GW Points: 29
Overall Points: 364
Overall Rank: 140,099
Transfers: Grealish out, Benrahma in
Alexander-Arnold out, Rudiger in
Robertson out, Azpilicueta in
I’ve delayed publishing my review of the game week so we can get a little closer to coming back from the international break as I think the talking points are around the team going forward rather than looking backward. However, game week 7 was another fairly low scoring game week – although it was only a round of Premier League fixtures. The team failed to gain any significant ground on the overall leaderboard but it did at least climb around 10,000 places which is a step in the right direction. Typically Chelsea failed to keep a clean sheet in one of their easier games this season but at least Azpilicueta picked up 5 points. I also put Benrahmra back in after he hit some good form (when I took him out), typically he then only picks up 3 points during game week 7 but it was better than 0 from Grealish. All in all, I came out of the week 8 points better off as a result of making the changes and the fixtures are certainly now on my side for the rest of the month, I’m just crossing my fingers that my players can stay fit.
5 points from Azpilicueta was better than nothing considering Chelsea didn’t keep a clean sheet.
Salah picking up 15 points was unexpected in a big game between Liverpool and Man City. Not that it makes a huge difference given his ownership.
One of the biggest positives for me was that both Liverpool and Man City conceded twice. A clean sheet for either team wouldn’t have been ideal.
Where to start once again, but let’s just work through the team:
De Gea, Man Utd failed to keep a clean sheet again. It looks like Maguire and Varane are now injured as well. There is now only 0.4m between Ederson and De Gea but I can see Ederson picking up way more points over the season. Given Man City’s fixtures this could be the best and only opportunity we get this season to make that switch with so little between them in terms of value.
Bertrand continues to drop in value and Leicester continue to struggle to secure a clean sheet. It’s a massive concern but at 1.4m what else can we do with him now other than hope that they improve?
Torres didn’t start again for Man City. That’s a big problem if it continues but October is a long month, surely he’s certain to get some game time. I noticed that he scored for Spain recently but there is now a huge amount of competition at City with De Bruyne and Foden back. I could potentially swap De Gea and Torres for Ederson and Walker which in my view would be a great backline for the month ahead.
My other problem is Traore, if he was playing every game, I firmly believe he would pick up 3-8 points every single week, which would be a bargain at his price. While he’s on the bench though, it’s pointless having him. The problem is knowing who to replace him with and only having two transfers left.
Tips for Game Week 8
My first piece of advice is to carefully consider how many transfers you use this week. I’ve used 3 already which is very unusual for me and with 3 double game weeks left I’m feeling a little exposed with only 2 transfers left in the bag. I could easily use both of those this weekend but I may try and hold onto at least one of them. Luckily there are quite a few teams kicking off at 3pm on Saturday for for me it will depend on who is starting those games. In an ideal world if Traore and Torres start, the only transfer I’ll even consider this weekend is De Gea to Ederson. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be that simple, as I can see both Torres and Traore being on the bench. In my eyes Man City then have 6 fixtures this month where they could potentially keep a clean sheet so I’d be tempted by the De Gea and Torres to Ederson and Walker switch.The big problem would then be that I’d have no transfers left with 6 fixtures still to play in the month, I’d also have to keep Traore. An early injury to one of the big guns could cause a real problem in that situation. All in all there’s a lot to think about before the weekend. Here’s the fixtures for the month if anyone wants to have a look at them: