The FPL Updates side scraped above the average, but that wasn’t enough as a red arrow hit us right in the face. 52 points with 11 on the bench, with 2 key players missing out.
On the plus side the gameweeks are coming and going thick and fast in this christmas period. If you have a bad week, a new one is only a couple of days away.
Another week, another incorrect goalkeeper pick. It’s clear to see Wolve’s defence isn’t as strong as I’ve predicted. A double up doesn’t seem viable with the keeper scoring 10 points in his last 6 gameweeks! Fabianski kept a clean sheet and was amongst the bonus points for his 8 pointer.
Doherty showed off his attacking prowess, with the opener in his sides 2-1 defeat. There’s not many positives in the Wolves defence but as we saw this week, he offers plenty going forward. Wan-Bissaka’s return to the side saw him pick up 2 clean sheets on the bounce after his 6 week drought while Palace encountered a tough spell of games. Alonso didn’t have a great performance but a clean sheet was very welcome. To round out the defence, TAA brought hope a clean sweep for the denders. 1 goal and 3 clean sheets. It would’ve been 5/5 if Fabianski started.
The Pep roulette strikes once again for us. Owning Mahrez was painful at the start of the season and it’s happened right off the bat with Silva. Hopefully that’s his rest done for the next couple of weeks. Richarlison blanked but had a solid game in the Merseyside derby. Murphy managed to find his way off our bench after Aguero had a knock that was kept quiet. Salah was rather quiet in his blank and so far it’s 4 out of 4 for blanks. Finally, our captain Hazard returned. An assist was all he got but points are points and we needed them all this week.
Wilson netted at Etihad and could’ve had 2 if Fraser’s cross wasn’t behind him.
Transfers: Not long now until I activate the wildcard and it’s time to take a risk. Out goes Aguero and Hazard. Kane comes in alongside another City midfielder, Leroy Sane for a hit. Kane’s fixtures are turning nicely and he’s bagged 2 against the top teams in his last 2. With Mendy out, Sane is less likely to be affected by rotation. I’d ideally get Sterling but he’s out of my range.
Fabianski gets back into the side for a home tie against Cardiff. West Ham’s FDR is a sea of green but I still don’t have confidence in their defence. Nonetheless, he’s a great budget choice .
Digne is the only defender with a home game. He was on for 9 points in the 90th minute on Sunday until Pickford’s moment of madness. His bonus potential is very promising and Everton looked much tighter last week. Wan-Bissaka travels to Brighton and has two away games on the trot. After gameweek 1, Brighton have scored in every game apart from when they played Man City and Liverpool. It’s going to be a tough ask for Palace. AlexanderArnold faces a poor Burnley side, in shocking form and the English right back has been very attacking over the past couple of weeks. Alonso rounds out the 4 man defence against Wolves. Doherty is sat on our bench against Chelsea if the rotation inevitably kicks in.
Richarlison has two home games before facing Spurs and Man City. His mixed bag of fixtures continues but he’s got to perform against Newcastle this week. Sane and David Silva face Watford who’ve conceded 5 in their last two. City are rampant and what I’ve learnt from the past few weeks is to load up on their assets and ride out the rotation as it’s going to pay off in the long run. Salah looks nailed to start after Mane is a doubt to face Burnley. Relegation zone Burnley have conceded a boat load of shots and Joe Hart has been vital over the past few weeks to keep them from embarrassment.
Wilson and Kane both have home games. Huddersfield have been playing well until last weeks red card. Southampton are managerless are Hughes was sacked on Monday. Kane is coming off the back of a 4-2 defeat against Arsenal, so he should have plenty to fuel him.
Captaincy: Kane or Salah. That is the question. I always prefer the home player but Wembley isn’t exactly home. Southampton have conceded 12 goals in 4 games and our now without Mark Hughes. Burnley have conceded 8 in 4, so both sides defence are poor. The decision has gone to Kane. Hopefully it’s not a Cardiff v2.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)