What a great weekend of football action! However unfortunately once again, what an awful weekend of FPL scores. It has left many of us scratching our heads, pondering just how wrong it has gone for us after four weeks of EPL action. West Ham won at Anfield for the first time in 52 years, Crystal Palace beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 33 years. Coutinho, Noble, Mitrovic, Affelay, Adam & Whittaker received red cards. Of all this week’s dream team players, no player is owned by more than 13% of teams!
- Crystal Palace away
The away fixture kings did it again by winning the eighth of their last 10 away matches since Alan Pardew took over. They now have 25 points on the road so far in 2015, the most of any club. The FPL scoring system does no justice as to how Delaney owned Costa in this match so it’s worth a honourable mention. Sako looks very potent and should be very high on your watchlist after a goal, an assist and three bonus points following up his goal and three bonus points from the previous week. Ward made me eat my words from game week two after his second goal in three weeks. McCarthy pulled off seven saves but Speroni is fit again so he’s likely to be challenged for his spot very soon.
- West Ham turning the bus around
After all the records and form going against West Ham, they notched their first win at Anfield since 1963. Lanzini worked his arse off after getting his first start with a goal and two bonus points. He also deserves the credit for Noble’s goal. At £5.3m and 0.1% ownership, could he be your POD? Two of last week’s villains in Randolph and Creswell performed very well, especially the latter with an assist and maximum bonus points. Let’s give them a few more weeks to see if they can keep those sorts of scores up. Sakho banged one in putting his off-field woes behind him. With so many injuries he’s their only recognised striker. If you really like the look of West Ham, he could be your cheap striker.
- The Manchester City juggernaut
4 weeks. 4 clean sheets. Club-record tenth win in a row. 3 points clear. It sucks that we can only choose 3 players from 1 team. I want all of these guys in my team. Over 260,000 teams have traded Sterling OUT of their side. With his goal and bonus point he rewarded the 13% of owners that kept the faith. Sagna has traded an ordinary haircut for FPL points this season. With a fabulous assist for Sterling’s goal and maximum bonus points, he is a good ‘cheap’ option until Zabaleta comes back. He also pulled off one helluva block to help keep that clean sheet for Hart, Kolarov, Mangala & Kompany owners. Any takers on De Bruyne coming into the side? Silva did his thing again with an assist and Toure wasn’t far off a goal or two himself. The only downside was Aguero fluffing an easy (for him) goal chance. I was really counting on him to destroy Watford but it wasn’t his day. As all the other premium strikers are doing stuff all at the moment, what do you do?
- A Champion Team vs. a Team of Champions
I loved watching Swansea v Man Utd yesterday. I love watching a team that costs 1/10 of the other side, beat them. Shaw and Mata combined very well for the opening goal and Utd continued to look very dangerous, but it was Swansea took their chances through Ayew’s third goal this season after a very nice Siggy cross. Five minutes later an exquisite Ayew through ball had Gomis 1 on 1, who beat Romero at the near post for his fourth goal in four games. From an entertainment perspective, I hope Swansea can keep this form up.
- Picking your Battles
No one really cares about it unless you win the Europa League. Southampton did the smart thing with an early exit against CanIBuyAVowelPlease or whatever they were called to concentrate on what really matters, Premier League success. Tadic bobbed up for his yearly big score with two goals and maximum bonus points. Pelle scored because it was a home game (12 out his 14 goals have been scored at St. Mary’s) and Mane provided two very useful assists. Let’s see how they go in their tougher fixtures against 11 men but I wish them luck
Krul’s nine saves, Matthew’s POD Scott Sinclair scoring twice, M’Vila’s beautiful free kick, Leicester undefeated, Wilson shaking off his award from last week with a bicycle-kick goal, A Pulis/West Brom clean-sheet (against 9 men).
If it wasn’t for the Sunderland vs. Spurs fixture next weekend, Chelsea could theoretically be bottom of the table at the end of next week. Whilst they don’t quite deserve that, they are not in good shape. A slow defence and a lacklustre attack bar Pedro are making them look very ordinary. With an assist and two bonus points, the Hazard to Pedro train will only gather momentum this week. Falcao scored for his new club but there are better options for that sort of money that plays a whole game.
- Sky Sports
So I pay £20 per month for Sky Sports in the UK. I thought it would be brilliant that I get to see all the games each week live. Wrong! On Saturday, BT has the rights on the early game and NO 3pm games are played live on TV so the first game I get to see on the weekend is the Saturday evening game. Well screw you Tottenham and Everton for one of the most boring starts to a Saturday evening with my mates on record. We were comatose by the end of the nil all game and barely managed to drag ourselves out of the house and down to the local pub. The only person worth mentioning was Howard, who despite shaving his awesome beard off recently, had six saves and maximum bonus points.
Arsenal need a new boot sponsor – one who can help them score goals – not near goals, Lovren gifting the ball to the opposition deep in defence then missing a good chance for a goal down the other end.
The Darren Randolph Award. Unfairly, Mignolet gets this award after 3 clean sheets. He deserves to kick Lovren up the backside for one of them.
The Ryan Bennett Award. Cresswell felt so bad about gifting two goals last week he made up for it this week. Which West Ham will we get next week?
The Jonjo Shelvey Award. Sinclair has bundles of talent, it’s just a shame he plays for Villa or he’d get closer to scores like this more often…
The Jamie Vardy Award. Forwards don’t score anymore so no one deserves it this week. Only 7 out of 20+ forwards put one in the back of the net this week. I think it will be a while before I play my all out attack chip.
To say I’ve had a bad start to the season is an understatement. I’ve already played my wildcard and am sitting in 1.2 millionth spot. The guy that is winning my league captained Cech FFS! Last year I finished in the top 7,000 and 100 points easy clear of my nearest league rival. I’m sure many of you are in a similar position and we can sympathise with how Chelsea feel at this point in time. Please don’t rage quit your team. Enjoy next weekend off with the international break and come back to your team with a hope and a smile, knowing you chose your players for very good reasons and next week could be the week you crack it. Good luck!