Meh. An improvement, but still disappointing. That’s how I’d some up last weekend for the FPL Differentials XI.
Before we go on, here’s how the Differentials XI looked at the end of the week:
An above par 54pts that saw the team rise 500k up to 1 million in the rankings. But it’s bitter sweet with 17pt Stekelenburg on the bloody bench. The new body captain Callum Wilson made me sweat as his team won 6-1 but he thought he’d wait until the last goal to grab his points. Lanzini delivered the goods yet again and his uber differential status saw me shoot up in the rankings. Having Bolasie on the bench was also a negative but it was only a maximum of 4 points lost so wasn’t the worst.
Onto this week. No transfers, 2 for GW10 in the bank.
Starting XI: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Mustafi, Luiz, Lanzini, Eriksen, Pereyra, Bolasie, Nolito, Wilson, Benteke
Bench: Forster, Ighalo, Dawson, Cathcart
I’m certainty not risking benching Stekelenburg after the performance he gave at the Etihad Stadium. Coleman gets the nod over Dawson who has an away trip to Liverpool. Arsenal are on a great run of form and surely it’s only a matter of time before they turn those good performances into a few clean sheets. Mustafi‘s ‘due a goal’ too! While David Luiz was in contention for MOTM against champions Leicester and looked solid in Chelsea’s new 3 at the back formation.
In midfield it’s the 5 pronged approach yet again given the fact Ighalo didn’t feature last week for Watford. Pereyra is still playing for the Hornets and isn’t picked by a lot of teams so even though he’s inconsistent it’s worth having him as he has explosive potential. Eriksen, Bolaise & Nolito are all top-end players playing for top-end clubs and it doesn’t really matter who they are playing, in regards to their points return. However they are all streaky players; they could go 5 weeks without a points return and then go 5 weeks scoring or assisting. There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to their performances and that’s perhaps why so many FPL managers overlook them when selecting their FPL team. Completing the team is Lanzini. Off the back of his goal at the weekend and at home to Sunderland; he’s got my armband. This is a perfect opportunity for West Ham to pick up on their slow start against David Moyes whose side are looking dead certs to go down already.
This week the forwards have difficult fixtures. Callum Wilson is at home to Spurs while Benteke is away at Leicester. Both of their opponents have had midweek Champions League commitments so let’s hope they have a sluggish start and are suffering from fatigue so our strike force can flourish.
Team subject to change.
That’s it this week; all the best and may your arrows be green!
Written by FPL Avids (@FPLAvids)
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