6pts combined for our back five and we still saw GW32 green arrows! Go figure. Although all you have to do is look at our front six and it all becomes clear. Seven goals and three assists between them is just what we needed and puts us within a hairs width of the top 1m, somewhere we haven’t been since GW13. We will definitely ignore the fact we lucked out with Josh King’s 9pts coming off our bench. What’s that saying about making your own luck?!
Wrong keeper choice? Of course. That’s just what I do. I cannot wait to call the Wildcard in and finally drop Ben Foster. Yes, he may be one of only eight keepers to score at least 100pts but he has frustrated me week in week out. Just three clean sheets in his last 20 games I can’t see that changing much now that WBA have very little left to play for.
Our back four scored four and I can’t say I terribly surprised. Like Ben Foster they don’t really have loads to play for now (except John Stones) so I fear this could be a sign of things to come.
In midfield it was the polar opposite. The weekend couldn’t have started any better with Dele Alli and Hyeung Min Son scoring us 27pts as I was actually out in a pub garden sinking pints in the sun. To make things even better that wasn’t the end of our weekend’s point scoring. Josh King scored AGAIN, to make it 10 goals in his last 11 games to move himself up to 8th in midfielder point scoring whilst young Tom Davies scored his 2nd goal of the season. With no doubles for Everton I think that will be the last we see of Davies in our team this year.
Up top Andy Carroll didn’t make the West Ham team so it was a two man attack for us and both scored us double figures. Diego Costa finally ended his run of blanks with two assists as our captain and Romelu Lukaku was back in the goals with two against Leicester.
78pts on a week where the average was above 50 means we move up but only by 150k. What is really important now though is that all the outstanding unscheduled matches are now planned in so it’s this final stretch that will dictate many a season. With us still holding on to our Wildcard chip we need to ensure all transfers between now and when we call it in are spent wisely. We have made the risky decision to drop a couple of big names but I’m confident the transfers will work out
Costa (OUT) – Kane (IN)
De Bruyne (OUT) – Sane (IN)
Davies (OUT) – Zaha (IN)
4pt hit taken but a trio of swaps I’m happy with. De Bruyne is just too costly for his returns whilst I feel Leroy Sane can become the big City point scorer from now on. With Diego Costa he just looks to be a little out of sorts, whilst Spurs look in frightening form so Harry Kane could be the striker of choice for the rest of the season. Wilf Zaha is a no brainer. Flying at the moment and a double GW in GW34. It might not be an easy DGW but let’s not forget he picked up four attacking returns against Chelsea and Arsenal in the last few weeks.
So with the transfers made let’s have a look to see who makes the GW33 FPL Updates starting XI.
Eldin Jakupovic gets the nod. Away to a Stoke team that have lost four on the bounce and look to already be thinking about their summer jollies, we are going with him over Ben Foster who faces Liverpool.
At the back we have three home games. Leighton Baines is home to Burnley, Erik Pieters home to Jakupovic’s Hull and Chris Brunt home to Liverpool. I can’t see oodles of points but there is surely more than the total they achieved last week.
Our midfield looks markedly different now as both new boys Leroy Sane and Wilfried Zaha start. Zaha will be hoping to take advantage of a Leicester team that will surely be more preoccupied with thinking about Atletico Madrid and Sane faces a fairly in-form Southampton team. Both our Spurs mids also start, with both looking very appealing at home to Bournemouth. There is a small worry that Hyeung Min Son will see a slightly reduced amount of playing time with Harry Kane back but surely after his last few weeks he will keep his place. Dele Alli, fresh from his nomination for PFA Young Player of the Year, will be raring to go to add to his 188pts.
So to the strikeforce and surely one that has serious points potential. Andy Carroll should be back to face a Sunderland team that are surely on their way down whilst Romelu Lukaku will look to cement his position at the top of the scoring charts with a home game against Burnley. Both are worthy of captain discussions but the armband goes to new man in Harry Kane. He has five goals in his last two games against Bournemouth and will hopefully continue the fine form he was in prior to the injury. Only 11.3% ownership at the time of writing he could end up being a really nice differential this week.
So our team is set, the beers are in the fridge ready for a four day weekend and I’m starting to get my head around the fact i’m turning 33 tomorrow. We just need some green arrows to make it a perfect one.
Good luck to everyone and have a great Easter!
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru_)