Jerome’s Review – GW10

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Jerome is back as always with his monster review of the latest round!

Manchester United vs Tottenham; 1-0

Once Harry Kane was a confirmed omission it was pretty obvious what this game was going to be – a humdrum, stale ‘defence vs defence’ sort of game with both teams seeing who could outlast the other. United came out trumps in the end thanks to another goal in the last 10 minutes and it was Anthony Martial who had the honour of breaking the deadlock, scoring the only goal of the game.

As most people would have guessed coming into this game, Mourinho’s bus made a return after taking the week off last week. Along with Mou’s bus came Eric Bailly, who also made his return, and Phil Jones who managed to suit up for his owners despite fears of him missing with injury.

Tottenham had a return of their own in defence with Ben Davies starting again after two weeks out, replacing Kieran Trippier despite the latter’s good form. This leaves Kieran Trippier owners with a dilemma to ponder over. This was just the second time this season that both Serge Aurier and Ben Davies have both been match-fit and eligible to play in the same Premier League fixture and it is, coincidentally (or not), the second time this season that Trippier – when fit – has been benched. I believe that Aurier and Davies are the better alternatives as opposed to Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier – in terms of FPL and non-FPL – with Davies being my pick of the bunch. It’s a 0.2m jump from Trippier to Davies if you want to take that route, their fixtures are favourable with the precautionary exception of an unpredictable Arsenal.

Yet again, Romelu Lukaku failed to score against a top six opponent, in doing so he is beginning to build a rather unfavourable reputation as a ‘flat-truck bully’. United have seemingly paid £75 million for a striker that can’t score against a defence with half a brain. I know I point this out most weeks but it’s a worrying pattern, he has Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City in his next six league fixtures, with games against Newcastle, Brighton and Watford intertwined with the other three. I’m putting my money on him to score just one, collectively, against his fellow top six teams while putting one past each of the three ‘smaller’ teams, watch it happen. Is it a viable strategy to work around Lukaku’s fixtures, transferring him in for the easier games while dumping him for the more challenging fixtures? It certainly could be, it’s starting to shape up as one considering the way he has been scoring against his respective opponents this season.

One man who seems to be following the same trend as Lukaku is Henrikh Mkhitariyan Mkhitariyan was almost invisible against Tottenham bar one or two above-average contributions, and it wasn’t the first time since his domination of the first three weeks from United’s midfield. After completing 13 key passes in those first three weeks, Mkhitariyan has managed to connect just nine more in the ensuing seven, despite starting all of them. In fact, it might not be Mkhitariyan’s disappearances against bigger teams but instead just a general issue with the Premier League. After most people – including myself – hyped him up after his first three games – deservedly so – he has let everyone down in all but one fixture in the Premier League since then. I presume everyone has already, but if you haven’t, it’s time to part ways with the Armenian.

Goal-scorer Anthony Martial remains not an option as a consequence of his wavering minutes in the Premiership, avoid.

Arsenal vs Swansea; 2-1

Arsenal gave everyone a downright scare when they went 0-1 down courtesy of a Sam Clucas strike, as he tucked the ball in-between Petr Cech’s legs on its way through to the goal. The Gunners were able to rescue all three points through goals from Aaron Ramsey (I hate this game) and Sead Kolasinac, who also popped up for an assist in an 11-point performance from the Bosnian.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Arsenal as Swansea almost managed to put a hole in their sails, on more than one occasion.

Tammy Abraham put one in the back of the net in the second half, but was ruled offside, while Mertesacker was caught dwindling on the ball in his own box and Jordan Ayew pounced on him and almost made him pay, but Petr Cech was on-hand to block Ayew’s shot.

Abraham continues to impress on-loan to Swansea and collected an assist today as he was the one who sent Sam Clucas through with a superb through ball, his first of the season, to go with his four goals already. The 21-year-old has asserted himself as the top forward option under 6.0m, after a scare from Mame Biram Diouf over the last few weeks, or maybe that was just me? More on him later.

