PITCH & PINT – EPISODE 14: Thrice As Nice
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Episode 14 of Pitch & Pint Podcast being recorded Wednesday, October 31, Thrice as Nice!
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Hello and welcome to episode 14 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast. My name is Stephen, you can find me @6thGoal on Twitter. It was a great FPL weekend, as well as beers pulled from the mini-fridge, which is stocked up.
Let’s start with some Watford news, as there have been many questions and comments about the Golden Boys, after their 3-0 win at the Vic against hapless Huddersfield.
To be fair, the Terriers had some excellent chances, but Ben Foster was a stalwart between the posts making 7 saves on the day to keep it clean for the Hornets. Not sure that says much for the defense this week as Adam Masina and Adrian Mariappa kept their starting spots for the second week in a row.
FPL managers have started looking in the direction of Watford again. While they shocked FPL starting the season 4-0, including a 2-1 come from behind win again Spurs, they hit a rough patch over the next 4 weeks, picking up a single point against a poor Fulham squad.
Now, it appears Watford have hit their stride again, something we didn’t see last year after getting to this point last year. Under Marco Silva, there was no change and the team struggled and continued to lose.
This year, Javi Gracia looks to be the savior the Hornets have needed. Off the back of a poor 4-game run, he brought in four changes ahead of Wolves and rolled with the same starting XI against Huddersfield. It was a stroke of genius, after the 3-0 win.
The Golden Boys got goals from Roberto Pereyra, his fifth on the season, as he cut right through the Terriers defense, which was left standing still. Gerard Deulofeu and Issac Success each picked up their first on the season.
It was another brilliant individual effort on the part of Deulofeu, coming in from the right flank, put a few moves on the Terrier defense and from an improbable angle fired a shot that found the far side netting.
Much of the Twitter discussion since GW10 has centered around Kiko Femenia, Gerard Deulofeu and Issac Success. All three players are budget options for the Hornets upcoming travel to Newcastle and So’ton. But realistically can we look further down the schedule, with bringing one of more of these players into our FPL team?
Starting in GW13, Watford are home to LIV, away to Lei, home to MCI and away to EVE. After MCI in GW15, Watford have just Chelsea and Spurs in the next 12 game weeks, which could make all three of these players viable.
It could be well worth it to put a Kiko Femenia at 4.2 onto your bench. Ryan Bennett has played well for Wolves but they have run into some problems, dropping their last 2 games, losing to Watford and Brighton. They have top six teams in the next 12 weeks.
Just how nailed is Femenia? Daryl Janmaat had surgery on his meniscus and could have potential return on November 10. His return could hinge on how well Femenia is playing. Right now, I don’t see Kiko losing the starting spot at right back.
Gerard Deulofeu was a big off season signing, after his loan spell from Barcelona. Unfortunately, a injury during preseason, saw him start in the training room, fighting to get back to fitness.
After a 16-minute cameo against Bournemouth, he’s featured in back to back starts, up front with Issac Success. It appears a strong partnership is forming that could help spell the Troy Deeney, Andre Gray partnership that looked very promising to start this season.
Two at the front are something Marco Silva didn’t want to experiment with, but Silva has trusted. Deulofeu, priced at 5.4 is kindly priced to be included as a 4th or 5th midfielder.
Comparable players at that price include, Fernandinho, Jean Michael Seri, Demarai Gray, Jonjoe Shelvey and Andre Gomes, as well as multiple Burnley options, along with some cheaper players including Deulofeu’s teammates, Etienne Capoue and Will Hughes, David Brooks and Granit Xhaka.
While I don’t expect Deulofeu to have won a starting forward spot, there is little chance Gracia leaves him out of the starting XI. He has looked at home up top, leading the Watford attack, showing great ball skills and control, playing well with the likes of Roberto Pereyra, Will Hughes and Issac Success.
His natural position is on the right flank, which is where Hughes has taken up residency, with the freedom to move into a central role, where is more effective, not only in the transition game but pushing Watford forward in the attack.
While no injury is welcome, this has been an excellent opportunity for Issac Success at 4.5. to show what he could do. Could have been considered unlucky not to score against Wolves, his hard work and determination paid off with a great goal to seal the 3-0 for the Hornets on Saturday.
