On Friday we said we needed to make bigger strides and that’s exactly what we did! The second week in a row we scored 61pts but this time the average score was only 28pts, so we have now risen from 975k to 652k. Our highest position since gameweek 1.
Once again we only had Rob Elliot available and once again he was picking the ball out of the back of the net way too many times. In the two gameweek’s that Butland has been injured Elliot has conceded seven goals. It had taken Elliot seven gameweek’s to concede seven before that. Two away games upcoming we may need to rethink the GK situation.
At the back we had three defenders and three clean sheets. Throw in Kyle Naughton’s maximum bonus and it was a good week. Charlie Daniels recorded his third consecutive cleanie, Sead Kolasinac his second.
Our midfield was a mixed bag. We had to rely upon our two form men Mo Salah and Richarlison. Salah’s goal made it 13 attacking returns in the Prem so far, whilst Richarlison’s assist was his 10th return. Quite incredibly it is now seven out of the last eight weeks that the Watford man has scored at least 5pts. Wilf Zaha continued his consistent inconsistency with a blank against Stoke. In the last six weeks he has alternated returns and blanks. So I guess that means Brighton should start to worry. David Silva scored 1pt against Huddersfield, his lowest score of the season whilst Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came in from the bench for 2pts.
Captain wise you guys got it spot on. Harry Kane scored his first goal in four and picked up two bonus. 16pts was good enough for me. Jamie Vardy started the week off well with an assist on Friday whilst Roberto Firmino had a rare day off so spent the weekend on our bench.
With the team starting to perform I have decided this is the week we change the keeper situation. I had intended on running with just the one whilst Jack Butland was injured but with Newcastle suddenly conceding for fun I didn’t fancy having that every week.
Butland (OUT) – Pope (IN)
In comes Burnley shot stopper Nick Pope. Burnley have been a revelation this season and given that they have only conceded 10 in 13 league games Pope looks a bargain at £4.6m.
With just one day without FPL we’ve had a quick turnaround between gameweek’s so let’s see how we are setting up for gameweek14.
Nick Pope gets the nod. Both GK’s have decent enough match ups but as mentioned Newcastle are having a nightmare at the moment so in comes new addition Nick Pope. Pope is currently 5th highest scoring GK this season, which is fairly incredible given that he didn’t start a game until gameweek 5! Three clean sheets in his last four he was really unfortunate to not have four after Sanchez’s late penalty on Sunday.
In front of him Sead Kolasinac and Charlie Daniels retain their places with home games against Huddersfield and Burnley whilst we gamble that Trent Alexander-Arnold could get a start. If not we have Harry Maguire or Kyle Naughton to come in. Both with real shitty match ups.
Our midfield reverts back to a four. Richarlison will do very well to continue his fine form as he facies a United team that have only conceded six goals this season. Mo Salah on the other hand will be hoping to continue his run of goals. But can he do it on a cold Wednesday night in stoke? David Silva needs to bounce back with points because although he’s a great player his points ceiling seems to be a little lower than a fair few others of a similar cost. With us having money in the bank now he is the player I feel is most at risk of a transfer out. Last up is Wilf Zaha and if ever there was a game for him it was the ‘derby’ with Brighton. The last time these two played each other Zaha scored twice and sent Palace to the play-off final. A repeat of that will go down very nicely.
Up top we go with the usual three and hopefully they all start. Firmino’s benching Saturday was frustrating but hopefully that should ensure his start this week against Stoke. Only two attacking returns in the last 10 gameweek’s means we are keeping a keen eye on him. Love him as a player but he’s concerning me as an FPL option. His upcoming fixtures are certainly helping his case for staying. Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane face off against each other at the King Power Stadium so fingers crossed for a goal fest. Vardy, like Firmino, is also on a rather poor run of FPL form but being kept around due to fixtures. One goal in seven is certainly not ideal but after Spurs he has a very nice run of four. Harry Kane was also having a rare bad run until his goal Saturday so hopefully he can notch again this week.
With our first midweek gameweek of the season we need to keep our good run of form going and hope that rotation of our team is kept to a minimum. The target of a top 100k finish is still on and if we can make it seven green arrows in nine gameweek’s I’ll be over the moon.
You just cannot beat a Wednesday night Match of the Day so let’s hope it’s on watched off the back of another big week. With that said, the usual captain poll is below so all votes appreciated and hopefully you guys deliver again as you did at the weekend.
Good luck all and thanks for reading!
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru)