Full Time – GW5

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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.


Leicester Comebacks

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

Honourable mentions

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.

Dishonourable mentions

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?

19 comments on “Full Time – GW5

  1. Punch-on

    Cheers Joel, my likes are Payet, Mahrez, Kolarov and bringing in Lloris, cheers baysie 🙂
    dislikes are Sanchez continually hitting the posts, Aguero’s massive 2 as C and Lukaku going ice cold, as well as Mata being subbed off at 70 min mark (again). Anyone know anything about that?

    On a side note, had ighalo, nyom and richards on my bench… gee thats annoying

  2. baysietoff

    Great stuff Joel!!!! Liking Payet, Mahrez and Myhill scoring 36 points for me. Dislike the rest scoring 13… And being on Aguero injury watch again. And switching out Dawson at the 11th hour… FMFPL.

  3. brandonpietie

    Great stuff Joel. Liking the Saturday morning hyperventilation at the thought of Aguero as captain… and changing it to Mahrez. And bringing Dier from my bench in place of Azi… going against Matts comment on that lol.

    Myhill, Dier, Kolarov, Marhez getting me 49 points… the rest scoring 13 is a MASSIVE problem!!!

  4. Bio Eden Hazard

    Finally a decent week with 60 points. Mahrez, Payet and Kolarov delivered for me and well…that’s pretty much it. Keeping my fingers crossed for Aguero, but I probably won’t be doing any transfer this week anyway…Anybody knows what happened to Evans, is he really injured?

  5. SuperO

    Nice full time wrap mate.

    Likes-Watching Payet and Mahrez having both games on a string. Dier bonusing up! Vardy looking like a serial killer 100% of the time, smile dude!
    Dislikes-Captaining Aguero. Defoe sooo close to exploding. Ditto Sanchez. Stoke utter shite this year but nice fixtures coming up.

    City can’t keep it up surely.

  6. N1qQ45 4R3 K1nG5

    The PL just keeps on being the PL. Finally scored a scire of note this week, with 60 points, lifting me into the top million!!! What a moment :/. Jerome finally got rewarded :). Dislike was that Palace were looking at getting an honorable point at home to City, ubtil Brede Hangeland decided he wanted to be a spectator for the biggest 3 seconds of the game. 21 shots to 10 for City looks dominating, except when about 15 of those were wonder goal attempts outside of the box.

    Thanks Joel! 🙂

  7. MattyZach

    Rolled through with a 61 this week despite old mate Aguero netting me 2 as my C.

    Payet, Mahrez, Kolarov and Myhill saving my bacon!

    Silva back this week. Phew! But Shaw now out with an unknown return date?! Hopefully Aguero gets up this weekend!

    • MattyZach

      Wow. Just watched the Shaw injury. Terrible!

      Now the question is whether it’s time to jump off Man U defensive assets all together. Stones/Dier are pretty attractive propositions if Everton/Spurs have worked their crap out.

      • joelharrison82 Post Author

        Hi Matty. Man U’s fixtures upcoming fixtures don’t look great but they should never be written off. With Stones & Dier at two clean sheets apiece I’d lean towards Stones. He looked solid as a rock (haha) against Chelsea whereas Spurs are getting boring results against slightly inferior sides.

  8. bill2k

    Had a shocker the week after playing my wildcard 😞

    The C in Kun, and I brought in Sterling for Silva which worked out fantastic.

    Rondon and Gomis blanked. Pedro, Ayew and Redmond all decided to grow a spud farm. Only reperivle score were from my defenders and myhill.

    The grand total was 36 with Lanzini coming on for Sterling, dropped from 150k to 350k.

    Just want to forget this week ever happened.

  9. rostie

    In hindsight bringing Ayew in for Payet was not such a great move 😩 the positive being I probably would have benched him anyway

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