Welcome back from the international break! A few more signings and a few more injuries throw further excitement into the FPL melting pot. Our guns (Hazard, Sanchez & Aguero) continue to struggle as the PODs propel their carefree managers even further ahead in another below average week.
2-0 down? No worries, let’s bang the next three in. In 17 minutes! Leicester continues their amazing unbeaten run and are sitting pretty 2nd on the ladder. De Laet delighted 0.2% of FPL owners by heading in a corner from everyone’s mate, Mahrez. 10 minutes later Vardy worked his butt off to finish off a Drinkwater cross. Then came the moment of the match…Mahrez (again) crosses into the box where Dyer (technically a little person) had eyes only for the ball, knowing full well Guzan’s nude nut was heading right for him, and nudged it in to make it 3-2. I can’t sing enough praise for Dyer going out on loan from Swansea and showing everyone it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. A perfect metaphor for how Leicester is travelling right now.
Are Everton the defensive rock of seasons past?
This game was a tale of two defences with Everton very solid, managing to keep Stones during the week. Besic replaced an injured Cleverly, then got injured himself opening the way for Naismith who immediately scored an unmarked header. He then netted from outside the box following Barkley’s first of two assists for the day. For his third he nutmegged Begovic for the biggest hat-trick of his life. As he’s not currently first team material I’d be wary of bringing him in but if you want to make quick coin from the knee-jerkers he could be an option.
Man Utd play half a game and win!
If you missed the first half of Man Utd vs. Liverpool, don’t bother watching it on catch-up TV. Droll possession football in the first half by both teams led to Memphis being subbed early. De Gea is back in goal after signing a four-year deal and showed his class with a couple of very good saves. Mata & Blind executed a perfect set piece drill for the first score of the game. A bold pass by Carrick to Herrera forced Gomez into giving up a penalty, which Herrera then executed perfectly. Martial came on for his first start after being signed during the week and started sublimely with a Hazard-esque, using defenders as witch’s hats, goal. This should excite Utd’s financiers, as they potentially haven’t bought another lemon. Give the kid another week before considering him.
Clean Sheet form
Three Southampton cleanies in a row! Three out of five cleanies for West Brom & West Ham. I cleaned up (ha-ha) last year with Clyne and Bertrand doing the job for me nearly week in week out for a patch there. These are against lesser opposition but it goes to show that keeping a close eye on fixtures can reap solid defensive rewards
Another club record win in a row, another clean sheet and the bloke with no. 72 on his back, Iheanacho, scores the goal. Man City just keeps getting the job done.
Norwich is proving to be a team we can’t ignore. Between Hoolahan, Redmond and Jerome there’s some reliable-ish cheap bench options there. Which one will fire on which week is the challenge you will face though.
Watford’s Gomes booting it 9/10 of the pitch and nearly getting an assist to deny Swansea points they would have chalked up prior to the game
Grealish, Carles Gil & Payet (twice) perfectly demonstrated you don’t have to try and boot the skin off the ball to score a goal.
Chelsea at sea
This is Chelsea’s worst start for 20 years with only Blackburn suffering a longer hangover after winning the league the previous season. As I mentioned above, this game was a tale of two defences as Chelsea’s standing off attackers policy due to lack of fitness is bringing them undone. They have now conceded 12 goals this season and I felt very reassured about my Azpilicueta to Kompany trade on Saturday morning. Matic’s goal was freaking incredible but it’s his first Chelsea goal ever, so don’t go chasing points there. Hazard went close to scoring himself and then assisting Terry but almosts don’t equal FPL points. If I didn’t have an Aguero problem to contemplate this week, the young Belgian’s head would be firmly on the chopping block.
Stand by your man(tra)
Why do I find myself with a Liverpool defender in my side? After all my pre-season defiance of ‘No Liverpool defenders!’ I’ve got the guy, Gomez, which gives away the penalty. Sucked in again. Mignolet had some early howlers in which he’s bloody lucky he didn’t concede more. Benteke’s bicycle kick was pretty special considering his team mates can’t be bothered passing to him. I’d avoid until they start to gel a bit more. Liverpool dearly missed Coutinho. This game showed how very important he is to that side right now.
I’m not a big curser but, f*** you Scott Dann! Just because Aguero easily beats you don’t chop him down and put more team selection pressure on me. Should have been a red card.
Arsenal should have won 10-0. Sanchez hit the post. Twice!
Why do Tottenham continue to be televised? They are easily the most boring team in the EPL right now.
The Northeast teams in Sunderland & Newcastle already involved in a relegation scrap.
The Darren Randolph Award – Mignolet gets the award two weeks in a row and may be looking over his shoulder after a couple of shaky performances
The Ryan Bennett Award – De Laet gets this one after racking up 1, 2, 2, 1 then 10 this week after his fine header
The Jonjo Shelvey Award – Matic plays a little too deep to score crackers like that
The James Vardy Award – Naismith has come on a sub in every game so far this year
So how did you go this week? What were your likes & dislikes? What are you going to do about it?