Outlook: 52 Points
There are a few tasty fixtures this gameweek, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal all have home fixtures against struggling teams (Burnley may be 10th, but their away form has them bottom). I am a little light on cover for all those teams so the obliging fixtures are bad news for my team. Putting extra weight on the shoulders of Alexis Sanchez, who hasn’t let me down all season, why would he start now! Although after last week’s heroics, I’m due a shitter..
In goal Tom Heaton retains his starting spot, out of necessity more than anything as I’ve not had chance to swap Pickford.. He could pick up a few save points against a rampant Arsenal, but I’m not holding out for any substantial return here. Last week’s star man Marcos Alonso welcomes Hull to the bridge, where there is every chance of him adding to his goal tally, at the very least I expect a clean sheet from the Spaniard. Baines goes to Palace, where I’m hopeful he can continue his solid displays and maybe even nick a penalty. He is a slight doubt, however Koeman was confident he would be fit enough to play. Jonny Evans is also carrying an injury into this GW, and Pulis’ non-assessment of the injury earlier today doesn’t fill me with hope he’ll be on the pitch to score points. Against Sunderland at home he would be a great candidate to bring home a clean sheet, therefore he’s survived a transfer and stays in the starting 11. Prediction: 14
Evans may be a doubt, but one man I’m backing to bring home points against the black cats is Matt Phillips. He’s been in great form and is usually in the thick of the action, he blanked last time out but he can be forgiven after facing an inform spurs team. Spurs have a tough test against City at the Etihad, Eriksen has been bang in form and City are usually pretty lax when it comes to defending so I expect some goals. Just pray it’s not Kane or Alli, as they become more and more popular in the game. Sigurdsson survives another week (so far), the injury scares at the back meant I had to address other issues and I’m not sold on any alternative that warrants a 4 point hit. He’s got the talent to get points in any game, and Liverpool’s defence, although improved, is still a weakness. He needs points though, to stave off next weeks transfer as his value starts to dwindle. Completing the midfield is Alexis Sanchez, FPL’s top scorer up against a Burnley team who routinely shit themselves when they leave the safety of the North West. And with Giroud a doubt he could get the nod up front, combined with his form and outright Fantasy prowess makes him an ideal captain candidate. Prediction: 26
Upfront Augero plays Spurs, depending on which City turns up we could see a monster haul or another timid 2 points. We all know Augero loves scoring against Spurs (remember that 4 goal haul!), but City look out of sorts and I’m unsure what to think of Augero as a long term fantasy asset. He is usually the king, however the Kane train is in full swing and my team is suffering from the drain in funds. He has 3 games to remind me why I put so much faith in him, otherwise I’ll have to act. Joining him upfront is a 35-year-old marksman, famed for acrobatic finishes, silky play and towering headers. No not Zlatan, but Peter Crouch! I’m still on cloud Crouch from last week’s Goldenballs performance, and although I fear the party may end when United come to town, I can’t drop the lanky legend. He’ll go up against his peer and equal Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is just bossing it. He’s in form, has the fixtures, has the consistency, pretty much has everything you could wish for in a fantasy asset. It may not be a cold Tuesday night, but at the Britannia he’ll get the chance to answer that age old question of whether a foreign player can hack it in the most extreme of Premier League environments. Hoping for a 3-3 Ibra Crouch goalfest! Prediction: 12
I’ve had to be sensible this week and swap out Nathan Ake before he hemorrhages even more value. I also need some reliable defensive cover if Evans or Baines don’t make it to the pitch. Calumn Chambers comes in as the budget bench cover, Boro look determined to draw their way to staying up and their stubbornness should result in a fair few clean sheets in the coming fixtures. I’m still toying with losing Siggy this week and I’m between Pedro, Willian and Mirallas as replacements. Lallana was my first choice, but value changes have made that impossible. Pedro would be a shoe in but his reliability of starts worries me, especially with Costa back in the mix. Mirallas would be a good differential, and with 31 points in his last 4 games, as well as strong fixtures he may tempt me to make the change. This is going be a last min 11.25am jobby, which usually works out terribly.
My usual rule of blindly sticking to Augero is being ignored this week. Sanchez against Burnley is far too tempting, and I’m still a little hurt by Augero’s inept display last time out.
Overall a solid 52 points. My predictions have been way off in recent weeks, so hopefully I have another stormer and some defender will pop up with a plus 20 haul again! One can only hope..
Pray for points