Premier League: GW29 Retrospect

Game week 29 was one of those forgettable ones, in which my weekly score was over the average, but not enough to match the top 1000 managers, which turned my Saturday green into a Sunday red. It was destined to go that direction, based on my previous game weeks, picking up back to back greens, followed by a red or two. All those ranks I increased, given back, however this week it was just a small 5k red, which could have been much worse. I will consider myself lucky as I remained in the top 85k ahead of this weekend.

It was a disappointing week for the midfield…again. Why my decision was swayed by Twitter to bring in and captain Raheem Sterling, I don’t know. FOMO, maybe. I expressed some concern not owning City players, as I had been that way since GW21 when I sold Ederson. While City hasn’t been impressive recently, indicators were Sterling would be a good shout. I guess enough people yelled loud enough, I gave in and brought him in, gave him the armband and he failed to return. A 6 point performance, not captain worthy.

Thankfully he wasn’t as pathetic as Paul Pogba, who missed a PK and was yellow carded in the blink of an eye. When things don’t go Pogba’s way, he can be a really moody cunt. However, when he is on, he can be world class. Right now, he is anything but desirable, with blanks in his last three, picking up a -1 this week. Way to go Paul! He, like Rashford before him, has played his way straight out of my squad.

What to make of Mo Salah, who played better than Sterling and Pogba, but finished up with his fifth blank in the last six game. He looked good, was quick on the ball, dynamic, got into some good shooting positions, unfortunately none of his work resulted in points. There were a few good opportunities, but nothing that found the back of the net and some poor decision making as well.

Defensively, Sead Kolasinac got the start, but didn’t make Arsenal’s first XI and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was my first auto sub to round out a 4-man midfield. No points for him, leaving my midfield on a total of 10 points. Thankfully, my second FT picked up a goal, then was immediately flagged. That was Jamie Vardy, but his play and that of Leicester was very unimpressive against Watford. He finished with two penalty touches on the day and one shot. Worse than when Claude Puel was in charge. Not sure Vardy is long for my team. Had I stay with my original plans, it would have been David Luiz and Eden Hazard. Instead I am stuck with Vardy, who finished the week on 8 points. Josh King, against City blanked, as did Salomon Rondon, who did look quite dangerous.

Thankfully it was a case where my defense picked up the rest of my starting XI, it has been that way much of the year, as I have struggled to build a strong midfield, opting for defense and forwards. This week, the duo of Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk combined for 13 points, as they picked up a clean sheet at Goodison Park. Aaron Wan-Bissaka got a spot start, picked up a yellow but also finished with an assist and 5 points. Neil Etheridge, filler until the wild card.

In the end, it was only 41 points, one over the weekly average, but three short of the top 1000 average of 44 points. Ahead of GW30, I am on 1710 points, 451 points short of the best points total (2170) I’ve put together playing FPL. That means I need to average 50.1 PPG to equal my best season. Currently, my PPG average and dipped to 58.9 PPG (goal is 60 PPG). If I can average that over the next 9 game week I add another 530 points to my total and finish with approximately 2240 points on the season. This does not take into account chips (all) remaining. The red drops me to 85k, but thankfully I stay close and look to turn it around this weekend, 23 points behind the top 60k.

There was a tweet I saw asking how many points you planned to score and your rank you wanted to finish at. Still shooting for the top 50k and hoping for 2200 points, both would be career bests for me.

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