GW Points: 44
Overall Points: 229
Overall Rank: 23,149
Transfers: None used
Another fairly flat game week for me, although overall I’m fairly happy with my position on the overall leaderboard (for the time being). I’d rather be well within the top 10,000 teams at this stage but it’s a long season ahead so I think it’s been a fairly solid start. In relation to this game week, I was hoping for a big performance from someone like Kane. This would have really pushed the team up the leaderboard but it didn’t happen. I’m hoping my faith in the big players will pay off shortly but with the international break approaching I’m fairly happy with the team I’ve got at the moment.
Considering Burnley conceded, 5 points for Hart was a bonus with a penalty save from Pogba.
It was good to see Shaw pick up a clean sheet. I’m really hoping he gets an extended run in the first team this season as he could be a season long pick for me if he does. Great value as well if he can keep his place.
Despite Liverpool and Man City failing to keep clean sheets it was good to see Mendy and Robertson getting an assist each.
A goal and star man for Mane was another highlight. After not having him in my team initially to start I’m glad I went back on this decision before the season got underway.
A goal for Pedro was another positive after seeing him benched to start the game.
This isn’t an issue more of an observation for me. It wasn’t ideal to see Salah, Aguero and Kane only pick up 5 points between them. I don’t see this as an issue as we all know what each player is capable of at any point in time.
Silva being benched after a couple of flat point scoring weeks is definitely an issue. He may be a player I look to move on early on in September.
Despite scoring, it was also a concern to see Pedro benched so early on after I’ve bought him into the team. I can see this happening quite often.
Other than players within my team, the biggest issue I can see is not having Hazard. He’s instantly hit form and is a magnet for star man most weeks. He’s already looking like he could become essential however it’s difficult to justify a plan for getting him in place. For me the options are: risk it without him, drop Salah or Kane to free up funds or go very cheap defensively. I’m not going to explore this too much now with the international break approaching. I’m also waiting for values to change on Friday before starting to plan what to do about this. But there will be a blog shortly to discuss this in more detail.
Tips for Game Week 5
Game week 5 seems like a long way off but assuming there are no big injuries during the international break, here are the key fixtures for the game week:
Chelsea v Cardiff
Man City v Fulham
Watford v Man Utd
Newcastle v Arsenal
Spurs v Liverpool
Young Boys v Man Utd
Man City v Lyon
Inter v Spurs
Liverpool v PSG
PAOK v Chelsea
Arsenal v Vorskla
I’d favour Chelsea in particular for the Premier League fixtures. However Man Utd look like the best bet in terms of the overall game week. Lukaku could continue his good goalscoring form with an easier fixture in the Champions League. Liverpool and Spurs are probably teams to avoid as they face each other and then have more difficult games in the Champions League. With regards to Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa League – line ups could be a complete lottery so it’s hard to say which players might do well in those games.
As always, feel free to share your own progress in game week 1 below, suggest any players to look out for or provide any other useful comments below.
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