The run of green arrows and leapfrogging hundreds of thousands of fellow FPL managers had to stop somewhere.
Here’s how the Differentials XI looked at the end of the week:
Gameweek 21 saw us score 2 points below average (56) and while that score isn’t the worst in the world, it still saw us fall to 787k overall. What made it even less bearable was having Coleman on the bench, given the fact he picked up a surprising clean sheet, an assist and maximum bonus points for a total of 12 points! On the field of play, the ever reliable Rose and Luiz kept their standard clean sheet. Elsewhere, Pedro grabbed a goal with Willian, Giroud and captain Snodgrass getting assists.
Onto this week and the fixtures look promising for a big return. Here’s how the Differentials XI line up:
Starting XI: Forster (4.8%), Luiz (4.1%), Dawson (1.3%), Coleman (5.0%), Pedro (5.2%), Mkhitaryan (2.5%), Willian (4.5%), Ozil (7.2%), Giroud (10.0%), Rondon (9.0%), Benteke (5.6%)
Bench: Stekelenburg (2.3%), Shawcross (1.8%), Rose (9.6%), Pereyra (0.3%)
The back 4 consists of Forster, Luiz, Dawson and Coleman. All of them, bar Coleman, have home games that look winnable. Forster’s Southampton are without a clean sheet in 5 but at home to struggling Leicester, their tides could change. It looks like Chelsea have reconsolidated – after conceding 4 in 2 – by getting themselves back to clean sheet ways. They will be looking for a win before facing Arsenal and Liverpool, the sides that made them switch to 3-4-3. Dawson at home to Sunderland is a good a chance as any for a clean sheet, while although not at home, Coleman has a remarkable fixture against big Sam’s Palace and makes me comfortable in benching Rose.
I don’t think my midfielders have ever looked so strong. Due to Snodgrass exceeding the ownership threshold, he had to go. With plenty of room in the budget, I’ve opted for Ozil. He may be a short term fix as his ownership has the potential to fly but remember I’ve still got all the chips in my back pocket. Pedro and Willian benefitted massively with the row over Diego Costa and there is certainly an argument that both of them should keep their place in the starting 11 after the performance they put in at the weekend. Mkhitaryan has Stoke away and apart from Zlatan, he is looking United’s biggest threat.
Up top another good 3 fixtures. Giroud has Burnley which is a good opportunity to add to his goals tally. Benteke has a trickier fixture at home to Everton but he is the most likely Palace player to score. Rondon rounds off the team at home to Sunderland. Let’s hope for another hat-trick of headers.
Written by FPL Avids (@FPLAvids)