…and in the blink of an eye, the double game weeks are finished. In my case, I don’t want to look back on either of the last two weeks, but to improve next year during the doubles and blanks, something will need to change. Looking ahead, I do feel I can still make points that were lost over GW34/35. It’s dropped me some 9k down the overall rankings, but by no means will I saw 20k is a bad finish. So no complaints on the year to date. Just a few hasty and poor decisions that lead to back to back red arrows.
Looking ahead to GW36-GW38 there are some excellent FDRs out there for a few teams I’ve been looking at. It appears I can get back on my planned strategy, which was to include rolling the DGW35 transfers over to GW36. Since that’s out the door and I am staring at a fresh, KDB injury, he will make way this week and give me £10.0 ITB! Many would point to Sadio Mane, who I can’t (and wouldn’t) bring in, as I am already treble Liverpool ahead of this week.
Paul Pogba would be a much better punt in GW37, as I don’t favor them against Chelsea this week, even playing at Old Trafford. There are just too many problems the Red Devils are dealing with, starting with “Old Gunner” and spreading through the team and their chemistry. That said, if Pogba is showing himself for the summer trade window, this would be a great time to showcase those “world class” talents that have been missing for nearly nine games now. A team in turmoil, but he MIGHT have the “cajones” to showcase his skills.
Think there is too much UCL talk surrounding Spurs. Already own Heung-min Son, who will miss the first leg due to yellow cards, which means he will start this weekend. Christian Eriksen could miss out on a start and right now, that is something I don’t need, as I am looking to make up for lost ground. Other options I’ve considered Glyfi Sigurdsson, but the final game of the season against Spurs is worrisome. I am also giving Luca Milivojevic serious consideration, a midfielder in form, on pens and three great fixtures to end the season.
Don’t feel like buying a second City midfielder but it could be time for Leroy Sane to make an impact. While not all the pressure is off the Sky Blues, any draw in the final three weeks could be disastrous; bur/LEI/bha. I don’t see a loss or draw for the run in. Bernardo Silva could be a good option, but falls into the line of thinking of that of Sane. We know City can score like no other team in Europe, but precious minutes could be lost.
Where do I stand on Gerard Deulofeu? Since I didn’t promote him for the double, I an undecided ahead of the game week. His minutes still concern my, even though he played 82 and 90 the last two game week with three goals. Against Wolves he’s picked up two goals and an assist, if you include the FA Cup game. He’s scored a goal against West Ham too, but nothing against Chelsea. So he’s got history on his side. The Hornets need goals to win, as defensively, they just don’t have enough at the back to thrive off just one goal.
Considering various factors, including minutes played, goals, VAPM and recent form and fixtures, it appears Milivojevic is the midfielder I am after. Probably a bit of a punt, owned by just 8.2% across the FPL and none in the top 1k. He gets the nod over Deulofeu for the simple fact he’s on penalty duty, which is where a majority of his points have come from (again) this season. Deulofeu probably has a higher ceiling, but I don’t favor their fixtures, like I do for Palace.
Transfers – Who to get?
If you are in a bind and want to look away from the obvious options, here are a few shouts for GW36.
At Selhurst Park, I am backing 1.9% owned, Vincente Guaita (£4.2) against a Everton team that will be missing Richarlison, as Theo Walcott and Andre Gomes are both flagged. Can’t beat £4.9 for a Liverpool defender, playing at Anfield against the league’s worst team, Huddersfield. Joel Matip (1.1%) gets the nod and should get a clean sheet. In the midfield, any team at home against Arsenal is a good bet. This week I back Youri Tielemans (£6.1) to sustain his red hot form. Up front, taking a bit punt of Aleksandr Mitrovic (£6.3) and 10.7%, as he’s put some good underlying statistics the last six week and is home to Cardiff City this weekend.
That’s it! Good luck to all FPL managers, may your arrows be green!