Still reeling from that 16 points I took ahead of GW35, chasing points, any plan I had to see the season out was thrown out the window. Based on fixtures, before United went tits up, I was playing double United to finish the season. Then it was double Palace with Milivojevic and Zaha. Jota partnering with Jimenez, then crossed my mind. Now, a few hours before Friday kickoff, the team has been finalized.
Starting in goal I move out Mat Ryan, opting for Angus Gunn. The kid looks to have talent and skills to be a very good keeper next season. West Ham picked up the 1-0 at Spurs last weekend, but think they come back to reality and present little attacking effort back home at the London Stadium.
I have had excellent success this season from a defensive perspective. I attribute success to putting a big chuck of my budget into defense and not coming off those premiums over the course of the season. I start with Aymeric Laporte, home to Leicester City. He’s become the standout options for Pep’s back line. I will run out Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, looking for big points (20) from the two defenders. I smell a VVD attacking return this week too. That could be BO, I don’t know.
My transfer for the week, probably ill advised, but Huddersfield has given up too many points to previous talisman, so I bring Paul Pogba back into my starting XI for David Brooks, who’s carrying a caution flag. He joins Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling, Heung-min Son and Luca Milivojevic in a 5-man midfield. All have very favorable fixtures, with just Sterling at home. Looking for 50 points from my midfielders to key my team to a green arrow this week.
Up front, I hold Raul Jimenez, who gets the armband, for one more week since Sin Cara will be watching from the stands. I expect that fucking stupid mask to be worn in celebration of his goal(s) against Fulham. I am taking a punt on Danny Ings getting the start for So’ton against the Hammers. Not much to back that decision on, shooting stats aren’t impressive. If he doesn’t play, then Shane Duffy comes in as my number one off the bench.
After a very small green arrow last week, I need to bring the noise this week and score 75-80 points. Not sure where the average score will come in, but I feel my midfield has big potential this week, but also expect three clean sheets from my starting defenders. Maybe placing too much trust on defense, but it’s been my bread and butter all season.
Good luck, may your arrows be green!