Captain: Sanchez (Not got the balls to choose anyone else)
Using a wildcard is always full of chopping and changing, ultimately owning every player that there is possible to own at some point, which guarantees plenty of regret when the GW finally arrives.. No matter how well you do, you inevitably end up cursing yourself for swapping not ‘going with your gut’ on a particular player. I have the feeling a certain gormless North Londoner will be the main culprit. Saying that, it is very exciting to be able to rip up my team and start afresh, especially after last week (GSL – GW35)…
No messing about lets get straight into it, gonna name my whole squad because I can.. and It keeps a certain element of mystery (at least for 3 more hours..). Sir Tom of Heatonshire tearfully departed GSL this week, he will be sorely missed, thanks for the memories Tom. Pickford also went as I had some free funds to bring in some ‘elite’ goalies ahead of bench boost in 37. Cech and Caballero come in as I look to capitalise on the doubles, Cech has been raking in the save points of late and has good chances of clean sheets so he was a no brainer, then Bravo‘s injury paves the way for Caballero to come in ahead of some glorious fixtures for City.
Alonso and Maguire survive the wildcard cull, Alonso being the stand out defensive option for GW37 and Maguire just being a big odd shaped legend! Oh, and he’s got Scumderland at home this week. The YoStephens double act joins GSL, 100% down to cheapness and 4 games. Don’t fancy them really, with Southampton being gash at the moment, but they’ll get some points across those games even if it is just 4.. Monreal makes up the defence, with attacking returns in recent games and another with 4 games in the next 2 GW’s he’s the stand out Arsenal cover. Doubling up on an Arsenal back line doesn’t fill me with confidence, but it seems to be the way this year that the defenders are the ones that profit most from DGWs.
In midfield, I’ll wilted to the Josh King bandwagon, his value and form are just too good to turn down. He doesn’t have a double GW but his fixtures are sublime. Hazard, Sanchez and Alli survive as you would expect. Alli and Hazard both have a double in GW37 and are the leagues stand out midfielders this season, absolute no brainer. Sanchez on the other hand, if woefully out of form in an Arsenal team that is just woeful. But he has back to back DGWs.. You’d be a very brave man to go this stretch without the Chilean, he’s been electric at times this season and although he’s not flying at the moment he still has the quality to punish managers who look elsewhere. Wrapping up the midfield is a bit a punt on Marc Albrighton, he’s always in with a shout of assists and it dirt cheap so he comes in for the bench boost.
Upfront I’ve taken the brave decision to go Kaneless into GW37.. It shares me shitless, but with mini league rivals high ownership I have to try something different. So in his place I’ve got in the pantomime villain for so long, Diego Costa. Chelsea’s fixtures are just insane, Boro, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland.. Insane! I don’t see Conte tinkering too much with his squad so there will be a huge score in their run in. And with his low ownership I’m hoping he can propel me up the league. Joining him upfront is Pep’s darling, Gabriel Jesus. He looks assured of game time, even if just 30 mins from the bench, he looks the real deal and like Chelsea has a fantastic run in where I see a few blitzes as they look to cement top 4. Finally I’ve turned to the big man once again, not Peter Crouch but Big Vic. His ridiculously cheap price of 4.3 makes him a top enabler for the rest of the team, and he has a DGW in 37. Whether he gets injured between now and then is another question but he’s been the hero before and could be the hero again. Just imagine the look on managers faces as Victor Anichebe is the key differential in GW37!! Unlikely but I like the notion, everyone loves it when a novelty footballer comes good.
So that’s it, wildcard exhausted. All those carefully laid plans put into practice. With only 3 GW’s left it’s definitely now or never, I need results and I need them now. Not gonna make a prediction because I really don’t have a clue. Lets be optimistic and say 100, easy!
Pray for points