With gameweek 3 over, the FPL Differentials XI enter the last gameweek (4) before the first, tedious international break of the season. With some differentials continuing to perform and other members of the squad failing to take part a couple of issues arose over the course of gameweek 3, so before we get into that we’ll take a look at the side’s performance.
So as you can see a pretty disappointing week from the differentials and it is clear that some changes are needed. Despite captain Vardy delivering, to an extent, and Redmond scoring points for the third week running we failed to have a huge impact in other areas of the pitch.
Now as you can see a certain player took part in our gameweek despite being inelligble to play for us, this player was of course Ross Barkley, now owned by a huge 13.5% of players. Now although he was selected as third sub, he was automatically swapped for Ashley Young, who failed to feature for Manchester United. Now as a result Barkley scored two points for us which does mean that 2 of our points are not valid. Although 2 points does not seem a lot in the grand scheme of things it can have a huge impact and as we aren’t looking to gain any unfair advantage it was decided that a forfeit would be put into place. The forfeit is a fairly simple one, we will be taking a “-4” point hit to ensure that Barkley’s 2 points are removed, and a further 2 are also removed for our mistake. So now that is all cleared up we move onto gameweek 4 and our team selection.
Starting XI: Boruc (1.7%), Schlupp (1.7%), Reid (0.9%), Rose (2.4%), Montero (2.6%), Lens (0.7%), Navas (1.7%), Shaqiri (3.0%), Jerome (1.0%), Rodriguez (1.2%), Vardy (4.4%)
Bench: Adrian (4.2%), Young (1.9%), Gibbs (0.9%), Jones (0.4%).
So with goalkeeper Adrian out suspended we are again forced to play Artur Boruc in goal, who’s leaky Bournemouth side face a goal happy Leicester, at home. The same back three start for us, however whether all of them will feature is another question and an issue that will need to be addressed in the near future.
In midfield the two new boys (X. Shaqiri and J. Navas) start and the captain’s armband goes straight to the Swiss international. Alongside these two are Montero and Lens, while Redmond and Barkley were both replaced after having high ownership percentages. Some good fixtures for our midfielders this week and the fact that we are able to have a Manchester City player within our ranks should lead to some good fortune, but it should be pointed out that most of Man City’s success so far has been down the left and not the side of our chosen starlet, Jesus Navas (the right side).
Meanwhile up top is the same trio that started in gameweek 3, hopefully this week they can be among the goals. Cameron Jerome and his Norwich side head to Southampton, while Vardy takes a trip to newly promoted Bournemouth where he’ll be looking to capitalize on their poor defensive record so far in the Premier League.
So that’s its for this week, hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading.
By Dan Rahilly