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 Transfers

It always feels good to head into a new game week with two free transfers, especially coming off a season high score of 87 points, that saw me jump up to 163k in the overall rank. That’s not to say I don’t have problems on my squad. There are still players that should have been shipped out weeks again. Hello, Theo Walcott, I am talking to you. Lucas Moura, you haven’t done shit since coming into my starting XI either. While I could have easily replaced both players the past few weeks, I have been looking longer term, as opposed to some short period gains. That’s you, Ross Barkley.
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Watford Rewind: GW10 vs Huddersfield Town

Off a big away win last weekend at Molineux, the Golden Boys returned home, high on confidence ahead of Saturday’s game against David Wagner and Huddersfield Town. The last three meetings haven’t gone as planned for the Hornets, dropping all three to the Terriers, including a 4-1 thrashing at the Vic and a 1-0 in the away game. This season though, Huddersfield have been terrible, win less on the season, scoring just 4 goals and conceding 17 ahead of Saturday’s fixture. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW10 vs Huddersfield Town”

Premier League: GW10 Starting XI

I would like to think my starting XI is sorted as we are on the eve of game week 10. After a very discouraging week, many FPL managers are looking to regain some traction after a very low scoring week. I’ll consider myself lucky, as I scored 58 points and picked up a green arrow, moving up the OR to 341k. It’s to the point, where I am considering doing nothing! Not that I am completely happy with my midfield, but just not sure any transfers will work to my advantage this week and only hamper long terms plans. Continue reading “Premier League: GW10 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW10 Transfers

After a week of mulling over my short term changes and longer term strategy, I don’t believe using my free transfer this week would beneficial. It’s odd, as this could be the third time this season I roll my FT, which is very unlike how I have played in years past. While there are transfers I could make, the bigger picture to added a premium midfielder in the coming weeks will hinge on what I do with these two free transfers next week. Continue reading “Premier League: GW10 Transfers”

GW10 Preview: Watford vs Huddersfield Town

Much can change over the course of 12 months, be that as it may, Watford have struggled against David Wagner’s Terriers. Last season, Huddersfield was promoted to the Premier for the first time ever and finished 16th (37 points) in the league table. That was just four points off of Watford at 14th. In both games last season, the Terriers were victorious, as they posted a 4-1 victory last December at Vicarage Road and 1-0, earlier this year. Going back to the Championship League, Huddersfield have won the last four out of five, as Wagner has won all three matches he’s faced Watford. Continue reading “GW10 Preview: Watford vs Huddersfield Town”

Premier League: GW9 Retrospect

It was a return to the pitch this week as Premier League football was back, after the second international break, that saw quiet a few flagged players, causing doubt and concern with many fantasy managers. As I’ve done nearly all season, patience paid off, as I did use both of my free transfers, late Friday night. Though the week, I held off making any chances, looking at sort term fixtures and long term strategy. Continue reading “Premier League: GW9 Retrospect”