The first blanks of the FPL season arrive this week, hopefully punishing those casual players who get through the season on blind luck from GW to GW. FPL has to require some skill no? City, Arsenal, United and Southampton all go without a fixture, rendering a few big hitters useless. Namely Sanchez and Ibra who will both sit idly by as Etienne Capoue strolls into the squad.. This week is the warm up for the big test in GW28 where 10 teams sit it out, as they contest the FA quarter finals. Thankfully there were a few shocks at the weekend, keeping a few more GSL players on the pitch. I’ve been preparing for a few GW’s so hopefully I’ll start making up some ground on the leaders. But anyway, let’s focus on the here and now!
In goal Sir Tom of Heatonshire goes to the KCOM stadium, where I’m hoping for a dire bottom of the league slugfest. I can see Hull winning this one, so I’m not that hopeful but the alternative is Pickford at Everton.. A 0-0 would be ideal, as my transfer this week was to swap out Yoshida for Harry Maguire. He’s registered a crazy amount of shots in the past 4 games for a CB, 10 attempts on goal! His immediate fixtures look good for clean sheets and I’m predicting a goal is on the horizon. It was a toss up between him and Robertson, but Maguire‘s attacking stats were the clincher. Chambers is a slight doubt going into his fixture at Selhurst park, however I expect him to play and has a good chance of bringing home a clean sheet. Baines and Coleman welcome Sunderland to Goodison Park, which has to equal points doesn’t it?? Everton have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 7, and Sunderland are just dogshit. Wrapping up the defence is Marcos Alonso, playing the Swans at home. Chelsea are everything but champions, and although the Swans have picked up some form under Paul Clement, I see nothing but a home win here. Playing 5 at the back looks terrible, but needs must in blank gameweeks. Prediction: 22
Eriksen is a big differential for me now with everyone jumping on the Alli bandwagon at the danes expense. Stoke at home is a great chance for him to rediscover that blistering form we saw a few GW’s ago. He’s also my only ‘big’ hitter playing in the midfield this week, so I’m relying on him to deliver. Big Sig goes the Stamford Bridge, which you’d think is a blank waiting to happen, but he’s always a threat on set pieces and has proven in the past few games he can score against the big teams. Matty Phillips continues in the team, why? I don’t know, he’s been shit for a while, but other priorities have spared the GSL axe. Heres hoping my reluctant faith is rewarded when Bournemouth’s shambles of a defence visits the Hawthornes. Finally Etienne Capoue comes back into the team, he’s another that I want rid of but haven’t been able to. A home fixture against West Ham provides a decent opportunity to rack up a glorious 3 points. Prediction: 14
Upfront Lukaku leads the line on his own. In his last home game he racked up a filthy 21 points. I missed that glorious haul, but he has a great chance of replicating it against David Moyes’ sorry sack of rejects. Prediction: 12
I can’t look past Lukaku this week, he’s unplayable on his day and should tear that Sunderland’s defence apart. Just got to hope he gets out the right side of his bed and fancies it.
With the blanks benching my big hitters my team looks a little shoddy, however having 11 on the pitch is the priority. Also having a sub in Peter Crouch gives me comfort as teams may rotate with the glut of games about at the moment. Overall, predicting 48, which is largely dependent on my defence bringing home points.
Pray for clean sheets