Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW4

Can’t argue with two green arrows to star the season, but there is a bit of disappointment having scored just 153 points (51 average) over three weeks, which is well off my goal of 60 points per week. This COULD be the week that figure changes, as I really am backing many of the matches this week. The wild card was beneficial last week and allows me some flexibility as I roll into the weekend knowing I will have two transfers, if I need them out of the break. This week will be unchanged in my starting XI, playing a 5-3-2 formation and looking for the premiums to have a banger of a weekend.

Defensively, five at the back has been a bit disappointing, but the fixtures could return nicely and set the pace for my team. Then again, in order for this strategy to be successful, I need a combination of clean sheets  and attacking returns to make this work. I need teams like Liverpool and Man City to get their shit together and unify at the back to be those dominate defense juggernauts we have seen the past three seasons. Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson get the call at Villa this weekend, while Man City go in search of their first clean sheet against Leeds United. I do feel my best opportunity it with Wolves, coming off a 4-0 beating by West Ham but would like to see more from Nelson Semedo, as I went him on him sight unseen, only hearing about how he would fills the boots left vacant by Matt Doherty. Still high on Luca Digne but this will be possibly be his final week as I want to roll into double City defense and Everton play Liverpool out of the break.

The midfield is strong with Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and James Rodriguez. It feel rights and there is great potential, two of which are known quantities, while James has the skills and talent, but need to see more of him at Everton. Rest assured he and the Toffees will get better the more they play together this season. It doesn’t feel right with just three midfielders, which is why it’s important for the defensive returns.

Up front I am hoping Raul Jimenez finds the scoring touch he had in the first few weeks, picking up two goals. Feel very confident that Fulham won’t be able to hold Wolves scoreless and Jimenez could bag a brace. Finally, the hottest player in the FPL game, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, moved into him last week and will ride him for a few upcoming weeks. With so much of my budget invested in the defense and midfield, it would require multiple transfers to to get another forward in. Right now, I am happy to see the production from Everton going through DCL standing in the 6-yard box

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