FPL Gameweek 12 Recap
Watford appears to have finally solidified their defence with Deulofeu demonstrating why so many started the season with him and there could be some bargains here. Norwich on the other hand are well and truly whipping boys looking a shadow of what they were.
Chelsea continue to impress, as do Leicester and they should both now be considered as top four teams usurping Spurs and Arsenal. Burnley finally got a Clean Sheet (CS) and Wood continued his excellent run after his return from injury. West Ham has also been added to my whipping boy list. Bournemouth’s CS run came to an end, as Newcastle began their recovery. The pressure starts to pile on to Hassenhuttl, as Southampton become the third team on my whipping boy list with Everton finally getting some points and Richarlison continuing to impress. Spurs were quite fortunate to hold out for a draw against the ever impressive Sheffield United and Lundstram nearly picked up another attacking return, bench him at your peril.
Could this be another false dawn or are Man Utd back? According to their (some might say delusional) fans on 606 they’ll be fighting for the title next year. Either way both Martial and Rashford look to be on fire at the moment (although Rashford can be a bit wasteful) and Brighton played right into their hands, I don’t think Sheff Utd will do the same though. A late borderline consolation goal by Villa cruelly took away the Wolves CS, but Jimenez stole the show again with another goal and max bonus. Finally, the main event showcased how vulnerable City are at the back and how ruthless Liverpool can be now. City’s attackers will always score points, but with the fixtures turning now could be the time to load up on Liverpool.
Who did I tip?
It was a clean sweep this week and nobody blanked. When I go into a Gameweek with a few of the Captain candidates in my squad it generally turns out to be a good week and this was no exception.
Vardy (12) – it was quite a painful one to watch for those that own both Vardy and Abraham but opted for Vardy. It was another game with just two shots, but that’s all he needs and he added another goal to his ever growing tally with a welcome assist at the end. Leno actually made a great save as well and he could easily have had a brace. I didn’t think Arsenal could cope with Leicester’s aggressive press and it’s nice when the research results in points.
Abraham (8) – he finally managed to convert at Home and took the lion’s share of the bonus points. He also got brought off early again on the 72nd minute, which is something that puts me off when compared to Vardy who always plays for 90 minutes.
Salah (8) / Mane (7) – as expected both converted although there are concerns about Salah’s ankle. Either way, they both remain excellent options especially with the kind fixture run and some are even tempted to double up on them.
What did we learn?
Whipping Boys – this tends to fluctuate throughout the season but currently I’ve highlighted Norwich, West Ham, Southampton and possibly Villa that look to be good opposition to target with potential Captaincy candidates.
Bonus Magnets – certain players just need a single return to clean up on the bonus and these are ideal candidates for the Captaincy. Vardy, Abraham and Jimenez fit the bill here.
FPL Gameweek 13 Captaincy - The Fixtures
West Ham v Spurs – Spurs aren’t exactly pulling up any trees at the moment, but West Ham are just leaking goals like crazy and this is a great fixture for a Spurs attacking asset.
Arsenal v Southampton – Arsenal get the next whipping boy and for those that still have Auba it might be worth hanging on for another week.
Bournemouth v Wolves – Bournemouth have improved a lot recently, their defence looks relatively solid with Ake / Cook protected by the energetic Billing and the attack is dynamic with the Wilsons, King (although he may be injured) and Fraser. Wolves are a tough cookie to crack though and this should be quite a contest.
Brighton v Leicester – Brighton look like a decent side, but Leicester are on fire at the moment and I don’t think Brighton will be able to handle them.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool – Palace are well organised, but Liverpool are relentless. Palace struggle for goals and we might finally get a Liverpool CS here.
Everton v Norwich – Everton get a great opportunity to extend their winning streak with probably the easiest fixture of the week against one of the whipping boys. Richarlison would be a great option for this game.
Watford v Burnley – Watford are finally showing signs of improvement, but they face a Burnley side that has rediscovered their mojo. This should be a tight game.
Man City v Chelsea – we all saw the state of City’s defence against Liverpool, I can’t see them stopping Chelsea scoring, especially with their Away attacking form. Although Chelsea kept a CS, they also give up a lot of chances and this should be an entertaining game full of goals.
Sheffield Utd v Man Utd – this is a real barometer test for where Man Utd are at the moment. Sheffield Utd are really hard to break down and Utd struggle against teams that sit back against them. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ended up as a Sheffield Utd CS with a Lundstram goal, but Man Utd do have the potential to win this and with Henderson ineligible, this could impact on the Blades.
Aston Villa v Newcastle – it’s a bit early in the season, but this could be a potential six pointer. Villa will be desperate to get some points on the board and will fancy their chances, but Newcastle are relatively well drilled and have some serious pace up front that can hurt on the counter. I can see this being quite a cagey encounter.
Twitter Gameweek 13 Captain Poll
Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?
Abraham has never played against City, but he is an option.
Salah – has a goal and two assists Away from Home against Palace. The International Break should give him some much needed time to heal his ankle and he showed flashes of his old self against City.
Jimenez – has only played Bournemouth twice, so the sample size is small but he’s scored against them Home and Away and a goal from him tends to lead to bonus points.
Aguero – several have already sold him and those still holding him are eager to get rid, however he has a stellar record against Chelsea with five of his ten goals coming at Home with a recent hat trick last season.
Mane – has two goals Away to Palace and a very impressive record, however if you include his time at Southampton then he actually has nine returns in eight games demonstrating that he really enjoys playing them. With both his and Salah’s stellar records against Palace you can see why there is a clamour to double up on the assets. If you own both though who do you Captain?
Vardy – Mr consistent has scored two goals Away to Brighton; his history and current form suggest he is unlikely to blank plus with Dunk and Webster out their defence should struggle against an electric Vardy.
Kane – remember when he was an automatic Captain choice? Only two of his goals against West Ham have come Away from Home, but they are leaking goals at the moment and he might have regained some confidence following a good spell for England…
Sterling – his stats are a little misleading, as three in five looks respectable, but all of the returns came in one game last season. Despite that, Sterling will always be a threat and it’ll be interesting to see whether Lampard will go with Reece James again to combat his threat.
Son – similar to Kane, Son’s returns have come at Home to West Ham but I’d rank him as the most likely to score from Spurs.
Auba – he’s only scored one goal at Home and the return of Lacazette has coincided with a quiet spell for Auba. If you’ve held on to him for this long though, this doesn’t feel like the fixture to remove him.
KDB – Kevin doesn’t have the best record against his old club, but I wouldn’t bet against him. The return of Rodri definitely freed him up more and City are heavily reliant on him to create things.
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