Gameweek 2 is already here, anyone else think it’s come round quick?
After the events of gameweek 1, it has been a busy week of transfers with the Man United trio De Gea, Martial and Rashford 3 of the 5 most transferred in players. We have spoken recently about Man United assets and more importantly the decision to make transfers based on only 1 gameweek:
Good luck to all those who have gone into Man United players, hopefully for you it is a positive result!
Gameweek 2 Team
Initially when creating our gameweek 1 side, the strategy was to build a side with a 3-5 week plan rather than a 1 gameweek strategy. Holding the free transfer through gameweek 2 was always the plan, unless injuries or team selection forced our hand.
This plan hasn’t changed course as the team has remained the same as gameweek 1, although slightly less optimistic for this upcoming weekend. With the positive performance of Man United it would of been easy to downgrade Sigurdsson (£8.0m) into Martial (£7.5m) and have money in the bank to spread.
However, we value the flexibility 2 free transfers have on a team providing multiple directions and players to invest in. Especially for our side, with no premium investment in the forward position, in order to possibly invest in Kane or Aubameyang, 2 free transfers are essential to achieve this.
We felt that with the side last gameweek, there were a number of players that shown glimpses of potential. Sigurdsson for example passed the eye test, and recorded 4 shots, 1 key pass and an expected goal (xG) 0.57. Analysing those stats it suggests that he created plenty of attacking opportunities and with a home match against Watford this weekend we are quietly confident.
Bournemouth equally disappointed, with a double investment in King and Wilson – the latter registering an assist. An away match against newly-promoted Aston Villa could be the perfect match for the Cherries, with their strengths in counter-attacking football. We will be holding the two for at least gameweek 2, hopefully getting some good underlying stats!
So here is the side for gameweek 2:
No trouble picking the starting 11, the main decision was the order of the bench. Dendoncker impressed against Leicester having a goal disallowed through VAR, and registering 2 shots and 2 key passes. For a £4.5m midfielder he could play a big part in the squad over the coming weeks if certain players get injured. A solid 1st bench option for this gameweek and beyond.
While the decision for the starting 11 and transfers remained easy, the captaincy choice was the head-scratcher. Salah and Sterling were the two candidates for the armband, and prior to the Super Cup it seemed clear that Salah was the best option.
However, after Salah played 120 minutes in Istanbul and the Saturday fixture leaving only 2 days rest, a few alarm bells rung. Sterling has in comparison had a week to recover off the back of his hat trick, who faces Spurs at home in gameweek 2.
Signs do point towards Sterling, even with the opposition, as City averaged an incredible 3 goals per match at home. Our decision has been to go against this logic and put the armband on Salah, even with the potential impact of the Super Cup. Our logic is based upon the poor defensive display from Southampton knowing what Liverpool can do, especially on the counter.
It will be a tough decision for every manager, and likely one that could be decided by a flip of the coin! But we are sticking with Salah, and hope that him and Liverpool have enough to blow away Southampton.
Good luck everyone, hope you have a great gameweek! If you are looking for last minute tips, we highly recommend checking out out latest gameweek 2 preview and Q&A video: