After the Boxing Day matches completely went against what I predicted, is there space to get carried away and hope for more amazing weeks or should I keep grounded and once again give a more realistic measured prediction?

That was my internal question for this week and I’ll leave the answer in the summary of the blog post for this week.

The Defence

I’m having to opt for Artur Boruc this week as unfortunately Jordan Pickford has picked up a pretty bad injury and will be out for a few months. Boruc isn’t a bad choice however, as Bournemouth are away at Swansea. It could either be a goal fest or both teams could continue to be shit and it’ll be a 0-0. Who knows anymore with these teams.

The rest stay the same as Marcos Alonso comes up against Stoke at home, Winston Reid travels north to Leicester and Ben Mee has another home match against Sunderland.

There is at least one clean sheet in there, but I’m going to predict two and say that the points haul from the defence will be: 16 points

The Midfield

Somewhat surprisingly, the midfield stays the same. We have Alexis Sanchez at home in a London Derby against Crystal Palace. Christian Eriksen away at Watford (Another London Derby? kind of) and Eden Hazard welcomes Stoke to Stamford Bridge. There could be lots of points up for grabs here, but most other managers in the league have these three so it won’t really if they all perform or not.

The differentials is where game weeks are made or break and Glyfi Sigurdsson is my main stand out player. After last weeks bullshit performance, I’m giving him one more chance and what better opportunity than another home match against Bournemouth. I have my transfer in mind and I’ll be keeping my eye on Siggy. If he performs, I’ll look at my options, if he doesn’t, come full time he’ll be already out of the team and replaced.

I’m looking at 2 goals and a couple of assists as well this week. Clean sheet bonus points aside, my prediction for the midfield is: 24 points.

The Strikers

Victor Anichebe keeps his place in the starting 11 as the alternatives weren’t great this week. Up against Burnley, it could be a chance for Sunderland to pick up some vital points against another relegation candidate. If they do try and attack, I’m hopeful Anichebe could finally bring him some points.

Zlatan Ibrahimovich is at home against Middlesbrough and will be hopeful to continue his fine form, as will all FPL managers. He has the potential to become the main man of the team, all he has to do is outscore the current legend…

That legend being, Mr Diego Costa. Yes, After serving his 1 match suspension, he is back in the starting line up to face Stoke at home. He will be pivotal to my game week as not all managers in the league have Costa (Specifically the current leader!) so I’ll be praying for a solid return back to form after he enjoyed his Christmas holidays.

2 goals is the minimum I’m expecting. Zlatan could torment a Boro team that will be livid they got beat by Burnley (As are most of their fans!) and Costa could return to destroy a Stoke side that can’t defend. Prediction: 14 points

Captaincy

I’ve opted to continue with big Zlatan Ibrahimovich as my captain this week. I could try and take full advantage of having Diego Costa back in the team, but with Ibra is most peoples teams (Certainly after last week), he’ll be the captain of choice for most. Costa is already a differential without this weeks captaincy so there is no need to take risks.

My expectations this week are very middle ground, “Sitting on the fence” esque. After last week, I think I could be forgiven for expecting 8 millions points for GW19 but my more rationale side of my brain has reeled that in a little bit and instead just expecting 54 points.

FPL Gods, I ask you this, on behalf of every person in the country, employed or unemployed, just give us one more incredible week of points before we all have to go back to work or back to looking for jobs. Just one more week, that’s all we ask.

Note: I say ‘We’ but I actually mean ‘Me’. Just me. Give me one more incredible points return, FPL Gods. Please. I’ll give you a box of Celebrations? 

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