So the weekend was a bit of a disappointment then wasn’t it? Here’s how the Differentials XI looked at the end of the gameweek:
A surprise defeat for Chelsea and West Ham continuing in their patchy vein of form meant that Luiz and Fonte both scored 0 with the team coming in 3 points below average. On a more positive note, Forster, Dawson, Son and Carroll all returned a respectable 6 points a piece.
The defeat suffered by Chelsea puts the pressure on them to get a result midweek against Man City otherwise if Tottenham win, the lead could be cut to only 4 points. In saying this, I fully expect Spurs to maintain their form and win at Burnley so I’ve used my free transfers to stock up on their players.
Starting XI: Forster (4.0%), Luiz (5.4%), Shawcross (1.8%), Dawson (2.0%), Vertonghen (4.7%), Ozil (5.6%), Mkhitaryan (2.6%), Barkley (8.0%), Son (6.2%), Carroll (4.8%), Janssen (0.8%)
Bench: Robles (1.3%), Rondon (5.1%), Fonte (3.3%), Milner (5.6%)
In the net remains Fraser Forster at home to Palace. This week I’ve gone for a back 4 approach as I feel the fixtures lend themselves to that. David Luiz has City at home in a game that will be crucial for the outcome of the league. The other three fixtures are all away with Craig Dawson facing Watford, Ryan Shawcross against Burnley and new boy Jan Vertonghen up against Swansea.
In midfield I’ve dropped James Milner to the bench but before the deadline, I may swap him and Luiz in to the starting eleven. Across the midfield, I’ve got Mesut Ozil, Ross Barkley, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Son Heung-min. Ozil got an assist last time out and in the London derby, let’s hope he can continue contributing. Mkhitaryan and Barkley are facing off against each other so I’m hoping for goals in that game. The weekend’s transfer in, Son, looked as though it wasn’t going to pay off as he was named amongst the substitutes. However, he came off the bench and proved why he should be starting over Janssen as he grabbed himself a goal.
Up top I’ve brought in the previously mentioned Vincent Janssen so at least either him or Son is guaranteed the start. Andy Carroll completes the team. He bagged a goal at the weekend and with Koscielny injured for Arsenal, he’ll be looking to bully the shaky replacement that is Gabriel.
Written by FPL Avids (@FPLAvids)