GW Points: 45
Overall Points: 496
Overall Rank: 314,782
Transfers: Kompany out, Cahill in
Ogbonna out, Baines in
Eriksen out, Hazard in
Despite feeling that the team has been strengthened significantly, I can still only class this as a bad game week. The team has dropped further in the overall leaderboard. The transfers were not necessarily unsuccessful as I’ve replaced the two defenders who were getting no game time and also picked up some Chelsea coverage going forward with Hazard. However this still didn’t contribute a significant difference in terms of points. Thankfully Hazard outscored Eriksen for the game week, this was the main concern as I wasn’t overly keen on making this transfer so early in the month. I felt forced into it if I wanted to free up some funds when removing Ogbonna. If I had the opportunity to start from scratch I think my team would look very similar to what I have now. So in terms of the players I’ve got I’m very happy with how the team is balanced. I’m just hoping this starts to pay off in terms of points, as it’s starting to feel like it’s never going to happen.
Hazard and Salah both grabbing a couple of goals in the Champions League was a definite highlight after a terrible weekend.
Valencia picked up another couple of clean sheets.
Foster could be facing a spell on the sidelines due to injury. There’s nothing that can be done about this with no transfers left for the month so I plan to just wait and see what happens.
Aguero making the bench on Saturday caused a bit of an issue. Had he not made the bench I’d have just swapped him for Jesus (who didn’t have a bad game week). By trying to hold onto Aguero, it’s cost points in the short term. Hopefully this evens out in the long run.
Stoke getting torn apart by Man City was not ideal and once again highlights Pieters as a weak link. However I’m still hoping Stoke will be a mid table team who will get the odd clean sheet. As a cheap option I’ll probably hold onto him for a little while longer as they have more favourable fixtures coming up.
Kane contributed no points over the game week and their fixtures get tougher over the next or so. Again nothing can be done about this due to a lack of transfers. I don’t see it as a long term problem as I plan to keep him in my team anyway.
Tips for Game Week 9
I’m going to assume most teams won’t play a full strength side in the league cup, so will mainly focus on the upcoming Premier League fixtures for the game week.
Man Utd probably have the most favourable fixture as they travel to Huddersfield. Anyone thinking about taking Lukaku out may want to take this into consideration.
Chelsea and Man City have slightly more difficult home games. Chelsea host Watford and Man City host Burnley. It’s hard to overlook City players as they are absolutely flying at the moment and seem capable of beating anyone heavily.
Spurs host Liverpool this weekend, which could be a tricky fixture. If we ignore the league cup then they face Man Utd and Madrid next week. I wouldn’t personally recommend taking Kane out but I’d also suggest not bringing in any of their players at this stage.
As always, feel free to share your own progress, suggest any players to look out for or provide any other useful comments below.
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