Sometimes life throws up a mystery that quite frankly we may never have the answer for. Like what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, did a UFO really crash land in Roswell and why is Jena Frumes allowing Jesse Lingard to have sex with her? All compelling questions. None of which have baffled me as much as how we have seen green arrows this week. Phil Jones and Marcos Alonso combined for -1pt, our Stoke midfield duo blanked, as did our spurs pairing of Son and Kane, with Kane as captain!! Anyway, somehow we did and I’m not going to complain.
We started the week in 65k but following a 55pt week we have made a small move back up to 62k. Greens are greens!
It was only 4 days ago I wrote how Nick Pope had just 1 clean sheet in 6 and and had only registered 5 saves in 4 games. I was a little worried. I needn’t be as he came back with a bang. He may have conceded but his penalty save and maximum bonus gave him his joint highest score of the season.
At the back was a vastly different matter. I was incredibly tempted to drop Phil Jones but Mourinho’s boring away style suggested he could come away with points. Well that theory died pretty f*cking early on. Add to that the fact he turned into Djimi Traore for Spurs’ 2nd meant he walked away from Wembley with less points than United did. Marcos Alonso’s stunning run of points came to a shuddering halt as they got inexplicably pumped by Bouremouth. Thankfully Andrew Robertson picked up a valuable cleanie for us.
We started a midfield 5 because I thought it would be a fantastic idea to bench Callum Wilson. For any woman trying to argue that men could never understand the pain of child birth, just try leaving a 12pt player on your bench. Our Stoke duo blanked, Heung Min Son blanked in consecutive games but once again we were saved by the 2 highest scorers in FPL, Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling. 18pts combined put them on 189pts and 162pts overall.
Up top we started well with Roberto Firmino scoring on Tuesday night but Harry Kane blanked as captain. To be fair his performance had absolutely everything except the goal. He was unplayable and certainly wont be fearing the Liverpool and Arsenal defences the next couple GW’s.
With just a couple of days between GW’s I’ve decided to save the transfer. 2 free transfers next week seemed more beneficial given that the new January signings will be bedding in and changes could be made to usual line ups.
So here’s how we line up for GW25. Spiler alert, we recall Callum Wilson.
Our best wishes go out to Nick Pope.
At the back Phil Jones is back. Home to Huddersfield has to be a good opportunity for redemption. Marcos Alonso faces Waford away, whilst Angelo Ogbonna goes looking for his first clean sheet in 8 since 3 in a row after Moyes took over. Shot shy Brighton will hopefully remedy that.
Our midfield reverts to a 4 with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting dropping to the bench. Heung Min Son and Mo Salah face off against each other in the game of the weekend and one I expect goals. Xherdan Shaqiri faces Bournemouth whilst Raheem Sterling will be attempting to lose us a GK clean sheet away at Burnley. There’s points here and hopefully Shaqiri can score enough points to join the 100pt club with the other 3.
Up top we welcome back Callum Wilson. 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 7 is mightily impressive for a striker costing less than £6m. With Stoke, Huddersfield and Newcastle in the next 3 the returns can hopefully continue. He joins the Harry Kane and Roberto Firmino, who like Salah and Son, will be facing off on Sunday. Looking at our coverage in that game I’m not going to be happy unless its 5-5! Which watching Liverpool this season maybe isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds when I write it.
So we head into GW26 looking for our first back to back greens of 2018. We certainly have the players for it but with quite a few players playing in the same games we will need a little luck.
A tough decision for the armband this week so as always your votes below are appreciated. Thanks all for reading and good luck to you all.
Written by FPL Guru (@FPL_Guru)