In an incredibly inviting fixture for all Fantasy managers, many were expecting Arsenal’s ‘big boys’ to get in on the action, but all who invested the ‘big bucks’ into one of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez or even Mesut Ozil were disappointed with the outcome. Sanchez had a well-struck shot saved by Lukasz Fabianski, who didn’t have much to do for the afternoon, only making two other saves, while neither Ozil or Lacazette troubled the Swansea keeper. Sanchez should have had at least an assist as he saw his fabulous, centring cross headed wide by Laurent Koscielny who was all by his lonesome in the air but managed to squander his header from nine yards out, he was very creative all day, as was Ozil.

Arsenal dominated the game, having possession of the ball for 73% of the game, they also managed 17 shots to Swansea’s 4, but were only able to direct 5 of those 17 shots on-target. Ramsey and Sanchez totalled three shots each while Lacazette and Ozil could only managed one, one less than both wing-backs who had two each. Ozil may not have managed many shots (he never usually does) but he was his creative self again on the weekend, managing five key passes as he tries to reignite his love affair with the despairing Arsenal fans. He and Sanchez haven’t taken any time to reignite their old partnership as the vital cogs in Arsenal’s attacking engine and Arsenal have looked a much-improved offensive machine since their return to the starting line-up.

Arsenal have games against Man City (A) and Spurs (H) in the next two weeks, followed by a frustrating Burnley outfit (A), then Huddersfield and finally United, both at home, over the next six weeks, so it’s not an amazing outset. You never know what can happen in the fixtures between the top-six teams (unless it’s United – they’ll always park the bus) so it may be a good idea to hold your Arsenal assets over this period.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham; 2-2

Wilfried Zaha my Saviour! I managed to return from work ‘early’ this weekend and only missed out on the first 35 minutes of the game – 35 minutes which were bereft of quality – and was gutted to see us go down 0-2 just five minutes later. Palace dominated the game from then on and West Ham were playing scared for the rest of the match trying to play out the second-half and hold out for a win. As time went on it become more and more difficult and Selhurst Park became louder and louder until the 97th minute, THE NINETY-SEVENTH MINUTE, when it erupted, as Wilf Zaha did what Wilf Zaha does. Zaha dazzled his opponents and the crowd with his pace and skill before slotting the ball past an array of West Ham defenders and finally, Joe Hart, in the far-right, bottom corner.

West Ham’s first real opportunity and sign of life in the first half resulted in a goal as Joel Ward got completely sucked in to the action, leaving Aaron Cresswell with acres of space and all the time in the world to pick out an on-rushing Javier Hernandez who finished it off with a clever strike with the side of his boot. On a side note, Hernandez somehow managed to pick up all three BP despite doing absolutely nothing else for the entire game, very odd.

It’s very hard to recommend any West Ham players considering the form they’re in (watch their games – they are absolute tripe) and their fixtures, Hernandez scored an opportunists goal here and that’s what they’ll be relying on for the next six or so weeks, I wouldn’t advise his purchase.

Just five minutes after the goal, Zaha was brought down in the penalty box, clearly fouled by José Fonte who clipped Zaha’s right leg and nudged him further forward, I personally believe it was a penalty, but I may have a biased opinion on the matter.

Five minutes after Palace’s penalty shout, West Ham scored another, in just their second show of quality for the whole game. Eventual goal-scorer, Luka Milivojevic, gifted the ball to Andre Ayew and sent him in 1-on-1 with 30-year old Scott Dann who uncharacteristically committed to the challenge just outside the edge of the box, but Ayew still had a lot of work to do and his brilliant strike doubled the Hammers lead. This was just about their last highlight for the game – they were relatively lifeless in attack.

