GW Points: 111
Overall Points: 1566
Overall Rank: 1,847
Transfers: None used
Game week 23 was one of my most successful weeks this season. The team has risen on the overall leaderboard to the highest point it has been this season. The past couple of game weeks has firmly put the team back on track for a decent overall finish after a bad few weeks. Again I find myself in a situation where I don’t really need to use any transfers as the team is performing well – I ended up losing my final January transfers and I still have three for February. At the moment I’m not sure that I need to use any.
A clean sheet for Kepa chipping in with 8 points. Hoping keeping him pays off with game time during the Europa League.
Doherty bagging a couple of goals in the FA Cup was probably the highlight of the week and really helped push the team up the leaderboard. Credit to Chris who initially drew my attention to him very early in the season – for me he’s probably been the player of the season when it comes to scoring points from a low starting value.
A goal and star man for Laporte was also great to see. There were a few question marks next to his name when City had a bad run of not keeping clean sheets but I’m glad I stuck with him.
A clean sheet for Lindelof, not sure what he has to do to get rated though.
A couple of goals for Hazard.
A hat trick from Aguero was unexpected against Arsenal.
Sane was dropped to the bench against Arsenal. This doesn’t look good for this weekend despite him starting against Everton. City still seem to rotate their midfield a lot which limits game time significantly. My main concern about taking him out is that he may well be dropped against Chelsea at the weekend but what if he comes back in for Newport the following week. This game could be a high point scorer if they field a strong team.
Aubameyang drew another blank, however Arsenal do play Huddersfield at the weekend so I’m happy to stick with him for now. They also have the Europa League fixture midweek but I’m not sure he will start this game.
Tips for Game Week 24/25
For me it’s probably useful at this stage to look ahead across the next two game weeks as the fixtures are fairly interesting. We’ve got Premier League action this weekend, European football during the week and then FA Cup next weekend. This makes for interesting planning around transfers due to the way fixtures are staggered:
Chelsea (4 games):
Man City (A)
Man Utd (H) – FA Cup
Arsenal (3 games):
Man City (3 games):
Newport (A) – FA Cup
Man Utd (3 games):
Chelsea (A) – FA Cup
Liverpool (2 games):
Spurs (2 games):
It clearly makes sense to target teams with more fixtures, however when you start to think about this in more detail issues start to appear. Chelsea with 4 fixtures stand out as the team to go for compared to say Liverpool. However what if the player bought in doesn’t play in the Europa League – we would then be comparing Chelsea facing Man City (A) and Man Utd (H) to Liverpool playing Bournemouth (H) and Bayern (H). In that situation I’d probably favour the Liverpool fixtures. With 3 transfers in the bag, I really want to tap into this additional fixtures, especially the Europa League games as they are played in such quick succession. However I’m mainly concerned about game time in these fixtures. I’d be tempted to move Robertson on temporarily for a Chelsea defender but this comes with a big selection risk. I’d also be tempted by Lacazette or Higuain, but will either play? Unfortunately we won’t get to see those Europa League line ups before making a decision so it would have to be done this weekend. At the moment this leaves me tempted to hold what I’ve already got. But I’d be interested to hear how other people are approaching this.
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