Gameweek 11 saw consecutive green arrows for the side and we’re inches away from the top 250k. 69 points beat the average by 17 points and a 66k rise. It was a tough week for defenders as there were only 3 clean sheets in total, the season’s joint lowest.
The Manchester City game was especially beneficial for those with attacking assets and increased the average massively. Sterling owners who’s owned by less than 8% gave them a massive rank boost and is now this season’s highest scorer with a massive 21 points! With their schedule becoming increasingly busier, I think it’s important to own at least one of their attackers and stick as rotation will surely kick in.
Our defence was a nightmare all weekend until the dying minutes of Chelsea’s game when Alonso assisted Pedro’s goal. His assist merited him a bonus points too. The rest of our defence added to 4 measly points. Doherty had an assist ruled out for an offside that wasn’t offside and that sums up his last few weeks. He’s been desperately unlucky not to return and is imminent to set that right. West Ham’s defence is still shaky and City’s clean sheet run ends as soon as we jump on the bandwagon.
Apart from this weeks star man, our other 4 midfielders averaged 2.75 points. As expected, Hazard was benched and made a 30 minute cameo. In a matter of minutes he assisted Morata, so this scenario could’ve been worse. New signing Murphy got into a number of good positions but failed to as their side lost to Leicester, onto the opposition, Maddison blanked for the 4th gameweek in a row. Rounding out the blanks was Mo Salah as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Arsenal. I wasn’t expecting much but 5 blanks for £13m isn’t value for money.
Our deadly strike force duo combined to score 3 goals and 2 assists. Captain Aguero scored and assisted twice in his sides battering of The Saints. The only downside was his pointless booking for booting the ball into the stands. Wilson added his 7th goal of the season and lays joint with Aguero for most goals and assists combined at 13.
Transfers: The side was looking in good shape until some injury news hit. Maddison’s injury and Richarlison doubtfulness means we won’t be saving our transfer for the international break. I’m looking at a short term move and removing Maddison, who was supposed to have 1 last chance this week. His replacement is Burnley’s Gudmundsson. Burnley’s talisman has impressed when he’s faced teams outside the big six and he’s on set-pieces too.
Onto gameweek 12:
After 4 consecutive weeks of choosing the lower scoring keeper, I’m hoping Fabianski will do the business away at Huddersfield. Huddersfield have only score once at home in 6 games and that single goal came on Monday against leaky Fulham! Surely that’s a 6 pointer for the Pole.
3 at the back and all players have a game at home. Alonso faces an Everton team who have only failed to score once this season which was on the road to Arsenal. I’m not expecting much but if the clean sheet wasn’t kept, I’m hoping a certain Brazillian is involved. Mendy’s involved in the Manchester Derby, which has been low scoring in previous years, apart from last season where 8 goals were scored in the 2 games. Alexander-Arnold has a plum home game against Fulham, but his subbing at half time in the Champions League is concerning. If he’s dropped, Doherty replaces him who plays against Arsenal, but I’d be gutted to miss out on such a promising game. However, Gomez may not be fit for the weekend, so fellow owners may be relieved to hear that.
In the midfield 5, Hazard and Richarlison face each other. Hazard seems to have recovered from his injury as he played 60 minutes on Thursday, while Richarlison hasn’t trained all week and “there is a doubt” that he plays. If that’s the case Doherty will replace him away to Arsenal. Murphy failed to contribute on his debut but he’s got one more game against Brighton to impress. I plan to rotate him with Doherty between a 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 so this may be his last start before we wildcard. No pressure! Salah has the stand out game this week against Fulham, who sit rock bottom. The Londoners have shipped the most goals by a margin and are now struggling to score too. Gudmundsson faces a Maguire-less Leicester side who’s key to their defence. Our new signing will be up against an attacking minded Chilwell, who may be exploited in their makeshift defence.
In form Wilson faces a resurgent Newcastle defence who’ve kept 2 clean sheets on the bounce. However, I don’t think many defences can stop Bournemouth at the moment. His fixtures aren’t the easiest but his form suggests he can score against anyone. Off the back of Aguero’s second double digit score of the season he’s my second player in the Manchester Derby. Like I said, it’s not easy to predict, but I can’t see City’s attack not breaching the United defence.
Captain: There was only one option this week considering the fixtures and it’s Salah. A Liverpool side who score 2.5 goals on average against a team who’ve shipped 2.6 goals per game on average was a no brainer.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)