GW Points: 42
Overall Points: 1,328
Overall Rank: 7,738
Transfers: None used
Game week 20 was a bit of a disaster. I was hoping to make an improvement on a poor game week 19 but ended up slipping further down the leaderboard. It’s a difficult one to understand as I’ve felt for most of the season that the team has been well set up and performing nicely. This is probably the first season of playing the game where I’ve felt completely in control with decisions falling into place easily and not having to rush into making transfers. In fact most months I’ve had all of my transfers left and have still been placed within the top 5,000 teams. I think Liverpool’s consistency in keeping clean sheets is really starting to do some damage for me, as I only have Robertson. Mane not performing hasn’t helped either. Son and Jesus have both generated big points over short periods of time as well.
Cleans sheets for Robertson, Laporte and Lindelof. A clean sheet for Robertson almost does me more harm than good (based on the Liverpool blocks around) but less harm than if I didn’t have a Liverpool defender. It was good to see Laporte back in the starting line up and anything from Lindelof at 1.9m is a bonus. Although I was a little surprised the latter didn’t get a 7+ rating.
5 points from Sane wasn’t huge but it was at least something.
A goal and star man for Salah was another positive.
Obviously Kane picking up an injury is an issue, however with three transfers in the bag this might actually play into my hands.
Mane once again drew a blank, I’m quickly losing patience with him and this might be the week he has to go.
Aubameyang scored nothing, which is a concern. Although I don’t fully understand why everyone quickly wants to remove him after a couple of bad games. He is still by some distance the third highest scoring striker in the game after all.
Tips for Game Week 21 and my Potential Transfers:
With three transfers in the bag and with Kane having to come out, my possibilities are almost endless. Whoever I replace Kane with is going to free up a big chunk of budget to upgrade elsewhere. Looking at the stats for the season so far it makes sense to jump on the Liverpool clean sheets bandwagon. However if you look at the reality of the situation it makes less sense. They’ve got a lot of injuries defensively and over the next couple of weeks they play 1 game, whereas a team like Man City play 3. As a result I won’t be going for the obvious choice of Van Dijk for the time being.
This brings me to Kane. For me there’s only three players to consider as a replacement – Aguero, Jesus or Rashford. If Aguero was certain of a lot of game time it would be an absolute no brainer. I don’t overly rate Jesus (although credit to those who got him in recently) and I’m not completely convinced that Rashford will consistently score goals or start games at Old Trafford. As a result I’m going to go for Aguero. I’ll obviously check line ups before City kick off and I wouldn’t be surprised if Aguero doesn’t start, however I may still be tempted to go for him with the return leg against Burton approaching. He can’t surely be benched for both games.
This leaves me with two transfers and some money in the bank. The other player that stands out is Mane. He’s not someone I’ve wanted to remove previously – high ownership in my mini league and a player capable of an explosive week at any point but this doesn’t seem to be happening. Mane is now the 4th highest owned midfielder in the mini, Sterling is the 2nd. As a result it’s more of a risk to not have Sterling. This also makes sense in terms of points already on the board – Sterling has more and in terms of upcoming fixtures. As mentioned above Liverpool are out of the FA cup meaning they don’t have a game next weekend and Man City have the EFL cup second leg and an FA cup fixture. City also have an easier game in the Champions League.
This would leave me with one transfer for the rest of the month. I’d plan to hold this one at this stage.
With regards to general tips for the upcoming game week. Chelsea and Arsenal face each other so I wouldn’t be looking at any of their players at the moment. Although Chelsea do have the second leg of the EFL Cup against Spurs in the week – a game they must win if they want to progress. City look like the team with the best fixture as they face Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool host Palace and Man Utd host Brighton. Spurs travel to Fulham but without Kane or Son it’s difficult to know how they are going to perform in the short term.
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