OVERVIEW: It’s great when a good plan comes together. 65 points and up to 4th place, Sterling (captain) bagging 42 of those and, as alluded to in my previous post, the importance of your double point captain pick cannot be underestimated. In fact, had it not been for that captain pick it would have been a very poor round which included a red card. It was a good time to gain ground as the average point score for the week was only 40 points.
Looking into gameweek 36, favourable fixtures for Manchester City and Chelsea could be the key.
THIS WEEK’S PICKS: Two transfers made this week, one of which is enforced. A red card for Söyüncü in Leicester’s surprise defeat at Bournemouth means he is suspended for this game round. A -3 for the red, coupled with the -4 I’m taking for the double transfer shows the impact a red card can have. That being said, I think that may be the first time this season that a player I’ve selected has been giving his marching orders, not bad considering there’s only 3 matches left. Söyüncü has been replaced by Azpilicueta. With Chelsea at home to already relegated Norwich, it’s a good clean sheet chance. That takes the team to the maximum 3 Chelsea players as Barkley and Willian retain their places.
The other change is Gabriel Jesus for Aubameyang. Arsenal v Liverpool pitted against City v Bournemouth there’s only one winner in terms of where the safe points could be. With Sergio Aguero injured, Jesus is basically City’s only recognised forward and has been getting an extended run in Pep’s side. The dilemma I’ve had was whether to keep Sterling as captain or not. Despite him hitting a hattrick in the last match, it would be just like Pep to rest him this time round. I have actually stuck with him so fingers crossed there.
The two TOON boys, Ferdandez and Saint-Maximin keep their places as Newcastle welcome Tottenham. What worth noting is, José Mourinho has never won a league game at St.James’ Park, the only stadium he hasn’t recorded a victory. Quite remarkable and hopefully that run continues this week.
FROM THE FIRST MINUTE, LADS.