I’ll go first lads!!! Any of our longer term readers will know that I like to go risky with my first team, and it’s got me nowhere. So I’ve decided to scale it back. I think…
Starting off with the keepers… My main man is going to be Myhill. I’ve got quite a bit of faith in the magical powers of Tony Pulis and am backing him in. If you add in the new BP changes, Myhill could clean up! He made a save every 17.7 minutes, comparing to other save machine Pantilimon’s 23.7 minutes, which is phenomenal. His fixtures are a bit hit and miss short term but they marry up reasonably well with Palace’s Hennessey, who should be No.1 for the first month or so given Speroni is out. If I hear anything about McCarthy getting that gig then he’ll come in… The defence may look a bit different from most but I’ve gone for a simple method. I’ve picked a defender from Chelsea, West Brom, Swansea and Sunderland who were the better defences at times last season. Azpilicueta should be self explanatory. Even if Chelsea do buy a new left back, he better like sitting on the bench. The new BPs may actually improve his scoring potential being such a defensive beast? From Swansea I’ve gone Williams, who is another that should profit from BPs. He had an incredible number of CBIs (Clearances, Blocks, Interceptions) last season and I don’t see them regressing too much, if at all… Next I have Lescott. Firstly for the obvious Pulis connection, but also he’s going to recreate his 8 goal season from way back when at some stage. I ain’t missing out on that. Sunderland’s Coates is in. He’s played the last 2 preseason games and I’m hoping beyond hope that he get’s the nod. Looking at those important CBI figures, he picks one up every 9 minutes compared O’Shea’s 12 so is in the ball park for great BP numbers, coupled with their nice early season fixtures. I’ll be keeping an eye on this situation though, and O’Shea may come in… Taylor is my final defender, merely because I don’t want to have to think about that last defender spot too much. I don’t think I’ve ever needed it… And Newcastle did tighten up a bit when Taylor managed to limp onto the pitch last season.
This is where I’ve gone to town! There’s far too much value to be had in this part of the field that couldn’t be ignored. Hazard is in, speaks for himself really. I’m glad Sanchez wasn’t available because this decision would be far harder. I reckon at some stage this season my team will be Hazardless, and Sanchez will be in. Sterling. Seems to have a new lease on life now that he’s not shackled with burden of carrying Liverpool’s forward line. He really will be given the freedom to do what he does, and be fed by some decent attackers in Silva and Aguero. Ozil. This is where there were harder decisions to be made. There are a number of 8.5m mids that could have been picked but I’ve gone for some less risky choices. If Arsenal are going to finally win the league then Ozil has to stand up and be counted. No more of this drifting in and out of games, it’s his time and I’m backing him in. Plus, he’s least likely of the Arsenal mids to be rotated! Mata. He was pivotal in United’s late season form and will be the glue that holds together a new look attacking half of the pitch. On pens too… My major POD is Lens. Although preseason form should never be a key factor in picking players, Lens’ was fairly good. Man of the Match in the last two games as well as a bullet from outside of the box has enough for me to think he is exactly what Sunderland needs. He’ll spend time as a wide striker, or even through the middle so he’s a little OOP which is a bonus. That was a tough choice considering the quality in and around this price, I’m hoping my talking up of Payet backfires!
Roondog. I’ve read all the arguments against picking him but I’m not going in without a premium striker and all of the contenders are either injured, resting or out of form too. It also gives me a stepping stone to Aguero when he gets his act together. United have a great midfield now that’ll be feeding him, and he’s got something to prove after been pushed back for so long… Hopefully the stint back in an Everton shirt hasn’t got him home sick! Gomis was nearly the first player I picked when FPL opened, and he’s kept his spot all preseason. He looked so good when he got his chance last season and Swansea have increased their quality in their attacking third with Ayew. Being fed by Ayew, Siggy and Montero should keep him happy! And he’s had a great preseason either scoring or hitting the bar in all his games… 20 + this season! The third striker position has changed so much that I’ve lost count… It started off with Wilson and Deeney rotating daily, but Jerome has made a late run. Reason being is that Norwich can’t really be considered a newly promoted club to the same degree as Bournemouth and Watford. This is largely the same team that was plying its trade with us not too long ago, with some excellent additions. He’s also got the hang of scoring this preseason with a nice looking 6 goals, albeit against some lower, lower, lower league teams. His stats match up to the other two very well as can be seen in my Forward’s Analysis. 1.0% ownership too may help with an early jump on the rest!
So you may see a bit of a difference in my named team… After picking my defence I realised that most of them have horrible opening day fixtures! Swansea away to Chelsea and West Brom hosting City are a little nightmarish. That’s when, I my opinion, the most pointless of chips comes into play. I’m going to get it out of the way so I don’t need to think about! I’ll be going with the 2-5-3 for day 1, and Jerome home against Palace helped make that decision. Operation “Get Kun” will then come into effect with one of Mata or Ozil being downgraded to find the 2m. Picking Jerome has left me 0.5m in the bank, I’m hoping I don’t do something stupid with that like Ozil -> Walcott…
Come at me!!!!!!