GW Points: 81
Overall Points: 2335
Overall Rank: 3,278
Transfers: None used
On the surface it’s once again been a fairly solid week. 81 points on the board and an improvement in position on the overall leaderboard. Decent points return from Salah and Mane despite Liverpool losing to Barcelona. Aguero also managed to get a goal and star man against Brighton. Unfortunately (due to being blocked) I’ve made no progress in terms of catching the leader of the mini league I’d like to win. Thankfully we’ve now got three fresh transfers but I’m going to have to do something fairly radical to close a 39 point gap. Due to the way the game works this could be virtually impossible – if he simply blocks my moves he’s already won. What is interesting, is that I’d put a top 5,000 finish down as a good season as long as I won this mini league. Having dropped to second, suddenly finishing within the top 5,000 teams doesn’t feel very successful. When the season is over, I’d be interested in having a review of strategy and tactics to see if we can uncover some facts around what works and what doesn’t. Other than selecting players based on form and upcoming fixtures, I’m not sure what else can be done – other than leaving the rest to luck but I’d be interested in hearing other people’s thoughts.
Mane, Salah and Aguero all scored well.
Ederson, Robertson, Van Dijk and Walker all picked up a clean sheet.
Rudiger is out for the season and needs replacing.
If I was top of the mini league I’d be fairly happy with the rest of my team. However I’m going to have to do something different to try and close the gap. This is likely to be swapping Firmino for Lacazette or Aubameyang and then swapping Rudiger for another defender from Chelsea. At the moment this isn’t mathematically possible. As a result I may make a bold move and replace Van Dijk. I’m still mulling over exactly what I’ll do but targeting Chelsea and Arsenal players seems to make more sense with the easier Europa League fixtures coming up. I think it’s worth holding onto City players with the FA Cup final still to come.
Tips for Game Week 35
Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal all have a double game week with additional European fixtures this week. Liverpool and Spurs look in trouble in terms of progressing so I’m going to avoid looking at their players. Although Liverpool know they have to score which could mean goals are almost certain but it’s hard to image Barcelona won’t get at least one. Chelsea’s tie is in the balance but they did get an away goal and play at home this week. Arsenal had a good result and look like they’ve got a foot in the final – but it’s worth noting they are playing away next week. In terms of Premier League fixtures, Man City face Leicester. It’s hard to imagine them slipping up in this game but it’s certainly possible. Liverpool travel to Newcastle which I’d imagine they will win as they push City all the way for the title. Man Utd have a decent fixture against Huddersfield and then play Cardiff in their final game of the season, however I currently wouldn’t trust them to get a result against anyone. Chelsea have a potentially difficult game against Watford but they are in the driving seat to finish 4th so you’d imagine they would win this one. Spurs travel to Bournemouth but I think they will have an eye on the Champions League game. Arsenal host Brighton.
If you’ve got a comfortable lead in your mini league, I’d be tempted to simply block the chasing pack. You can’t really lose from this position if you do this. If you’re playing catch up, like me, I’d be tempted by Chelsea and Arsenal players.
For comparison purposes here’s the difference between his team and my team:
Mine – His
Ederson – Ederson
Robertson – Robertson
Van Dijk – Van Dijk
Walker – Laporte
Rudiger – De Bruyne
Hazard – Hazard
Sterling – Sterling
Mane – Mane
Salah – Salah
Firmino – Firmino
Aguero – Aguero
My current thinking is that I’ll take out Firmino for Lacazette or Aubameyang. I’d then swap Rudiger and Van Dijk for someone like Azpilicueta and Kolasinac. At the same time I’m also debating whether to go more gung ho and go for players who are more likely to score big – such as both Aubameyang and Lacazette and then a midfielder to replace Rudiger. This would mean losing Salah or Aguero which I’m not sure is wise. As this isn’t a position I’ve been in before I’d appreciate other people’s opinion on this. I’d also note that if you’ve been following my team throughout the season and you’re hoping to finish as high as possible on the overall leaderboard then I wouldn’t follow my transfers this month as they come at high risk and in my opinion are less likely to succeed.
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