Premier League: DGW34 Retrospect (part 1)

Anticipation was running high ahead of Saturday, I backed my Mohamed Salah talk, but activating the Triple Captain Chip on the Egyptian superstar ahead of their home fixture against Bournemouth. However, I believe fear got the best of me, in a moment of weakness I bought in Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, players who have haven’t performed well in my squad this season.

Heading into the weekend, fantasy life was green, as I’ve put together five good weeks to bump up to 153k in the overall ranking. Salah was all the rage for me, as I was expecting big things from the Egyptian, returning to FPL action after missing GW33, due to injury. Shades of BGW31 danced in my head, “what if…” was all I could think. In the end it was an unimpressive 8 points (24 points) for Salah in their 3-0 win over the Cherries, but he currently leads all scorers.

The other big winner on the weekend, Luca Milivojevic. Why more fantasy managers are not relying on this midfielder is beyond me, just 11.6 TSB%. He’s outscored the likes of Paul Pogba and Mesut Özil, just 5 points behind Sadio Mané (139 points). He finished with 2 assists and 2 bonus points for 9 on his single game. The rest of my midfield, Heung-Min Son, David Silva and Ashley Young finished on a total of 5 points, with Spurs and Man United to play again later this week.

Defensively, it was my intention to bring in a new defender, but couldn’t bring myself to make a lateral move from Nathan Aké to a second Burnley defender. Chances are it would have been James Tarkowski and not DGW34 hero, Kevin Long. Aké finished on zero, while Matt Lowton got 2 points. I had a strong suspicion that Huddersfield would keep it clean against Watford, which they did, however Florent Hadergjonaj was left on the bench. That meant Virgil van Dijk was the big defensive star with 6 points on the back of a clean sheet, but only plays once this week. In a shocker, Man United, lost 1-0 to West Brom, so much for double clean sheets from David de Gea.

Up front, as mentioned, I was compelled, thanks Twitter, to take a -8 hit and bring in Kane and Lukaku. So far, after their first game, 4 points isn’t impressive for what I splashed out. I knew better than to go back in before DGW37, but for Man United, the matches were choice; WBA/bou, while Spurs were punked by Man City and will visit Brighton later this week. I don’t expect much for either game, speculation Kane might not feature, while Lukaku might pick up a single goal. Not sure either of those moves were advised ahead of the gameweek.

So what am I looking for the rest of the week? I’ve got seven players to play, none bigger in terms of price than Kane and Lukaku. Go realistically, I am just not feeling it with these two. Kane’s “ghost goal” seems to have cursed him. Lukaku? So much for being that flat track bully. Hoping for some sort of return, but not expecting much.

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