“I’m proud of all my players. Some of them are scoring goals and playing at a high level, but I think our strength is the team, is the squad and not only one, two or three players because when some players are injured or out of the team other players are playing and showing what they are able to do,” said Gracia after Saturday’s win.
This will make the starting XI selection “a happy headache” for Gracia. As he said, “I am confident in all the players and the problem for me is that I have to choose only 11 to start the game. I think the players can feel that I trust them and if they do not start they can make an impact later.”
So back to the question, are these Watford options viable? I believe they are. This from a supporter who hasn’t backed any of these players up to this point because the Hornets were playing and winning as a team. Now, it appears there are some options that could provide a cheeky differential over a hectic holiday period.
Before I get too deep into the FPL talk, let’s check out our Gameweek 11 Beer of the Week.
(5:26) GAMEWEEK 13 BEER OF THE WEEK
It’s another San Diego original, Pizza Port Brewing Company.
Pizza Port is devoted to total customer satisfaction by providing the highest quality and the best service humanly possible, while having too much fun. We take ultimate pride in our standards by offering a completely unique dining and drinking experience. Our goal is only met if we make you happy and you have a great time, EVERY TIME!
In March of 1987 Gina and Vince Marsaglia, a pair of siblings in their 20’s, bought a struggling pizza place in the sleepy coastal town of Solana Beach, just north of San Diego.
Early on, Vince took advantage of free space in the restaurant’s storage area to dabble with home brewing. The hobby took off and at the urging of friends and fans, Vince and Gina decided to go into the brewpub business.
Pizza Port offered its first craft-brewed beers to patrons in 1992 and quickly gained a reputation in San Diego’s growing craft beer scene.
Following their success at the Solana Beach location the company has been steadily expanding. Location #2 opened in 1997 in Carlsbad. Location #3 opened in 2003 in San Clemente.
In 2008 a premium bottle shop was added adjacent to the Carlsbad location, which offers hundreds of options from other breweries in the craft beer community. Pizza Port location #4 opened in 2010 in Ocean Beach.
And, most recently, location #5 opened in 2013 in the Bressi Ranch community of Carlsbad and introduced a canning line to allow Pizza Port beers to find their home on store shelves across San Diego county!
So far, the Pizza Port locations collectively have won over 91 medals/awards from the Great American Beer Festival, and we continue to encourage our brewers to create unique and award-winning beers. Their entire crew works hard to provide the best guest experience possible, all while having a great time!
While they don’t know entirely what’s next, they want to continue to brew great beer, make great pizzas, and make new friends. Through all the growth and changes seen over the past 30 years, what continues to drive our passion and our mantra still rings true, so cheers to that!
Today it’s a fantastic beer out of Pizza Port Solana Beach, Swami’s IPA, a 6.8% IPA brewed with Galena, Centennial and Casecade hops and available year around.
Swami’s pours a beautiful clear, golden, amber yellow with a foamy and clingy 2-finger head that lingers. depositing some nice lacing retention. Always a plus for an IPA.
The aroma is crisp and bright with tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit with a fair dose of pine, make this beer smell delicious.
The taste is what you expect of a big West Coast IPA. Full of grapefruit and pineapple with a piney, dank bitterness of the backside, as it finishes a bit malty sweet.
It’s a definite go to IPA. As Pizza Port says, “Good food and good beer bring good cheer!”
Now let’s get back into some FPL.
(8:11) FPL OPINIONS
I’m going to get started with the abomination that was the Monday fixture, played on a shit pitch, all thanks to the FA wanting a pay day and letting the NFL fuck the Wembley pitch up. Now, IF Spurs had their new stadium done on time, there would be no discussion.
Yet, they didn’t, and I am not sure who would be more embarrassed. Spurs or the FA? What I didn’t know was that in July 2015 Spurs and the NFL reached a 10-year agreement to play 2 games a year at club’s new stadium WHEN it opens.
The NFL contributed £10 million to the building of the new Tottenham stadium, which will be completed in 2018. This contribution was conducted in accordance with a ten-year contract allowing the NFL to use the stadium for two games each season in this ten-year period. There are special amenities being put into the stadium for the NFL teams.
