Straight up… If you have any mates who winge about football being boring (or soccer, they probably call it soccer), give them a highlights package of this weeks games! It really was a showcase of everything good about the EPL, great goals, amazing saves, upsets and hat tricks! Well, just the one hat trick…
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DGWs. I still love them. Even after my premature trading last week went bad, all of us who went the Benteke/Austin double would be loving life right now. Turned out it didn’t really matter too much which you captained, one went 23 the other 21. Put it to the back of our minds and let’s look ahead.
* GW33 will be missing Arsenal, QPR, Sunderland and Villa, so look to trade out soon or have good cover. Arsenal could be a huge loss and those Benteke/Austin fielded teams will potentially need to look for a new strike force. A commonly picked Pants could be a problem, but Myhill should provide good cover with a game against Palace. With Arsenal’s DGW not for a few weeks after this, you could potentially dump all their players knowing there’s more than enough to time to reload.
* Straight after that, GW34 gives us an opportunity with Chelsea and Leicester doubling up. Leicester might not be overly relevant, but Chelsea is. One issue is that both their games are away from home, with one against Arsenal… Both Arsenal and their other opponents Leicester aren’t scared of scoring (fyi, Leicester put away 3 at Spurs recently, and 2 at home to West Ham this week), so take some care in picking any Chelsea defenders. We’ll all have Hazard so maybe Fabregas, who’s got back into assist form, and Remy if Costa’s hammy can’t get up as expected for the Arsenal game. If he does get up, a sneaky sideways of Aguero for those with him still, to Costa could be a risk worth taking. Willian is a shout for a midpriced midfielder if your team balance allows it…
* GW37. The penultimate week of the season see Arsenal and Sunderland play their make up game… Outside of FPL, the Arsenal/Sunderland game could be an absolute cracker with Arsenal playing for top 2 (or more!) and Sunderland staving off relegation after only drawing with Leicester that weekend (bookmark). FPL wise, again I can’t recommend defenders as must haves for either side. Arsenal due to the fact they also play United away that week, and Sunderland because, well they play Arsenal. Even their earlier home game will potentially have a few goals… From Arsenal the obvious are Sanchez, Ozil and Giroud, but unfortunately we can’t plan that far ahead with this club. You really don’t know who’s going to be still standing in five weeks time, and who’s going to be arse up on a treatment table… For those with Pants, you probably still have him so play him. He might get a heap of save points. Outside of him though the only Sunderland player in any sort of point scoring form is *ugh* Defoe. Let’s revisit this a bit closer to the week shall we?
Honourable mentions. Everton back on form. Palace disrupting title races. Sunderland’s derby run! Sanchez back to form?
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Aguero… As much as I want to keep laying the boot into City, there’s an elephant in the room that needs to be talked about. It’s now an agonizing 5 games since our 12.6m striker has scored and for the 1/4 of teams that still have him, a big decision now needs to be made for the final run home. He’s still so close to scoring, he hit the post again, but he only had 3 shots on goal this week against a Pardew’d Palace. Yaya had 8… That’s not good news for Aguero if Yaya Toure is going to be taking so many selfish shots. Then, Dzeko and him just don’t work, it should but it doesn’t. The lack of gelling between them means that Kun has to do too much on his own, and too much of it outside of the box. Bony needs more minutes. Injury robbed him this week, but when fit his ability to play the channels and lead up leaves a heap of space back in the box for Kun to roll into… The only thing that may save Aguero from trade tables is the lack of too many viable alternatives with injury, form and bye weeks leaving the cupboard somewhat bare of many (if any?) standouts options… This one is a very personal decision to make, and one that could work out amazingly well or horrifically poorly!
Honourable mentions. Liverpool hitting the wall, and the gaffer not taking ANY blame. Big Sam still employed?
Ryan Bennett Award – Vlad Chiriches. Talented centre back, but just not getting the minutes making him unpickable. Won’t be at Spurs next season.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Ander Herrera. Super performance. Could be starting to find his feet? Played a bit higher than normal but probably due to the opposition and being at home. Tad too expensive.
Jamie Vardy Award – Bobby Zamora for his first game of the DGW… He scored! The surprise you may sense is well picked up. Never been a huge goalscorer, which can make it difficult to score points in FPL…
Stealth Player of the Week – Bafetimbi Gomis. You get a feeling that this guy just needed a hug. Not from me mind, he looks too “Predator” for my liking. He might be the kind of player that runs on self belief and confidence, and strangely enough the fainting that occurred a few weeks ago may well have provided that. With everyone getting around him and giving their best wishes it may have been more love than he’s felt in a while, and since then he’s gone 3 in 3. With a lot of us looking for new striking options, put a bit of time in this bloke. Swansea have a decent run of games until towards the end of the season and Gomis is their man.
So… Handy 114 points from my boys this week means all the spots I lost last week were made up, with change. I try not to think what may have been! The A League team has slipped out to 32nd, but hoping my 6 trades left for 3 games might be handy… How’s your teams looking for this roller coaster end of the season?