Premier League: GW22 Retrospect

This weekend hurt more than others and it didn’t start off with a bang and Arsenal flopped like a fish out of water getting shutout by West Ham, of all teams! Guess it could have been worse, could have been Everton. The armband failed to return point this week, as defenders flourished again, but wasn’t able to see clean sheets across all the defenders. Where have the midfielders gone? In fact all attackers? Maybe this was one of those weekends that tests your patience. Continue reading “Premier League: GW22 Retrospect”

Watford Rewind: GW22 vs Crystal Palace

Saturday represented an opportunity to do the double against a mid-table foe, Crystal Palace. Back in October, during game week 3, Watford walked away with a comfortable, 2-1 win on the back of goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas. This game also saw Christian Benteke return to Roy Hodgson’s squad after missing 20 game. While the Eagles have posted eight clean sheets on the season, they have struggled up top, netting just 20 goals in 21 games. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW22 vs Crystal Palace”

Premier League: GW22 Starting XI

As we steam towards the Saturday morning fixtures, it’s time to give one last look at potential transfers and finalize the game week 22 starting lineup. As it stands on Friday morning, on the West Coast of the US, I have three players flagged; Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (suspended), Ryan Fraser (hamstring) and Callum Wilson (hamstring). Many FPL managers would have me moving off the Bournemouth duo, but can’t argue with their 18 points last weekend. Favorable fixture against a non-existent Everton defense too this weekend. Continue reading “Premier League: GW22 Starting XI”

GW22 Preview: Crystal Palace vs Watford

The Golden Boys pack up for Selhurst Park this weekend as they take on Crystal Palace.  In the reverse fixture, Watford controlled the game to keep their perfect start to the season going, defeating the Eagles, 2-1 on goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas. After a 78′ substitution, Max Meyer connected with Wilfried Zaha, who netted, but it was too little, too late for for Palace. Not much has changed since that game week 3 fixtures, both teams have been playing good football as they meet again on Saturday. Continue reading “GW22 Preview: Crystal Palace vs Watford”

Luck in FPL?

If you’ve played fantasy sports for any period of time, one component of the game is luck. Sometimes overlooked or not give due credit, it’s one aspect that is dynamic and can’t be controlled by players, mangers or FPL bosses. Last week, I was “lucky” because I held Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, who combined for 18 points.  These two players had been moved on by over 791k managers over the previous three weeks. Continue reading “Luck in FPL?”

Premier League: GW22 Transfers

Going into game week 21, I knew my free transfer for Cardiff City ‘s, Neil Etheridge wasn’t a strong selection, as they hosted Spurs. While Ederson hadn’t kept a clean sheet since game week 13, he’d been losing value, which was hurting my team value. Etheridge beat out Vincente Guaita at Crystal Palace based on the upcoming run of fixtures for the Bluebirds. If Neil Warnock is to keep his team in the Premier League, this is the part of the season they need to convert and win some game. For me, it starts in goal with Etheridge, keeping it tight at the back. Continue reading “Premier League: GW22 Transfers”

Premier League: GW21 Retrospect

It say its been anything but easy, over this festive period would be an understatement. What started out as my best season out of 6 years playing FPL, turned drastic, as I hit the doldrums starting in game week 16 with four out of five red arrows, dropping from 81k to 162k, in what appeared to be a blink of the eye. Unlike other times during the season, you couldn’t dwell on the red, but look ahead to next game week, which was also a few days away. Continue reading “Premier League: GW21 Retrospect”

Watford Rewind: GW21 vs Bournemouth

Disappointment. That’s the only word that comes to mind when I look back on Watford’s travels to the south coast and Vitality Stadium on Wednesday where they played Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. This after the Cherries had scored just three goals in their previous four games. Watford had control of the game early, but uncharacteristically let it slip away. The game finished 3-3 on the day that saw a flurry of four goals in a seven minute period to end the first half. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW21 vs Bournemouth”

Premier League: GW21 Starting XI

We are just over an hour away from the kickoff of game week 21. While many will already have their starting XI set and captain selected, I just made a transfer ahead of the game week. Now, it’s not uncommon to see many in the UK hold their transfer until game day. Here in the states, I usually get up minutes before the kickoff, so setting it the night before the game usually works better. Since I had to come into work early, I had too much time to listen to a few podcasts on the commute in, time to think and ponder decisions. Sometimes that can be a dangerous thing. Continue reading “Premier League: GW21 Starting XI”

GW21 Preview: Bournemouth vs Watford

Out of another good performance, Watford come away with just a single point on Saturday at Vicarage Road against Newcastle. I don’t agree with the six changes ahead of the game, as defensively, we were a liability. Adam Masina struggled and Adrian Mariappa, usually strong was out muscled by Salomon Rondon. The Hornets take the show on the road this week and visit Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth team that hasn’t been good. Defensively, they’ve conceded 37 goals, fourth worst in the Premier League Continue reading “GW21 Preview: Bournemouth vs Watford”