Premier League: Starting XV

On the heels of yesterday’s indecisiveness, a decision has been rendered on DGW36 starting XI. There was some consideration at taking hits in order to improve my double doublers, but with rotation a major factor this weekend, I felt it wasn’t work the risk to start the week on a negative score. It’s those four or eight points that could mean the difference between a red or green arrow.

After passing up the chance to pull the trigger on any changes on Thursday, I have used both FTs ahead of Friday’s kickoff. While I still feel the Palace lads are a great shout at the back for a clean sheet, I decided to retain Matt Lowton, based on the fact that Arsenal lost and feel the Gunners could come out flat this weekend as they host Burnley.

I did move Virgil van Dijk out and reintroduce Alfie Mawson to my starting XI. While he wasn’t initially in any of my plans, Jey Egersdorff touted his services, as Swansea City have something to play for and Mawson does bring an attack from the back. Swans feature away to Bournemouth and home to So’ton.

It was a difficult decision, but I finally moved Luca Milivojevic on, in favor of…Dusan Tadic? The king of underlying stats, but never seems to get that final ball in the back of the net. Tadic is on the best run this season with returns in the last two out of three and So’ton need his dynamic skills to feature if Saints are to avoid the drop.

The Bench Boost Chip is activated leaving Jordan Pickford, Florent Hadergjonaj, Ashley Young and Paul Dummett to pick up 18 points, which hopefully isn’t asking too much. Cenk Tosun, Mohamed Salah and the aforementioned, Lawton each play once in gameweek 36.

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