Gameweek 8 was the lowest score of the season with a score of 33 points. It wasn’t the worst GW rank of the season but it wasn’t far from it and I’m clinging inside the top 1 million at the moment. With a captain fail, 8 blanks and 2 of those 0 pointers, it was always going to be hard to achieve a green arrow. Next weeks fixtures look much better on paper, so fingers crossed that translates into some much needed points.
Heaton blanked yet again after a week late consolation goal spoiled a potential haul. Soyuncu and Zinchenko both received zero points which meant we basically played with 9 men. The Ukrainian was benched for Cancelo before a cameo and Soyuncu was booked and shipped two goals. Robertson failed to keep a clean sheet against Leicester after Adrian frustratingly let one go through him. He was unlucky not to score as he had an effort straight at the keeper. Lundstram was the only man to keep a clean sheet but was booked which summed up this gameweek.
New signing McGinn somehow managed to stay out of the goals and assists as his side hammered Norwich 5-1 but he did manage to get booked. Salah blanked for the second week running against Leicester and he only had one real chance to score. Mount got on the scoresheet against Southampton but spurned a brilliant chance inside the box to get a brace. The captain, Sterling also managed to get himself a blank this week with only 3 players scoring more than 4 points. His sides loss and failure to score against Wolves was a big shock.
Abraham finally got his first goal for the side along with 2 bonus points to top score this week. Pukki blanked for the first time at home this season and that’s 3 on the trot.
Heaton has Brighton at home this week and that will be a tough side to keep out after their strong performance against Spurs this week. When I play the wildcard Heaton is a goner! Rico starts against an injury filled Norwich side and he’s been one of the biggest chance creators when he’s started. Lundstram and himself have provided great value this season. Soyuncu faces Burnley at home and has some great fixtures to come. Robertson starts ahead of Zinchenko against Man United who’ve been poor at both ends of the park.
KDB is back for Palace and himself and Sterling will be looking to bounce back to yet another loss for last seasons champions. Palace have been quite tight at the back and it hasn’t been an easy place to go for City. McGinn has a chance to make up for last week against Brighton. He faces the top 2 after this match, so he needs to do the business this week. He bagged a hat-trick during the international break against San Marino. Salah goes to Old Trafford against a poor United side who will be without De Gea. Salah’s teetering on the edge of losing his place in the side but he’s got at least one more week. The Chelsea budget boys have been brilliant so far this season and I expect this to continue over the next month with a Newcastle up next at the Bridge. Can’t see myself selling Mount unless he gets injured.
Pukki has been facing max exodus over the past few weeks with nearly half a million sales but he’s got a good fixture against Bournemouth. His stats aren’t terrible but they haven’t been as impressive as his first few games. Abraham doubles up the Chelsea attack and his underlying numbers are nothing short of great.
Captain: I can’t remember the last time I gave the armband to a non-premium player. Gameweek 9 is the first time this season and Chelsea’s in form number 9 is captain. With Newcastle at home and some mighty impressive stats, he’s the man. City have an awkward game and it’s unclear who Pep will start which affects the City boys. Salah isn’t in form and travels to Old Trafford which normally doesn’t see goals flying in. Cmon Tammy!
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