A second consecutive red arrow awaited us after gameweek 29 and another -4 point hit did not seem to come off as new boy (and captain) Wilfried Bony only made the bench while Marhez also failed to score or assist as Leicester drew 0-0 with Hull. However, with the promise of a double gameweek and a majority of home games left, Mahrez still has time to act as a great differential for the side. Anyway let’s have a look at last week’s score:
As you can see (again!) only 3 players really contributed to this week’s score – these were Lescott with 6 point, Sakho with 8 and Phillips with 7.
Pantillimon proved the wrong choice as he scored 1 point while Arsenal’s goalkeeper Ospina managed a 6 point haul in a 3-0 win against West Ham. Once again the back line saved us a little as Sakho racked up 2 bonus points on top of the six he picked up for a clean sheet. Vertonghen scored 1 in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United and Lescott picked up 6 in a 1-0 victory against Stoke.
Despite scoring a wonder-goal against Crystal Palace Matty Phillips only received 7 points (no added merit for his sensational strike) while the rest of the midfield managed the same total between them.
Another disappointing week for the strikers of the side saw them only manage 5 between them, something which is increasingly poor as the captain (Bony) was among them.
So in the hope of getting green arrows after two disappointing weeks we make 2 transfers for the third week running, they are as follows:
IN: SADIO MANE / OUT: JAUN CUADRADO:
After being eliminated from the Champions League, the Premier League is now Chelsea’s only remaining competition and it seems that Mourinho will be fielding the same 11 for each remaining game. As a result, new signing Cuadrado’s game time will be very limited so the replacement is Southampton starlet Sadio Mane who is in a terrific run of form.
IN: GABRIEL AGBONLAHOR / OUT: NICIKA JELAVIC:
Although it may seem like a bandwagon transfer there is more method to it than just a panic differential buy. Villa’s fixtures are very promising over the next few gameweeks and they have a double gameweek on the horizon in which they face Manchester United (who can be suspect at the back) AWAY and strugglers Queens Park Rangers HOME. With this and Tim Sherwood’s new all-out attack method in mind it seems like a no brainer to have a Villa forward in this differential side.
Here is how we line up for gameweek 30:
Starting XI: Ospina (2.1%), Sakho (1.1%), Vertonghen (2.3%), Yoshida (2.8%), Mane (2.1%), Nasri (2.2%), Walcott (0.4%), Phillips (0.5%), Agbonlahor (1.8%), Sakho (2.7%), Bony (4.1%).
Bench: Pantillimon (4.4%), Zouma (1.8%), Mahrez (0.4%), Lescott (3.5%).
So after Sunderland’s shocking defensive display Ospina replaces Pantilimon as Arsenal travel to St. James’ Park. In front of the Colombian number 1 is Liverpool’s Sakho, who still remains a wonderful differential and seemingly a bonus point magnet, Jan Vertonghen and Yoshida. Although the Southampton defender failed to start against Chelsea, after Alderweireld has returned from injury, it is worth starting him just in case he plays as a clean sheet is almost guaranteed for the Saints this weekend.
A four man midfield this week features new signing Mane, Nasri, Theo Walcott and previous high scorer Matty Phillips. Some good fixtures for our midfield this week leaves our chances of success down to team selection as Nasri and Walcott have recently been out of favour in the League.
Hopefully our attacking display will be a large improvement on last week as Gabriel Agbonlahor partners Bony and, captain for this week, Diafra Sakho. Sakho’s West Ham host Sunderland this week who have been very poor defensively in the past few gameweeks. On top of that West Ham will be hoping to capitalize on Poyet’s recent sacking.
So that concludes this week’s article, best of luck for gameweek 30 and as always thanks for reading.