With the announcement of the small double game week in 25, managers must consider or reconsider Everton and Man City assets. Currently, I own neither. I move Richarlison ahead of game week 23 for Mo Salah and Leroy Sane departed prior to game week 20 for Paul Pogba. Both have been excellent transfers since bringing them in. However, with the DGW upcoming, followed by their BGW in 27, what strategy do fantasy managers take?
I rolled my transfer last week, so I head into game week 24 with 2 FTs, with that announcement it looks to be a great decision, depending on the direction I want to move with City players. With Marco Silva at Everton, I have no desire to bring any Toffees into my starting XI. In The Nation, a recent article highlighted the displeasure of Silva, “Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said this month Everton’s league position was not good enough. He was correct, even if that increased the pressure on Silva.” So until Silva is castoff, like he was at Watford, I can’t see having any of them in my starting XI.
While no FPL managers consider Heung-min Son would be returning to Spurs early, do we trust Spurs with ongoing injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli? The original plan was to move off Felipe Anderson and bring in Son, who’s on 106 points for the season, averaging 6.2 PPG with 8 goals and 7 assists. Will he flourish without Kane Alli?
The other option that has presented itself is to reintroduce Sane for the DGW, potentially giving him the captain’s armband for those two games. Questions surrounding this move, does the winger play both games? Do we buy into the City defense, as they have kept two clean sheets in the last two games? Keep in mind those games were home to Wolves and away to Huddersfield. Ederson and Aymeric Laporte, guaranteed starters in both games. However, this move only works IF City keeps back to back cleans away to Newcastle and home to Arsenal. Not sure that will be the case.
The final option, stick to your plan, whatever it make be. If that included City and Everton assets, great, if not you can take solace in knowing both teams will blank in game week 27. City does host Chelsea in game week 26 and out of the blank are WHU/bou/WAT/man before the schedule turns more favorable. Remember they are the highest scoring team in the Premier League, so even bad fixtures aren’t that bad.
If are want to do the “hokey cokey” plan on playing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in game week 24, Sergio Aguero in game week 25 for the DGW, then bring Aubameyang back in game week 26. It’s an option, based on how dinged up the Arsenal defense is. There is no right decision. You do what’s best for your team. Sadly, if you own Everton players, then play them. City, however I think you can go either way with them for this DGW.
So my plan ahead of this weekend is up in the air, with £1.5 ITB. Having two transfers I need to make one. It could be I buy in on Diogo Jota for Ryan Fraser, which means I miss out on Bournemouth’s trip to Huddersfield in game week 25. Fixtures are turning for Wolves, but was his hat trick game a one off or has he found his confidence again in the attacking end? Not sure it’s a patient man’s move at this point.
Other options for this week, depending on what you are doing or not doing about the DGW in game week 25.
Jonas Lossl (£4.4/TSB% 1.9)
I have little faith in Everton being able to create a goal on the road against a struggling Terriers team that is now under new manager, Jan Siewart. While I was always a fan of David Wagner, I think we see what Siewart brings to this Huddersfield squad. I look for them to pull of the upset of the Marco Silva led Toffees.
Shane Duffy (£4.6/TSB% 4.6)
Brighton have a great run of fixtures that should see them secure Premier League football for another season. It starts this week at Fulham. While the Cottagers have been playing better, they still leak too many goals. I look for it to be a close game, but like Duffy. He’s posted a clean sheet and goal in the last four games and should bring some points this weekend.
Diogo Jota (£6.0/TSB% 2.1)
Okay, I’ll buy in on his hat trick last game week. He posted excellent numbers in the Championship League last season, got off to a great start, but then disappeared. He’s been good since game week 15, outside of his 4-game injury period. Wolves have a good run too!
Troy Deeney (£6.0/TSB% 5.8)
Backing Watford’s big man to get it done at Wembley this week, as Spurs are struggling on the pitch. Injuries have hurt the London based club and if there is any good time to face this, now is that time. Watford posted a 2-1 win against them in game week 3, Deeney got on the board then, feel he finds gold this weekend.