The second-half started as the first had played out, no real quality from either side while Palace had the majority of the possession, this was until five minutes later when Angelo Ogbonna’s unnecessary challenge brought down Andros Townsend in the box and gifted Palace a penalty. Luka Milivojevic got his first opportunity from the spot for the season and successfully sent Joe Hart the wrong way, scoring his first of the season. From that moment on Palace were all over the visitors, who couldn’t do anything but watch on as the hosts mounted attack after attack. Yohan Cabaye came a matter of centimetres away from scoring, his shot from outside of the box smashed against the inside of the post, an inch to the right and that would’ve rebounded in – it truly is a game of inches.

This wasn’t Cabaye’s only contribution for the match as he was the man taking corners, direct and some indirect free-kicks as well and again came within inches of scoring from one of his free-kicks, but Joe Hart was on-hand to save the day. At 5.4m he could be one to watch as Palace continue to find their mojo, the Eagles are, historically, particularly effective from set pieces and seem to win a fair amount of both corners and also, free-kicks in some dangerous positions for a player with Yohan Cabaye’s abilities.

Had it not been for Joe Hart, Palace would have found the back of the net from two of their many set-pieces throughout the game and Cabaye would have picked up an assist from one of them (the other was his corner but a scrappy contest in the box led to the opportunity). On that scrappy corner, Fosu-Mensah was incredibly unlucky not to score, after West Ham failed to clear a Joe Hart save, Fosu-Mensah snatched at the ball from just four yards out and it struck Hart’s arm who had no time to react and was fortunate enough that his arm was in the position it was. Hart was consoling Fosu-Mensah after the ball went out for a corner, the Englishman had no idea what happened.

Nonetheless, as all hope had seemingly vanished come the 97th minute of the match, there was only time for one last hurrah before the final whistle, what a hurrah it was (I may be overplaying this but who cares, right?). After Antonio gifted Palace possession in their defensive half, Julian Speroni, who has started even with Wayne Hennessey fit, turned Palace into attack mode and sent them forward. The ball eventually came to Ruben Loftus-Cheek who sent Zaha through 1v2 just inside the left side of the box and just as the commentator stated that “Wilfried Zaha can’t find a way through”, what does the legend go and do? He finds a way through and finds the back of the net.

Yes, some will say it was West Ham at home and you’ve only just managed a draw, well I rebut and say: How many teams have managed that this season? just two more!

Zaha was a menace for the whole game and if it wasn’t for Hart’s return to form then he could have had one or two more and should have had a – potential – assist to a penalty. He is currently playing up front alongside Townsend in the absence of Benteke which is an incredible prospect. Zaha was in over one million teams to start the season (over 25% at the time) and now finds himself in just 4.0% of them (at the time of writing), but it won’t stay there, and he has already risen in price.

After Tottenham next week, Palace have some very favourable fixtures and could (hopefully) go on a run, Zaha will be the most vital part of their offensive plans until Benteke returns and is playing OOP at the moment. He is a joy to watch and even more so when he is in your FPL team, at 6.8m you can’t do much better.

Liverpool vs Huddersfield; 3-0

This game started on a sour note before it even began as once the teams were released, one Phillipe Coutinho was missing completely for Liverpool who must have picked up an injury somewhere along the last week. Once the game started it didn’t get much better. Neither side offered much in a turgid first half, and to add insult to injury, Mohammed Salah missed a penalty late in the first half, but nevertheless, my love for the man does not waiver after he cemented Egypt’s place in Russia next year with that 95th minute penalty of his.

It was those that had experienced recent struggles in front of goal that found themselves on the scoresheet for Liverpool, Sturridge and Firmino in particularly while Wijnaldum also chimed in with one late in the piece. I want to see more from Firmino before I consider him again, six weeks without a goal for a false-9 can’t be forgotten about but if this is the start of his return to form then watch out, Coutinho, Salah and Firmino all in form could be one deadly force.

Daniel Sturridge came in for the injured Coutinho and made the most of it, scoring the opener, but with Coutinho’s return from injury imminent then it would be wise to dismiss any sudden temptation that may arise with the Englishman.

Liverpool face a struggling West Ham who have been insipid in defence during their last few outings, the Scousers could run riot next weekend.

