Fantasy Gameweek 10 Recap
This Gameweek can be clearly split between those that owned Leicester assets that Captained Sterling and those that didn’t. Leicester again capitalised on a red card and absolutely destroyed Southampton. City appear back to normal, although Aguero / KDB and Mendy owners will be feeling aggrieved. Brighton continue to impress. Watford have stemmed the flow and Bournemouth have forgotten how to score. Chelsea look to be real top four contenders, Liverpool relentlessly push towards the title and United start to show glimmers of a resurgence.
Who did I tip?
Sterling (11) – he finally came good and gave a Captaincy return after what has felt like forever. He also made two excellent assists and was unlucky not to add to his total.
Aguero (1) – despite playing the full 90 in the Champions League, I did not foresee Aguero being rested for a Home game and it looks like this season is a repeat of 17/18 where Pep rotated him and Jesus at will. Unlike with Sterling, Pep tends to bring Aguero on for a cameo for the games he rests him, which makes him quite a dangerous Captaincy option now.
KDB (6) – another non-blank for Mr consistent and it could have been so much more, but for the phantom offside Silva goal. The Rodri absence didn’t appear to have massively impacted on his positioning and he remains an excellent option.
Salah (7) – he had the history against the opposition, he had the individual stats and he backed it up. Yes it was a penalty, but he continues to plug away with the FPL points.
What did we learn?
Leicester and Chelsea – they have a wealth of good value assets to choose from, an excellent fixture run and they look like very good sides that are pushing for a top four finish. It’s time to load up.
Pep Roulette – is well and truly back with Sterling and KDB looking the most secure from the attackers. For the defenders it’s arguably only Ederson that you would feel confident in playing. Keep your eye on Mendy / Cancelo though, as there could be some good attacking value if they can keep their places.
Man Utd Temptations – several succumbed to them early in the season and got stung, but after a respectable display against Liverpool followed by a convincing win against Norwich (then Chelsea) and an excellent fixture run they could be coming back in fashion. Both their defence and attack offer some reasonable differentials.
Gameweek 11 Captaincy - The Fixtures
Bournemouth v Man Utd – Bournemouth appear to have some defensive solidarity now (it won’t last) but their returns have dried up. Their style of play is the same though, the open attack will suit United’s counter-attacking style and United are in a mini purple patch at the moment.
Arsenal v Wolves – both sides played in the league cup, but both played largely second-string teams, so fatigue won’t be an issue. Wolves always seem to step up against the top six (are Arsenal even top six anymore?) and I can see this being quite an open game.
Aston Villa v Liverpool – quite a few holding Liverpool assets have been waiting for this fixture for a while, but I don’t think Villa are going to roll over here. I expect Liverpool to win, but I’m not expecting a mauling.
Brighton v Norwich – Norwich appear to have lost their mojo big time and this has coincided with Brighton really starting to impress. Trossard got a run out last week and he looked so dynamic, I can see mini Hazard doing some real damage in the league. For those with Maupay / Connolly I can’t see Norwich keeping a clean sheet here.
Man City v Southampton – another 9-0? I doubt it, the trial run in the league cup ended 3-1 and Southampton didn’t have the luxury of resting the majority of their team. I expect a comfortable City win here.
Sheffield United v Burnley – I personally will be hoping for a 0-0 here as a Lundstram and Pope owner. Sheffield United will fancy their chances at Home and Burnley will set out to make life hard for them. If Wood is still injured then the Clean Sheet prospects look better.
West Ham v Newcastle – the Hammers are going through a bit of a slump at the moment and this is a perfect opportunity to get out of it. Although awful, Newcastle are not the type of team to get blown away (unless they go down to 10 men) and this should be a tentative game.
Watford v Chelsea – Watford appear to have some defensive resolve now after the manager change, but that shouldn’t be enough to stop Chelsea. Chelsea will be disappointed to have gone out of the League Cup and Lampard will be targeting this as a prime opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Crystal Palace v Leicester – there has been a lot of talk about Palace being hard to beat at Home and I don’t quite see it that way. I will dig a bit deeper into the stats later, but I expect Leicester to make life very difficult for them.
Everton v Spurs – both of these sides are so inconsistent this season that anything can happen here. It’s a good one to go into with attacking assets though, as I expect both sides to score.
Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?
No Salah this week, as he doesn’t have any history against Villa.
KDB – stakes a claim for the best Captaincy option with an excellent record against Southampton.
Mane – although his returns were with Southampton and against a very different Villa side, he also has a very good history against them.
Sterling – not quite as impressive as KDB, but still a very respectable record.
Aguero – not far behind Sterling, but will he play?
Vardy – following on from my earlier comments about Palace at Home, Vardy’s history suggests that they’re likely to be breached.
Auba – there’s not much history available to conclude on here.
Maupay – might be a cause for concern although his record was playing for a different side, so I wouldn’t pay too much attention to this.
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