Can anyone remember the Great Storm of 1987? It was possibly the biggest blooper of any BBC reporter to date. Michael Fish responded to rumours a hurricane was on it’s way by telling the British public “don’t worry, there isn’t”. He was wrong, there was a hurricane on it’s way…
So here’s hoping we get a similar result this weekend, ey!? Bring on the HurriKane!
In goal, I’m going to stick with Artor Boruc as he’s up against Southampton at the Vitality Stadium. Jordan Pickford is a sensible choice as well, at home against Watford, but with Southampton without their main scorer, Charlie Austin, I’m hoping zero end product…
I’m back to a 3 man defence this week. Marcos Alonso is always going to be a constant with my team whilst he’s in there and Chelsea are away at Crystal Palace this week, I’m hoping Erik Pieters, who has a 75% chance of playing, starts at home to Leicester and this weeks transfer was swapping Dejan Lovren with Winston Reid. West Ham are “better” at the moment, but it was their fixtures that made me take a chance on Reid with Hull up next, then Swansea and Crystal Palace, so there is certainly a chance for clean sheets and he’s also a set piece threat.
I’m not entirely hopeful of many clean sheets, apart from last GW, they’ve been hard to come by in this season so I’m just going to predict 1 and possibly a goal / assist.
Prediction: 20 points.
I’m hoping for points in the midfield this week, big points. I’ve now got 4 players who are their teams key attacking talisman. First up is Eden Hazard who looks likely to return from injury and is up against Crystal Palace, a tasty London derby and we’ll hopefully see goals galore. Glyfi Sigurdsson is heading up north to Middlesbrough, hoping to find some away form. Christian Eriksen is up against Burnley, who are terrible away from home, so I’ve also gone for Eriksen as this weeks captain. He’s been incredible at home the last couple of matches, and i’m hoping for that to continue. And finally, Alexis Sanchez, who is away at Man City. Easily the toughest fixture of the weekend so i’m not expecting much from Alexis this week.
I think there could be 4 goals from my midfield and a bonus point for a clean sheet somewhere.
Prediction: 25 points
Sunderland are back at home again but this time up against Watford, so i’m adding Victor Anichebe (Fingers crossed returns from injury) into my line up this week. Diego Costa is away against Palace and after his first game week without a goal or assist in an age, I’m looking at him to get back on the goal train. And finally, this is the week I want some points from Harry Kane. Drawing a blank against Hull, when his team won 3-0, is beyond frustrating so if he goes another week against a shite team without scoring then I’ll be looking for alternatives. Kane was brought him in hope he would be able to match Aguero’s return but so far Glenn Whelan has returned more points than Kane has… I’m hoping reminiscing on the classic Michael Fish blooper prompts a hurriKane this week, that’s how desperate I am.
I want 2 goals at least this week from some very tasty match ups.
Prediction: 12 points
So in total, I’m predicting 57 points for the Letdowns. Sigurdsson, Eriksen, and Reid are now important differentials in the team as I look to them to help cut the lead to 1st place down from 43 points.
Bring on the points!