It was a mediocre gameweek 6 for the updates side. 56 points just beat the average by 4 points and brought us a small green arrow. Our squad has picked up a couple of injuries which is rather worrying especially Mendy’s which has some mystery to it. The bench was called into action this week and the usual replacements didn’t do badly. Both transfers blanked in their favourable games which isn’t ideal but we’ve still got our wildcard to unleash if major concerns crop up.
Patricio’s 3 points doesn’t show his performance against Manchester United. A number of key saves including top quality save from Fred’s free-kick. His 5 saves were agonisingly close to 2 save points along with a potential bonus point. Fabianski was stranded on our bench with an 11 pointer against Chelsea. It was a double whammy as you’ll see later but his 6 saves and max bonus were vital for his side.
The defence was strong yet again averaging just under 7 points each. Alonso and Wan–Bissaka both earned clean sheets while the latter picked up 3 bonus points for third time this season. Alexander–Arnold paid dividends after he assisted Matip’s goal from a corner. His double digit haul claws back some of the points difference to Robertson at his £1.0m cheaper price. Cedric came off our bench at the expense of injured Pedro for a single against Liverpool.
Ryan Fraser, debutant Schurrle and captain Hazard all blanked. The Belgian was too unselfish and should’ve taken a few chances himself, the only positive is his clean sheet point. Mr. reliable, Mo Salah scored a rebound from a free kick which saw him score 8 points, 5 points lost captaining Hazard instead of the Egyptian and it also brings our first captain blank of the season.
Up front Zaha was lucky to start the game after he had to pull out of the warm up on a number of occasions through injury. He struggled through the 90 minutes and was a bit of a passenger but his 2 points at home to Newcastle was disappointing as Mitrovic, who’s similarly priced, is in form and firmly on my radar. Aguero scored his 4th of the season but failed to pick up bonus once again after he was taken off in the 60th minute. I’ve no intention of selling him but there’s concern over early substitutions.
Transfers: Pedro makes way for Richarlison. He had 2 shots on target at the Emirates last week and still looks in good form post suspension. His fixtures are still favourable for the short term and he can’t do much worse than when we brought him in for his minus 2.
We make a second move to get rid of Mendy for a -4 due to the uncertainty around his injury and relationship with Guardiola. It’s hard to keep a £6.0m+ defender on your bench for 3 weeks straight especially when there’s such value in the likes of his replacement, Matt Doherty. The top 3 teams are the only ones to have conceded less shots in the box than Wolves and Doherty himself has matched Alonso for touches in the box and has the most shots in the box out of any defender.
Onto next week’s side. At a glance we can see we have a lot of players facing each other which isn’t an ideal situation but it mainly occurs with our heavy hitting players.
Patricio keeps his spot in goal. When I wildcard I’m very tempted to move to a set and forget £4.5m option to avoid benching points after the past few weeks. Wolves face Southampton while Fabianski has a tougher game at home to Man Utd. Surely he can’t haul two weeks in a row against 2 top 4 sides?
Our defence is a mixed bag on paper with a couple of tough games and a double up. Alonso faces free scoring Liverpool so it’s hard to predict how it’s going to turn out. Wan Bissaka gets another start away to Bournemouth but I’m not that hopeful of a clean sheet even with recent returns. There’s some hope after Bournemouth failed to score against then bottom of the league Burnley. Our Mendy replacement, Matt Doherty has a kind fixture to double up with Patricio in goal.
Richarlison and Schurrle comes up against each other. Both teams still haven’t grasped the art of defence. Both managers seem to prefer to outscore the other team so I can see this matchup being a high scoring affair. Fraser faces Crystal palace who’ve kept 3 clean sheets this season but I’m confident the winger will bounce back after his teams hammering. Medium term his fixtures are still very good before they turn, so he’s a mainstay for the coming weeks. We have yet another clash as Hazard and Salah face off against each other. We have 3 players in this fixture (along with 1 on the bench) who are facing each other for the second time this week, we’re bound to see players cancel each others points so it could be damage limitation.
Zaha and Aguero still lead the line for the 7th week in a row. Hopefully Zaha is back to full fitness for his Monday night tie to Bournemouth. Aguero game against Brighton is the standout game this week. He didn’t travel midweek to Oxford in the Carabao cup and should be full rested for the weekend even with his Champion League game midweek.
Sergio Aguero takes the armband at home to Brighton. Brighton have shipped 11 goals this season and the Argentine was rested midweek in the Carabao Cup while his teammate Jesus started up top. Aguero’s been much more creative this season as he’s matched the amount of goals he’s scored with assists, at 4 apiece.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)