Outlook: 55 Points
Captain: Sergio Augero
After a bumper January I’m very keen to keep up the momentum and make further gains up the league. The fixtures look pretty good with a few key assets facing what look like plum fixtures.
In goal Sir Tom goes to Vicarage road. Usually away games mean a reliance on save points, however he has a good chance of a clean as Watford are a little goal shy at home only scoring 2 in their last 3 games. Alonso plays in the prize game of the weekend, when Chelsea and Arsenal face off at Stamford bridge. I can see this one being a cagey affair, which will favour the defensive assets when it comes to points. Baines is at home against a struggling Bournemouth side. Everton have kept clean sheets in 4 of their last 6 games and have a great opportunity to better that stat tomorrow. Yoshida got off to a poor start for GSL, however he has a good chance at picking up points against West Ham, who will hopefully still be having nightmares after Wednesday nights horror show. Prediction: 14
Matty Phillips has a good chance to stop the rot with a home game against Stoke. Stoke only have 1 clean sheet in the last 7 games, so there is a good chance that there will be goals. Eriksen has a chance to put Tuesday’s blank behind him going up against Boro. Boro are tight defensively, however Spurs have a knack of dismantling teams at home, racking up an aggregate score of 16-1 in their last 5 outings at White Harte Lane. Last weeks goldenballs, Gylfi Sigurdsson heads to City, where anything will be a bonus. Swansea won’t see much of the ball , so will rely heavily on set pieces. But with Siggy at the helm, anything is possible. Wrapping up the midfield is Alexis Sanchez, he’s away at Chelsea so faces a tough task to keep his incredible run going. Saying that, Walcott‘s return may work in his favour as Giroud may be the man to make way, returning Sanchez to the central birth. As I said earlier I’m not confident of goals in this one, so not expecting much from the Chilean. Prediction: 21
Upfront Ibra goes to the King Power Stadium, Leicester are having a terrible time this year. They haven’t scored in 4 games and look woeful at the back, conceding 7 goals in thier last 3 games. All this points towards a chance for United to get back to winning ways, and more importantly get Zlatan back among the goals. Crouch goes to West Brom, who look to still have problems keeping clean sheets, with only one shut out in their last 10. He’s been my star striker in the past few weeks, it can’t last forever but it’s been great fun watching the big man rack up the points. Finally Sergio is at home against Swansea. This was the fixture I had been waiting for to see Sergio decimate a poor side and fling my team up the standings. However Swansea have looked much better under Paul Clement and may provide a test for Pep’s men. I expect Sergio to start this game, you can’t leave a player like Augero on the bench for 2 games running.. can you? will he? please don’t Pep! Oh god, what if he does… Prediction: 20
I’m keeping faith with my team this week, there’s nothing major I want to change and I could do with the extra transfer incase Pep fucks with FPL again.
I’m taking a risk here. On paper it isn’t a risk but in reality there is a chance that Pep might bench his star man again. Sergio has provided many a headache in recent weeks but this is the litmus test. Deliver here and it’s all worth it, blank and he’s gone. Going double or quits here, and praying I get lucky.
Overall a prediction of 55, which is being rather conservative. However much of this comes down to Sergio and his need to prove he can still be the FPL god we all know he can.