Apart from Chelsea at home in two weeks, Liverpool’s fixtures are quite favourable, and it would be advised if you owned at least one of Coutinho, Salah or Firmino, given that they are all in form. If you wish to wait a week and assess their performances next week then by all means, that is very reasonable but beyond that (assuming their return to form next week) not owning one of those three options could hurt as we all know what they’re capable of.

Watford vs Stoke; 0-1

Well this was disappointing. The masses rushed to bring in Richarlison and teammate Abdoulaye Doucouré over the past week, most likely expecting returns against a vulnerable Stoke, but it was not to be.

Richarlison himself had two half-chances that went begging, but in fairness they were both fairly difficult opportunities – one, on a very tight angle that ended up in hitting the side netting and the other was a rather difficult header which he couldn’t quite get a hold of. Doucouré only managed one shot for the afternoon.

Nonetheless, hold Richarlison as Stoke’s fixtures aren’t the worst for the next three weeks at least and he has shown that he can score against the bigger clubs as well. As for Doucouré, you all know my thoughts on him, I don’t think he is a viable Fantasy option despite his successes in front of goal so far, this season.

Watford had 14 attempts on goal and amongst these, it was ‘summer’ signing Andre Gray that had the bulk of the opportunities, having more than a third (5) of the total shots for Watford in the 32 minutes he was on the pitch for. Unfortunately for Gray, none of the shots amounted to anything and all failed to make even the highlights reel. Gray has the ability to be a great Fantasy option but his lack of form this season is worrying and he hasn’t managed to string together consecutive starts for the past month, keep an eye on him for now and lightly monitor his progress, he can be a solid prospect at 6.3m.

As for Stoke, this was a huge victory against an in-form side, and a win that was much needed for Mark Hughes and his men. Darren Fletcher scored his maiden goal for Stoke, and his first since January and one would imagine it would be his only goal for a while yet, he has scored just three goals over the past two seasons, speaks for itself really.

Stoke’s return to a three-at-the-back formation saw Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting resume his position as the sole striker and lone man up top, it also meant that Diouf had to settle for a spot at right wing-back even after performing so well over the last few weeks. I’ve come to the realisation that this rotation of his position (and Stoke’s formation) is purely dependent on their opponent and hence Diouf’s Fantasy output will be largely inconsistent and erratic as it has been for the last few seasons. This is fairly disappointing as his performances when he starts up front are encouraging, and he is the best natural striker that Stoke have at their disposal. Unless Stoke hold their formation for a large period of time and Diouf can maintain a regular starting position up front, I can’t see the Senegalese international being too relevant, especially as he is listed as a striker and playing in defence, the worst kind of OOP player.

West Brom vs Manchester City; 2-3

West Brom took it to Man City this game, putting up more of a fight than just about any team has in the Premier League this season. Out of all teams it was West Brom who managed to almost go toe-to-toe with Man City for goals, go figure. West Brom had multiple opportunities to level the scoring at 2-2 during the first and second halves but they squandered chances that you simply have to take against a team like City.

Jay Rodriguez, and one of last season’s many cheap breakout options, Matt Phillips, scored the goals for West Brom and it was seasoned campaigner, Gareth Barry, who channelled his inner Kevin De Bruyne to send through both the aforementioned goal scorers.

Salomon Rondon had a golden opportunity to square the game up at 2-2 towards the end of the second half as Jay Rodriguez picked him out in the box, where Rondon had a free go at the goals but he had other ideas and headed his shot over the bar, that would’ve changed the entire complexity of the game going into the half. Rondon’s finishing has always been a problem which is part of the reason why he has always been avoided as a Fantasy option, keep avoiding him.

