The festive rush is upon us with GW19 right here. GW18 was a topsy-turvy affair and ended up on the top side. A disastrous Saturday was sandwiched between two brilliant days for a great haul.
GW points – 77
GW rank – 490k
Overall points – 1038
Overall rank – 232k (140k increase)
FPL Cup – 77-40 win
Thus, Salah’s captain pick ahead of Sane worked well and Robertson picked up another clean sheet. Aubameyang’s brace required a return from Kane and he outdid his North London rival.
The real hero of the GW for me was Son. Hazard and Sterling’s blanks meant Sonny’s epic two-goal and two-assist haul gained me massive ground, somewhat making up for missing out on Salah’s Bournemouth hat-trick.
Ederson failed yet again and City’s defensive stats are getting worse at the moment. Before we get to the decisions for GW19, let’s look at the main talking point from this week – Manchester United.
GW18 Key Talking Point – Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer definitely brought fresh air with him as United’s attacking assets finally stepped up. The Cardiff rout saw some good football and the goals scored column is proof of that.
While the defence will take some time to get tighter, there are not one or two but four solid mid-priced attacking assets to look at. United have one of the kindest run of fixtures coming up, making them a solid option in FPL squads. Let’s take a look at each of them as I did on my Twitter account.
Lingard (£6.8) – The cheapest of the lot, Jesse has scored 4 goals in his last 4 games.
Martial (£7.4) – The most consistent player out of the four, he has scored 8 goals in last 10 starts.
Pogba(£7.9) – Finally free of Mourinho, Pogba picked up 3 FPL assists in the last game.
Rashford(£7.1) – He started the last 5 games and has 6 FPL goal involvements in those matches.
Now, let us move on to transfers for GW19.
I have the luxury of two FTs going into this GW and have decided to use both of them. Looking at my FPL Tracker, Ederson is the first one set to leave as his returns are paltry at the moment. Fabianski is his natural replacement choice.
For the second transfer, I had a couple of players in mind with the first one being Hazard. However, Son’s performances imply I have a replacement player who can match Eden over this period.
The second one was Richarlison. Everton have a superb run of fixtures and the Brazilian should get good hauls. However, United have a great run of fixtures as well and the inclination of picking a top-six club player is higher.
Now, among the four potential United assets, Martial & Rashford have gametime risk once Lukaku & Sanchez are back at both LW & ST positions.
Currently, Lingard is playing on the right in a free role. However, Lukaku and Sanchez’s arrival could alter that, along with potential rotation with Mata.
Thus, Pogba is the safest bet and given he is the creative force for the remaining three attackers, the Frenchman should be scoring well. Further, he has played fewer minutes recently than the other three and is more likely to play more.
Finally, my Twitter poll on the same resulted in Pogba getting the maximum votes with 38% of them.
In order to bring Pogba in, Felipe Anderson makes way despite West Ham having some more good fixtures. I will be replying on Snodgrass to do the job.
Finally, after some massive thinking on whether or not to take a -4 hit, I have decided to go for it. Balbuena has to go with Fabianski providing West Ham cover.
Digne would be his replacement but I felt it is better to wait and see how Everton react to Sunday’s drubbing and whether there would be rotation. Kolasinac was another option but Arsenal are not tight enough at the back and with Liverpool next, did not want to take a hit for him.
Finally, I decided to get Doherty by upgrading Bennett. Wolves play Fulham and there are better chances of Matt starting and getting points on both ends of the pitch.
So, with 3 new players in, my GW19 sees all three of them starting.
The team mostly picks itself. Wan-Bissaka definitely has a great chance for a clean-sheet. However, there are chances of either Robertson or Alonso getting rested for this round of fixtures, so AWB has a good chance of getting in as my first sub.
The captain debate is firmly between Salah and Kane. While both could start the game or come off the bench, Kane looks like the better pick. Newcastle are a pretty defensive side and recent encounters have not seen much goals. Unless an early goal goes in, this could be a low-scoring affair.
Spurs, on the other hand, play Bournemouth, who have struggled on their travels, and even more importantly, they are an attacking side. Finally, Kane has scored 6 goals and laid another assist in his last five meetings with the Cherries.
So, Kane captains the side and the rest of the team looks like this.
NOTE -Christmas period is known for goals and always go for attacking players over defenders for these few GWs.
May your arrows be green.
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