These amenities include a retractable football turf over the American football turf, an NFL home team locker room, and an NFL media suite. Not only is the NFL growing their fanbase in the UK, but the Premier League has been able to grow the fanbase in the US; specifically, the Spurs after the shared field arrangement was made.
Since then, Tottenham merchandise sales in the US have grown by more than 65%.
Professionals at Deloitte predicted that in 2017, when there were four games played in London, that there would be an additional £58 million spent on game related activities.
Hopefully there is better scheduling that doesn’t conflict and yes, I felt it conflicted with the condition of the pitch for the Monday fixture.
Unfortunately, Ben Mendy was as bad as the condition of the pitch. From what I have seen of him this season, it was a very average, at best, performance from the left back.
Even his haymaker in the direction of Erik Lamela looked bad, which could have been deemed to be violent conduct as the rules include both ‘attempting to use brutality’ or ‘attempting to strike an opponent’.
Allegedly Kevin Friend saw the infraction but decided not to punish Mendy. It will be more curious as to what ailment he falls to ahead of GW11. Could Pep punish the defender for his poor showing or on pitch antics? We don’t know, but it would be surprising, would it?
As for the game, it was rather appalling to watch. Mahrez hit for the only goal 6 minutes into the game and that would be all City needed to beat Spurs, 1-0.
I do believe I will hold off introducing KDB to my starting XI. Maybe the poor pitch is what limited his play, but he didn’t look match fit…yet. Even if he prices rises another 0.1 or 0.2, he will still be considered excellent value. Until then, I will continue to stick on the 11.3 priced Sergio Aguero.
Liverpool didn’t look as impressive as I expected, but that isn’t reflected in their 4-1 win. It was a big win for Mo Salah owners, who captained the Egyptian. He finished the day with a goal and 2 assists but got fucked out of bonus points again. Finished on 15 points for the day (30 if you captained him).
Sadio Mane decided to show back and become relevant in FPL again. After 5 games with no attacking returns, Mane hit for a brace in the Reds win. At 9.7 he’s still owned by 32% of FPL managers. Over the last 4 weeks over 662k managers had move the midfielder, but the trend has slowly reversed as over 10k have brought him ahead of GW11, away to Arsenal.
I have no plans to bring Mane into my starting XI, but I am looking at dropping James Milner in the coming weeks to make room for double Liverpool defense.
Now it might sound counterproductive, but the Reds have great fixtures through the end of the December, facing just Man United in GW19 and Arsenal at home in GW20.
When we look at Liverpool defense, it’s Andrew Robertson who get the look at over 30% owned. Many owners were screwed this week by Klopp, as Robertson sat out the fixture. There seems to be some rotation concerns with Lovren, Alexander-Arnold and Gomez.
For me, already owning Robertson means I am looking at the only other nailed on defender, Virgil van Dijk. Priced at 5.9 million, he’s the second highest priced Liverpool defender behind Robertson.
He’s matched or outscore many mid-priced midfielders such as; Mahrez, David Silva, Sane, Schurrle, Ramsey, Brooks, Martial and Richarlison.
More on my defensive set up when we look back on my GW10 results.
What to make of Bournemouth? I have been a critic of Ryan Fraser since bringing him in ahead of GW6. Results of 2, 1, 6 and 3 were doing nothing but causing frustration. Yet, his 11-point return against Fulham did two things.
First, it caused me pause, should I hold him? In the five weeks I have owned him, he’s averaged 4.2 PPG. It was his third double digit return of the season. That’s two returns over 5 weeks, is that PPG enough to keep a 6.1 midfielder.
Second, Bournemouth hit a nasty stretch of fixtures playing four top six teams over the next six weeks; MUN/new/ARS/mci/HUD/wol/LIV. If we start breaking their schedule down, game by game, there could be reason to hold Fraser.
The Cherries are the fourth highest scoring team in the Premier League behind City, Chelsea/Arsenal and Liverpool. In GW4, Bournemouth lost to the other top six team they have played to date, Chelsea, 2-0.
