A crazy double gameweek is now over and we move back into the regular FPL structure for a short time. This week’s results meant that we scored an above average 58 and saw the return of the green arrows – hooray! However some serious defensive issues have arisen and it seems only fitting to switch up our defensive line.
Here is how we did:
So as mentioned the defence needs a re-boot and despite our defenders earning 2 clean sheets, the sudden absence of Jan Vertonghen meant that only the one was registered – equalling a below par of 6 points.
A wonderful surprise in the form of Matty Phillips was a huge help for our gameweek as he scored a resounding 20 points in the double gameweek. Clearly the armband should have gone to him, but a stand out show was almost impossible to foresee. Elsewhere in midfield nothing really happened as our 3 players all came off the bench to score a single point, each.
Luckily our strikers also performed well and the decision to bring Gomis in paid off massively as he scored 13 points following his first Swansea brace in the League. Captain Agbonlahor didn’t fail to deliver, although his Belgium counter-part would have been a better option as Benteke scored a whopping 23 points alone.
So after some consideration we felt that the defence was a priority, so that’s where both transfers have taken place this week; here they are.
OUT: Pantillimon / IN: Davis: Despite having some great form Sunderland face a blank gameweek in gameweek 33, as well as Arsenal, meaning a change in goal is a top priority and with Sunderland’s Forster out for the remainder of the year, the veteran Davis is a fitting replacement.
OUT: Yoshida / IN: Dann: With Alderweireld returning to the side Yoshida has dropped to the bench and in form Crystal Palace have a promising run of fixtures, against sides who don’t pose much of a goal threat.
So here is this week’s line up:
Starting XI: Davis (1.0%), Sakho (1.1%), Dann (1.4%), Vertonghen (2.2%), Lescott (3.8%), Mane (2.7%), Mahrez (0.3%), Phillips (1.3%), Agbonlahor (3.1%), Sakho (2.9%), Gomis (0.6%).
Bench: Ospina (2.5%), Walcott (0.3%), Nasri (1.9%), Zouma (1.5%).
Once again on paper our backline (5) looks very solid, however there is bound to be a surprise or two. Nevertheless with 5 players all providing good defensive cover, some clean sheet points should definitely be returned.
A 3 man midfield sees Mane partnered with Phillips and Mahrez in what could be a very poor showing, however we are fairly stretched at the moment. Some midfield changes will definitely follow in the coming weeks.
Up top is the trio that started last week, however the armband shifts over to in-form Gomis who faces a home game against Everton.
That wraps this week’s post up, hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!