3 green arrows on the bounce as the side continues to rise gradually through the ranks. The top 200k has been broken and sight has been set on the top 100k next. 62 points and our 11th captain return out of 12 was worth a 53k green arrow.
Once again, our midfield is letting us down, while the defence prosper. I’ve had my fingers crossed during the international break, in hope we come out relatively unscathed.
At last! The right keeper was picked this week, even though Fabiasnki failed to keep a clean sheet at home to Huddersfield. He made some fantastic stops but let in a tame shot from Pritchard early on. His 6 saves and a bonus point propped him up to 5 points.
Mendy was the only defender to blank this week in his 3-1 victory in the Derby. Alonso’s baseline bonus was good enough to earn him 2 bonus points in the goalless draw against Everton. Alexander Arnold impressed with an assist and a couple of bonus points at home to Fulham, which meant he returned his second double-digit haul.
Richarlison, Hazard and Gudmundsson all scored 3 points each. I was expecting much more than a clean sheet point apiece. Murphy has really frustrated me with his 2 blanks; I was awfully close to choosing his out of position teammate, Paterson. 1 of the 2 players to score this week, Salah picked up his usual goal without bonus. Only one goal against Fulham was underwhelming but considering the rest of the team, a captain’s goal was badly needed.
Aguero scored his 8th of the season in his win against Man Utd, returning in 67% of his games so far. He’s now made it to or past the 70 minute mark in all of his last 3 games too. Wilson blanked in his away to trip to Newcastle. The Englishman had a number of chances and on another day could’ve had a couple.
Transfers: After the news of Mendy’s surgery, he’s been replaced by the attacking fullback, Lucas Digne. Since the Frenchman forced his way into the side, he’s had the most attempted assists out of any defender along with having double digits for shots taken. He rotates perfectly with Wan-Bissaka for the next 3: CAR, BUR, NEW.
Gameweek 13 side:
Patricio and Doherty double up against Huddersfield who’ve only scored 4 goals on the road this season. After a rotten spell, Wolves embark on a much nicer run. Digne faces low lying Cardiff who’ve struggled on the road, much like Huddersfield. Alexander-Arnold retains his place against an inform Watford side. For the second time this season we’re starting with a 4-4-2 formation as Alonso found out the backline. This matchup last season saw him score twice at Wembley for a bumper haul.
Richarlison and Gudmundsson both have juicy home ties against Cardiff and Newcastle respectively. The Brazilian has continued to improve in his striker role and is still great value at £6.9m. The 2 heavy hitting midfielders both have away trips. Hazard faces Spurs and Salah has Watford. At that price you expect something from every game but neither sides are pushovers. Salah does have a great record against Watford, 5 goals and an assist last season.
Arsenal is Wilson’s next opponents and he continued his form with a goal for England over the break. The Gunners have kept just 2 clean sheets and that should be the same come next week. Aguero finishes the XI away to West Ham. The striker has only returned once on the road so far and West Ham isn’t a bad game to double that stat.
Captaincy: There are 3 standouts, Richarlison, Aguero and Salah. Richarlison was quite tempting and Salah’s always a good option, but Watford’s resilience has leaned me towards Aguero. West Ham have just kept a single clean sheet this season and The London Stadium has plenty of space for Man City to show off their world class abilities.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)