all seen what Mourinho does in away games against his rivals. Charlie Daniels is home to Southampton in the battle of the South Coast whilst Harry Maguire faces Pope’s Burnley. 0-0 needed!
Our midfield also remains unchanged. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting should feel a little unfortunate not to start as he has a nice game at home to Swansea but our other four are undroppable. Mo Salah has seven in his last four and will fancy his chances of adding to that against mid table Brighton. David Silva fresh from a midweek rest faces West Ham, the team to have conceded the most goals this season with 30. The last thing they need right now is a visit from Man City. If I could begin to second guess what that crazy bastard Pep Guardiola will do from week to week I’d have doubled up on City coverage this week. Wilf Zaha’s 3pts against Brighton was the first time he had back to back blanks this season. WBA will hopefully find themselves on the receiving end of a backlash. Last up is Richarlison at home to Spurs. Ordinarily Spurs would be a game I’d consider benching here but without Toby Alderweireld they have conceded in their last three, including games against WBA and Leicester.
Up front is the usual trio of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Roberto Firmino who face Watford, Burnley and Brighton Brighton respectively. There looks to be points here and although all three of their opponents are playing above expectation this season I fancy a few goals between them.
With our third GW in the space of eight days another set of greens would be amazing. We are on the cusp of December’s craziness so the higher we are going into that the better.
We saw a number of notable rotations on Tuesday and Wednesday and I fully expect to see a repeat this weekend, especially with a European games next week. Therefore half the battle is ensuring we have as many of the XI starting. Captain choice looks to be between a couple so feel free to join the usual captain poll below and help us keep this run going.
Thanks all for reading and enjoy the weekend!
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru)