GW Points: 62
Overall Points: 1,181
Overall Rank: 158,882
Transfers: None used
Game week 18 was another fairly average week. We didn’t see much of a rise in our overall rank on the leaderboard but also didn’t drop either. I’m still far from happy with our position, it’s nowhere near where I’d want to be at this stage of the season. With the way the game weeks a strong start looks essential, having had a difficult start to the season it’s now almost impossible for us to catch up. Strangely I’m quite happy with the team as it is and can’t see many obvious areas for making changes. Other than Firmino, we’ve got the best performing strikers. Salah is essential and Hazard is in my opinion the next most important midfielder in the game. Sane is a good option based on the rest of the budget we have left in midfield. Defensively I’m happy with Walker, Cahill and Pickford. Pieters is obviously a very weak link and Keane is a decent cheaper option. Based on the value of our team, I believe we’ve currently got the best line up we can achieve.
Hazard and Salah both put in good performances to score over 10 points each.
Sane contributed only four points but did look in good form, making me optimistic going forward.
Walker and Cahill both managed to pick up over 5 points each.
Despite losing, Pieters managed a positive points total for a change. I still identify that it’s far from ideal having him in the team.
Aguero got on the score sheet again. With Jesus picking up an injury, he should got a lot more game time.
Injuries seem to be mounting at a crucial time. Walker, Keane, Salah and Lukaku all have minor injuries. Salah is certain to be out of the FA cup clash with Everton. Lukaku is fit but may be rested against Derby. As a result I used my last transfer of December to replace Salah with Sterling temporarily for the start of January.
Tips for Game Week 19
With three new transfers available for January many will be looking to gain an advantage early on in the month. I’d personally be looking at players from Chelsea and Man City. Both clubs have additional fixtures due to the EFL cup semi final games. It is worth noting that Man City have easier opposition in Bristol City, as Chelsea face Arsenal. It’s also worth considering that Chelsea are likely to get knocked out of the Champions league as they face Barcelona in the next round. The latter stages of the Champions League should present good opportunities to pick up extra points towards the end of the season.
As a result with Hazard and Cahill already in my team, I’m fairly happy with my Chelsea representation. Given the more difficult EFL cup games and tricky Champions League tie, I’m not overly bothered about getting more of their players in. Also they may well rest players in the EFL cup.
As Salah is certain to miss the Everton fixture at the weekend, I thought this would be a good opportunity to use my final December transfer. City have two games over this game week and Sterling is their highest scoring midfielder. As a result I opted to bring him in for the time being. This leaves us with 3 transfers for January. There’s a temptation to replace Lukaku with Morata, however Morata isn’t certain to play in the FA cup or EFL cup. I’d imagine he should start one game but probably not both. If Lukaku starts against Derby this evening (I’m not convinced he will) then I will leave him in and save a transfer. If he doesn’t it’s going to be a big decision. I prefer Lukaku over Mortata as a long term option. However the thought of gaining some additional points from Morata with their extra games this month is appealing. My concern is that this would leave us with only two transfers with injury question marks against Walker and Keane. But also two players who I’d want to bring back in with Salah and Lukaku. For me this is too much of a risk and is almost certain to leave us playing catch up again with transfers.
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