While Eddie Howe’s squad might not defeat United or Arsenal, those two defenses haven’t been stout, defensively this season conceding 30 goals between them. So, there are chances for attacking returns.
They play away to Newcastle, which could be a big return and hapless Huddersfield in GW15. At 6.1 there are other options with stronger fixtures than what the Cherries have coming up if you are looking longer term.
The other legitimate option from Bournemouth could be Callum Wilson. His price has increased to 6.6 on the season on the back of 5 goals and 7 assists. As we found out this last weekend, without Josh King in the lineup, Wilson appears to be on pens. Nice little added bonus.
The question ahead of the short term fixture I ask, will the Cherries score in the tougher fixtures? 16 goals on the season, but the only true top team they have played, Chelsea and they lost 2-0. If I had to keep one between Wilson and Fraser, it would be Wilson, based on his consistency after 10 weeks, returning points in 7 out of 10 games. He’s a bit more, but a fine budget and I use that term loosely, forward
Arsenal. The Gunners, what to do with their assets. While I like what Lacazette and Aubameyang have done, not sure I want anything to do with them right now. At 10.9 million Pierre Emerick is on 63 points, tied with Callum Wilson. God, how I can’t get used to saying that.
The concern number for me when looking at the Arsenal wide man, his minutes. No way does this guy deserve to be coming off the bench for 28 or 29 minute cameos. Sure, he tore it up, posted 4 goals and an assist. He does have that sort of skill and talent, but what the fuck is Unai Emery thinking?
Given 90 minutes a game, this guy will challenge for the golden boot. However, at 10.9, he’s gotta be starting in my book before I consider him for inclusion on my squad. At 14.5% ownership, he is still well off the pace of Aguero at 11.3, who’s on 60 points, averaging 65 minutes per match over the last 5 weeks.
One argument I read was to place both Lacazette and Aubameyang into your forward line. That is 20.7 million in two players, but you could benefit from their production. Arsenal has scored 24 goals on the season, second best in the league. Since GW3, Lacazette has been a regular starter, outside a 79 minute appearance in GW8 against FUL, when he netted twice.
IF one of these players had to grace my team now, it would be Lacazette, who appears to have the minutes and better stats, but not by a lot, based on a side by side comparison using Fantasy Football Scouts tools.
Headed into GW11, I won’t bother with Arsenal assets, as I find their fixtures poor, three out of the next five games, favorable in 12 to Wolves and the following week away to Bournemouth. I will revisit the Gunners after GW15.
There were three big, late surprises that caught managers with their shorts down this week. Marko Arnautovic, Andrew Robertson and Eden Hazard were all scratched from their squads for various reasons. Some might have seen the Hazard benching, based on what was mentioned on Twitter, there were a fare amount with Hazard as either captain or vice-captain. The only problem, Andrew Robertson was linked with the same captain or vice-captain tag. Ouch!
As for Arnie, sounds like a late case of the man flu. Not that I would call this beast a pussy, but there was no inkling this leading up to their trip to the KP Stadium. He too was highly sought after, with some 41k managers bringing him in, as the Hammers are sailing an endless sea of green until early January.
I am considering doubling up and if I do I will give Lukasz Fabianski a real look. I could only move to him IF there is a need to bank an extra million to bring in a premium midfielder. I am too invested in Ederson at this time, but will let it ride for a few weeks and see when KDB looks up to match fitness before making a decision.
In other Chelsea news, when did Ross Barkley finally figure out the season had started? At 5.8, he’s another “in form” budget priced midfielder. Expectations aren’t they high, much like Fraser or David Brooks.
Looking at his minutes, they are a bit concerning, especially the first 7 weeks. While Sarri might like him, I don’t feel he is nailed on and the moment he doesn’t produce attacking returns or drops form, there will be a change at the position.
His 17 points against Burnley isn’t the norm, its the exception. All his returns, 3 goals and 3 assists have come in the last 3 games. Tread with caution, that said I do like Chelsea’s run of fixtures and form.
The last Blues player that has been causing controversy because of his price vs production, Marcos Alonso. While I didn’t start with him, I did bring him in on my game week 3 wild card, as I feel he is essential, a cornerstone of my defense. He isn’t going anywhere, attacking returns or not.
