Gameweek 4 has felt like a distant memory during this international break and it’s never a nice time to have a poor week as it stares you in the face for two weeks. A -8 was taken in order to keep hold of my wildcard and it went relatively well. However, rotation stung us badly.
In goal Fabianski conceded right at the death which was a sickening feeling. His 3 pointer could’ve been so much more if he was able to prevent Traore. Once again we chose the wrong keeper as Patricio scored an extra 4 points down the other end of the pitch.
Crystal Palace without Tomkins don’t do clean sheets and Wan-Bissaka’s 0 pointer shows that off. A booking and a 2-0 home defeat was disappointing. Alonso’s first start in the side pays off straight away with a clean sheet and an assist. If he didn’t get booked he would’ve had his 4th double figure haul in a row! TAA 2 pointer was mainly down to an Alisson blunder and surprisingly he managed to come away without a booking the week they don’t keep a clean sheet. How convenient! Mendy still continues to deliver even when their backline falters, 5 assists in 4 games.
Pedro earned the side a lucky 6 points. We were fearing the worst when the team sheets came out and he started on the bench but his 25 minute cameo was enough time for him to net. Sigurdsson has been a massive let down this season, himself, newboy Fraser and Salah all picked up 2 points. Mkhitaryan’s 1 minute cameo was a humongous kick in the lower regions as it prevented Cedric’s 12 pointer staying firmly on my bench and those 11 points were badly needed. A lacklustre 13 points from the midfield 5.
Upfront on his own was this weeks skipper, Sergio Aguero who thankfully brought home some points. He assisted and managed a bonus point for his 12 points but that was rather disappointing considering the hype around him.
19 points were benched this week but even though Zaha missed out through injury Fraser (2) was the man to step in rather than Cedric’s 12. As previously mentioned Mkhitaryan’s 1 minute appearance badly hurt, especially after transferring him in for the suspended Richarlison.
Let’s try to forget about the last few weeks and move onto this weeks side:
On paper it’s an easy choice in goal as Patricio faces Burnley at home. Wolves have been solid at the back even with a tough opening start but as we’ve seen picking the right keeper hasn’t been easy.
Alonso faces Cardiff at home and if there ever was a time I would captain a defender this matchup would be the one. Is 5 double figures in 5 too much to ask? Trent Alexander-Arnold travels to a Tottenham side without Alli or Lloris but it’s hard to see him scoring big. Finally Mendy faces a Fulham side who are on a good run with Mitrovic scoring 4 this season. However, Fulham have been poor defensively and we all know what the Frenchman is like going forward.
Fraser starts a run of 6 favourable games with Leicester at home. He’s started in Scotland’s defeat at home to Belgium and was left out of their second game against Albania with a knock in training and is a major doubt. If he misses out Cedric will take his place. Pedro has a plum fixture at home to Cardiff and looks set to start after his rest last fortnight and with Willian travelling back from Brazil. I’m hoping he can cover some of Hazard points as it looks difficult to bring him in. Mkhitaryan travels to Newcastle and like Pedro I’m hoping that rest will mean he’s nailed onto start but I’m not 100% while Emery is trying to figure out his formation. Salah faces a Spurs side who’ve conceded 4 goals this campaign. Many are opting to sell him for Hazard or while on wildcard but with Southampton next week he’s going nowhere. Sigurdsson has his final chance as he faces the worst defence in the league in West Ham. If he doesn’t return this week, when will he?
After Zaha missed out last week through injury, I was quite concerned whether he would be fit to face Huddersfield this week but after he returned to training on Monday, things are looking good. There are plenty of choices in his price bracket but while fit I don’t think he’s worth selling. This season’s highest scoring striker leads the line at home to Fulham who have conceded the most shots inside the box than anyone else. Apart from Aguero‘s hat-trick he’s yet to score in any game. I’m confident this is likely to change come Saturday evening.
We’re banking our transfer this week as we look to shake up things next week with a potential mini wildcard.
Captaincy was straight forward this week with Aguero being the standout option. As previously stated Fulham’s defence is poor and I can’t see them trying to park the bus at the Etihad. If I owned Hazard it would be a tough choice but being a non owner makes the choice simple.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)