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”

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”

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”

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”

Premier League: GW20 Transfers

Nearly though the festive period, as we are look ahead to ringing in the new year, for me I will just be waking up to go to work early, so any transfer I have planned will need to be sorted out today. Recently, it hasn’t been failed transfers, gaining 30 points in the last  four game weeks. Season lows of 45 and 40 points kicked off a negative trend in game week 16. On 68 points for game week 19, I was unlucky not to have a small green arrow, but the top 100k was in excess of 70 points. Talk about frustration. As I noted in my retrospect, 50 points isn’t good enough as I end the year on a red arrow. Continue reading “Premier League: GW20 Transfers”

Premier League: GW20 Retrospect

The festive period has been nothing short of frustrating as we are on the eve of 2019, which can hopefully bring some new year’s luck. This season was moving along great as game week 15 ended on a green arrow, up to 81k in the overall rank. Since that time, it’s been a slow, painful slide, dropping to 162k, losing £0.7 in team value and not seeing consistency, as my patience is being tried. Continue reading “Premier League: GW20 Retrospect”

Watford Rewind: GW20 vs Newcastle

It was another game against a very below average team, one in which the Hornets dominated again, but came away fortunate to draw level on a late goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure off the bench. The numbers only tell part of the story, as boss, Javi Gracia made six changes to the team after their 2-1 loss, midweek to Chelsea. This after comments from “tired” players after the midweek fixture, “But I have to make decisions about that and knowing we are going to play three games more in the next days, to manage the players maybe in the next games I have to change something to compete at our best level,” said Gracia Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW20 vs Newcastle”

GW20 Preview: Watford vs Newcastle

Back in November, the Hornets traveled north to St. James and came away empty handed as the Magpies knocked in a set piece late in the game to give them a 1-0 victory. It was the start of a downward trend, something Watford supporters had seen in years past. Watford outplayed Newcastle but came away frustrated. Now as we work our way to the end of 2018, Newcastle is struggling to generate goals, while Watford comes of a tough 2-1 loss, on the back of two wins. Continue reading “GW20 Preview: Watford vs Newcastle”

2018/19 Mid-Season Retrospect

“Oh what a difference a year can make.” As I sit here and reminiscence, attempting to draw parallels between the success I’ve had this season to the unfortunate fate I suffered last year at this point.  Many aspects of the FPL game are unchanged; put together a 15-man roster and start XI players each week in an attempt to score the most points you can. Easy, right? Last year out of the game week 19, I’d scored 77 points, second highest point total I’d had on the season. That came on the back of a -12 point hit, that got me a red arrow as I plummeted past 526k on the season with an overall score of 1020. Continue reading “2018/19 Mid-Season Retrospect”