Why? Because of his past performances. 165 points last season with 7 goals and 2 assists and 13 clean sheets. Go back 2 years and he scored 177 points on 6 goals, 5 assists and 15 clean sheets. He’s got the stats to back his price.
I know, his heat map and attacking numbers don’t equate to his 7 million price tag. Still after 10 weeks, his 72 points are second best in FPL and he’s still outscoring every midfielder, except Eden Hazard. Now maybe that isn’t a fair comparison, depending on the price you bought him at, trying to shoe horn him in when it appears the “template” and I use that term loosely is shifting to the midfield and away from a 3-man front line.
And then there was Man United. Jose Mourinho. Love him or hate him, the man knows how to manage a team. After a sluggish start, United has collected 8 points in their last 5 games, losing only to West Ham, 3-1. It hasn’t been the play of De Gea or the staunch center backs putting on a display with Ashley Young and Valencia barreling down the flanks.
Recently it’s been the offense taking charge and not the perennial “flat track bully” Romelu Lukaku, who started on the bench in GW10. Lukaku’s picture is now on the side of a milk carton, as he’s gone missing for 5 weeks, after scoring 4 goals in the first 5.
Alexis Sanchez has been benched in two of the last 4 games, picking up 28 minutes, scoring his first and only goal for United in GW8 against Newcastle. We are still waiting for Pogba’s run up to the PK, as it looked just a horrible as Simone Zaza in the 2016 Euro Cup. The end result was almost a total shambles, but thankfully Pogba got his own rebound, screwing Martial out of an assist. Pogba at 8 million, I feel he isn’t doing enough and not worth his price tag.
Speaking of Martial, at 7.4 he could make a fine replacement for those mangers who are on the likes of Richarlison, Maddison, Sigurdsson or Moura, just to name a few. All of these players would require some money ITB to cover the difference.
He’s started the last 3 games for United and has looked quite dynamic in his attacking. Much like Barkley, 37 of his 41 points have come in the last 3 games with returns of 13, 15 and 9. The team does look like they have turned the corner, after a very bumpy start to the season.
The Red Devils play in the Manchester Derby in GW12, but I like United’s fixtures, even with games home to Arsenal, away to Liverpool and Spurs. Lots of green and Martial looks to be in excellent form and could be primed for a worthwhile run out.
Let’s break from the FPL for some beer news or the case this week home brew news.
(20:48) BEER NEWS – Brew Your Own
I rehash this story, as a listener inquired about brewing their own beer recently. By no means do I consider myself a master brewer, far from it. I am just a guy who loves to drink good beer and brewing my own seemed to be a logic step.
I keep telling myself it was to save money, but that isn’t true. I still spend a fair amount of money on beer a money, especially beer coming from the East Coast and new finds at local bottle shops.
I started home brewing in the mid 90s when I moved back to California and lived in Torrance, a stone throws south of downtown Los Angeles. While the hobby was relatively new, it was a former co-worker who got me interested in brewing.
While working in Dallas, Texas I was given a bottle of Rattlesnake Ale, probably a simple IPA, but it was amazingly good. Compared to the shit I was currently drinking, which was something from the big beer companies. Mind you, back then there really wasn’t the division, like there is today between BIG BEER (aka AB/InBev or Miller Coors) and craft beer. They seems to get along like brother and sister.
There was a local homebrew shop that I stopped by and walked out with about $100 worth of equipment and ingredients to brew my first batch of beer. At the time, Sam Adams comes to mind, as I remember the recipe kit I bought was a Cherry Wheat, must have been a pale ale.
With two big 5 gallon buckets and a brew pot, along with some other essential pieces, I attempted my first beer with grandiose expectations. Let me say, the results were less than spectacular and in the end I dumped more bottles than I drank.
I do remember the been being over carbonated, rather malty and somewhat tart, possibly due to the cherries. There was a second batch attempted but the style and results escape me. I do recall the cases of beer traveled back home to San Diego and were shelved for a while. A long while before being discarded by my parents. My home brewing had come an end.
