Gameweek 10 was a week to remember and has cancelled out last week’s horror show. An 87 pointer brought our highest gameweek rank of the season. Rank was nearly cut perfectly in half as the sides had climbed up to 314k. Even though nearly half our side blanked, the team did remarkably well.
Between the sticks we’ve had our 3rd blank in a row. The Wolves defence has let us down for the second week in a row and on our bench Fabianski still brought home a healthy 6 points without managing to keep the clean sheet. Wolves defence still seems solid but they’ve shown cracks over the last few weeks.
4 at the back this week after Hazard missed out through injury. Alexander Arnold surprisingly blanked at home to Cardiff and Doherty also scored 2 points. The Wolves wingback could’ve easily been on the score sheet after he spurned a glorious opportunity. Finally, we’ve got some of Cedric’s points off the bench. A clean sheet and a bonus point was welcomed after Hazard didn’t play. Alonso finally got his first attacking return since gameweek 4 along with a couple of bonus points. The Spaniard is the game’s second highest scorer, only 3 points behind his teammate Hazard.
It’s safe to say Maddison hasn’t been one of our best signings of the season, in his 3 games he’s scored a total of 6 points. Richarlison was brought down for Everton’s penalty and his assist earnt him 5 points against Man Utd. Fraser returned a double digit score and was key to our big green arrow. I fully expected Bournemouth to batter Fulham and that’s what exactly happened as Fraser assisted 2 of the 3 goals. Captaincy was bang on this week as captain Salah top scored to earn the team a whopping 30 points. A goal and 2 assist meant he received bonus points for the first time this season!
The double up on the Cherries paid off massively as Wilson braced against struggling Fulham. Our two Bournemouth players scored 24 points between them and the team is in a rich vein of form. Looking down the line I’m definitely going to target team who face Fulham.
Aguero failed to score against Spurs on Monday night and the Argentine had one big chance which he hit straight at the keeper. Once again he was hauled off early.
Transfers: I had planned to bring in a Man City defender this week and they’ve proved they can keep a clean sheet against any side in the league. Laporte or Mendy were the two candidates, one nailed on and the other comes with an abundance of attacking threat. I’ve decided on Mendy who has the higher ceiling. Laporte is great for bonus points but is rather unlikely to earn any unless he scores or City win 1-0, which is rare. Cedric makes way after his farewell 7 pointer off the bench. To fund this I’ve decided to downgrade one of my two Bournemouth assets as they embark on a tough run of games. Fraser makes way for a punt on Cardiff midfielder, Josh Murphy. Cardiff have 3 relatively nice home games in their next 4 but he’s a small punt before the wildcard becomes active.
Fabianski is this week’s number one and should be for the majority of upcoming weeks due to his kind schedule. Burnley is the much easier fixture and they haven’t been in great form this season, averaging a single goal a game.
Marcos Alonso and Doherty both keep their place in the side for their home games. Alonso has Palace at home who finally scored their first home goal of the season. Hodgson’s men haven’t won a game since gameweek 5 and Alonso may see himself up against our own Wan Bissaka. Doherty face Spurs, which may look tough on paper but I see this being a low scoring affair and Doherty can easily come away with some attacking returns. Mendy returns after he was sold 4 gameweeks ago. It’s hard to bet against a clean sheet with the possession and way City have been playing. They’ve only conceded 1 big chance in their past 4 gameweeks! One attacking return from the Frenchman could easily see him hit double figures.
Richarlison’s unusual schedule of one good home game and one tough away game continues as he faces a Brighton side who’ve kept 3 clean sheets on the bounce. However, their expected goals conceded was 4.54 showing they were quite lucky. Maddison travels to Cardiff and will have a massive point to prove after last week’s tragedy. Salah travels to the Emirates and as we’ve seen in the past, this matchup is hard to call. Arsenal aren’t strong defensively so there will be opportunities for Salah. Worryingly Hazard “can probably play for 40 to 45 minutes” this weekend after returning from his back injury. This isn’t ideal but I don’t think I can justify selling him when he returned in both games where he came off the bench. Murphy rounds out the 5 man midfield and he faces Leicester. I’m finding this game hard to predict after the unfortunate circumstances of last week. At one stage the game was nearly called off but I have a feeling their could be a number of goals.
Wilson and Bournemouth’s fixtures take a turn for the worse as they face 3 of the big 6 in their next 4 games. Man Utd have just kept 1 clean sheet this season at the start of September. Wilson’s inform side can easily breakdown United’s average backline but I’m not expecting scores like last week. 60 minute man Aguero has a home tie with Southampton and the striker hasn’t blanked at home this season. Southampton have kept 2 clean sheets on the bounce but have conceded 3 goals on average to the big 6 in the league.
Captaincy has been made much easier this week after the Hazard news emerged. Salah also tempted me due to 4 of Arsenal’s defenders being doubtful, including 2 left backs. However, I’ve decided to play it safe and Aguero is our gameweek 11 captain. He was rested Thursday in the cup but I’m still not confident he plays 90 minutes this week. That being said he can easily score a handful of goals in 60-70 minutes and that’s why he’s this weeks skipper.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)