Onto the more important Fantasy prospects, Pep again messed with our heads and our teams as he benched Aguero and Sterling as they both played out the 120 minutes of mid-week football. Sane and Jesus both played significantly lesser minutes in that mid-week clash and both started this game, Sane seems to be almost a regular starter and considering his form, why wouldn’t he be? Jesus, however, is not, he didn’t perform all too admirably in this fixture and failed to take his opportunity with Aguero rested for the first 82 minutes Jesus failed to register a shot on goal as it was those around him that provided more of an attacking threat. He is the second option to Aguero at City, as we have now clearly established, and it is therefore best to avoid Jesus as his minutes fall when Aguero is fit and ready to play, if you can’t get him to Aguero or Kane than Morata is your next best bet.

Jesus’ teammate, Leroy Sane, has been on fire recently, scoring a goal and registering an assist in each of the last three gameweeks, very impressive stuff. His price continues to rise, rising by 0.1m each week since the game against Crystal Palace five weeks ago. His price now sits at 8.7m, and in his form, with the way City are scoring, he is bound to be regularly amongst the goals for City, great option, as is his mate, Raheem Sterling. Not to be forgotten, Raheem Sterling came on in the second half and scored a goal to remind everyone of his prowess. As noted before, Sterling played 120 minutes mid-week which meant Bernardo Silva was awarded a rare start, but he remains a non-option as his starts and minutes are few and far between in this star-studded City line-up.

Man City have another mid-week fixture this week, they play Napoli, in Italy, on Thursday morning (Australian time), so it would be best advised that you do not transfer any City players until that match is over and we see who has played what minutes as rotation will definitely be a factor next week as well. As for their fixtures? Just pick whoever and reap the rewards (preferably not Jesus and preferably not before their mid-week fixture!)

Bournemouth vs Chelsea; 0-1

Chelsea won this one, but could have had a few more, it was one frustrating game for one Alvaro Morata. Morata missed two golden opportunities to make my Fantasy weekend, but squandered both of them, he then had a goal disallowed after Cesar Azpilicueta was called offside in the process. Eden Hazard scored Chelsea’s goal, his first of the season, as he continues he steady return back to form. Hazard was impressive again this week and maybe Chelsea’s best in attack. This is Hazard’s third goal in his last three games, in all competitions, to go with one assist as well, so he is definitely building some form, we also can’t forget that the Belgian has been amongst the top couple of Fantasy players over three of the last four seasons and his return to form makes for an interesting scenario.

With Sanchez just about to boil over and go absolutely berserk any time soon, Aguero & Kane being the consistent Fantasy stars that they are and throw in Morata, De Bruyne and Jesus (when he can get on the park), we have multiple 10.0m+ options that can do it for us weekly (almost). I can’t sit here and tell you which one of these options is the one that’s going to win it all for you, but what I will say is that when each of them is on song, it’s the three most expensive options of the lot that will do the most damage. We can’t fit all three of those options in, however, so it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth saving the cash and losing a couple of extra points on Hazard or not.

As for the rest of the team, Chelsea weren’t amazingly inspiring this game, especially against a team that languishes at 19th on the table. Chelsea controlled the game but failed to dominate a side that they should be putting to the sword, however if Morata had score those goals the score line might have forced to read this game differently.

Bournemouth were decent against a side possessing higher quality players, they had few chances and only forced one save out of Thibaut Courtois. The Cherries mounted a mini fight towards the end of the match as they rallied in order to find an equalizer, but they failed to do so. Bournemouth have some pleasant fixtures on the horizon, playing against fellow relegation-battlers in Huddersfield (H), Swansea (A) and Palace (A) with games against Newcastle (A), Burnley (H) and Southampton (H) also mixed in there. Surprisingly, since the start of the season, Bournemouth have only conceded more than two goals on one occasion (Arsenal; 3-0) despite facing Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea in the process which also contradicts the fact that they sit in the relegation zone. This is one thing I wanted to highlight as if they manage to maintain this solid defensive form over the next six weeks the potential for clean sheets is strong and it makes someone like Charlie Daniels (4.9m) with his attacking ability and intent a very intriguing option. 4.9m is a lot to pay for a defender in the relegation zone, but his four goals and three assists last season show that his attacking prowess from the right side of defence is something to truly consider.

