Its been a turbulent couple of weeks since my last post. I slipped outside the top 1,000 for the first time before bouncing back with a ton score over the weekend. There’s little time to reflect, though, as we head into yet another bumper double.

 

Transfers remaining: 20
Bank: 0.7m

Last gameweek

Regular readers will notice that I now have a new Sanchez double act. Unfortunately, they have been far less successful than hoped. I opted for Alexis Sánchez over Pogba as he has more captaincy options over the next few weeks and looks to be getting close to his former self. The smart money would probably have been a move for De Bruyne (I’m not quite sure how I’v not drafted him in yet!). Despite missing out on the Belgium, Alexis has at least bagged a couple of goals and would of had more if it weren’t for a wonder save from De Gea.

Davinson Sánchez on the other hand has been another transfer down the drain. At the time I brought him in, he looked like a canny investment – nailed on in a historically impressive Spurs back line and racking up bonus points for a cut price 7.9. Frustratingly, though, he’s gone and picked up a red card and Im now faced with having to make another transfers.

The Spurs defender turned out to be a small blip on an otherwise excellent week. Captains Hazard and Otemendi fired big hauls while Coutinho continued to repay my faith (stubbornness) in keeping him. Those three combined to score over 90% of my teams points as my other eight players could only muster 10 points between them.

Replacing Davinson Sánchez

With Davinson Sánchez facing a three match ban, I’m eyeing up replacement options. There’s a few options within my budget, including Arsenal’s Monreal. “Nacho”, as he’s often known as, picks up passing bonus with the odd tackle bonus thrown in. Supporting his claim is that he’s assured of starts and Arsenal also have a decent run of fixtures over the busy festive season.

Despite the Spaniard’s appeal, I’m finding myself drawn to Chelsea’s new young talent Andreas Christensen. Coming in at a dirt cheap 6.4 and playing in the heart of a resolute Chelsea backline that has a kind run of fixtures stretching well into the new year. The Dane has also racked up tier 3 passing last time out and seems to be Conte’s good books (unlike Luiz). He might get rested a couple of times, but at that price and with those fixtures, I’m very tempted to roll the dice. That said, I don’t need the extra cash (not yet anyway) and Monreal does offer a certain security of starts that someone with my transfer count should be seeking. One to ponder before kick off on Saturday.

Missing my transfer target

The goal was 20 by Christmas day. With the Sanchez move, I’ll be down to 19. Not the end of the world, but, barring injuries or suspensions, I’m now on a self imposed transfer embargo. I’m not quite sure how I’v ended up with no attacking options for City, but at least I don’t have to put up with Pep’s rotation roulette.

Captaincy

 

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I’v lost faith in Kane. Even though Stoke at home looks like a plumb fixture, him and Spurs seem to be lacking something. As a result, I’m probably going to stick with Hazard on Saturday.

My Liverpool duo Salah and Coutinho are tempting on Sunday, but I fancy big Sam to get a full of confidence Everton side in shape to cause Klopp’s men a few issues. As a result, I may roll the dice on Sanchez. 

Hazard is locked in again for Tuesday. Wednesday is far more difficult, as Kane, Sanchez, Salah and Coutinho all vie for the armband. Each of them have their merits and its likely to be a last minute decision when I see the lineups.

Some useful Sky tools

If you haven’t already, check out Ian’s popular planning tool and Carl’s super clever forecasting tool – both very useful for members as we head into the busy Christmas period.

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