As a huge double gameweek is just around the corner it becomes increasingly important to plan your side to ensure that you have as many players, who’ll be playing twice, as possible. Of course our task is to make sure they’re under the 5.0% TSB which does remove a lot of double gameweek candidates, however you’ll see in this week’s article that we are prepping for next gameweek already and removing a lot of the ‘dead wood’ within the side.
Anyway let’s have a look at how the team faired last week.
So as you can see an extremely disappointing gameweek which resulted in only 22 points, a nightmare! On average each player scored only two points and our captaincy was a huge waste as Gomis came off in the first half with a hamstring injury that will keep him side-lined for a month. After such a poor gameweek some drastic changes were needed, especially with the aforementioned double gameweek on the horizon.
So here they are:
IN: SCHLUPP / OUT: SAKHO: With the Liverpool defender out for a long period it seemed fitting to replace him with another defender who’ll have a double gameweek in GW34, and with Leicester still playing at the weekend (as well as twice in gameweek 34) Schlupp was the perfect differential replacement, as he offers good defensive and attacking potential.
IN: LENNON / OUT: WALCOTT: With the Arsenal man looking less and less likely to play every week it seemed very important to replace him. Aaron Lennon offers good long term value as he has recently made a name for himself in the Everton side. The Toffees have some promising fixtures in the final stretch, including a home tie against Burnley this weekend.
IN: MURRAY / OUT: SAKHO: Another injury blow in the form of Diafra Sakho means we are forced into the third change of the week. This change sees Crystal Palace star Glenn Murray come into the side, a player who has scored three goals in his last three. Although it seems impossible to keep up these double digit returns, The Eagles seem well and truly unstoppable at the moment and it would be folly to ignore the in-form striker.
IN: NUGENT / OUT: GOMIS: Another injury means another change and this time it’s another double gameweek player, in the form of David Nugent. Although a lot of people are opting for Jamie Vardy for gameweek 34, Nugent actually offers good, if not better attacking potential. While Nugent actually starts up-front for Leicester he is also on penalties for the Foxes and this really maximises his chances of returning the goods – definitely one to watch out for!
So after all four changes have been covered here is our team for gameweek 33:
Starting XI: Davis (1.8%), Schlupp (1.1%), Dann (1.7%), Vertonghen (2.1%), Lescott (3.8%), Nasri (1.8%), Lennon (0.8%), Mahrez (0.3%), Mane (2.6%), Murray (2.7%), Nugent (0.5%).
Bench: Ospina (2.6%), Zouma (1.2%), Agbonlahor (2.3%), Phillips (1.1%).
The four changes made give us a lot more guaranteed starters in the long run, although there are still a few questionable players in the squad (Zouma, Nasri and Vertonghen). However, these can also be sorted out in the future.
Davis starts in goal this week and has four players in front of him. The defence this week is very unpredictable and it’s likely that we’ll be counting on our points from elsewhere. However you never know with FPL!
The midfield looks a lot more solid this week as Lennon comes in alongside Mane, Nasri and Mahrez. Some promising fixtures in this area should result in a few goals or assists from our midfielders.
Finally up top our new boys Glenn Murray, who faces West Brom at home, and David Nugent, who is given the armband for the Differentials XI this week.
So let’s hope for a better week in gameweek 33, good luck to all of you and thanks for reading!