Bournemouth’s pleasant fixtures also mean their attacking options require some consideration. Junior Stanislas and Josh King are two picks of the Cherry bunch as the pair ran riot for the Cherries last season – when they managed to get on the pitch – but the latter has struggled for form this season, starting eight games and scoring just one in the Premiership. King has battled with injury over the last two weeks, which has seen him miss both respective weeks, in that time Stanislas has found his form again after he himself, just returned from injury just a few weeks prior.

As a result of their inspiring form last season, both King and Stanislas started the season at much higher prices than the previous season, but since then the pair have experienced discounts with the former coming in at a 0.5m discount compared to just the 0.1m discount for Stanislas. At 7.0m, King is in that awkward price range where it’s hard to upgrade him and you don’t make much money when you go down (if you have to trade him out), but he presents as much value, and more, than most of the 6.6m to 8.1m options, a very strong consideration for your third striker slot. As for Stanislas, I covered him in last week’s article and I maintain what I said there.

Brighton vs Southampton; 1-1

My man Pascal Gross just keeps getting and, yet I still haven’t gone and bought him for my side, your weekly reminder as to why I’m terrible at this game. Pascal Gross whipped in a cross for Glenn Murray who scored his third goal in just two games, and Gross now has 70% participation of all Premier League goals for Brighton, that’s incredible, he has been very reliable this season since that big 18-point haul in GW4. Gross sits second in my cheap midfielder ranks and his and Brighton’s fixtures aren’t too shabby, but you may need to prepare to bench him when he faces those top six sides in the coming weeks as Brighton find it hard to score in the best of times.

As for goal scorer Glenn Murray, it’s hard to see him doing so well in the last two weeks as Palace could really use the striker and it would be handy to have him back in their ranks as we could really use him and his goals – two things we need and can’t currently find with ease. Murray seems to have taken the reigns at the head of the Brighton attack, solidifying his spot as the main striker over the last few weeks and boy, is he taking it. He looks a constant threat when the ball reaches him, a big ‘when’, and this is the only thing deterring me away from him – Brighton’s distinct distain for attack. However, over recent weeks we have seen both Izquierdo and Knockaert start to strut their stuff from either wing and just how creative Gross can be and how good he is with the ball and it is encouraging stuff from the Brighton attack. 5.7m is also pretty cheap for someone (Murray) who once averaged 7.4 points per 90 minutes in the 868 minutes he played just a few seasons ago (2014/15 season).

Murray is a natural striker and has that natural striker instinct and pedigree that most strikers wish they had (maybe too many ‘strikers’ in one sentence? Nah) so he is always going to be a threat in any situation. With Diouf’s abrupt omission from my ‘cheap’ striker options, a spot opens up in the ≤6.5m striker list, and I think Glenn Murray can slot in there given that he stays on the park, as the main striker which seems likely for the next few weeks. Does he become a better option than Tammy Abraham? I don’t think so, not just yet, but he is one of the better options in that bracket.

As for Southampton? Who knows. They’ve been utterly disappointing so far, this season and as their fixtures tighten up over the next couple of months, they are going to be put to the sword and could face a major slide down the table. They managed to collect just 13 points in 10 games in arguably the second easiest opening fixture schedule in the whole league. Cedric goes for me next week after they face Burnley at home and then they have to front up against all of last season’s top six in the next 12 game weeks. Avoid their assets, indefinitely.

Leicester vs Everton; 2-0

Leicester looked back to their counter-attacking best here and their first came as a result of ‘vintage’ (if you can call two years ago ‘vintage’) Leicester City football, while their second was a Demarai Gray ‘cross’ that was helped on it’s way by Jonjoe Kenny. Everton, on the other hand, didn’t look all too likely and the lack of a quality striker is really starting to appear through the cracks and it’s hurting them big time, with Rooney feeding the strikers the balls that he was this game, it was a shame to see them wasted.

