Last Saturday me and the missus decided to go for a long care free stroll up to the desolate volcanic mountains on Lanzarote. As soon as we got about as far away from civilisation as possible it decided to bloody piss it down! We then got stranded in some of the worst flash floods they’ve seen in years. It took 2 hours to get back to the hotel and I had to piggy back her through sewer water cascading down the street.
The reason I tell you this is because the decision to go for this walk was only the second worst decision I made that day. Clicking ‘Save Your team’ seconds after benching both Eldin Jakupovic and Harry Maguire was by far the worst. On only two occasions this season has a keeper top scored for the week and trust me to bench one that does. 14pts just sitting there, mocking me. Needless to say that 60 seconds after he saved that penalty a shot of tequila was ordered.
Yep. Ben Foster over Eldin Jakupovic. Made so much sense. Aside from the fact that at this time of the season you simply have to choose those with something to play for. Lesson learned. Well, maybe.
At the back our decision to bring in Maya Yoshida paid off with a clean sheet. Nice just before his back to back double game weeks. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for Leighton Baines and Chris Brunt.
Shock horror our midfield was saved by Josh King and Dele Alli. Two of the hottest players in FPL right now and they combined for a much needed 19pts. With just three game weeks left we all need to appreciate these guys because there is no way Dele Alli is this value next season and it is highly unlikely that King will be listed as a mid. The stunning fact about King is that not only does he now rank as 7th highest scoring mid it’s that his points per million work out as 26.9! And that’s based on his current increased value. Compare that to Alexis Sanchez (18.6), Eden Hazard (19.7) and Dele Alli (22.2) you realise how crucial a pick he has been for teams. Wilf Zaha blanked for the fourth straight game, Hyeung Min Son has now blanked in back to backs after four games straight of returns. Interestingly they’ve both been in the games Harry Kane has been back and started in. Food for thought. Whilst Leroy Sane picked up an assist but only scored 3pts.
Up top we gave Harry Kane the armband and he scored us 10pts. Nothing to shout about but a return for a captain is always a positive. Unfortunately new man in Manolo Gabbiadini was withdrawn early and only scored the single point.
So 48pts(-4) on a 46pt weekly average has seen us drop a handful of places and leaves us with a mountain to climb if we are to even make the top 500k, let alone the top 100k we wanted. This season is now all about finishing on a high and with that said it’s actually ‘Wildcard Week’! All season the aim has been to wait until the week before a big DGW and with the Bench Boost chip coming into play for GW37 let’s have a look at who we have brought in for it.
Foster (OUT) – Caballero (IN)
Jakupovic (OUT) – Pickford (IN)
Stones (OUT) – Davies (IN)
Brunt (OUT) – Stephens (IN)
Baines (OUT) – Holding (IN)
Zaha (OUT) – Pedro (IN)
Dele (OUT) – Sanchez (IN)
Lukaku (OUT) – Jesus Gabriel (IN)
So as you can tell we have gone for a heavy dose of GW37 double game weekers, along with five that have the double this week. Granted, there are question marks over a few players’ potential involvement over all the games but at this time of the season you have to have a little gamble and go with your gut. We simply had to have Alexis Sanchez in, regardless of late form, and if you are going to spend that money on him it obviously means you need to do the rest of your shopping at Lidl.
*With the Wildcard in there is a chance of late changes after article being published.
So with an abundance of change let’s have a run through our starting XI this week
Willy Caballero gets the nod. With Claudio Bravo out for the remainder of the season and City on a GW37 double he seemed a no brainer. Crystal Palace played last week like a team that know they’re safe and in all fairness they probably are. So with City gunning for the top four and the Palace players already thinking about grappling with the cast of TOWIE in Marbella in June I think this will be a comfortable win to nil.
In front of him it’s three on a double. Rob Holding is a questionable one and I’m sure it will raise eyebrows. He was dropped for the North London Derby and it wasn’t to the fans’ liking. Therefore I have a feeling Arsene Wenger could give him a recall and look to involve him a little more now to maybe appease some of the fan’s anger. He sits next to Maya Yoshida and Dale Stephens. Both a bit of a risk given Southampton have very little to really play for but I’m a sucker for a cheap defender on a double so we will hope they can deliver. Harry Maguire could actually be worthy of inclusion over any of them but we will see how things go prior to the deadline tonight.
Our midfield features just one player on a double but if you’re going to have just one it may as well be Alexis Sanchez. It will be argued that he only has one goal and no assists in his last six but it just doesn’t sit well with me going into back to back doubles without him in. Jose Mourinho has alluded to the fact he will rest players in the league now and as mentioned above, Southampton are sitting safely in mid table. Points are very possible and I simply cannot see him blanking in both. Therefore he obviously gets the armband. Our other three, Josh King, Pedro and Leroy Sane, all registered returns last week and have nice looking home games so I’m quietly hopeful of a few points from them here.
Our front line is Lukaku-less for the first time since GW26 and it feels a bit weird, especially as he faces the languishing Swansea. But with them fighting for survival and Rom maybe thinking about a move to Chelsea I’m gambling. In his place comes Gabriel Jesus. I was concerned this GW would be too early for him but after scoring in a full 90 minute turn out last week that’s good enough for me. Add in the fact Sergio Aguero limped off against Middlesborough and my mind was made up. Manolo Gabbiadini makes it five on a double. His recent stats don’t make as positive a reading as his early Southampton days but the allure of a double is strong. Along with his friendly price tag. Harry Kane completes the starting XI with a trip to West Ham, who are coming off of the back of two straight clean sheets. They wont make it three. As everyone knows and Harry Kane scores in London derbies and I’m confident he does again here. With Spurs being able to come out and cut
the gap to a point tonight I think they come out all guns blazing. I already have a fiver on 3-1 Spurs so let’s just hope it’s a Kane hattie.
So there we have it. Five on a double and the team more or less ready for the big DGW next week. The Friday Night Football tonight means you need to get your transfers done sharpish.
Thanks for reading and good luck all!
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru_)