So, that Dimitri Payet fella is pretty good! To say that bringing him into our FPL team saved our gameweek would be the biggest understatement I could make right now. It was always our plan to bring him in as soon as he was fit but I can safely say we didn’t expect that kind of impact. Thanks to him we gained enough points for an overall green arrow in the Fantasy Premier League ranks and avoided 2 weeks of positional drops. So with that said, let’s have a look at how we did and how we shape up for gameweek 22.
Not quite the ‘bouncebackability’ we were looking for but certainly enough to get ourselves back up off the canvas after the gameweek 20 knock down! In goal we went with Jack Butland. We had high hopes for a cleanie here but Jonny Howson had different ideas. His wonder goal cost us a valuable 6 point haul, but with a strike that good you can’t blame our golden boy keeper. Also, I’m pleased our confidence in a Villa goal paid off with Hennessey benched.
The back 3 had a minor tweak and was about as useless as Daniel Sturridge’s hamstrings! Scott Dann was part of the Palace team that lost to Aston Villa. Yeah I know. Someone lost to Villa. Apparently that can actually happen. Eric Dier, in for the unused Aleksandar Kolarov, came in and was 6 minutes away from a cleanie until big Robert Huth decided against that. Finally, Kurt Zouma also picked up 1 whole point after the Chelsea back line reverted back to their early season form.
Our midfield faired a little better, led by the West Ham play-maker. Whoever struck the Payet deal behind the scenes there should be in the process of having a statue made of him outside the ground. Payet to West Ham is what Abbey Clancy is to Peter Crouch. Everyone is obviously talking about his free kick but the way he created the Valencia goal was also a thing of beauty.
Unsurprisingly he is being transferred in at an astounding rate so get him in soon if you don’t want to have to pay out the arse for him in a couple weeks. We had made clear our concerns over Arnautovic but knew Norwich was a fixture worth keeping him for and he duly obliged with a thoroughly impressive assist for Walters’ goal. Stoke’s upcoming games toughen up a bit so he could well find himself heading out soon. Ozil and De Bruyne were the other 2 midfielders and delivered 2 and 3 respectively. The blanks for both made it 3 from 4 for Ozil and 6 in 7 for De Bruyne. Very concerning statistics if it continues over the next couple of weeks. Especially considering 6 of the top 8 midfielders are less than 8m!
Up top was a complete disaster. All 3 of the teams our strikers play for failed to score, quite an achievement considering 15 of the 20 Premier League teams scored a goal this week. We gave the armband to Kane but quite frankly none of our viable captain candidates did anything so there was no real regret there.
We hit an average score of 35 which actually was the week average and moved us to within just 585 places of the top 100k. With all chips intact, including our second wildcard, we still feel confident of hitting our targets.
We decided against any transfers in this week, to give us 2 free ones next week so let’s have a look at how we line up for gameweek 22:
Not the week for our keepers. Butland home to Arsenal and Hennessey away to City. Let’s be honest, we can’t see either keeper keeping a clean sheet so we will favour the Stoke City stopper for the fact it’s home and none of City, Chelsea or United could score at the Britannia this season.
Our back line fills me with very little confidence following the midweek games. Zouma faces Everton and our own striker Lukaku, Kolarov is home to Palace but obviously may not play now Clichy is a rotation concern and our small hope lies with Eric Dier. Home to Sunderland in the early game Saturday, he will set the tone for our weekend’s hopes I guess.
Our midfield certainly looks to have points potential here. Payet faces a Newcastle team that have just 1 clean sheet in their last 9, so he will be looking to repeat his Tuesday night form. Mahrez gets a recall to the Updates XI after his midweek benching and faces bottom placed Villa. I for one am thinking the Villa win on Tuesday was far more a bizarre glitch in the Matrix and after seeing what Mahrez did to Villa back in September, he obviously gets the start here. Ozil will be looking to return to his usual ways when he comes up against our boy Butland. Another frustrating inter-team match up but not a lot we can do here. De Bruyne up last and he certainly needs to start returning points. Hopefully the Palace team is still in shock from the Tuesday loss and City can capitalise.
Up top and we are always one for redemption so ‘Arry Kane gets the armband again. We have once again ignored our stat from last week on Kane blanking, but Sunderland seldom keep clean sheets away from home and we feel confident that Spurs will come flying back following their loss to Leicester. Ighalo gets his second start for us and if there was any team right now you want a striker playing against then its Swansea. Yes they strung 3 clean sheets in a row together a few weeks back, but in their last 2 they have conceded 2 to United and a hat-trick to Jermain Defoe. Last up is Lukaku. No goals in 3 of his last 4 is a minor concern but following the Chelsea game he gets Swansea and Newcastle at home so we can allow him a couple of sub-standard weeks, not that a goal this week would go unappreciated…
That’s us for this week. The aim this week is to get back inside the top 100k, so a Spurs win to nil tomorrow lunch time would be a blaaaddy lovely way of kicking off the weekend.
So, some wise words to sign off with. We have said it before and we will say it again. The wildcard button is like a hot girl’s number on your phone. NEVER go using it when bevved up on a Friday night! Good luck to all and let’s have the green arrows roll in!
Written by FPL Guru