Thanks Aguero! So, gameweek 4 did not go quite as planned. Another sub 40pt week and the fantasy trigger finger getting ominously close to that Wildcard button! Somehow the FPL Updates XI management team have given it one more week. With some positives week 5 fixtures our current squad is drinking in the last chance saloon but firstly, lets have a look at gameweek 4’s 36 point fantasy premier league return:
Starting from the back, although we weren’t fully expectant of a Ruddy clean sheet, we weren’t helped out by Whittacker’s frankly ridiculous 2 yellow cards. From the moment he left the field we were relying solely on save points. In front of him we had just the one cleanie. Cedric delivered a pleasing 7pt display and with his impressive start to the season I foresee him being a mainstay in the Updates XI squad.
Onto the midfield and it all felt a little familiar. The big hitters faultering and a mid-ranger saving us. Hazard, Depay and Cazorla drew further blanks (just the 1 assist and 0 goals between the 3 all season) and it was Andre Ayew with a match winning performance against United that ended up accounting for 36% of our weeks total. Mahrez’s 45 min, 1pt performance was further disappointment but considering his form so far and his nice week 5 match up we will turn a blind eye to that one.
Last and certainly least is the strikeforce. I’d be lying if I hadn’t been expecting the points to roll in for fun from the dynamic duo up top. How wrong I was. Benteke home to West Ham and Aguero home to Watford looked primed to bring us a plethora of Monday morning green arrows. Instead we got 2pts from the big Belgian and a measly 4pts from Captain Kun. Granted, we weren’t alone in being disappointed by the 2 but when you’re struggling it seems to feel worse.
So, with the International break finally over (thankfully) we can begin to focus on week 5 and finally marching up the tables.
We have controversially decided against a transfer this week, to give us 2 free next week so here is how we line up this week
At the back we have gone for the Norwich double up. Ruddy in between the sticks and Wisdom in a bargain back 3. Although they have yet to keep a clean sheet this season we personally feel Wisdom is a better shout for a clean sheet than Richards away to Leicester. Cedric and Huth make up the backline. Cedric’s marauding runs forward and potential for attacking returns make him a great pick even for away games and Huth home to a Villa team that have scored just 1 goal in 2 away games this season.
The midfield sets up exactly the same as week 4. On paper it has some fantastic potential and we genuinely believe this week is the one we see Depay (Liverpool), Hazard (Everton) and/or Cazorla (Stoke) step up and deliver. I don’t often make bold predictions but I’m having visions of a free kick goal from Depay and a penalty from Cazorla. Don’t go remortgaging your house to back that though! We could also do with a repeat of the last game week from Ayew (Watford). Swansea certainly looked more effective against Utd when they went to a midfield diamond and Ayew pushed up alongside Gomis. OOP mid priced midfielders are absolute FPL gold dust and this guy excites me every time we line him up. Last midfielder is Riyad Mahrez. Left out of his Nations game last week he should be fit and ready to go for the visit of Villa. His place in the Updates XI is certainly not at risk but we would thoroughly appreciate a few points from the tricky Algerian.
And so to the strikeforce. Benteke (Man Utd) and Aguero (Palace). Not the easiest of fixtures for either but with very favourable fixtures after this week we have them in and would love, not expect, plentiful attacking returns.
Thanks for reading guys and let’s hope we all see green arrows and enjoy Premier League football back in our lives. What is it about FPL that makes me so bitter about International breaks?
Best of luck to you all!!
By FPL Guru