It’s getting harder and harder coming up with new and exciting ways of starting this Dream Team article ever week… I’ll let the picture do that for me. What a cracker!?!
I hope we all had a great Easter break and got heaps of choccies to munch on! If you caught some of the EPL games this weekend you would’ve been rewarded with some great performances. Liverpool solidified the top spot with Chelsea losing at home for only the 2nd time in Jose’s 2 stints as gaffer (with the ref holding no blame whatsoever, apparently). Mr Moyes’ tenuous grip on gainful employment took a battering at the old lady that is Goodison Park, and Man City gave a professional performance away to West Brom overnight. Arsenal turned back the clock to when they actually looked like a team that gave a hoot and in turn kept hold of 4th spot by the slimmest of margins. The upcoming round looks like it could be a belter as well… But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Speroni (4.8m) – Awesome stuff by Crystal Palace. I keep on about it but not enough good words can be written about the turn around they’ve experienced under Mr Pulis. If we’ve learnt anything from this season it’s that more often than not a change in manager can have a profound effect on a team. We’ve seen Sunderland go from defensive sieve to defensive wall, whilst Tottenham went the complete reverse. Keep this in mind for next season and don’t be afraid to jump on, or off, when a team loses it’s gaffer. Speroni got another 9 points from their cleanie and a couple of BPs.
Baines (7.5m) – Standard. Outside of two lean spells this season (one of them he was injured however!) Bainesy has been quietly going about being the best left back in the EPL and his FPL scoring has matched that. He had his best game by far with 15 points from a goal (penalty), the cleanie and a completely underserved full BPs (read on…).
Coleman (7.0m) – This is a travesty. Anyone who watched this game will agree without a shadow of a doubt that Coleman was the best player on the pitch, by some way. But because Baines scored a penalty he gets full Bonus Points… Flawed system. He did score a handy 11 points from the clean sheet, an assist and a couple of BPs (should’ve been 3, boooo).
Fonte (5.5m) – Remember the time when Southampton defenders were must haves? As is the case with every single season there is always a team that jumps out of the blocks and strings together a heap of quality defensive performances, but then falls away dramatically. Last season was Stoke… Remember them? Southampton are still capable but are impossible to pick when they might get a clean sheet so would make any owners frustrated. This 9 points was from an away clean sheet and full BPs.
Sterling (5.8m) – Did anyone jump on? Sterling put in a…. sterling performance (sorry) last round and was able to back it up this week with 2 goals, an assist and full BPs for a huge 18 points. If Liverpool manage to hold on Sterling will play a big part of that, and is massive value.
Ramsey (7.2m) – Welcome back!!! There was chatter around the regular FPL haunts during the week regarding whether we should pull the trigger early and trade Ramsey in. If anyone did, then 16 points says well done! He was back to near his best with a goal, an assist and a couple of BPs and showed just how much he has been missed. Great value at this price, if Arsenal do keep hold of 4th spot you just know Ramsey will be heavily involved in that.
Jedinak (4.3m) – Seriously underrated player is Jedinak, but in no way fantasy relevant and I doubt he ever will be. This week’s Jonjo Award winner scored 11 points from a goal and full BPs.
Eriksen (7.1m) – It’s really hard to believe Eriksen was dropped for those 4 games… Any longer than 4 minutes is too long and probably shows why Sherwood won’t get the gaffer gig full time. This weeks effort was 11 points from 2 assists and full BPs. That’s 57 points in 6 games since he got his spot back in the team. Crazy.
Bony (7.2m) – Yeah right. Fool me once… Etc. Etc. Don’t fall for this. Although… Swansea do have 2 home games against Villa and Southam… No. No. No. 13 points this week from 2 goals an full BPs.
Podolski (7.8m) – Form. Form. FORM! Podolski is averaging 8.8 points from his past 5 games and with some “gentle” fixtures ahead there’s nothing suggesting this should stop. 13 points from 2 goals and full BPs. Great price, great value and may give you that extra money to get the next bloke in…
Aguero (12.5m) – Welcome back part II… Man City missed Sergio Aguero even more than Arsenal missed Ramsey. His goal and assist helped steer the ship back to familiar territory, i.e. goals galore. You’ve got some big decisions ahead, like how do you get Aguero into your team! If Man City are any hope of taking out the title much will rest on his shoulders. 12 points from the goal, assist and full BPs. Handy for those that had him over Suarez…
Update on the fight for top FPLAddict! Colesy punched out a 78 to sit 10th (or number 1 in Australia!) while Shaun posted a Suarez-less 83 to finish the week 22nd (or 3rd in Australia!!!). Only 17 points separate them! Too exciting.