Premier League: GW14 Retrospect

Gameweek 13 represented the collective EPL managers conspiring against fantasy owners, led by Pep turning on us with a big “FU!” It was THAT sort of gameweek, but one I managed to navigate and finish with a green arrow. How that happened, I still don’t know, as I turned off my mobile device with a small red arrow.

On the gameweek I finished with 53 points, with the weekly average just 46 points. That overall score bumped me up 24k to 220k, rewarding me with my 5th green arrow in a row! This on the back if the team news that Eden Hazard and Mohammad Salah were not playing. Hazard was one of two new transfers to my starting XI, captained as well, his participation was missed, as I mistakenly vice captained Richarlison against Man United.

Thankfully in just 23 minutes, Salah provided 2 goals “on s cold night in Stoke City” to rescue my gameweek. Hazard even came on for a cameo, doubling his point output, 2 points. Richarlison came close to posting another return, but his headed attempted nicked off the bar and denied the Brazilian of another attacking return. I continue to keep faith in Pascal Groß, but their derby with Crystal Palace was played out to a scoreless draw. Unlike last weekend, he didn’t score any bonus points.

Up front, Jamie Vardy hitting for a goal against Spurs, reignited my thought about keeping him as my second forward, which means delaying the arrival of Leroy Sané, who missed out midweek due to illness and could be a risk for Gameweek 15. Vardy has a favorable schedule; BUR/new/sou/CRY.

The second half of my transfer this week was Alvaro Morata, who disappointed against a weak Swansea City side, posting 1 point, picking up his 3rd yellow card, now putting him on 4 for the season. Expectations are still high for introducing Morata and sacking Harry Kane as I move forward with my 5-man midfield plan.

What’s been more disappointing, Callum Wilson, who is quickly turning into a “one week wonder” after his GW13 hat trick. Other options could prove to be more worthwhile when it comes to attacking returns. He has 2 more weeks; SOU/cry before his number is called.

Defensively, it was a bit upsetting to see Man City concede another goal this week and Kyle Walker lose out on a CS. This was the third time in four weeks that the Sky Blues have conceded, which might be a cause for concern, as the defense could be a bit lazy, relying on the offensive firepower City possess. Fixtures are mixed for the next 4 weeks, which might hasten Walker being released instead of Sead Kolasinac.

Speaking of the big Bosnian, was my top defender with 9 points, on the back of the clean sheet and an assist, his 4th on the season. He’s posted 35 points in the last 5 games, only City shut him down in Gameweek 11. Arsenal are home to United this weekend and face heavy hitters, Liverpool and Chelsea through Gameweek 26. He is proving his worth at £6.1.

Are Rob Elliot’s days in goal finished? He missed out for the first all season, as Rafa Benitez opted for Karl Darlow. That saw Lukasz Fabianski substituted in, giving up just a single goal to Chelsea, posting 9 saves in the game for 3 save points. As for Elliot, if he doesn’t start this weekend, it might warrant another goalkeeper through the holiday period. I was already considering moving Fabianski in favor of Heurehlo Gomes.

Just two days to make decisions before Gameweek 15 starts.  I’ve got to reevaluate my plan to introduce  Niasse/Sané or hold Vardy/Groß. With his illness being a factor, I might run Vardy out one more week, as he and Mahrez appear to have “that magic” we saw two years ago in their championship season.

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