Earlier this year, with a surge in craft beer and home brewing, I decided to dive back into the hobby. Now, you can make this hobby as cheap or as expensive as you like. For me, I was still on the low end when I bought a starter kit with a few extras, as well as a simple pale ale.
To date, I have brewed three beers, a pale ale and two IPAs. Based on the feedback I have received, everyone who had a bottle enjoyed the beer. None of them were overly hoppy, with all carrying a bit of a malt or sweet backbone. All were well carbonated. So pleased with the results, I already have my next 3 beers in consideration.
Brewing is as easy as 1, 2 3.
First, your equipment needs to be cleaned and sanitized before EVERY use. It’s a long and arduous process, but it is a must all your equipment is sanitized as any residue or funk could potentially be problematic for your beer.
Second, temperature. If you know basic math, then this step is easy to follow. You need to make sure you have good control of your flame when you are brewing. A flame that is too hot could cause problems, while a flame that isn’t hot enough, usually an electric burner might not be hot enough.
It’s important that you maintain good temperature control when steep grains and in my case pours the LME or liquid malt extract into the brew kettle. Actually I have solved that problem and I pour it in before I start the burner, as it will allow me to mix the LME and water before I start to heat.
Finally cooling, more less related to temperature, but once you are done adding your malt and hops, your boil has concluded, it’s time to cool your wort. This is am important step because you want to cool the wort as quickly and efficiently as possible.
This has been my stumbling point on all three beers. To the point that I had to run the local corner market for a 20 lb bag of ice to help promote cooling. I tool I use it called a wort chiller, it’s about 12-15 feet of copper tubing that is wound in a circle.
This chiller is then connection to a hose bib in my case or your kitchen faucet and then dropped into your fermentation bucket to help promote cooling. When you turn the flow of water on, cool water runs through the copper tubing. With any luck your wort will cool much quicker than without something something like this.
I spoke about hop additions last week. There are three different type, bittering, flavoring and aroma. Each beer I have brewed have included these hops, sometimes a single can be used for all three hop additions or you can have multiple additions depending on what style of beer your are brewing or flavor you are after.
Once the wort is in the fermentation bucket and cooled per the instructions on the yeast, you can now pitch the yeast. This is a brewers term for adding the yeast, dry or liquid to the wort to let it start eating the sugars. This creates CO2, so a small airlock and bubbler are put on the top of the bucket.
Fermentation can last up two 2 weeks, again depending on the style of the beer and how active the yeast is before it drops out and all the sugar is consumed. At this point, you rack or transfer the fermented wort to a clean vessel from which you will bottle. In my case another clean 5-gallon bucket. Before you do so, you add some priming sugar into the bottom of the clean vessel to promote carbonation in the bottles.
At this point, it’s time for more cleaning and sanitizing, as each bottle must go through the process before you add your fermented wort to the bottle.
The final step and most satisfying, aside from cracking open a bottle, is bottling your beer. It’s another slow process, but typical you get 2 cases or 48 beers from a 5 gallon brew session.
When you finally have all your beer bottled, its time to put it in a dark and cool area, like a closet and let it sit for 7-14 days.
A quick side note, there is a term called dry hopping. This means added hops to the fermentation bucket, after the yeast has dropped. Adding hops provides aroma to your beer. The last beer I brewed was double dry hopped with Mosaic hops and it smelled amazing!
So that’s it. Simple, huh? It really is, but most of all it’s great to drink something of your own creation, even if it came from a recipe kit. I’ve got some great satisfaction from co-workers and a few in hashtag FPL Beer Club who have tasted some of my beer.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. You can find most of my beer related material on 6thgoal.com under FPL Beer Club.
Now back to FPL.
(27:07) FPL OPINIONS (continued)
Looking back on GW10 I will consider myself one of the lucky FPL managers who came out on top, scoring 87 points on the week. This without Robertson and Arnautovic. I can’t say my bench helped me much, receiving just 3 points for my non-playing players.
That score was my best on the season that saw me climb the overall rank by 178k spots, now at 163k on the season. More importantly after 10 weeks, I am now exceeding my goal of 60 PPW, as I have 610 on the season, an average of 61 PPW. In the previous 5 seasons, I have not been this consistent.
