So, after a hit or miss game-week one for most of you FPL managers, we are now staring game-week two in the face. As you may have seen, we as FPL_Updates are running 3 teams currently and one of those teams is the Shithouse XI (To see the break-down of the team so far, click here to see last week’s post) If you had a bad week, thank your lucky stars you didn’t have this Shithouse XI line-up from our first week:
872nd out of 874 in the FPL_Updates league & rank 2,725,423 out of nearly 3 million players overall. A point haul proving the worthiness of the team name.
Green – As Boruc didn’t play, who was originally in our team to face game-week one, Green came in as his automatic replacement. Hull managed to bag the winner in this game on the 51st minute thanks to the unlikely goalscorer Chester. With that, Green lost his clean-sheet bonus but he did manage 3 saves out of Hull’s 4 attempts in total, bagging him an extra point.
Amat – As we thought, Amat would come in to replace the departed Chico Flores and the player took part in the full 90 minutes against Manchester United in the Premier League kick-off match. The player lost all of his tackling attempts (2) and aerial battles (3), as well as being part of the defence that conceded that Wayne Rooney goal on the 52nd minute. He’ll be looking to improve on those stats in the next match against Burnley, as long as new signing Federico Fernandez doesn’t earn his place in the side ahead of him.
Yanga-Mbiwa – Unfortunately, Yanga-Mbiwa didn’t take part in the loss to Manchester City due to a knock but he could potentially feature against Villa this coming weekend.
Brown – Wes Brown completed 80 minutes against West Brom in game-week one but thanks to two Berahino goals, Brown was left with a single point to show for it. He did show that he does the job he’s asking to according to the stats though by winning all of his aerial battles (3).
Smalling – Chris was on the wrong side of a 2-1 result which left him with a singular fantasy football point for his 90 minutes of hard graft. According to stats, Smalling didn’t have a particularly bad game, succeeding in every tackle (2), aerial battle (7), clearance (5) and interception (1) he attempted. His passing in the defensive third was flawless, completing all 18 attempts but despite this, he and United will be looking to have a better game next time out against Sunderland.
Cattermole – Ah Lee. The unlikely big point scorer of the week in this team. Cattermole scored his 2nd goal in 6 seasons for Sunderland against West Brom on the weekend, bagging himself 8 points, including a rare bonus point. He surprisingly didn’t pick up a card and managed to help the Black Cats to a draw. Don’t expect this type of result from him every week though as he is surely going to return to his card seeing ways very soon.
Wanyama – Victor Wanyama was another player to pick up just the two points for playing in the last game-week. However, the Southampton midfielder was influential across the field and was on for two bonus points mid-way through the second half. He put in a lot of tackles, winning 9 of his 11 battles, but he failed to help his side take any points at Anfield. For Fantasy Football, we feel Victor may play too much of a holding role in order to bag assist/goal/bonus points.
Jedinak – With the recent and sudden departure of Tony Pulis, Palace were always going to have their work cut-out with their opening fixture of the season against Arsenal. Unfortunately, they narrowly lost 2-1 to the Gunners, thanks to a late Ramsey winner. Jedinak himself
had a particularly good game in terms of winning the ball and taking part in defensive duties, winning all 9 of his tackling attempts. However, he only managed to successfully complete just over half of his passing attempts (19 out of 36), meaning he was one of those responsible with helping Arsenal retain almost 78% possession throughout the match.
Fellaini – To be fair to the Belgian, he only spent 24 minutes on the pitch but he too was only able to bag himself a singular fantasy football point. Fellaini managed no shots at all during his time on the field but did assist in creating 2 chances for his team-mates. Unfortunately, the midfielder has picked up a foot injury, seemingly ruling him out for some time to come after he was seen on crutches, with his leg in a brace.
Soldado – Soldado did not feature on the weekend at all, despite being fit and on the bench. Adebayor was the chosen man to start and when he was replaced during the match, Harry Kane was selected over the Spaniard. He will be hoping to bag some game time against QPR in game-week two.
Altidore – Big Jozy was brought on to replace Wes Brown with 10 minutes to go as Sunderland pushed for a point or three, which his team managed when Larsson equalised in the 84th minute. Unfortunately, Altidore only managed a mere 5 passes whilst on the pitch, with 3 of them successfully reaching its intended target. His result on fantasy football?; a single point. Gus Poyet has come out and said that the American needs to improve his fitness and form to be competing against the likes of Fletcher & Wickham for his place in the side.
So with all that said, here is our line-up for game-week 2:
Fellaini – As mentioned, the Belgian has picked up an injury and it is not yet known when he will return. Despite doubts over whether Yanga-Mbiwa, Altidore, Soldado or Amat will play, Marouane is our transfer out for this week.
Lucas – With Lucas playing his part in the win against Southampton on the weekend, we feel Liverpool may have a similar idea about fielding one or two holding/defensive midfielders against the current champions Manchester City in game-week two. With the player taking a liking to picking up yellow cards, and only ever scoring one goal for Liverpool in the league since he joined them in ’07, we feel he is suitable for an FPL Shithouse XI team which is why he is our transfer in.
We have chosen to captain Soldado against QPR as we feel he may play after completely missing out last week. If that fails, Wanyama did have a good week last week according to his stats so we have given them both a chance to redeem themselves.
Be sure to check back next week to keep track of how this team does. Be sure to tweet us with any suggestions you may have for the squad at @FPL_Updates.