Well I’m really glad to see the back of gameweek 9. After last weeks high of our season’s best gameweek rank, we’ve ended up getting our lowest gameweek rank of the season at 4.6 million!
Our transfer in, Callum Wilson blanked and along with 8 of the remaining players. To make matters worse a late change to start AWB ahead of Cedric cost the side 8 points and would have been this weeks top scorer. A gameweek to forget.
Our Wolves double defence blanked as they were defeated 2-0 at home to Watford. Watford’s 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth was only a blip and they bounced back with a away win. The Wolves defence only conceded 2 big chances, both of which ended up in the back of the net. This meant Doherty scored his first non double digit haul in the side. A full house of single pointers in our defence as Alonso side conceded 2 goals, likewise Wan-Bissaka‘s side also shipped 2 as they continue to struggle. A whopping total of 4 points at the back. TAA was once again rotated and missed out on a second clean sheet in a row.
Richarlison was position up front once again but he came away with only a clean sheet point in Everton’s 2-0 win. Fraser, Maddison and Hazard scored a total of 6 points between them, Mo Salah was the side first points return of the week! His single goal was enough for Liverpool to scrape an away win to Huddersfield but the Egyptian has failed to score any bonus all season.
A captain return was massive in this low scoring week but it could have been so much more. Aguero had 4 big chances, 6 shots, 5 of which were in the box but somehow managed to come away with only a single goal. Most managers should feel very hard done by. Wilson was the 6th player to score one point this week. He was booked but managed to create two big chances in the goalless draw.
Transfers: I’m looking to save the free transfer this week. Both our bench and starting XI looks strong this week and I’m planning to shoehorn a couple of Man City assets in soon.
Onto the gameweek 10 side:
Patricio keeps his place in goal facing Brighton away. Wolves were poor last week but I don’t expect that to continue. Wolves will start a run of tricky fixtures next week so Fabianski’s time to shine will come next week.
Doherty also travels to Brighton. If Wolves can’t keep a clean sheet there’s always a good chance of attacking returns for the wingback. After signing a new 5 year deal at Stamford Bridge, Alonso travels north to face Burnley. Last week’s hammering away at Man City will still be in their minds and they’ve only scored more than one at home this season. Alexander-Arnold faces Cardiff and his spot in the Liverpool side is anything but nailed on. It’s a plum fixture for the Reds and if he fails to start once again there’s no point in keeping him.
Richarlison has doesn’t have an ideal fixture against Man Utd but they’ve been conceding goals for fun in stark contrast to last season. Maddison and Fraser both have plum fixtures against West Ham and Fulham respectively. The cheap midfielders have been poor over the last few weeks. Salah faces Cardiff who’ve conceded 13 goals in the 4 games they’ve played against the top 6 teams. I’m hoping for a big week from him. Hazard faces Burnley but has missed the his Europa league game with a back problem which he picked up in gameweek 9. Sarri’s hasn’t given any concrete information on him but assuming he’s not out long term, I can’t see any reason to sell him.
Aguero faces Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night and received a full rest on Tuesday. This means he’s had a full 2 weeks rest over the international break and a 8 day gap this week. His minutes continue to be managed but he’s still managing plenty of chances. Wilson rounds out the side against Fulham. Fulham have been conceding goals for fun and if I had to back one team to concede each week it would be them. They’ve conceded 6 more than any other side in the league and this game should be high scoring.
Captaincy: Initially Hazard and Salah were the two players I had pencilled in for this week but it’s rather clear cut now. Salah’s goal should give him some confidence after a barren spell of 2 games without a goal, for his standard. Hazard’s not 100% fit either which isn’t ideal. As mentioned before Cardiff ship goals so the Egyptian takes the armband this week.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)