Before I get into why, here is how my team shaped up. It was double CS for Ederson and Mendy. I’ll admit it was a bit touch and go with Mendy, who played very average. Now, I can blame the pitch to a certain point, but he made some poor decision, that nearly cost his team a goal or two.
He took, what could have been a red card offense by taking a swing at Erik Lamela. While it didn’t connect, Moura wasn’t innocent in the lead up to Mendy’s stupidity. I won’t be surprised to see Pep drop him from the starting XI. Call it undisciplined, it was a poor display for a supposed professional. Still, I will take his 6 points.
Alonso proved his naysayers wrong, picked up, what some called a questionable assist. I will say it was more of an assist that that would be Lacazette hand ball that was tapped in my Aubameyang. That said, I am still against VAR. Alonso 11 points, first attacking return in 6 game weeks.
Another piss poor defensive showing by Wolves, who’ve lost two on the bounce and might be time to cash in on their early success. Not fond of the upcoming games against Spurs and Arsenal. Don’t see clean sheets in either of those. That said, it was 2 points from Ryan Bennett.
The midfield FINALLY got their act together. Well, Salah and Fraser, who combined for 41 points, as I captained Salah. Milner didn’t start and came in for a 1 point cameo, while Walcott and Moura off the bench combined for 3 points.
I got lucky up front, showed a bit more patience and hung onto Callum Wilson, who returned 13 points this week. That was excellent, as Aguero didn’t return shit.
Now why do I feel I have been successful? Patience. It’s a simple word, showing the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Last I checked this WAS a fantasy game, not a way of life, so all my anger is checked at the door.
But one thing I have done this year is held onto players longer than I would have in the past. A prime example, Ryan Fraser. I would have shit canned his ass after 3 weeks last year and gone off to chase more points, most likely resulting in failure.
Moura and Walcott have outlived their usefulness, but there wasn’t much I wanted to move them to in the short term that would helped as a longer term solution. So the bottom line, I held onto them.
This was also the 3rd week I rolled a transfer and have 2 free ahead of GW11. These should benefit me in the upcoming weeks, as I do plan to go into the international break with 2 free to help me on the other side.
What am I looking at for the upcoming period? While I want to invest in Watford, I don’t like th fact they have just two good games before fixtures turn. While I am eyeing Deulofeu, he would be picked up for Newcastle and So’ton, potentially benched for the following 2 out of 3 as the Hornets play Liverpool and Man City.
The other option on the table soon, Kiko Femenia, at 4.2 I think he makes a fine replacement for Bennett.
KDB is a hold for now. He just isn’t match fit, so I will watch, but realistically consider him after the derby game. Until then I will hold Ederson in goal, but there are a few good 4.5 options inclduing Fabianski and Ryan.
In the midfield, it’s possible I will pick up Anthony Marital this week for Moura. Another player who hasn’t been in my grand plan, but based on his form and upcoming fixtures might fit my needs in the midfield.
Defensively, is where will make the biggest change, something I spoke about earlier. I am considering doubling up on Liverpool with Robertson and VVD. Both start and will most likely play all 90 minutes. While van Dijk hasn’t scored, I am willing to put another premium defender into the mix for the sake of clean sheet potential. This would give me a starting four of Alonso, Mendy, Robertson and van Dijk with Ederson in goal. Live and die by the clean sheet but it seems to be the year for it. To date I have recorded 27 clean sheets, averaging nearly 3 per week. Much better than what I did last season.
(31:36) Transfer & Captain of the Week
As for my transfer and captain this week. I will most likely use just one transfer. I currently have 1.3 ITB and will look to move Moura out for Martial. If I feel the need, then Walcott will move for Deulofeu. These moves would give me 2.1 ITB, which would allow me to move on VVD ahead of GW13, but I would lose carrying 2 FT into the international break.
Captain for the week, there is only one. Kun Aguero. No doubt he will get back on track and score a few goals this week as City host So’ton an poor team at both ends of the pitch.
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That’s it for episode 14, thanks for listening. Gameweek 10 was excellent for me, but many struggled. That’s why we have bench players. It’s going to get worse as we roll into the holiday schedule.
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Time to climb out from behind the couch and prepare for game week 11.
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