GW Points: 71
Overall Points: 1770
Overall Rank: 2,899
Transfers: None used
Game week 26 was another pretty flat week for the team. It looked like I was going to hold position on the leaderboard again (which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing) until Van Dijk managed to grab a couple of late goals. This basically cost me around 800 places. Laporte picking up an injury was also less than ideal as he missed out on a clean sheet against West Ham. The most infuriating part of the week was Aubameyang being dropped against Southampton, I really can’t understand that decision. Yes, they got the result they needed anyway, however it’s a complete contrast to say Spurs – who start Kane pretty much in every game he’s fit for. Even when he comes back from injury he’s straight into the starting line up, yet Arsenal seem happy to leave probably their best striker on the bench.
Two cleans sheets for Ederson. I’d imagine he will now be my keeper for the rest of the season.
Two clean sheets for Robertson and 17 points.
13 points for Lindelof from a clean sheet against Liverpool and an assist and 7+ rating against Palace. For a budget option I’ve fairly pleased with the points he’s picked up recently.
Despite being dropped against Southampton it was good to see Aubameyang get a goal against Bournemouth.
Another goal and 8 points for Aguero.
A poor game week from Doherty, Sterling, Sane, Hazard and Salah is a concern but I don’t think it’s necessarily an issue. These are the same players that have got me to the position I’m in so far so I’d imagine it was just one of those weeks.
Laporte being injured is an issue. He will obviously need to come out and I’m also worried about Kane’s return. Both are fairly big problems. I will use my remaining transfers (2 for the month) to address this. The striker to come out will be Aubameyang, however I’m not sure I’ll make this move just yet. For now I’m just looking to be in a position where I’ve got the funds to make this move. As a result my changes are likely to be:
Laporte out, Rudiger in
Sane out, Mane in
My reasoning being – Sane to Mane creates a little more budget for the Kane upgrade. Also I don’t think there’s much between the two in terms of point scoring capability but Mane gets a lot more game time. Laporte to Rudiger might seem like a strange one, however Chelsea have a good run of fixtures. The only regular defender, from Chelsea, I could afford is Rudiger. If I could pick any I’d have gone for Azpilicueta but it’s out of the question. This leaves 2.6m in the bank, with the price difference between Aubameyang and Kane being 2.3m this leaves a little bit of room for price changes.
With regards to Kane himself – Spurs only have 4 games during March. As a result I’m trying to hold out as long as possible when it comes to bringing him back in. The player I’m comparing him to is Aubameyang. If we compare their game week Spurs and Arsenal face each other at the weekend, which is an equally difficult game for both players. We then compare Spurs travelling to Dortmund and Arsenal travelling to Rennes. I’d massively favour Arsenal’s fixture in this circumstance. If we then look at the week after as well, Spurs only have one game and Arsenal have two. For me it just doesn’t quite feel like the right time to put Kane back in – making sure I’ve got the funds to do it is more essential at the moment.
Tips for Game Week 27
Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all have a double game week. However Chelsea are the only team with two relatively easy fixtures – Fulham and Kyiv. Man Utd have a decent home game against Southampton but then travel to PSG. Arsenal have a good Europa League draw against Rennes but face Spurs at the weekend. Spurs themselves play Arsenal and then travel to Dortmund, which I’d expect to be a tough game despite the 3 – 0 win at home.
Liverpool and Man City both only have one Premier League game during the game week. With Liverpool travelling to Everton and Man City travelling to Bournemouth.
I’ve outlined my thoughts around transfers above and the Kane situation but it will be interesting to see what everyone else is planning to do in the comments section.
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