Gameweek 2 was an above average week for the side with a score of 50 points. The XI didn’t hit the heights of 80 points in gameweek 1 but the captaincy decision went well even if it was a minor difference. With just 2 goals, 2 assists and a clean sheet the side did well to rise about 400k places. There was just 2 clean sheets kept this week too, which made it hard for those who went big at the back.
The defence was a big disappointment this week with just one player scoring more than 2 points. Heaton managed just 2 saves as he conceded twice to Bournemouth. TAA & Robertson both blanked after a howler by Adrian to throw away the double clean sheet. However, Robbo went very close to scoring, so there are positive to take. Zinchenko conceded twice to Spurs with their only 2 shots on target and went down with cramp towards the end. He did create a couple of chances. Digne was our saving grace with his first assist of the season along with a clean sheet and maximum bps for 11 points. He went off with a knock later on which is a worry.
The decision to Captain Sterling over Salah paid off but there was only a 3 point swing after Sterling was booked and didn’t earn bonus for his goal. Salah was disappointing against Southampton as Mané braces and looked the better player. Lucas was benched against Man City but came off the bench and scored with his first touch. Perez was anonymous against Chelsea and has looked a good pick thus far.
Up top we got a double return as King and Wilson combined. Wilson won a penalty and King converted it but none managed any bonus.
Transfers: TAA/Perez/King (OUT) -> Lundstram/Martial/Pukki (-4)
The Liverpool defensive double up isn’t as appealing with no Alisson in goal, so I’m jumping off for the time being. In comes a defender playing in the centre of the park. I swapped him out late on before GW1 but he comes in now to save money. Perez goes for an OOP Martial who’s got some great fixtures to come. While King bagged a goal, the double up in attack was too much, especially with their next 3 games. The inform Pukki comes in. He hasn’t the easiest games on paper but I still think he’s capable of getting something before he embarks on a great run of games.
Gameweek 3 team:
Heaton faces Everton who are yet to concede this season but haven’t been as convincing going forward. Digne is also present in this Friday night game and he’s been declared fit by his manager and hopefully he’ll make it 3 CS in 3. Lundstram faces Leicester at home who don’t look as free flowing going forward but I’m not expecting anything like his 14 pointer like last week. Zinchenko travels to a Bournemouth side that’s yet to get up to full speed.
Martial debuts against Crystal Palace. This looks like a plum fixture with Palace struggling big time with the loss of AWB and are also yet to score. Salah faces Arsenal who have looked better at the back than last season (which isn’t hard) but this tie is usually full of goals. Arsenal are also stronger going forward, so this could be a game of who can outscore the other. After being benched last week and Son returning this week I’ve a few concerns of Moura but he faces Newcastle who have conceded 4 times already. He gets one more gameweek as I can see how he fares with a full strength Spurs side. Sterling travels to Bournemouth and City haven’t lost against Howe’s side. Last season was only a 1-0 result but City have hit 4 or more goals on 4 times since 2015.
Wilson faces Man City at home and it’s never been an easy tie for them as they are yet to beat them under Eddie Howe. City are vulnerable to the odd consolation goal and if anyone’s going to get it Wilson should be involved. At first glance, Chelsea looks a tough tie but with Pukki’s form, Norwich’s attacking intent and Chelsea still looking questionable at this early stage under Lampard I can definitely sense points.
Captain: Sterling. Man City have started the season really well even with their minor blip against Spurs. Going forward Sterling looks sharp and Bournemouth conceded to 2 promoted sides already. The only other player that would have been in my consideration was Kane at home to Newcastle but I’m confident in Pep’s side.
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