Premier League: BGW27 Starting XI

Yesterday, listening to Episode 18 of the What the FPL Podcast, I identified with both Yaron and Gaz when it came to that feeling during this time of the season. Much along the title of the episode, “F*ck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.” That’s how I felt. I had spent a fair bit of time working on my spreadsheet with information gleaned from Twitter, discussions and podcasts. Yet, none of the strategies I employed seemed to fit the situation. Until today, Friday morning, ahead of the start of BGW27 and Cardiff City hosting Watford. Oh yeah and West Ham hosting Fulham.

Now this isn’t the article to go balls deep into my strategy, as it will probably only apply to my team. Will it help you, the reader? Maybe, you might get something useful from it, but that article will come by Monday. Today, let me get this BGW27 starting XI down and get the wheels rolling on this behemoth for the doubles and blanks.

As I mentioned yesterday in, Premier League: BGW27 Transfers, my strategy begins today with the blank. While I don’t own any players from the teams not playing this week, I need to build the ITB total. I turn to the “Venezuelan Ronaldo,” Newcastle’s Salomon Rondon as my transfer, replacing Marcus Rashford. Brash? Maybe. Risky? Possibly. I am playing fixture more than form, as Newcastle host the league’s worst, Huddersfield, while United will attempt to penetrate a stingy Liverpool backline. Percentages seem to favor Rondonaldo!

Neil Etheridge is near the twilight on my sqaud, he’s been worthwhile, probably not as good had I remained on Ederson, but I like the kid. Like watching him and the skills and excitement he brings to the position. Cardiff host Watford, a team that hasn’t been on target much in the last four games, so there is a good chance he drops a CS. Definitely won’t see save points in this games.

Defensively, I need to stick with Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, not fond of the match up at Old Trafford, but I am not ready to come off the Reds defenders quite yet. Not sure we can bank on a CS, but attacking points are a big possibility, as United still has a poor defense. Sorry United fan, not sold on that defense. Don’t care if you think “Dave Saves.”

The last of my back three, is the only player able to go from hero to goat in less than a minute. Sead Kolasinac, as Arsenal host Southampton. This is a terrible Gunners defense, on paper the match up looks good, then again we can say that about MANY of the Arsenal match ups, but they just aren’t good. We can only hope the Saints are off target and Kola continues to bomb forward.

It’s a midfield four, in my 3-4-3 formation this week, as Mo Salah leads the charge, but won’t get the captain’s armband. I have no doubt he will be up for the game and play well, but it feels a risky prospect, with United being in good form. See United fan, I can give your squad a little bit of credit. Still I do think Untied give up multiple goals today, Salah should be one of them. He will face off against Paul Pogba. If there is one player to get on the board for United, it will be this guy. Don’t like him as a player, yeah, more hatred towards United, just deal with it, but you can’t argue he’s been excellent since “Old Gunnar” has taken over.

Heung-min Son has singlehandedly been the offense that Spurs have needed since returning from the Asian Cup, with Harry Kane still sidelined. He’s been outstanding, before the competition, with three goals in the last three games, he’s a must. Some are even considering him a captain option. Not sure I can go that far with him. Don’t see a real high ceiling with him when compared to my other option. Finally, I get to welcome back Ryan Fraser from injury. Yeah I continued to hold the Cherries midfield through some bad fixtures, but really was there another player to drop him for, knowing I wanted to buy back in on Bournemouth by GW30? Still the Cherries are without David Brooks and Junior Stanislas is flagged.

Up top it’s going to be captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubmayang this week at home against So’ton. He’s due…no, he’s overdue. Just a goal and return in the last five game weeks, as he missed out at Huddersfield in GW26 due to illness. Some question his durability to play consecutive matches without rest. While the “gut feel” I had in GW26 didn’t pay off with Josh King, he gets the start and another opportunity against a questionable Wolves defense, in what could be a wide open game. Finally, Salomon Rondon, who will pick up the vice-captain this week, in the off chance that Aubameyang doesn’t start. The addition of Miguel Almiron should improve the Magpies attack going forward, which should benefit the big man.

Feel great headed into the week, which could get started with a BIG victory for Watford, as the Hornets could hit the 40 point mark today. Just want to say thanks to all the individuals I’ve communicated with over the last few weeks without Premier Leagues playing. Lots of beer talk, but also a few good podcasts, from my own, the Pitch & Pint Podcast to many others that help make this community what it is. Special thanks to Casey, FPL Tornado for joining me this week and some chip strategy discusscion. Good luck and cheers!

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