The FPL Updates XI achieved a third consecutive sub-40pt week in the Fantasy Premier League seeing us drop outside the top 500k. I’m starting to feel a little like Pep Guadiola. A good early run now being let down by an underachieving Sergio Aguero and with John Stones seemingly completely incapable of playing in a match where he keeps a clean sheet. If anyone knows the last time Stonesy played 90 minutes and earned a cleanie please tweet me and let me know.
So with gameweek 10 on the horizon let’s have a quick recap on the FPL Updates XI’s gameweek 9 and see where we actually scraped together some points.
Once again we were left with no choice but to start Ben Foster in goal. Last week was the fifth game in a row that WBA have conceded and with Man City and Leicester up next it probably looks a little like that will be seven. Thankfully Burnley, Hull and Watford follow the International break so we will continue to ride this out. Anyone else miss the days of Jack Butland’s double figure hauls every other week?! I miss that like I miss eating 10p Freddo’s whilst watching Kelly Kapowski dance around in lycra in Saved By The Bell. Oh the good old days.
Our back three for the most part was fairly positive. Erik Pieters was brought in and he picked up a clean sheet as did Hector Bellerin who we brought in the week before. As mentioned above John Stones didn’t as they drew 1-1 with Southampton. City have now gone 6 games in all competitions without a win but with WBA, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Burnley up next he and they surely ought to soon.
Our midfield is a serious concern. All five have had a purple patch so far this season but failed to return more than 3pts for us last week. Aside from Mesut Ozil all the others have now blanked in at least three straight. Fixtures are friendly to all five though so we will persist for at least one more week.
Our front line is suffering for two reasons. Firstly Sergio Aguero just doesn’t look that settled in this City system. Granted he has five in seven in the league but this doesn’t look the same Aguero where we expect him to score two a game. At 13.1m his future in our line up is under scrutiny but the big potential upside though is his next four games (see above). So now isn’t the time to drop him in my opinion. The second reason is Jose Mourinho. Watching Marcus Rashford used as almost an auxiliary right back the last couple weeks hasn’t helped us. Admittedly his last two have been tough but with Burnley, Swansea and West Ham in the next three it is crucial that he gets back to scoring form. The only positive up top is the reliable Romelu Lukaku. Anyone who has played Fantasy Premier League the last few years will know ‘relaiable’ and ‘Lukaku’ haven’t always gone hand in hand but with attacking returns in five of his last six maybe he is that guy now. Everton certainly don’t have the easiest of runs up until Christmas but he is going nowhere.
A score of 37pts is actually our second lowest of the season but fixtures are kind until the Internationals so we are leaving the free transfer for the following week. Either our team clicks this week or it doesn’t and it’s going to need more than just one free transfer to sort. With changes made we will be lining up with the below
For the first time this season we start the same 11 in back to back weeks. Ben Foster is in goal by default and let’s just say I will be sitting at home fingers crossed that he can just finish on 3pts. Save points our only hope as I think Man City bounce back with a win here.
John Stones starts in the same game and he is alongside Hector Bellerin away to Sunderland and Erik Pieters at home to Swansea. Bellerin now has four straight games with some sort of return whilst Pieters now has two in a row. Both players have perfect fixtures to continue this.
Our midfield are all playing away this week and not in a Ryan Giggs/John Terry type of way. Michail Antonio with possibly the hardest game away at Everton. Mesut Ozil faces Sunderland in the early Saturday game and was certainly in my thinking for captaincy. Raheem Sterling has blanked three weeks in a row but faces a WBA team that as I mentioned earlier have conceded in five straight. He needs a return soon. Last up is Adam Lallana. Back from injury last week he failed to play 90 minutes but it is clear that Liverpool just seem to tick when he is on the pitch. He’s a Klopp favourite and a real bargain at £7.1m. He travels to Crystal Palace who are one of only two teams yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Etienne Capoue gets a mention even though he is benched. A home tie with Hull means there is a distinct possibility we will be regretting this come Monday.
Up top and we are going for it again. Sergio Aguero is captain. The last time we did this he delivered -2pts. It was tough call but we are keeping faith in him against WBA. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock on Wednesday night but we think he will be fine to face Burnley at home. Well, we certainly hope so seeing as Burnley have conceded three goals in each of their three away games this season. Last up is Romelu Lukaku. We strongly considered Rom as captain this week but he only gets the VC role. Either way we are hoping he can deliver again as he faces West Ham at home.
So that’s how we line up this week. I’m 99% sure we will surpass our GW9 score of 37pts but it’s getting back to the 50+ that we need. Our season aim of a top 50k finish looks about as unlikely as David Moyes winning a manager of the Month award but we all know this is a marathon not a sprint. Well, if we don’t hit 37pts this week I might even be ahead of Moyes in the sack race.
Good luck to everyone this week and can you please cross fingers, toes, eyes or whatever it takes for us to see some green arrows on Tuesday morning!
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru_)