Finally, a decent weekly score. After a three week run that would have had even David Moyes feeling sorry for us, we bounced back in semi impressive fashion. Ordinarily 68pts for the FPL Updates XI would see us flying up the rankings but we had to settle for a move up of just 48k but back into the top 500k again.
So before we take a look at this upcoming gameweek 11 let’s have a look at how the FPL Updates XI did in gameweek 10 where we avoided a transfer and kept faith with a certain Argentine striker.
As expected we got next to nothing out of our keeper Ben Foster. As we continue to highlight, he has now gone eight games without a clean sheet but in all fairness to him his last three have been tough. Especially last week against Manchester City who pretty much had their way with a lacklustre WBA team.
At the back it finally happened! John Stones kept a Premier League clean sheet! As we said, City pretty much controlled the game from start to finish so at long last the centre half picked up his first return of more than two points this season. He even added his first bonus point of the season too. Calm down Stonesy! Unfortunately for us his return wasn’t matched by our other two defenders, Hector Bellerin and Erik Pieters. Quite how Arsenal conceded to Sunderland still remains a mystery whilst Swansea’s early temporary equaliser on Monday night put pay to any hopes of some late points.
Our midfield four disappointed once again and aside from a Mesut Ozil assist there wasn’t much else. Michail Antonio blanked for his fifth game straight in the loss to Everton, Raheem Sterling took his run of blanks to four, the same as our last midfielder Adam Lallana. We said last week how all of our midfielders are looking at a fortunate run of fixtures but if there’s not an improvement soon wholesale changes will be made after the International break.
Up top was a completely different story. Sergio Aguero had totalled just 2pts over his previous 215 Premier League minutes before GW 10 and had seen a surprise price decrease. Given his upcoming four matches we couldn’t possibly drop him so instead we gave him the armband. And what a relief it was to see him pick up two goals and an assist for a 32pt haul for the FPL Updates XI. I have played Fantasy Premier League enough years now to know that if Sergio Aguero has blanked for a few weeks you just know a big week is coming. He is one of very few players capable of those kinds of weeks and my thoughts go out to those trying to bring him back in. Romelu Lukaku continued his fantastic 2016/17 season with a goal and an assist against West Ham scoring us 12pts and taking him to second in FPL scoring this season. Last up was Marcus Rashford. Some say it’s the media that kill these young talented footballers. Wrong. It’s me. Since I brought him in against Stoke he has done absolutely nothing. Four blanks in a row have really hurt whilst mid-range strikers elsewhere have delivered. Six of the top 12 scoring strikers are priced under £7m so if this doesn’t improve he will certainly be in the firing line. He’s a great player but Jose Mourinho needs to get the best out of him soon.
68pts was our second highest score of the season and enough to get us back into green arrows. We saved a transfer so have two free. Given that it’s the dreaded International break next week we have currently decided to use just one, carrying the other over.
Davies (OUT) – Lovren (IN)
Liverpool have one clean sheet in 10 games yet we have decided to bring in a one of their defenders. This does comes with a big BUT though as they have a fantastic fixture run all the way until the turn of the year so if it means it’s one less swap we need to make for at least two months I’m all for it. Aside from that he has also scored twice this season so he has clearly shown he is happy to get in on the act with Liverpool looking in in fine attacking form. With the move made let’s have a look at our line-up for the coming GW 11.
Ben Foster in again. After what was a horrid run of games against Spurs, Liverpool and City he thankfully just has Leicester to play before his run of three against Burnley, Hull and Watford. If anyone one deserves to see some points from the WBA stopper it’s us!
Our back three sees new boy Dejan Lovren thrown straight into the mix as he faces a Watford team who have scored just three in their last five games. He lines up next to Hector Bellerin and John Stones in a pretty decent back three on paper. Bellerin faces a Spurs team in indifferent form. Hopefully the midweek Spurs turn up whilst Stones looks for his second consecutive clean sheet as City host Middlesbrough.
We have a full house of home fixtures in midfield so hopes are that we can finally see some good returns. The only player in any sort of form is Mesut Ozil and after watching the GIF of his Ludogorets goal all week we are really hoping he can replicate this Sunday. As mentioned earlier Michail Antonio, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling need to impress following barren runs so to be honest, with the two free transfers left I’m pretty confident this will not be our midfield come GW 12.
Up top it’s the same three but with the inevitable realisation that we won’t be seeing a repeat of last week. Marcus Rashford has been playing wide most weeks but surely he will be seen through the middle soon. The big question is whether Mourinho has the nerve to drop a miss-firing Ibrahimovic. Either way he faces a Swansea team that have conceded 11 in their last five so surely this will be the game for United to get back to winning ways. Romelu Lukaku has been one of the picks of the season but will really be tested against a Chelsea team with four clean sheets on the bounce. With all the summer talk of a move to the Londoners I’m sure he will be up for this so although he is starting he is nowhere near the captain discussion this week. Mainly because it should be illegal to look past last week’s hero Sergio Aguero. Middlesbrough are hardly a walk over as their 0-0 away draw at Arsenal proved but City go into this off the back of a 4-0 last week and a 3-1 midweek win against Barcelona. This is a no brainer captain pick for us and I really suggest bringing him back in if you were silly enough to sell him last week. If you’re struggling to muster the funds have a serious think about whether you have a sibling you don’t like or body organ you don’t need. If the answer is yes I strongly advise selling them off so you can get yourself a Captain Kun this week.
So with a little respect restored I have finally been able to stop ignoring the calls from the men upstairs at FPL Updates HQ but we really need a 50+ going into the International break. With that in mind please make sure you cherish every ounce of Premier league football this week because the following two weeks will be a hard slog. Every time an International break rolls round I realise how much I didn’t appreciate the previous week. There’s nothing worse than having to watch England labour away against some European minnow who are starting a Next sales assistant at right back and then having to actually do stuff at the weekend. So enjoy and good luck. Let’s have our fingers crossed for an Aguero hattrick and some more of those beautiful green arrows
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru_)