Jamie Vardy ended his three game Premier League streak without a goal after a barnstorming run from Demarai Gray, that started just outside Leicester’s defensive box, who then found Riyad Mahrez who’s perfectly played cross was an easy finish for Jamie Vardy. Leicester have interchanging difficult and not-so-difficult fixtures over the next month of games, with games at home with Man City and Spurs intertwined with away visits to Stoke and West Ham. These aren’t amazing fixtures but they are fixtures that we can work with and hence why I am holding Vardy for the time being as Leicester at their vintage best suits Vardy’s style of play to-a-tittle, it also suits Mahrez, so if you’re one of the 4.3% of managers who own the Algerian than it could be a good idea to hold him, but I wouldn’t go trading either of these guys in.

Everton, unlike Leicester, have failed to announce a manager since the departing of Ronald Koeman and the instability continues to affect them. Wayne Rooney tried his best to set up his strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and then Oumar Niasse after him, couldn’t finish some of the sublime work that England’s top goal scorer produced. Everton have some easier fixtures over the next bunch of games which could help them regain some sort of form, but until then it is best to avoid all their assets I think – it’s always wise to avoid any players who don’t have a permanent manager.

Burnley vs Newcastle; 1-0

This was a rather dull game, lacking in many clear-cut chances, weird how Burnley are always involved in these sorts of games isn’t it? Odd. Anyway, Newcastle weren’t able to get into their usual flow and couldn’t muster anything on the counter, while Burnley, as usual, did basically nothing in attack but still managed to find the eventual winner. This is the fourth time this season that one of Burnley’s games has finished 1-0, and the eighth time where neither team was able to score more than one goal.

I’m really trying to find something to write about for this game but I’m struggling, big time, so I won’t bore you with any of it because it truly was a torrid 90 minutes of football for onlookers. Burnley kept another clean sheet and Nick Pope was one save off a 10-point haul after he collected 2 BP as a result of his 5 saves in goal. A Burnley defender/Nick Pope is high on my radar with potential clean sheet games to come against fellow defensively minded teams in Southampton and Swansea (I think I’ve said this before, but I really do struggle to write about anything when it comes to Burnley).

Newcastle failed to keep a clean sheet and despite the fact that Nick Pope made five saves, they didn’t really trouble the Burnley keeper. I can’t see them picking up a clean sheet in the near future but there could possibly be some goals on the horizon, but no Newcastle option looks real flash at the moment.

There we have it, game week 10 has come and gone and it was yet another disappointing weekend. Some of the big names didn’t even suit up, while some played only limited minutes and others failed to do anything with their time on the pitch, it was a weekend for the cheaper players to shine.

I scored 46 this week with Morata as captain, who came in for Kane, who I plan to trade straight back in this week (if he is deemed fit) for Jesus who continues to blank for me, despite this being the second time I’ve owned him at separate times in the season. I don’t know what else to do with my team, so I might just sit here and cry, I don’t know, I’ll probably take another hit for a player who will end up doing nothing, yet again.

How was your Fantasy weekend and who are you looking at for next weekend? Let us know in the comments!

8 comments on “Jerome’s Review – GW10

  1. Boner Contention

    Last week??…Last week?..nup doesn’t ring a bell. Have a strange recollection of bringing in Aguero and making him Capt for Vardy going out; and Richarlison in and on field for Myhki out. It was probably just a nightmare I had after too much red wine and cheese. Will just not even touch the team this week as I am not sure how many more disastrous moves like those I can take. Won’t be giving up the red wine any time soon.
    Great review again Jerome.

    • Jerome Post Author

      Ouch. Lesson learnt: always check who started/was subbed in the mid-week fixtures, especially for City! Should work out in the next couple of weeks you would think.

      As for the red wine and cheese… Think I might need some every time I look at my rank!

