GW Points: 32
Overall Points: 157
Overall Rank: 173,073
Transfers: None used
As I’m away from Thursday morning until Saturday morning, I’ve decided to write my game week review early. I can’t imagine much is going to change between now and Friday morning so I didn’t think it would effect things too much and it certainly won’t effect my transfer plans. With regards to the game week itself, it was another flat week for me. I don’t feel like my season has really got going yet which is incredibly frustrating. It just shows how difficult football is to predict as we spent weeks planning our initial teams – looking at players, values and upcoming fixtures for it to just collapse within the first two game weeks. Obviously it’s still early stages but my goal is always to get off to a flying start and it’s been quite the opposite this season. I thought this week was going to be the turning points with Moura and Kane both starting against Newcastle. Between them I expected at least two goals and for one of them to pick up the star man award and at a minimum one goal between them. To return 0 points against a team who have been leaking goals was bitterly disappointing. A start for B. Silva was another positive but a return of just 3 points was not ideal. No clean sheets across the team was another blow – especially with Mina conceding twice with his first game in my team. Basically it’s been a disastrous start by the standards I’d set for myself. However it’s certainly early enough for things to change fairly quickly but I’ll need plenty of luck while playing catch up.
Salah scored twice and grabbed 18 points.
Sterling scored again and picked up 8 points.
Despite not keeping clean sheets Robertson and Zinchenko picked up 3 points each.
Spurs appear to have no creativity. This resulted in 0 points for Kane and Moura over the game week. For me this was Moura’s last chance to keep a place in the team and he’s now made himself top of my list for transferring out. It’s also put a question mark next to Kane. Especially with Aguero now have 4 goals to his name.
Arsenal had a tough fixture at Liverpool but Aubameyang did very little and scored 0 points. I’m hoping he comes good and might hold onto him a little longer but his early form has been a little underwhelming.
Across the three game weeks B. Silva has underachieved in my opinion. A return of 6 points for a 4.5m rated player simply isn’t enough. He’s currently second on my list to be replaced.
Tips for Game Week 4
For me if you’ve got transfers remaining, now is the time to use them before the month draws to an end. I’ve got two left and I plan to use them to target the fixtures coming up at the weekend. Firstly, it’s worth looking at the teams with the best fixtures:
Man City V Brighton
Chelsea V Sheff Utd
Southampton V Man Utd
Burnley V Liverpool
Arsenal V Spurs
Man City worry me this week. With Jesus being out, Aguero is almost certain to start and given his recent form he could score well. Chelsea also have a decent home fixture against Sheff Utd. Man Utd travel to Southampton and I’d expect them to win – James is currently the player who interests me most but I want to see if he continues to start games really before moving for him. Liverpool have a potentially tough fixture against Burnley but Mane does interest me now that I’ve got enough funds in the bank to bring him in. With Spurs and Arsenal playing each other, I won’t be moving towards any of their players.
For my team, I can only see two realistic options:
Moura and B. Silva out
Mount and Mane in
I know there’s a slight injury doubt over Mount, which is irritating as I like his fixture against Sheff Utd. For me it’s between Mount and James as an enabler for Mane – if they were both kicking off at the same time I’d simply go with whichever player is starting but we won’t have this luxury. I’m not worried about losing Moura as Spurs travel to Arsenal and he could be benched. I appreciate that he’s capable of scoring in this game but this is always the risk when taking a player out.
Moura and Aubameyang out
Mount and Aguero in
Mount for the same reasons as above. Bringing in Aguero feels like a bit of a knee jerk reaction for me but I’m very worried about the game against Brighton after he scored a couple at the weekend. This route would also allow me to keep hold of B. Silva for that fixture as well.
If we are looking at the very short term I guess it comes down to who will score more points this weekend between:
Mount, Mane and Aubameyang
Mount, B. Silva and Aguero
At this point in time I can only see the second option scoring more points. Mane and Aubameyang both face tougher opposition than B. Silva and Aguero. There is obviously a question mark against if B. Silva will start this game though, which would obviously have an impact on potential points. However, on paper if all three players start surely B. Silva and Aguero outscore Mane and Aubameyang given the upcoming fixtures? If anyone else has any thoughts or an idea for a different route to take it would be great to hear them in the comments.
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