2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I wrote the transfer article on Thursday and then decide to make multiple moves to my starting XI. As written in GW5 Transfers, I had a few thoughts and directions I could have potentially gone since I was holding 2 FTs. First there was Aguero that would have required to downgrade a defender, then Aubameyang, a direct swap for Kane. I decided to dump the premium and move on two moderate priced forwards with good potential. That said, I should have held the FTs until Friday, as word comes down about Lacazette being out through October.

You play FPL long enough you learn NOT to make transfers early, as something could seemingly pop up. The news on Lacazette has me kicking myself, as I was looking at the Gunners ahead of two excellent fixtures against Watford and Villa. Some reason I couldn’t pull the trigger on the deal yesterday and moved on Seb Haller and Tammy Abraham (albeit a week early). Decisions made, I must live with them and look forward to what GW5 brings.

Nick Pope gets the start again as my only play GK. Burnley start a run of very favorable fixtures, which might start bringing new owners in, if the Clarets return to a defense form they showed a few years ago. Sean Dyche is no stranger to putting forth a strong defense and Burnley travel to The Amex and Brighton this weekend. Expectation: 5 points

Defensively, I feel week without my third £5.5 defender in Wan-Bissaka, but it appears he is set to miss this weekend’s game as Leicester City come to town. That means John Lundstram (home to SOU) will make his second start of the season for me, partnering with Zinchenko (away NOR) and Keane (away BOU). City should put away the Canaries with no problems, many injuries and very few defenders could make this City’s finest performance on the season. Expectation: 15 points

It’s a strong midfield led by KDB, the most consistent performer to date for me. That’s saying a lot considering I have Sterling and Salah in the starting XI as well. Mount rounds out the 4-man midfield, as I shift out Cantwell because of the fixture to start a 3-4-4 this weekend. Lots of potential for City and many FPL managers are expecting BIG results from this group. Captain? Depending, Sterling? De Bruyne? Aguero? Not that I own him, but any one of those three could wear the armband this weekend. As for this writing, I have the armband on KDB. Expectation: 60 points

Up front, I moved Kane out in favor of two starting forwards to partner with Pukki; Haller and Abraham. As noted in the intro, it might be a week or two early for Abraham, as Chelsea still have a game against Liverpool in two weeks. Pukki doesn’t excite me this weekend, even if the Canaries claim they won’t sit back on defense, but don’t see any returns from him. I do like the chances of Abraham, at Wolves and Haller away to Villa. Is four goals a real possibility? Expectation: 30 points

Looking over this team, I like the chemistry and options I have to move talent in and out at each position. After the transfers on Thursday, I was left with £0.8 ITB, which allows me some flexibility to boost my defense, if I see a need. Right now, defenders aren’t high on my list since no has any CS consistency. That, I see changing starting this week, but it might not be premiums that we need.

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