  2. John

    Nice review. Good times.
    One transfer this week. Lacasesse out and Daniels in for a good price after dropping.
    Bournemouth next 7-8 rounds seems good.
    They are facing all the teams who have scored only 8 goals or less.
    And therefore he seems like a good pick for rotation. Offensive he’s started to show promissing runs as well so what the hell.
    With this years December-January program ‘a few 15 good men’ that actually plays is more important then before. Planing ahead and making final decissions after the brake.

    Looking forward for another ‘Super Sunday’.

  3. Jerome Post Author

    I want Daniels as well, and Sanchez and Aguero and Nick Pope and… List of players I want is too long at the moment, it needs trimming! But Bournemouth have been impressive defensively even though they do sit in 19th.

    Sunday will be very fun to review. I’m really looking forward to the City-Arsenal game, City have slowed down and Arsenal… Arsenal could do anything here, who knows. Also praying Palace win but Kane scores a hat-trick, does that work?

  4. John

    Chelsea- Manchester United last 10:

    05 May 2013 Manchester United v Chelsea W 0-1 Premier League
    26 Aug 2013 Manchester United v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
    19 Jan 2014 Chelsea v Manchester United W 3-1 Premier League
    26 Oct 2014 Manchester United v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
    18 Apr 2015 Chelsea v Manchester United W 1-0 Premier League
    28 Dec 2015 Manchester United v Chelsea D
    0-0 Premier League
    07 Feb 2016 Chelsea v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
    23 Oct 2016 Chelsea v Manchester United W 4-0 Premier League
    13 Mar 2017 Chelsea v Manchester United W 1-0 FA Cup 16
    Apr 2017 Manchester United v Chelsea L
    2-0 Premier League

    • This years game is a different cup of tea then previous ones. For a United side that are challenging Manchester City for the title, this is a must win match.
    And is this the perfect time for Mourinho to prove that United is challenngers fot the title?
    Yes!
    A Chelsea side that are still struggeling in the defence, and with Kanté still out, and what seems to me to be lack of energy in the squad. I think we will see a more uncurtain Chelsea with focus on defence, and Quick counters involving Hazard every time.
    They have serious problems in the back, similare to what United hadde last year.
    The table has turned.
    Conte can’t seem to find his favoritt center defence, and face it, Alonso is still shait.
    Annyone see the Roma game? Google headless Chicken and im sure Alonso will pop up vs.Roma.

    So, what is Mourinhos plan?
    He can’t park the bus on sunday. One point away simply isn’t good enough for winning the title race.
    • Kanté out vs.Pogba out is two very different set of problems.
    • Morata at home vs.Lukaku away is allso an interesting problem.
    • United has solid figures in the back.
    • United has a fit Matic on the middle.
    • Uniteds wingers vs Chelseas full backs will be a joy to watch.
    • Annyone remember what happend to Chelsea when they took out Hazard with putting a spanish stamp on him in last years 2-0 defeat?

    Im sure i could go on with allot of different views weighing up and against but all in all i realy think Chelsea will struggle to win at home Sunday.

    Numbers:
    • 17 goals last 10
    • Chelsea Won 5
    • Draw 4
    • United Won 1

    Verdict:
    An even match where both teams will try quick counters. And Chelseas game plan seems to depend on Hazard a bit to much.
    Uniteds squad is bigger and bether this year!
    Mourinho has more tricks up his sleeve the Conte.
    Chelsea sold Matic to Man United….
    A no go for Chelsea this GW.

    Money vice:
    Both teams to score: No
    Red Card to full time: Yes
    Rashford to score anny time: Yes

  5. John

    Well the Chelsea- United match pretty much was a big bag of shit! Mourinho had no plan. At least that worked.
    A big yes putting the C on Aguero at least. The V was on Salah.
    Kane….pffff. Duchebag 😂

    • Jerome Post Author

      Mourinho had a plan, worked for the whole game but the bus broke down!
      I think I forgot to change my captaincy to Kane before the weekend and was fuming at how much I was gonna lose, then what do ya know, Morata (who it was on previously) goes and and bags himself a goal against United’s bus!

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