Green arrows! Thank fook. Yes, our Triple Captain choice of Sergio Aguero didn’t pan out quite as we hoped but it was enough to help us to a 76pt week and a rise of around 200k places.
We certainly weren’t helped by Pep’s rotation of Kev De Bruyne and John Stones but across our four players on a double we did ok.
For anyone who has read this article before will know my utter frustration at my inability to select the right keeper any week. I was sure I had got it right last week. I was wrong. Eldin Jakupovic conceded a three compared to Ben Foster’s two, yet still out scored him. It’s only a point again but it’s doing my nut!
At the back we had Erik Pieters to thank. I expected some points against Middlesborough but away to Manchester City in the second of his two games it was more a case of fingers crossed. 2 clean sheets and 2 bonus points meant the 14pts made a big difference. John Stones also accounted for a clean sheet but not playing in the Stoke match was a real shame. Chris Brunt and Leighton Baines registered a point apiece to complete the defensive scoring.
I had assumed Kevin De Bruyne would be the main man in our midfield but his benching against Boro and blank against stoke meant his 4pts were eclipsed by Sadio Mane. Mane was instrumental in the win over Arsenal, scoring 13ps. With Matty Phillips still out we had Etienne Capoue come in for 2pts.
Up top it was all about Sergio Aguero and our decision to hand him the triple captain chip. 7pts in the first game away at Sunderland was a good start considering his second was against a Stoke team that had shipped four in their last away game. Unfortunately it was a depressing 0-0 (which I watched over the Barca game) which was really not ideal for Aguero and only softened by having Pieters. 27pts as our triple captain was ok but certainly not how I envisaged it. Christian Benteke blanked whilst Romelu Lukaku scored his 18th of the season picking up 6pts against Spurs.
Green arrows were a relief but the jump up wasn’t quite as big as we were hoping. With one double out the way it’s now time for the harsh realities of this weeks blank week. Just 8 teams playing means it’s really just a case of getting by so here are our GW28 transfers in preparation.
Benteke (OUT) – Carroll (IN)
Ake (OUT) – Maguire (IN)
Neither transfer completely surprising but both made with GW28 and beyond in mind. When they were made it gave us nine players this week, a healthy amount, but we have since found out we have an injured player so eight it is. There is a chance we do a late move for a hit but not as it stands.
Typically I have both keepers to choose from but surely I can’t get this one wrong, can I?! Eldin Jakupovic home to Swansea has to be better than Everton away for Ben Foster.
At the back we welcome in Harry Maguire who will sit nicely next to Chris Brunt and Leighton Baines. As far as back three’s go this week we look pretty healthy. Aside from Everton and WBA playing each other that is.
In midfield it was looking good until the confirmation of Matty Phillips‘ absence. Tom Davies and Sadio Mane do start for us though and do look to be pretty decent options.
Up top it’s Andy Carroll and Romelu Lukaku. Looking at the eight teams playing there really doesn’t look to be much better out there. Fernando Llorente may be the only other player to make a case this week but we are happy with that duo up front.
So there’s our line up. 4pt hit taken and eight players playing should mean we are in with a good chance of green arrows. This week is a week that we just need to get before all the big doubles and I think we are in a fairly good position.
Good luck to all and let’s hope for some Sunday night green arrows!
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru_)