Points: 64 (Predicted 64, I am a genius)
League: 6th (+1)
Goldenballs: Christian Eriksen
This week looked like a disaster come Wednesday evening, my team unexpectedly decimated by injury and rotation. When the starting 11’s were released, only 8/11 would be playing, my bench was only able to provide Etienne Capoue to come in.. Soares, Evans, Hazard and Anichebe all sidelined late on. But enough with the doom and gloom, GSL had a stormer! 64 glorious points, I even predicted 64 points, which although I know means absolutely nothing, it does makes me feel like I know what I am doing.
I have to start with the new boy Christian Eriksen. 19 points is a mega haul, take a bow son. He’s a minor differential making his tally even more important (apart from those who blatantly copied my transfer.. after stupidly explaining my sound logic). Secondly Big Divock continued his fine form netting 11 points, he’s providing excellent value for the 6.6m (now 6.8m) shelled out on him 2 game weeks ago. He’s even been quietly outscoring my FPL kryptonite Diego Costa! Keep up the good work! The last of my star performers was the Human Bus himself, Tom Heaton. I know he conceded, but only after saving a pen and making 6 saves giving him a tally of 12. Surprisingly few teams have the Burnley stopper in goal so I made big gains!
Alonso does what he does best and got yet another clean sheet, mainly thanks to that 93rd minute wonder save from Courtois. He even picked up a bonus point! Excellent stuff Marcos. Sanchez grabbed yet another goal, despite having a relatively quiet game, but points is points.
Elsewhere Mane and Firmino did nothing, making the latter’s switch to Eriksen extra sweet. And Costa blanked! Finally!
As already mentioned, only having 9 on the pitch put me at a major disadvantage from the off. This is where you look to your captain to bail you out and make the 2/3 points here and there less important. However Harry Kane couldn’t muster more than 1 shot off target against a sorry Hull side. He had scored braces in his two previous home encounters so he has truly had a shocker here. He welcomes Burnley next at home, where you have to think he’ll get something. It would be unthinkable to blank in possibly the two easiest fixtures of the season. I’ll keep the faith a little longer Harry, but nothing against Burnley and that’s the end for you.
Siggy blanked in his trip to the Hawthornes, however his away form has always been a little off so there was no surprise. Monreal disappointed again, he would be the top candidate for a transfer this week but the injuries ravaging my team may save him.
Elsewhere it was clean sheets galore around the leagues. Bournemouth, Stoke, Southampton (thanks Cedric..), Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham all kept clean sheets, clocking up some serious points for some back lines. Not mine, I only managed 2 defenders on the pitch..
I’m still undecided this week. I wanted to switch Monreal to one of Rose/Walker however I will wait it out to see how the injuries clear up. I have my eye on a few players, Chris Brunt and Adam Lallana are very tempting, however not worth a hit at the moment. There is a temptation to double up on Chelsea at the back, but we’ll see on that one. Gonna drag it out till Saturday morning to make my final decisions.
GW 17 Preview to follow!