Premier League: GW12 Retrospect

Ahead of game week 12 I held my two free transfers until late Friday afternoon (in the US) before making my decision on the direction I was going to take. There was some question midweek that I would add Sadio Mane and a £4.5 midfielder for James Milner and Lucas Moura. It looked good on paper, going to that potential “home run” with Mane at Anfield against whipping boys, Fulham. Instead, I held to my plan transferring in Virgil van Dijk and Johan Berg Gudmundsson. Both decisions resulted in a positive result and set me up out of the international break.
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Watford Rewind: GW13 vs Southampton

Traveling the length of the country, Watford headed to the South Coast, a trip to St. Marys’ and the Saints, a team struggling to find form or points coming off a 6-1 defeat to league leaders, Man City. Ahead of this fixture, the Saints had scored just a single goal in the last five fixtures, while Watford put together back to back before dropping points to a poor Newcastle team last weekend.
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Premier League: GW12 Starting XI

It’s been a long week, longer than most and maybe in my mind I am already on an international break, so to speak. Ahead of the game week, I averaging 61.09/PPW through 11 weeks with an OR of 169k. Rolling my transfer last week, gives me 2 FT with £2.7 ITB. To say I have options is an understatement, as I wrote in Premier League: GW12 Transfers. It’s a good place to be, especially with pressers questioning the fitness of James Maddison and Richarlison. Let’s not forget all those FPL managers who are STILL carrying Alexsandr Mitrovic.
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GW12 Preview: Southampton vs Watford

Last weekend, the trip to Tyne was made longer, coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Newcastle. This week, Javi Gracia’s squad travels to the south coast, visiting St. Marys’ as they face Southampton, handed a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Man City. Gracia praised the Hornets for the “committed performance,” which saw 16 goal attempts, with just a single shot on target. Adrian Mariappa commented, “We are bitterly disappointed really to come away with nothing. As a team we created a lot of chances and we have been punished for not taking them.
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Premier League: GW12 Transfers

This time last week I was in a quandary, looking forward long term, while contemplating the short term. In the end, decision made, I brought in Will Hughes, away to Newcastle. It wasn’t Watford’s finest hour and Hughes blanked, but still carries some excellent attacking stats as he faces So’ton this weekend at St. Marys’. There is a lot on my plate this week, as I roll into midweek with 2 FT, much like last week. I have the opportunity to take a calculated risk and go offensive or play it safe, boring for more consistent, long terms results.
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Watford Rewind: GW11 vs Newcastle

Traveling north to St James’ all indications were the Golden Boys would take care of business coming off back to back clean sheets and return home with nothing less than three points. It was a crucial match, as these matches, against lower league teams need to be won and constitute an “important” three points dropped. Based on the statistics, it was NOT a game that should have ended 1-0, in favor the Magpies.
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Premier League: GW11 Starting XI

It’s still early Friday morning and I am mulling over my transfer options. I have a good idea who is leaving and who will be coming in, but I am just waiting until later in the day to confirm my transfers. At this point, not much can be said that will sway my decisions, as these moves should strengthen my starting XI for the short term, while providing me more ITB to cover the long term players I am looking to bring in the next few game weeks and over the international break.
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