A nice green arrow of 200k for the side with 65 (-4) and we’re finally into the top 1 million. The side has been left in decent shape heading into gameweek 8’s short turn around. The transfer and hit has paid off nicely as we got rid of 2 injured players and netted 8 points.
Wolves, Wolves, Wolves. We love you, Wolves. Our two Wolves players scored 33% of the team’s points. We definitely have a few bargains on our hands. Once again the midfield has struggled. Let’s see how we got on:
Patricio had a big haul as he picked up his first bonus of the season and 6 saves to bring home a double digit score.
Alonso’s 2 pointer was heartbreak as Sturridge netted a screamer in the 89th minute. Wan–Bissaka could only manage a single on Monday night as they were beaten by Bournemouth. This week’s highest scorer Doherty has backed up why I brought him in already with an assist and max bonus points for the second time this season. The hit to bring him in for Mendy seems well worth it.
It was a horror show in the midfield this week as there was only 1 non blanker. Salah blanked once again but as usual, he was very unlucky not to get something against Chelsea. Richarlison and Schurrle faced off against each other and both blanked. As you’ll see later, the Schurrle punt has run its course. Oh Fraser. A couple of expletives were muttered when you kicked that ball away. Even without an attacking return he was expected to earn 2 bonus points due to his successful crosses but thanks to his time wasting, he kicked 3 points away. On the positive side of things, Hazard returned a double digit haul. The late goal from Sturridge handed the Belgian 3 bonus points and he looks in unbelievable form.
Our two strikers returned and averaged 7 points each. Zaha hasn’t set the world alight this season and he’s yet to get above 7 points this season. Aguero scored and bagged 2 bonus points in his 65 minutes. These early subbings are becoming a regular occurrence.
Transfers: I have some cash in the bank to finally bring in the in-form James Maddison. The Englishman has only blanked once this season and he’s got a fabulous run of games facing just 1 top 6 team until gameweek 15. Andre Schurrle’s short stint in the side comes to an end after failing to impress. I’ve noticed I’ve been making a lot of moves in the midfield as 8 of my 10 moves have been for midfielders.
Onto next week’s side:
In goal, Fabianski gets the nod ahead of Patricio as I’m hedging my bets this week. Even though Crystal Palace are yet to score at home this season, a double up doesn’t seem worth it, especially when we’ve got Zaha who’s going to change that stat.
The backline is unchanged this week. Wan–Bissaka and Doherty face off against each other so a 0-0 wouldn’t be that bad of a result. Alonso travels to Southampton and I’m hoping he can change the fact he hasn’t had an attacking return in over 3 gameweeks. The Saints have only scored 3 times at home this season and we hope it’ll stay like this.
Fraser travels to Watford and both sides are in great form as they’re placed 7th and 6th respectively. Hopefully Fraser can repay us after last week’s 1 point disaster. Watford’s first choice right back, Janmaat, is out injured so Fraser’s got the chance to exploit the second string defender. Maddison and Richarlison face each other and like most games Everton are involved in, I expect goals. Salah has another tough game against Man City but I’m optimistic because of last season’s games, as there were 12 goals between the two teams. Hazard has only the one blank to his name this season and he goes up against Cedric on the south coast.
Zaha and his side are yet to score at home this season which is worrying. Looking forward I can’t see Zaha staying in my side for much longer. After the Everton game in gameweek 9, he faces 4 top 6 sides in a row! Aguero has a tricky fixture this week and it could be a tight affair unless it’s similar to last season. He’s been having his minutes managed during this congested run but I’m hoping this will mean he continues to start ahead of Jesus.
The captaincy is rather tough this week as I’ve decided to go without Kane. I thought about removing Aguero for Kane and swapping back the following week but I decided against it. Eriksen, Alli, Dembele and Aurier are all injured but Cardiff leak goals. Maddison is a long term option and I think Eden Hazard will fill the captaincy role well. He’s not always been the best away from home but he’s failed just once to earn an attacking return this season. We’ll need a big sofa for 3 PM games.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)