2019/20 Premier League: GW5 Retrospect

After a week off due to the international break, the Premier League returned to action. On the back of a red arrow into the break, I knew I had two transfers to use depending on the health and fitness of my squad. Last week, I used both transfers as I moved Harry Kane out of the starting XI and introduced Seb Haller and Tammy Abraham, a move that paid off for GW5.

I’ve mentioned it a few times, both in previous articles I’ve written, as well as on the podcast, but through five weeks, this season looks oddly familiar to last year. Currently, I sit on 289 points, compared to 295 points last season after five weeks. While my OR is at 810k, last year it was 615k, while my TV is 101.8 compared to 102.0 out of the break. Even the red and green arrows mimic last season, if that’s any indication, then I am set up for great run of green arrows through GW15.

Last week was a good week, which saw my weekly score finish at 57 points. Even though expectations were higher, I finished above the weekly average of 51 points and saw a small 125k, green arrow. Still 11 points off where I wanted to be at this point, which would have given my 60 PPW.

It was all about Teemu Pukki and Tammy Abraham last week that helped key my squad to a green arrow. Abraham as been on fire, scoring seven goals the last three weeks, hitting for a hat trick in a 5-2 win against Wolves. Pukki made the most of his chances against Man City, picking up a goal, assist and three bonus points. A total of 28 points including a no return for Seb Haller.

The midfield was a bit disappointing, as MANY managers expected big points from City, but ended up with nothing. Raheem Sterling didn’t return, KDB didn’t even start, but come in to notch just 33 minutes, I also captained him for another failure this week. Thankfully Mason Mount and Mo Salah each scored, which helped the midfield points this week.

Defensively, it’s still complete shit. I moved AWB to the bench since he was flagged it didn’t appear to be improving. Maybe I should have waited until Friday but made my transfers on Thursday afternoon. That put Lundstram in the starting XI for second time with another no return. Didn’t matter much, as Keane and Zinchenko both conceded goals. The only defender who lived up to my expectations, Nick Pope, posting just three points.

It hurts to see 12 points on the bench, Cantwell (6 pts.) and AWB (6 pts.), as Kelly is still injured and unavailable. After the AWB clean sheet, I was hoping we wouldn’t see KDB, but Pep ruined that for FPL managers as well.

Looking ahead, I’ve seen word that Mason Mount might be injured due to Champions League action and nasty challenge on his ankle. Looking at it quickly, Mount could be moved for either, Daniel James or Erik Lamela. I spoke about adding Heung-min Son in Episode 49 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast, but it would cost me Haller and a 4-point hit. Not sure it’s that dire of a situation. Yet.

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