Captain’s Log – FPL Gameweek 7


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A relentlessly low scoring week for most. A clean sheet was celebrated by a good number of us as our highest points, an assist by others.
A very marked blank for Salah, a goal chalked off for offside and the woodwork was hit too. Oh, what could have been. We did note that Mane would be a great option too if you had him and he did deliver last week with 8 (or 16points). Our vice and captain was the wrong way around again as Kane duly added an assist.

Congratulations if you had the nerve to own Bamford, Ings or even hold onto Vardy/Jimmy. Zaha again impressed for Palace. Wolves probably need to get a few more chances generated during the game if they want the 3 points. Jiménez took his goal well though. Sterling did pop up with the chance to win it at a predicted tight game, but his shooting boots had not been laced up properly this week, still he appears to be City’s most useful man at the moment.

TLDR

My © will be Kane (barring any European mishaps). Vice – Salah.

Looking forward to GW7…

  • Wolves vs Palace – both need to start creating more chances but will either really throw caution to the wind? Zaha vs Raul will be the big draw here
  • Man City face Sheffield Utd after yet another draw, will City be strikerless again? The return of KDB to the 11 and whether City can afford to rotate Sterling or not may well decide this one.
  • West Ham seem to be making a continued nuisance of themselves, taking (well deserved) points from all the “big” teams they are playing with Liverpool next to feature.
  • Burnley don’t have a particularly enjoyable record against Chelsea but did show an improvement against Spurs on Monday, holding firm to just one goal
  • Everton take on Newcastle and could well be without two of their main outlets in Richarlison / James Rodriguez. They could well struggle to meet our expectations fpl wise this week.
  • Man United play Arsenal – both teams really in need of a win and some goals. Bruno no doubt to feature heavily.
  • Villa/Southampton and Newcastle/Everton – both games look quite even and open and will have plenty of key differentials and highly owned players that may dictate a good from a bad week. Ings vs Grealish/Barkley.
  • Next up at Spurs is Brighton who have been relatively competitive. This may be quite an option for both sides to get goals: Kane/Son.
  • Leeds vs Leicester – intriguing mash of playing styles here.
  • Fulham vs West Brom, not really pivotal in FPL stakes, no thoughts here.

My squad looks okay and the usual big names have some typically good fixtures.

Salah – TSB ~ 47%

A rare blank after being denied by the woodwork and correctly by VAR, too. West Ham have been thwarting most attacks quite well this season, with that in mind a midweek Euro benching for the star attacking Liverpool assets on Tuesday does lend a view to Klopp’s view of the w/e too. Another home fixture and I usually fancy Salah in these kinds of fixtures but my gut is not keen on the band being on the same man for the fourth fixture in a row. Vice, probably, but only just I think. Despite WH perhaps losing their preferred frontman to injury, it is the rest of their eleven who have been quite stubborn to break down.

Kane- TSB ~ 42%

Consistency plus a decent fixture. Spurs do have a game away in Antwerp on Thursday but after Vinicius’ strong showing in Europe last week I expect him to be left in London. Just the assist at Burnley, but the Brighton love affair may come crashing down this week. I expect Kane to show his striking credentials this game.

Son – TSB ~ 55%

Similarly to above, consistency plus a decent fixture. His ownership is huge throughout the ranks (particularly near the top). It’s clear that the partnership between Kane and Son is working and maybe the cautious player in me would hesitate to captain Son to cover the ownership but I just fancy Kane to score more.

The Fear

You can’t have them all, but here are a couple of players who are not in my squad and I will be watching from behind the sofa as they look likely to cause serious damage this weekend. 

Zaha – TSB ~ 22%

Another goal and assist last week, no doubt if they are to take something at Wolves he will be involved. Seems pretty settled, on spot kicks and seems to be enjoying showing the new joiners who is boss.

KDB – TSB ~ 15%

Low ownership for a player of his quality. Sheffield really shouldn’t pose City much of an issue despite their midweek run out on Tuesday. The creativity was lacking in the game and a half he missed through injury. KDB will likely be orchestrator again and pulling all the strings. Took a few knocks in the midweek game but was instrumental to City’s goals.

Werner – TSB ~ 20%

Burnley have a terrible record of keeping CS vs Chelsea and whilst they did look better on Monday at Spurs, there really should only be one winner here. I still can’t make out why a Chelsea midfielder is yet to emerge so I would look to Werner if I owned.


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